Rated 3 out of 5 by Vonners Yoga Mat
I received a thick yoga mat for Christmas. I used it once and loved everything about it except the smell. It is such a strong, chemical smell that I won't use it again for some time as it can't be healthy to be breathing in such a strong smell. I left it in my car and my car smelled very strongly of it. I have since left it unrolled to try to get rid of the smell, but it has been almost a month and it is still a strong smell.
January 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Teagan15 Happy with the Mat
I was hesitant buying this mat because of the reviews on the mat's lack of longevity and fairly quick wear out time for the price, but I have had the Mat for a little over a year and overall I have been satisfied with its quality. I bought the Mat in black and it shows some scuffs and scratch marks, a little upsetting but that is to be expected from regular use so it doesn't really bother me. Have not had an issue with staining so far (probably since it's black).
There was a smell when I first bought the Mat, but it wore away after a fashion. I didn't keep track of how long it took for the smell to fade but it hasn't smelled for a long time now.
I have tested out many other yoga mats and I've had problems slipping with all of them. I love the grip of the Mat, my hands get pretty sweaty during yoga and so far I haven't had a problem with slipping.
January 17, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Gazelle1 Poor Mat Quality
The mat started of great. But in now the second year of use, the green surface has started to show a lot of scuffs. I could live with that...however not what happened last week.
I had returned from an overseas trip and took the mat out and 4 spots of discolouration showed. I tried to take it off with hot water but it didn't work. I then went into a Lululemon store and asked them if they knew how to remove it and the lady said she didn't know. She said she was new so she would get someone would call to discuss what can be done, exchange, credit etc or help with removing the stains, but no one called!
I have bought so many items from Lululemon and am disappointed with this level or service and product quality. The clothes I have bought to date have been fantastic, but I am very unhappy with this Mat.
November 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by hotT the mat
I super loved this mat at first...(not the smell, but that went away after a very long time of airing it out, but it was worth it for the stickability during hot yoga and hot pilates). I cleaned it properly (no sprays, just water, occasional bath soak and baking soda), but it immediately got stained (I would never buy the lighter color again) which was not a big deal, but what is a big deal is that it lost its stick! Both sides, when doing some poses, it buckles up and slides on the floor, and I slide on it like crazy now...after 3 years, a long time I know, but I thought it would be the last mat I ever bought. Looks like I can trade it in? I didn't save the receipt, and I hope this isn't a problem....I would love to go back to the early days when I super loved this mat for all the reasons it is awsome! I will be so excited if I can trade it in, and if I can, I would then recommend this mat, but as it is now, I wouldn't recommend it if you are serious about hot yoga/pilates and want a mat that lasts.
September 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by stephlovesyoga 3 year shelf life
This mat is the best mat out there, but the awesomeness doesn't last. I have had mine since November of 2012 and the polyeurethane coating has worn off. I was slipping all over my mat at power yoga tonight. I though I was going to slip out of wheel! It was perfect when I bought it. I loved how it absorbed all my sweat. now it just puddles.
September 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by jasprout Great Mat but I just can't stand the smell anymore
If you sweat a lot, don't have problem of the plastic smell and is looking for a non-slip mat. this is your mat.
I heard the mat was going to have a plastic smell but it will fade away over time. Yes, the smell was very strong so I had my brand new mat laying on the floor over 3 weeks. I wiped it with wet towel, sprayed with citrus scented natural clear over and over again... the smell was still strong. I can smell right away when I get on the mat. So I leave it out flat in the house for another month, do the same thing, wipe over with wet towel whenever I pass by.
However, I still smell it, especially when I do ujjayi breathing in child's pose. It made me feel very uncomfortable.
I do have allergic/ sensitive nose. My nose starts running when I get certain smells and this mat triggers it... I do believe that most people who don't have sensitive nose or don't do Ujjayi breathing may not notice as much. I have tried probably 15 classes as people says bad smell will eventually gone over time but I wish I had used my old mat each time during my practice.
oh... and by the way, I live in Texas. With over 100 degree past couple days, I noticed my mat smells stronger when I get it out from my trunk.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevinmb357 The must have for Yoga and Pilates.
The mat is the most beneficial thing to take to Yoga. It makes you feel safe because you do not slip, which allows you to sink in deeper to poses and helps you to increase flexibility. I have more people using the mat in my Yoga and Pilates classes than anything else because I encourage them to try mine and after they have tried down dog and feel that their feet and hands wont slip they are able to sink back and really enjoy the stretch. I usually see them within a week later with the mat and them thanking me and showing me how they have improved their posture in many of the poses.
June 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by karlivictoria Love the mat, hate the stains
My siblings gave me this mat for Christmas and I have absolutely loved using it. It has the most amazing grip and has really improved my practice. However, it is incredibly difficult to clean and stains remarkably easily. I use the towel with the mat at every practice, so there isn't anything that should be leaving a stain, except for sweat through the practice. It's frustrating because I love using the mat, but hate unrolling it to see the stains and know that I can't do anything about them. I used to be able to spray and clean my cheap Costco mat after every practice and it worked wonders, but this mat absorbs the spray and nothing wipes away (probably due to the wicking nature of the material so it's doing its job, just makes it that much harder to clean). It does have a distinct smell, but like the description says, as long as you air it out before your first practice and in between all subsequent practices, it isn't even noticeable. All in all, it really is a wonderful mat, but if there are any other cleaning instructions out there, or if anyone has any tips on how to keep the mat clean, I would love to hear them!
June 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by katieg87 2 Year Shelf Life
I bought this mat in a lovely purple color in March of 2013. Though it has been through a lot with me, including the evolution of my practice, it is sadly time that we part ways.
Admittedly, I sweat more than most women my age/size/body type. I loved my mat the first two years I had it because I never slipped. Scuff marks and smell? Who cares - that's a well-loved mat and frankly, a huge first world problem. However, over time, the mat has begun to lose ALL grip. I've actually resorted to using the cheaper sticky mat I purchased at a studio when I first began practicing.
Last Saturday, we all went to a yoga class, and I kindly borrowed my cheap mat to my friend and took my lulu for myself. Even with my lululemon mat towel, I struggled to grip until the towel got moist with my sweat. Furthermore, we were practicing at a local venue with concrete floors. I was the only one who suffered serious pain in my legs, similar to shin splint pain when running with bad shoes. In fact, I actually felt I HAD shin splints.
My point is this: this is a great mat for two years, but after that, there's an expiration date. I admit that I should be a product tester because I have the uncanny ability to break/wear down anything I own, partially because I've not always had the luxury of having many things or being able to afford expensive items like this. In any case, I'll have to shop around for a more durable product. The fact that this cheaper mat feels ten times better to my body right now makes me think there's no reason to buy another or recommend it to anyone conscious of spending money. I'm currently a medical student, so I'll have to be careful on my next investment.
June 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by CharlotteC Love at first use, now not so much
When I first bought my mat about a year ago, I loved it to pieces. Over time, I noticed that I started to slip a little more and the mat wasn't drying as well. As time went on, it got progressively worse, with my friends at my studio joking about the slip and slide noises and falls I'd have. I finally slipped during a wide angle forward fold and it just wasn't safe enough to sustain my practice. It has stains like others have mentioned but to me, those are just spots that show how much I loved and used it :)
I went to my local store today where I purchased the Mat and she said that I needed to buy a sweat towel because the mats weren't designed to be non-slippery. She said that even she uses the towel because she sweats too much in class (as if that would make me feel better?). Complete news to me because that's why I bought my Mat in the first place! I've always loved Lululemon but after my experience in the store today, I'm super disappointed.
So it was a great mat for a few months, but if you want something long term and non-slip without having to use a towel, according to the sales person, I have to look elsewhere.
June 17, 2015