The Mat 3mm
Beautiful, but slips too much to use
I purchased The Mat 3mm about two weeks ago, as I've been practicing a lot lately (2 to 3 days a week) and my old mat was very worn out. I went to the store and spoke with a salesperson to make sure I was picking out a mat that suited my needs. The Mat 3mm was recommended since I am a commuter and carry it around the city all day. It is nice looking and looks great with my lulu mat strap.
HOWEVER, the mat has been awful to use. As others have mentioned, it moves all over the place and makes it incredibly difficult to focus on any one pose. I found that I spent the entire practice each time I used the mat worried about how it was moving, and then stopping after each pose to readjust the mat. I'm now very upset that I have a mat I can't use and have resorted to renting at my studio until I can find something better.
October 4, 2014
Was good for short time
When I first got the mat it was great and I loved it. NOW whenever I use it, the mat moves around on the ground and it doesn't stay flat! I can't do warrior 2 without it moving or many poses. Sometimes I have to get up from a laying down stretch to flatten my mat because it bunches up and moves! Also, it looks gross now because you can see every thing on it. I wash it after almost every class with spray and wipe it down and it still always looks dirty. I do power yoga like 5 times a week and I've only had the mat for about 1.5 months and it already stopped doing it's job!
September 19, 2014
I bought this mat a few months ago as an alternative to The Mat. I am in graduate school, and the idea of carrying a thinner, lighter mat around campus and to and from classes appealed to me. But with the thin mat, I feel I've sacrificed a lot in comfort and functionality for only a two pound difference.
I love that I stick to this mat, I like the weight, and the absorbency is impressive.
Beyond that though, I am thoroughly underwhelmed with the mat's performance. The mat moves all around on the floor throughout my practice, and buckles under my feet in warrior 2 or any other wide legged stance. I am a very small person so this is in no way a product of my stature. Though I stick to the mat, the mat itself moves on the ground and I often end up losing my balance. It also is not enough padding for me. My wrists hurt at the end of classes, and any kneeling posture is nearly impossible.
I wish I had gone with The Mat. I?d rather carry around a few extra pounds than deal with the slipping, pulling, and discomfort.
September 15, 2014
sweet doesn't came off
I love the 3mm because I walk and bike. it is a great idea is not that heavy. Even tho, all my sweet it doesn't came off. Now i have a smelly mat. Also the grid isn't that good and got a white map in my mat because of all the sweat. I cleaned out with warm water, i leave it open over a weekend... nothing seems to work and every day is more slepery...maybe you can try a new version, lighter as well. But now I rather practice in the ground without mat.
September 13, 2014
I waited forever to buy this mat - I bought both the towel mat and this 3mm - and it has been really disappointing. Love lulu and their gear, but these both stink terribly of rubber!! Rinsed it, sprayed it, hung it every time ( even outside) and every time i get to yoga it smells!
September 5, 2014
Too hard and not that light
I found this mat very hard on my knees and not that light, given it was so thin. I tried to stick with it because usually I love Lululemon's stuff -- and i paid a decent amount for the Matt. But after a few weeks, I just felt like I couldn't even use it anymore. It's beautiful, but unusable. I also found that it got dirtier faster than any mat I've owned, and I so never wanted to flip the mat to use both sides.
September 1, 2014
Disappointing & borderline dangerous :(
I bike to work, so even though I love The Mat, I needed a lighter option. One of the girls at Lulu warned me that the 3mm can be a little thin for some people who prefer more cushion, but I wasn't concerned about that. After just a month though, the mat is permanently stretched where my hands and feet are in Down Dog, so it doesn't even lie flat anymore. It's sticky enough on top, but underneath there's no stick, and the mat is so light that it slides around on the ground when I move -- earlier this week I almost wiped out in class coming into Warrior II! By the end of class, the mat is not at all where I laid it down. I had high hopes for a lightweight version of The Mat and I'm stuck with it now, but it would be nice if it held up for longer than 3 weeks before losing its shape :(
August 21, 2014
I love lululemon, but didn't love this mat.
I was really excited to purchase this mat. I have several lululemon products and have always been very happy with my purchases. However, I was disappointed with this mat. After speaking with the sweet salesperson, I chose the 3mm mat because I wanted a lighter mat that I can carry around NYC. It is lighter than other mats, but doesn't provide any cushioning at all. I like mats on the thinner side as I like the stability, but this was too thin. I might as well have not used a mat at all. Moreover, the mat was slippery on both sides and didn't provide any grip. Additionally, the rubber material attracts a lot of debris and hair from the floor....yuck!
August 11, 2014
My Practice thanks you!
This mat is as close to perfect as any mat I've ever used. I have the most slippery hands, and have never found a mat that always works for me. Even the stickiest mats often can't help me keep my hands in place while in downward dog. But this mat. This mat changed the game for me. I particularly like the 3mm version, because I feel more connected to the ground beneath me, without losing some padding for the sake of my wrists. It's super lightweight, which is lovely, too. I only wish they had it in colors other than black. And you have to let it air out at first, because it does smell funky. But it's soooo worth it. Thank you for making this mat.
July 28, 2014
Loved the mat for it's strength but..
When I bought this mat I recommended it to everyone who was seeking an anti slip mat. I've used my mat (in black) for 6 solid months of yoga. The biggest complaint I have of this mat is that it STINKS. The smell of rubber I can't practise without smelling, plus it makes my clothing smell as well. I have tried cleaning the mat with water, at one point I tried vinegar with water and the smell would not go away. The mat is awesome for practising besides the smell. I'm looking into trying a different colour, maybe it's just because it's black?
July 22, 2014