Most indispensable workout item
I love, love, LOVE this mat.
My first hot yoga session ever was a slip and slide disaster - and I was almost convinced that I should never try it again.
BUT then I went to see the experts at my local lululemon and explained the issues I was having...and their incredible staff recommended this mat for me.
I brought it to session two and never looked back. I bought a beautiful light blue colour - and while I could complain about the scuffs, I like to tell myself they're just there because my mat is so well loved (and I know to just buy a darker colour next time).
The rubber smell is a bit off-putting as well, but the more you use/clean the mat, the less it smells. Plus, I for one like to know that the rubber has my back - I feel safer when I can smell the rubber knowing that I'm not going to faceplant!
Wouldn't leave home without it!
August 22, 2014
loved this mat so much, then it got sticky??
I loved loved this mat for 2 years, it was the only mat I could find that didn't let me slip. I went through so many mats because I always slipped off my mat, but not this one. I got a pretty light blue color and loved going to class because I knew I could count on my mat, then one day 2 weeks ago, after having my mat for around 2 years, the underside (the side with the ridges) is super sticky! I washed it, then washed it again with soap and water, now its super clean and super sticky... I can't use this any more, because I feel like the floor is getting ripped up every time I pick it up. I actually had is rolled up and laying on the wall at the bottom of my stairs, and when I picked it up it pulled the paint off the floor. ( I have concrete floors that are stained) AND when I went to unroll my mat the back side literally stuck to the front side and now I have bits of the back side stuck on the front. I have no idea what happened, one day a great yoga class, to the next day sticky mat that can hardly unroll without sticking to everything. I think the underside material broke down and the stickiness from the rubber is sticking to everything. I really don't want to spend more money for another mat for this to happen again. However I start yoga school for my second part training of my 500 hour certification and need a mat! Would really love to know that this won't happen again, because I really did love this mat.
August 22, 2014
Great in the beginning but now not so great
This mat was extremely sticky in the beginning but after a year of use has become slippery. I washed it with baking soda and water and that did not help.
August 21, 2014
This mat made yoga possible for me
First off, I've noticed the reviews for this product to be split right down the middle, you either love this mat or hate it.
I've owned my mat for a year now and read through pages of reviews before deciding to buy. I noticed two main points the "low raters" made: the rubber smell, and lack of grip. I washed my mat a couple times with baking soda and warm water and the rubber smell went away almost immediately. As for the lack or grip, I noticed some people said they cleaned their mat with tea-tree oil, which the directions specifically say NOT to use. I have never tried my mat in hot yoga, so I can't comment on its performance for that.
My hands and feet get SUPER sweaty during practice, and I almost gave up yoga because I would slip on cheap mats (like the ones they supply at my gym). Purchasing this mat was the best decision I ever made because I could finally relax my shoulders in down-dog without fear of slipping and doing a face-plant.
This mat does scuff a little bit, but it is just aesthetic and does not take away from the functionality. I have cut the surface with my fingernails though, and now keep them trimmed to avoid further damage. The mat does stain from things like makeup, and the surface does change color when it absorbs moisture. I purchased a light purple mat, and will be buying a darker color next time. However, washing with baking soda and warm water has helped most of the stains disappear over time.
I used to roll mine with the colored side out, until my cat used it as a scratching post. I recommend to roll it colored side in, and I haven't had any issues with transport since then.
August 21, 2014
Disappointed ? but I don?t want to be!
I was extremely excited when I received the Mat as a gift. The first few uses were great and I really felt as though it was enhancing my practice (even with the smell!). However, recently, I feel as though the grip that was so apparent when I first received my mat is gone. I have had it for six months and I would say that I am just starting to practice more regularly and I feel completely unstable on my mat. I constantly slip throughout my practice and I feel as though I am more focused on that than the poses. I am disappointed as I was a huge fan of this mat in the beginning and it surprises me that it would lose the quality so quickly.
My fiancé (who purchased this mat for me) no longer has the receipt so I feel stuck. I would rave about this mat and could even look past the rubber smell if the grip was still intact. I do carefully wash it based on the instructions provided.
August 21, 2014
I bought this mat a little over a month ago. I've maybe used it 5 times. I was sick for about 2 weeks so I wasn't practicing. After the first use, it had scuff marks! So disappointed! I also slip on the mat and the girl at the store told me that wouldn't happen. I'm past the return date and since it's used I don't think I can return it anyway so I am stuck with it.
August 19, 2014
Felt Like a Mouse Stuck to a Glue Trap
I love most Lulu products so I was very excited when I finally purchased this mat. Although I wasn't keen on the rubber smell, I ignored that and looked forward to my very first hot yoga session with this mat. Unfortunately the mat was so tactile that I felt like my skin was being peeled off every time I had to get up. I just prayed I would get through the session before the mat ripped all the hair out of my body! In addition to that, my feet were killing me afterward and I assume that it may be attributed to the mat being too hard.
August 19, 2014
8 Months Later... Stinks Like Tires
I loved the idea of this mat. Before I got it, my hands were slipping all over the place. So I wanted this to work. I really did. I thought the rubber smell would go away, but it's still here. Intruding on my savasana and every pose I get within 6 inches of the mat. I would really like to be able to return this, even though I haven't kept my receipt from 8 months ago.
And I second what some other reviews said - it scuffs so easily! But if it didn't smell like a tire, I could deal with a few scuffs...
August 16, 2014
Would likely not purchase again
I wanted to like this mat as it is aesthetically very pleasing when brand new and I had heard good things about it. However, I found that the color on it fades fast and the mat scuffs easily - mine has a lot of fading especially in the area my feet drag when transitioning from chaturanga to updog. I've had the mat less than a year.
I practice yoga about 6 times a week including at least 2 hot yoga sessions and I'm not satisfied with the grip the mat provides. I've practiced with some of my friends' mats for around the same price range and if I could do it over again, I'd probably purchase a different mat. Also, unless you have 'the mat' in black or a really dark color, you will see every sweat droplet and sweaty body imprint on the mat while practicing.
August 13, 2014
Function at the expense of durability?
First, this is still my favorite mat. The surface is firm yet thick enough to be easy on my sensitive knees. I never slip, and my flow transitions instantly improved. Aesthetically the sleek top layer and rounded logo corner give the mat a beautiful and modern look, even if I don't usually like obviously branded items.
I had thoroughly researched before ordering so chose the black color to avoid visible staining, take care rolling and storing my mat, and attentively keep my nails filed. I use the top side exclusively since I had read the bottom side can flake and disintegrate. I clean only with water as recommended.
I practice at home about 40 minutes a day, 5+ days a week. The mat has never left my apartment as my other mat is a folding travel mat from a different brand. I still notice the slightly fishy rubber smell if my face is close to the mat, but it's not worse than any other yoga mat I've used.
Unfortunately, after a month of use, my perfect mat has many little scratches, folds, and punctures on the top layer just from being stored and moved around. I considered money invested in my health through my practice well spent, but realistically I don't know how long I'll be able to practice on this mat if the surface continues to sustain damage and becomes uneven. I'm now storing it rolled with the softer side outward, although I had initially assumed from other reviews and the official product pictures that the top layer would be the less vulnerable of the two. I can't imagine this mat would hold up well under the wear and tear of being toted to a studio and back.
If the mat's unique surface comes at the expense of its durability, then Lululemon should lower the price, or offer replacements under a fixed warranty like its competitor.
August 11, 2014