Rated 5 out of 5 by samsam23 Are You Tall? Buy This Mat.
This mat is the real deal. If you are tall (I am 6ft 3in) and love to practice yoga just get it - you won't regret it.
I have had this mat for over 2 years now and practice with it 4+ times a week (Hot Yoga, all sorts of other yoga and athletic classes, and outdoors). The mat is slightly less sticky than it was a few years ago, but if you wipe it down, clean it and treat it right it will last. I use a towel during hot classes and no towel during a regular vinyasana class and have not had any issues with slipping.
Good things to know: This mat is noticeably longer than other mats - so if you are in a full class your mat will definitely be the longest one in there (this made me a little self-conscious at first). Yes, there is a new mat odor that will go away if you air it out for a few days and yes, the mat is heavier than a regular sized mat (I recommend buying a strap from a local store). This mat is super comfy and the extra length and width makes stretching out awesome. You will really have to try in order to overshoot the mat. Oh, and I promise you that other tall people will ask you where you got this.
January 12, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by lululoverintheloops So far, so sticky!
This mat was a Christmas gift from my kids and is a replacement for my 4 yr old (and very overpriced) Manduka mat. I'm a very tall woman (6'1") and need a mat that provides plenty of length. I mainly do hot yoga and found that my previous mat was just always too slippery despite proper cleaning. I've only used the new mat once but the difference so far is significant--my hands and feet didn't slide around at all, so I was very happy about that. It does have a very rubbery smell that a few days of airing out has not gotten rid of yet, but I'm sure it will fade. Anyway, that's not a deal breaker for me. It stays rolled up better than my Manduka (which is just as long 84") and it's a little lighter. I love it! Time will tell, so if anything goes awry I'll post an update down the road.
December 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jodyshere Big mat, but not ideal
I bought this mat in-store, and asked if I could unfurl it, to check for scuffs. (I don't want to have to look at a scuffed mat every day.) I was told, "No." Got it home, and found it had dirt marks on the inside. Lovely.
I put it down, and checked it for size, only to discover the wretched stench. "It smells like rotting flesh," I cautioned my husband. "I'm going to leave it out, and see if that helps."
It is also surprisingly-heavy. That's not too much of a problem for me, as I have a home gym. But the fact it has no re-wrapping mechanism IS a bit disappointing. I'll have to roll it up and prop it somewhere, when not in use, and hope it won't uncoil. :(
On the plus side, it is nice and big. I just put-in a new floor in my gym, and this flooring necessitates some cushioning under yoga, stretching, crunches, etc. My existing yoga mat was fine, but just not big enough for some stretching positions. Same thing with an old-timey, thicker mat I also have. Not wide enough.
Since these kinds of mats are a pretty standard size, these days, I was pleased to find this big mat at Lululemon. I just wish it weren't so heavy, didn't smell bad, and had some mechanism for keeping it rolled-up when not in use.
November 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Christina91 Too heavy; Incompatible with yoga bags
The mat itself works well during class, but its cumbersome and heavy to bring to the studio and I am having a really hard time finding a bag to fit it in. Quite unimpressed with the result of a mat that is so expensive.
April 25, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by dh2015 Smelled and to Heavy
The matt is just to heavy and after I used it it weighed even more. It had a real bad smell that people around me in my yoga class could smell. I will say it was comfortable but just to heavy and smelled.
I asked the customer service person on line if I could return and was told they have a 14 day return policy if unused.
Would not recommend this matt
April 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jape Mostly great, but HOT!!
I got this in Spring 2014 after my wife got me a gift certificate. I chose it because I'm 6'1" and was constantly reaching beyond normal mats. This one is definitely big enough - I never reach beyond it, regardless of the pose.
My one complaint is that I wish it came in other, lighter, colors. I love to practice outside, but on a Summer day the mat gets REALLY hot in the sun. Yoga socks help my feet, but the rest of my body? Not so much!
March 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by AnaW Loved it at first, but...
I got this mat about a year ago, and I loved it. But last month it started to lose it's 'stickiness', I am sliding on it all over during yoga class. I am just wondering, how long should it last?
It was such a great mat, but I am really disappointed at the fact that did not last longer.
March 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Treti33 Big Yoga Map leaves big stains
I love this mat but do not get it in a light colour. It leaves a lot of stains/discoloration from sweating and you cannot get it out! I am so embarrassed to use this mat in class now as I have a light coloured mat :( But they are so expensive I am not going to drop another $90 bucks to get a new one.
Super wish i knew to not get a light coloured mat.
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mmmbacon LOVE THIS MAT!
I teach yoga/pilates. When I first started I would buy cheap-o mats and go through 1 or 2 a month. I decided to invest in my career and get a good mat. I did a TON of research and what drove me to purchase the Big Mat were the reviews and the warranty. I had the mat for about 9 months and it held up great. Awesome grip for yoga, great padding for pilates! The top part started peeling away at a corner (not a big deal, but I took it back). I used this mat A LOT so I expect some wear and tear!!! They gave me a brand new one, no questions asked! Wonderful customer service. The smell is like a new car smell. It's to be expected because of the materials it made from, but it goes away. I really wanted pink, but the expert at the store thought with as much as I use it that I should get black and she was right! It is a bit heavy, but don't travel with it. Buy a lighter one for travel.
February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by gerby I love this mat
Got it for my home sessions and I love it. The smell does slowly go away and it doesn't lower my appreciation of this mat at all.
In fact, if Lulu had to change their receipe to get rid of the smell, it would actually be really sad.
January 15, 2015