The Hot (Towel) Mat
I was so excited this went to WMTM...I am addicted to lulu but just recently started PIYO so I needed a good mat...I made the wrong choice with this. I was slipping all over and it ruined my workout out because I was scared I was going to hurt myself (I even tried flipping it around). I ended up throwing it aside and just using my area rug. I am headed for vacation and this was going to be perfect to pack...guess I will have to stop somewhere and grab a different mat...very disappointed
August 14, 2014
Hot Yoga Mat
Hello to all the Men out there that want to enjoy yoga, but like me sweat no matter how cool or how warm the room is. I bought this mat with the hopes that I would be able to do several of the positions that in the past have made me stop to wipe my hands. I LOVE this mat... Thank you LULULemon for a versatile mat and the cleaning is EASY, just drop it in the washer and no more germs.
August 4, 2014
Maybe the worst yoga mat ever....
This was my first purchase with Luluemon. I was excited because I heard about the high quality of this brand, but after buying this mat I don't think I will ever make a purchase from Lulu again. The mat is EXTREMELY slick and does not have much versatility in terms of what kind of yoga you can use it for. The thickness is great but the texture of the mat on top is very slippery in class.
The sales lady in the store told me there would be no slipping AT ALL. Even in Bikram (which I primarily do), I end up rolling up the mat and not even using it because I end up falling all over the place. Due to the unforgiving return policy, I am afraid I just wasted money on a mat I literally cant even use. I am extremely upset because I expected more out of a $58 mat and a respectable brand.
August 3, 2014
Awesome For Hot Yoga
This towel mat is amazing! Since it is thin, I used it over my existing mat for hot yoga. My feet and hands did not slip at all. If they made the mat a 5mm like the others, it would be perfect. Then you wouldn't have to use it over another mat. Unlike a regular towel you put over your mat, this one does not bunch up because of the grip on the bottom. It has a little bit of a smell, but it will probably go away after I use it and wash it more.
July 26, 2014
Has a place in my practice!
I have several different mats that I use for different types of classes. I bought this mat knowing I was doing a bit of travelling this summer and didn't want to be lugging a heavy mat around with me.
I LOVE that this mat folds up and can fit in my carry on. I used it this morning in a hot Moksha class and had a great class. The underside (the mat side) is grippy enough that it didn't slide around too much (it bunched a little bit during a warrior sequence, but nothing major). I found the top (the towel side) sticky enough that my hands weren't sliding in down dog.
The hot towel mat is really thin, so it wouldn't do the trick for me as an everyday mat. I find I have to roll the end up for sleeping hero, camel, etc. as it doesn't offer any cushion for the knees. That said, I'm looking forward to being able to take this mat with me when I travel so I can practice even when I'm away from my home studio.
Also great to keep in the car for a yoga emergency!
Washes up well. Others have commented that their mat stains, but I have not had that experience with this mat.
July 14, 2014
Pretty good mat
I bought this mat/towel a few months back as I decided I needed something that replaced both my mat and my towel.
A little about my practice:
-I just started practicing yoga, so I am quite early in my practice, therefore, i do not have much knowledge about anything.
-I practice about 5-6 times a week- and its HOT!
I normally don't write reviews, but for some reason I feel like writing one for this product.
-It is very soft- i love it
-It is easy to wipe down
-It absorbs all my sweat, and it can be quite cooling as well!!!
-it fits in my bag, and it doesn't even take up any room when i pair it with my mat!!!- which i love because if i decide to use my mat i dont have to dread having to take two mats in - i just roll them up together
-it slips!!!!! - sometimes I have to fix my mat halfway through my practice- which can be quite distracting for me- nothing horrible though..but can be slightly annoying
- it has a very weird odor, I cant even explain it- it used to bother me but now i think its almost gone as I have been washing it so much
- IT STAINSSSS!!!!!- i CANT even take the stains out! I wash it almost everyday, yet i have a horrible stain from my make up on it which I cant even remove. I am not exactly too sure how to take it off either as I don't want to ruin the mat. I also have this weird black stain on it which i cant get out.. I suppose i just have to be a bit careful.
- no more complaints :)
overall, I really really do love this mat, and i Actually got my friend to purchase it as well (which means i recommend it). The only down fall is that it stains easily, and it can move around...but other than that it is a VERY wonderful mat/towel duo.
July 3, 2014
Great mat, but tends to slip
I practice hot yoga 3-4 times a week, and am very glad I purchased this mat to replace my mat and towel combo. I love how absorbent this mat is and how easy it is to clean, but I find that it tends to slip around on the floor during my practice. It is not terribly annoying, but I do have to pull it back into place a couple of times during my 75 minute practices. I would definitely recommend this mat, but just be prepared for it to slip around!
June 28, 2014
The towel definitely soaks up sweat however you end up slipping the entire class. There is not an ounce of grip. I tried using the mat twice the second time I ended up rolling it up and throwing it to the side during class. Now I have a mat I'll never use again. I would not recommend this mat.
June 11, 2014
the original towel mat was MUCH better
First off, this mat is meant for BIKRAM yoga, people. It is not meant for hardware floors. It's too thin for hardwood floors, unless you plan on using it with another mat which basically defeats the purpose of having a towel and a mat in one.
Secondly, Lulu ruined this mat by getting rid of the grips. I have the original towel mat with the writing which provides a place for your hands and feet to really grip the mat. This mat is slippery without the grips.
Lulu - PLEASE bring back the original towel mat or come up with another way to provide grips at the front and back of the towel mat.
The original towel mat is amazing for bikram yoga. I fold it up and throw it in my bag, go to class, and then throw it in the wash machine when I get home. I've had it for about a year, use it about once a week, and it comes out of the wash machine as good as new.
June 1, 2014
I practice hot vinyasa flow in a 95 degree room, at least 4 times a week. This towel/mat is a great replacement to the two towels I used to throw down over my mat. I used to spend at least a few minutes each class adjusting the towels mid flow as they bunched up around my feet or having to throw them down at just the right moment (when I'd start sweating/before flowing). This mat stays throughout the entire practice. It does not move in the slightest and i can focus on my technique. Love the tropics color too- makes me feel like i'm on a tropical beach. So pretty!
I'm knocking off a star because it DOES get slick, but I've noticed that only happens when I can't get to the laundromat and I insist on practicing anyhow. The more oil and sweat that accumulates between washes, the slicker it will get towards the end of each practice time. The last couple of classes have been brutally hot, because its officially spring here and there's been a lot of people in yoga trying to get ready for summer. Lots of people=sweating profusely. It's only slick or bothersome for the last few minutes of my flow.
Its also way too thin for use by itself, but i throw it over a mat and the mat underneath looks basically un-touched at the end of class, so it saves me having to wipe mats down daily too.
And while it had a weird smell when I first got it, it basically dissipated after the 2nd time I used it. It wasn't unpleasant- just chemically. I would def recommend this item to sweaty friends.
May 30, 2014