Rated 5 out of 5 by LunaBlue Awesome mat!
I purchased this mat to aid in downward dog, as my hands always slide on a "normal" mat. It really has an awesome grip even in hot yoga!!! It actually works better the hotter/sweatier you get!! Definitely recommend this mat to anyone needing good grip!! I read some other reviews about the chemical smell, but don't worry it fades in like 2 days. If you're debating whether or not to purchase this mat, do yourself a favor and go for it - I'm super happy and you will be too!!
January 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Someonehasmynickname Not Suitable for Hot Yoga
Sadly, I gave this mat a 2 star rating. I was so, SO excited to get this in the mail. I opened it up, aired it out for 3 days (the smell was totally normal/to be expected), and took it to my usual hot vinyasa class. It worked really well, just the right amount of stick, up until I started to sweat. This mat is supposed to be specifically for hot yoga, but in my 100 degree class where everyone drips buckets, it failed miserably. The sweat collects on the mat and sits on top of it, making it super slippery - I couldn't practice without sticking a towel on top of it. I wouldn't have spent this much money on a mat I have to cover with a towel anyway. (The towel I had also purchased in this same order through Gaiam - the No Slip Towel with the rubber on the bottom, also failed, but that's for another review.) I kept trying for three more classes with this mat. I cleaned it, I flipped it over to the other side, but nothing made this mat a worthwhile purchase for a hot class. It's great, probably, for a regular class, no slip until you sweat, hence the 2 star rating instead of the 1.
I used the reviews on this website, which were all good, before purchasing this mat. Trust me when I say, this one is more accurate.
January 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HOTYOGACHICK GREAT HOT YOGA MAT
I LOVE GAIAM PRODUCTS & THIS IS AN EXCELLENT MAT FOR HOT YOGA. FANTASTIC GRIP.
AS PER TH E OTHER POSTS THERE IS A SMELL WITH THIS MAT BUT IT DOES FADE. .
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stephji LOVE
I love love love this mat. I own almost every mat on the market, and this one tops them all. Heres why- its sticky, even when sweating it really has grip. And its lightweight! Most good sticky mats are backbreakers but this mat not only performs well but is super easy to cart around town. Its my new favorite mat, Ive used it exclusively everyday since it came in the mail. LOVELOVELOVE!s
December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by robinsue great mat
at first I was not sure about this mat. after using it for a couple of weeks, the smell is gone and i am absolutely loving it. great grip but also allows you to slide your foot forward easily for runners stretch.
i recommend this mat highly.
November 21, 2013