The Un Mat
versatile mat for all types of practice
I have had this mat for about two years now. I initially bought it to use over a mat i had bought when I was a beginner that was getting slightly worn out. However, I found that the Un Mat by itself was ample thickness to get my through practice. This is just a personal preference as I prefer and don't mind the hard floor when I move through my asanas. I've used the mat for all types of practice -- bikram, ashtanga, power vinyasa, yoga sculpt-- and even sometimes when i'm at home and doing the P90x videos. The UN MAT has awesome grip -- i use either side of the mat depending what i'm doing, and super easy to clean. Just careful when you clean to use a natural cleanser, as any alcohol based cleaner will mess up the grip on the mat. During hot powerflow i put a yoga-towel over the mat, and the grip is still awesome. THIS MAT IS A WINNER!
March 5, 2014
Best Top Mat
I really love this mat!!!
I'm been using my Un Mat for over a year and it has held up excellently. I use it over top of my Align mat (disconntinued style) as I felt I wasn't getting enough traction with that mat and this is excellent over top for grip.
Personally I find it okay to use by itself as long as we aren't on our knees constantly because of lack of padding and it gets uncomfortable.
Another bonus is I've lent my mat underneath to my mom when she forgots her mat so she doesn't have to rent a dirty mat from the yoga studio
December 27, 2013
Like Mat So Much, Bought Two in Different Colors
I thought I wanted The Mat, but when I saw the Un Mat in the store, I realized I could use it on top of the thinner, foamy mat I already had. So that's the one I use on the go, and it's been great in a variety of yoga classes. I just got another in a different color to keep at home to use on top of my beat up old mat and outdoors on the deck.
I pretty much like everything about it: the way it doesn't slide and stops me from sliding, easy to clean, lightweight, colors (buy what you want before it sells out), size, value. On the thinness, I think that's smart. Most of us have a cheap old mat, and it gives that added life. Or use it on top of a studio mat. But also, when doing balance poses, I simply move the Un Mat off on its own to better feel the floor and for grippiness. There is a lot of, well, flexibility. It's absolutely true that it's improved my practice.
So glad to get rid of mat towels. I just keep a hand towel on the side. I didn't think it had a bad odor when new. On staining and all, I have medium colors and haven't found it a problem. I much prefer its smooth surface to the porous natural mats that are popular now, but my hands and feet are quite sweaty. That part of things is individual.
In short, I've tried all sorts of mats and have been practicing off & on for decades. I looked around for the right mat for a long time and am quite fussy. But this Un Mat is the mat for me. Again, I like it so much, I bought two in different colors. So I expect these are the last mats I'll buy. I look forward to them becoming ragged and beloved with age.
December 21, 2013
Great Minimalist Mat
I really like feeling the floor for most of my daily practice and consequently use it by itself frequently. I also use this mat for outdoor practice so my skin doesn't get irritated and I have some really great traction in asanas where it is necessary.
It has been extremely durable and I haven;t slipped once while using this mat. I don't even use the extra texture on the back but find it gives the mat a lot of grip on the floor (particularly on the polished gym floors where I go to class).
It cleans very easily and the lack of the foamyness and large pores makes it feel much more sanitary.
The mat does absorb oils from your skin and sweat (a good thing I think) so if you are self conscious about this sort of thing, you might want to look at another mat.
Some people are reviewing that this mat is too thin. It is what it is. It can be stacked with other mats (to give your cushy mat more friction), used outdoors (in a grass field) or by itself (if you like feeling the floor). I feel that it is the perfect amount of cushion for me during most of my practices.
December 21, 2013
A Great Mat
I love this mat! It is very lightweight and easy to carry. I sweat a bit in yoga class and it does not get slippery at all. It comes in a variety of lovely colors at the store, and I purchased it in pink. As other reviewers have mentioned, it does show some sweat spots and faint imprints from pressure, but in the store they said that would happen. The sweat dries out, and it still looks great. The only downside is that it is very thin, but that is how it was designed. Overall, a great mat.
December 15, 2013
Mat is too thin
Mat is very thin, offers no cushion for knees :/
November 26, 2013
My all-time favourite mat!
I got the un mat as a present from my boyfriend, who knew I was having issues with grip due to my abnormally sweaty hands and feet.
I've had this mat for over a year now and I am absolutely in LOVE. I am now able to focus on using the right muscles in holding my poses rather than stressing about my hands slipping and face planting in front of everyone. I do hot yoga and vinyasa yoga and I've found it to be really reliable when it comes to absorbing all sweat and providing good grip. Only downside is the embarrassing sweat imprints of your body from lying down at the end of a hot yoga/sweaty class.
Although it has a few marks and scuffs, it still remains in good shape (I do yoga 4-6 times a week and I fold up after every class). I love how portable it is (easily foldable and rollable), which makes it really easy for getting from my office to the studio and for travelling overseas without having to purchase a separate carry bag.
This is definitely MY mat. I've forgotten it a few times and have felt "naked" without it. Highly recommend it!
November 5, 2013
I bought this mat strictly as a travel mat because it was light with good grip. Perfect for hot or regular temp yoga it seemed it would be ready for whatever my travels brought.
I soon was using it as my main mat, at home and abroad. I teach yoga several times/week and it is the best mat ever.
I have countless yoga mats in my closest I have been searching for years and finally found my mat. It should be called 'My Mat' instead of Un mat!
Going to buy another so I can leave one in my home practice space and one in my car.
Black is the best colour to have, it does not get dirty...
October 19, 2013
I received this free from the 13k that lululemon put on in the Twin Cities. It is a great mat, lightweight, easy to carry and it was surprising grippy. After running the 13k, I rolled it out thinking I would be sweaty and slip right away but I stuck to the mat for the after run vinyasa flow. The mat does have a smell to it so I have it hanging outside in hopes the smell will leave the mat. Thanks for the mat and the 13k!
September 24, 2013
Not a fan!
I love lululemon, and think they use great quality material. However i was dissapointed with this mat, i have had it for a few months now and i find it way to thin and it marks very easily. It was dirty within a few uses. I did like that this mat is light weight and easy to carry around.
September 12, 2013