The Pure Mat 3mm
Good all purpose mat
I've had this mat for 8+ year and it does the job fine. Being a bit of a germaphobe, I like to have my own gear. It is not the best mat out there due to its thickness but it is better than the mats which are usually supplied at the gym and outdoor fitness classes.
My mat colour is light green on the bottom and dark green on the top. I don't have any stains on it besides a small rip on the top which was caused by a sharp metal pole during an outdoor fitness class. I use a piece of terry cloth and a mix of water and lemon juice to remove grass stains and dirt. For sweat and odour, I give my mat a bath in mild detergent, a good rinse and hang dry.
At the moment I use my mat once a week for vinyasa yoga but I've used it for cross-training outdoors with dirty running shoes, grass, etc, and it was great. Despite the age of my mat, it is still in good condition; it hasn't stretched, there are no "compressed spots" on the mat where I frequently do a pose (warrior, downward dog, etc.) and no discolouration.
It's lightweight, my mat weighs in just under 3 lbs, therefore straps on easily to my backpack. It has a good grippy surface and I've never slipped on it. Mine also has a centre line on it which has helped me on a few occasions to align my hips (I don't think that the newer versions have this feature).
I picked up "the towel" a few weeks back since it was on sale and it does not slip when combined with this mat.
I would recommend this mat to casual yogis or to people who need an all purpose mat which can be used for other activities.
August 23, 2014
I bought this mat about 5 months ago and I was really excited to finally get my first high quality yoga mat! I was expecting no issues since I am already beyond satisfied with lulus yoga wear. I loved the color - and didn't mind the smell. However this mat is so slippery I can't use it. I've used it maybe 15 times and always leave class frustrated. Mind you I practice a mild vinyasa - I have found myself focusing more on not slipping/falling on the person next to me than my practice. Very disappointed in the quality as now it just sits in my closet
August 12, 2014
Be careful if you have a latex allergy...
It's my own fault, but I bought the mat without thinking about what it was made out of first. Unfortunately, I am allergic to latex, and after using the mat I noticed I was breaking out in hives. After doing a little more research I realized that this mat is made with natural rubber and LATEX... A very common substance that causes irritation after repeated exposure. Not a great substance to put in something that people will be laying on frequently. I do want to say apart from the latex issue, I really like the mat. I like that it is very stable when it is rolled out.. the ends don't tend to stay "rolled" and it lays perfectly flat (which is why I bought it), and I find it is very cushy despite being only 3mm. If you do not have an allergy it is a great mat!
August 10, 2014
I bought this mast in January (about 5 months ago) and have hardly been able to use it, I have used it for simple hatha-flow yoga classes - nothing too hard, or causing too much sweat, however every time I bring it out I am more and more upset with it.
First of all, it is unbelievably slippery. I understand that it is not meant for hot yoga, or anything like that and its not really meant to be ultra-grippy, but when I am in a cool room, doing basic poses like a downward dog and I cant even keep my hands from slipping down the stupid mat, it goes to show how little grip I actually have. Very disappointing.
Secondly, I have used it a maximum of 30 times in the last 5 months and it is somehow covered in scratches. Once again, I get that wear and tear does happen, and that's just life, but I have tried my hardest to take care of this mat. I let it dry out after every use, even if I haven't sweat on it, I keep it wrapped up in a yoga mat bag when I'm not using it, I don't use it outside, or anywhere other than the yoga studio for that mater, but somehow it has gotten scratched. Not just a scratch or two, it looks like I have left it laying on my kitchen floor for my kids and dogs to tear up. Seriously disappointing.
For the amount I paid, I wasn't expecting some super-yoga-mat, but I was at least hoping for something that would work for easy, hatha-flow type classes, and this simply isn't cutting it. I will NOT be buying another, and I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy.
July 29, 2014
I tried the Pure Mat as a solution to my issues with 'The Mat' (I couldn't handle the smell!). I'm happy to report that the smell of this mat is much more bearable than the other, thicker lulu mats. However, it does not have the same cushion or absorption properties as 'The Mat'. Therefore, I would only recommend this mat to someone who just wants a nice, thin, lightweight mat. As for me, I am going to give 'The Mat' another go!
July 25, 2014
I'm a big Lulu fan, speed shorts, tanks, capris...most of it. Practicing yoga 2.5 years now, decided to splurge on a mat and thought Lulu's would be of good quality. Wrong. While the grip is great, this mat SMELLS. I purchased it about 4 months ago and haven't been able to use it. I've tried everything to get the smell out. Soap and water, airing it out. NOTHING. Your body smells like the rubber after a yoga session. I tried to return/exchange it but my local Lululemon store refused. Just now sits in the corner of my room collecting dust.
July 21, 2014
I was given this mat for a gift and looked up on line to read the specs and was surprised to see the comments about smell. Normally the new yoga mat smell really gets to me and I always air mats out for days before use. I noticed no smell with tho one and even double checked after I read the reviews. Maybe Lulu fixed the issue. Good for travel as it folds much smaller and lighter than my Jade mat.
June 28, 2014
Smells like dead raccoons
I'm usually a lululemon fan, but this mat could be weaponized.
Picture the worst smell ever, and double it.
Now imagine it never ends.
His is going to the garbage and I'm going back to my walmart mat.
June 13, 2014
Mat smell solution
Mat smell was bad even after a week, but I washed it with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lemon Verbena laundry detergent (http://www.mrsmeyers.com/) and cold water in my bath tub and let it air dry and the smell is gone and is fine.
I know that lulu says to wash it otherwise, but this worked for me, and all the reviews here seem to complain about the smell. hope that helps.
June 9, 2014
Awesome mat but....
I love this mat, it's the perfect amount of sticky. My only problem with it is that I have it in green and it is washed properly etc but is discolored and has darker splotches on it :-(
May 15, 2014