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
I bought this mat in January, I do love it but .... it is starting to stretch out and become very slippery the more I use it, I have washed it only with warm water and hang to dry with hopes that it would get better for 68 dollars that's expensive . I have tried lots of mats towels etc this mat I loved the most but It's not holding up for my 5 times a week hot yoga. I would love any feedback on how to make the mat less slippery or a mat that is very sticky :) thank you I do LOVE lululemon product's clothes, that's all I wear to yoga I'm just disappointed with this mat
August 8, 2014
Better Than My Old Mat
It's better than my old mat and provides amazing grip. It does in fact have a rubber smell but it's not as bad as everybody is saying, at least not to me anyway. But maybe its because I accidentally propped it up in front of my fan overnight so the smell had dulled down considerably by the time I got ready to use it. My only real complaint is that even though it's thick and does a remarkable job staying it place, it doesn't feel quite as cushioned as my old mat. And it does mark easily from toes and fingers but that's not a problem since it does its job. I wouldn't use this for Hot Yoga though or if you tend to sweat, like, a lot because it absorbs really well and the mat will take forever to dry haha. So definitely buy a different mat for hot yoga or get an absorbant towel to lay over it!
August 8, 2014
Still stinking after all of these years.
I bought this mat almost TWO years ago, and it still smells terribly. I use my husband's mat (a different lululemon mat) when he isn't using it to avoid smelling like rubber all day long. Thought I should let everyone know that the smell does not, in fact, go away.
August 6, 2014
Absorbs too much sweat
Like others mentioned this matt stains super easily. Mine has skid marks despite the fact that I always use a towel over the matt. I tried to clean it with soap and waster which helped a little bit but the majority of the marks are still there.
I do like this matt because it sticks to the floor easily and I don't have to worry about it slipping.
However because this matt absorbs the sweat it also takes FOREVER to dry. I practice hot power yoga almost everyday and despite the fact that I leave my matt out to dry overnight its often still wet the next morning. This is really frustrating for me because although I knew it would absorb some sweat I didn't expect it to remain wet for so long. It's always difficult for me to find space to lay it out to dry and I was looking for a more hassle free matt that I could just wipe off.
Furthermore, the black underside of the matt doesn't seem to be holding up very well. I've had the matt for a few months and always store it either flat or rolled it up and it appears that the black rubber is starting to tear a little in certain places. Although this is not affecting the function of the matt yet I am conceded that its wearing so quickly.
August 6, 2014
Disappointed! Not a durable product
I practice power yoga 3+ times a week. This mat only lasted 3 months. I have used Jade and Manduka mats (both lasted 2+ in great condition), the lululemon is a poor performer in comparison!
Lululemon's return policy is so stringent (unlike comparable premium brands, which take items back any time no questions asked) and the store people tend to act with passive-aggressive insult when you try to bring something back. I haven't bothered to try to return it.
I figure if I add to chorus of voices who are supremely unhappy with this product, that might make a difference in how I'm treated as a customer. Not holding my breath, but I hope for a better outcome.
August 6, 2014