Not happy at all
I have used this mat for 2 hot yoga classes and since those classes it has spent the best part of a year in my cupboard as I was unable to grip or hold any positions without slipping all over the place.
I read many positive reviews about this mat however, I have found it to be more slippery than any other mat I have ever used with or without a towel. Not to mention it is very bulky and heavy, not easy to make a quiet or quick exit from class.
Very disappointed that I waisted my money on this and haven't been able to use it.
December 5, 2013
So far so good. I do hot yoga 3 to 4 times a week and these past two weeks have been amazing with this new mat. It doesnt even compare to my two old lululemon mats. I dont slip finally. I just hope it lasts after reading other reviews... so fingers crossed.
December 3, 2013
slips and dosent last
I had my original mat for about a year until it started slipping, loosing grip and would create a bubble aground my feet when pressure was added. I recently got a new mat and was completely disappointed by the decrease in quality. I used it for Yoga Sculpt this morning and it kept slipping and when I would put pressure on one foot - i've had the mat for ONE week. I'm very disappointed by the continual decrease in lululemon products. I cant even feel comfortable using the mat in class. Lululemon used to pride themselves in making products that made workouts more fun and more productive... not anymore. I'm embarrassed to use this mat in class due to the slippage.
November 27, 2013
Slippery after a few months :(
After a few months of using this mat, I found it to be very slippery in the beginning of my practice. Once I start warming up and getting a little sweaty, it's not slippery at all...
So initially when I bought this mat, it was amazing. I would say the first few months I practiced on it religiously and thought to myself, finally - a mat where I wouldn't slip!! But after a few months, I noticed in the beginning of practice, I'm slipping like crazy!! Does anyone else have this problem? I tried cleaning it too, but still slippery... Could it be wear and tear that causes the mat to not be as anti-slippery?
Otherwise, this mat is great. I love how it's slightly longer/wider than normal mats... and the colors can be cute! I got mine back in March when they had the lighter green one they no longer carry. I always get compliments on it. One downside though is that I do have hand/feet prints... haha gross, I know. I tried using soap to wash it off, but I can't seem to get rid of the last stubborn bits. Oh well. And I'm not sure if this also has to do with my slipping problem.
So far, the best mat I have ever used. It's also not too thin/thick. Perfect! So when I'm on my knees it doesn't hurt.
I also recommend getting darker colors if you're OCD like me and don't like seeing sweat/stain marks...
November 27, 2013
Worth every penny
I typically practice yoga once a week (in addition to running/kickboxing), so I had thought long and hard about investing in the mat considering my infrequent practice. After reading reviews and talking to yogis who love the mat, I planned to ask for the mat for Christmas.
Fast forward to this morning. I sweat a lot and had forgotten my towel. Sliding on my mat was ruining my practice and putting strain on my wrists, so in a quiet moment I let the instructor know I planned to leave the class due to my mat issues. Thankfully she grabbed "the mat" for me so I was able to continue.
My practice was transformed. The mat's stability, firmness, and stickiness provided such an amazing foundation that everything seemed instantly both easier and more intense. I ran to my local lulu store and instantly grabbed the mat for myself. I won't be using another mat anytime soon.
November 17, 2013
I was given this mat as a very generous gift. I have been practicing Yoga for over three years now and when I started I just bought an economically friendly mat that had the tendency to move on me when I was trying to hold a pose. Now that I have been using The Mat for over a year and a half my practice has gotten better and I am actually able to hold poses for a longer period of time. The Mat does not slip underneath me and my feet are not sliding when I am trying to balance. This Mat may be a little heavier than other mats, but that is because it is very padded and it adds a lot of support when doing poses.
I have seen reviews that mention the smell of the mat and it being overbearing, I do not find it a problem. The person who got me the mat did get it at a store location, so that might have helped with the smell. I did place the mat in my garage for a short while to let it air out and get rid of any unwanted smells. I also recommend washing it as it says above with warm water and baking soda after every use.
I love this mat as much as I love practicing yoga. I highly recommend getting this mat, it will highly impact your practice and your comfort level with holding poses.
Thank you Lulu for a great Mat!
November 13, 2013
Love this mat!
I was very hesitant about such a big purchase and did a lot of research first (including talking with my yoga teacher who also has The Mat!).
I love it! Do not regret this purchase at all. The mat is very supportive and grippy (even in hot yoga, although I'm sure a towel wouldn't hurt). I've aired it out for a while and it still smells a bit but I trust it will go away with time and it doesn't bother me that much to be honest.
If you are considering it- definitely do it! Just think about how often you will use it and for how long and the price is easily justified!
November 12, 2013
Years worth of abuse, still good as new
I first discovered this product while attending a yogafit training conference. The instructor next to me had one and was raving about it. Between Pilates and yoga, I teach 15 classes a week, and was constantly wearing out mats. A little over a year ago, I broke down and bought the mat. It is amazing! It's still just as sticky as it was when I first bought it and the only signs of wear are on the edges where it rubs in my mat bag when rolled up. Every couple of weeks I bring it in the shower with me and scrub it down. Good as new every time. It is worth every penny. Hands down best mat ever.
November 5, 2013
greatest mat ever!
bought this mat for yoga and hot yoga practice. was initially hesitant about the price but didn't take me long to realize that this was worth every penny! held me in place through various poses and offers lots of support. my only wish is that it wasn't so heavy! it also had a very strong smell but airing it out for a day or two really helps to get rid of it.
October 29, 2013
After much debating over whether to invest in this mat, and reading every review possible on the web, I decided that I would rather pay for a new mat than a trip to the ER as a result of slipping from sweaty hands during my practice.
When I bought my mat the woman at Lululemon recommended that I let my mat air out for a day before using it to help get rid of the smell. While my mat still has a rubbery scent 2.5 weeks and 6 classes after purchasing, the smell is the last thing on my mind while in class. As someone who suffers from exceedingly sweaty hands and feet, I have not once slid while in any position that I've held, which was my initial requirement in this purchase.
I got my mat in the deep plum color, and while there are color variations from dirt, sweat, and anything else, it cleans up pretty well. Considering that this is something that gets used on an almost daily basis, and while I'm sweating, no less, it makes sense that over time it will take on the appearance of being well used. As long as it doesn't become moldy or fall apart, I'm more than satisfied.
As others have mentioned, the mat is on the heavier side, which I was not expecting. Since I don't have far to travel with my mat, it's not something that bothers me, but I wouldn't want to be schlepping it around campus.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with this mat and look forward to my future practice!
October 22, 2013