Lululemon Reversible Mat Review

The Mat product photo
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Lululemon entered the crowded yoga mat marketplace in 2011 with The Mat. It is now called the Reversible Mat (5mm). You might expect that it is a basic rubber mat with some Lulu logos splashed around to jazz things up. You'll be right about the logos, but don't underestimate the design wizards at Lululemon. The Lululemon mat turned out to be very different from any other mats available at that time and has proven to be a popular product for the yoga-wear giant.

What Sets Lululemon Reversible Mat Apart

The mat is reversible and the two sides are very different. One side is natural rubber and the other is a smooth polyurethane, which provides a unique practice surface. The polyurethane has a satiny finish that provides great traction, yet is softer and more pliable than other premium yoga mats.

It also absorbs moisture (otherwise known as the sweat dripping off your brow), wicking it away from the surface. But you should be aware that this results in visible spots where moisture has been deposited during your workouts. Some people find it embarrassing evidence of their sweat, although this is a feature rather than a flaw. The mat is easy to clean and an "anti-microbial additive" keeps it from getting funky.

Unlike other mats, the Lululemon mat doesn’t get slippery when wet. You won't need the use of a supplemental mat towel except in the presence of very heavy perspiration.

All this adds up to a very pleasing mat experience, especially for the sweaty palmed yogis.

Drawbacks of the Lululemon Mat

Some people have complained that the mat has a strong odor, but you may find it very tolerable compared to other rubber mats, many of which smell like a tire shop. The odor will fade somewhat over time, but could be a consideration for those with sensitive noses.

One useful tip is that you shouldn't leave it in a hot car. Both the mat and the atmospheric conditions in your car will suffer.

Consistency is a big concern, as many people who have reviewed the mat on Lululemon's website have complained that its quality has declined in recent years.

Variations of the Lululemon Mat

 Lululemon now offers several variations on their original mat concept, including:

  • The Reversible Mat 5mm: This is the latest version of The Mat. It weight 5.24 pounds and comes in various color combinations, an versions in black that are labeled with the names of major cities.
  • The Reversible (Big) Mat: Longer and wider, it is 29 inches by 84 inches and weighs 7.05 pounds.
  • The Reversible Mat 3mm: A 3-millimeter lighter, thinner version that weighs 3.87 pounds.
  • The Reversible (Un) Mat Lightweight Travel: A much lighter, much thinner version for travel that weight 2.32 pounds and is only 1.5 millimeters thick.
  • Namastay Mat: Labeled as new in 2018, this mat is made with their newly developed natural rubber that is sustainably-sourced.

The Competition

Other mats with a similar construction have since become available, most notably the Liforme Mat. This mat has alignment markings on it as well.

 Since making yoga mats is the primary focus at Liforme, it's not surprising that their attention to detail, commitment to sustainability, and consistency results in a superior product and a higher price point, although not everyone wants alignment markings on their mat. To find the best mat for your practice, be sure to compare their features so you can choose the one you prefer.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for review purposes.