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Lululemon The Reversible Mat Review

If you like to sweat on the mat, this one is for you
Lululemon The Reversible Mat
Photo: Lululemon
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Price:  $68 List
Pros:  Great wet and dry traction, stable and comfortable
Cons:  Heavy, strong odor, easily scratched
Manufacturer:   Lululemon
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 24, 2020
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#2 of 17
  • Comfort & Stability - 15% 9
  • Portability - 10% 6
  • Durability - 15% 5
  • Traction Dry - 20% 9
  • Traction Wet - 20% 10
  • Ease of Care - 20% 7
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Our Verdict

The Reversible Mat by Lululemon is one of our tester's favorites for good reason. After testing it in many heated Vinyasa classes, it proves to offer excellent traction, comfort, and stability. The thicker construction provides traction, even when wet, and is quite easy to clean. Unfortunately, it comes packaged with a strong scent that isn't easily removed, and it easily scratches and absorbs oils from the skin. While this mat is a little on the heavier side, it offers lavish comfort that supports you where you need it most. If you tend to sweat or prefer hot yoga, then this mat is one of our top recommendations. Say goodbye to slippery experiences as it performs well with or without a towel.

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Pros Great wet and dry traction, stable and comfortableGreat traction when wet, easy to care for when doing hot yogaInexpensive, high-qualityLightweight, foldable, good traction, inexpensiveInexpensive, durable
Cons Heavy, strong odor, easily scratchedNot as much cushion as a regular 5mm mat, somewhat slippery when dryThinMinimal paddingPoor traction both dry and wet, not very stable
Bottom Line If you like to sweat on the mat, this one is for youGreat for hot yoga or people who like to use a towel over their matA great option not only for travelers, but for someone looking for an inexpensive high-quality matExcellent choice for travelling yogisInexpensive choice for beginner yogis or those looking for a mat to take outdoors/camping
Rating Categories Lululemon The Rever... Aurorae Synergy Lululemon Reversibl... Gaiam Foldable Gaiam Premium Sticky
Comfort & Stability (15%)
9.0
5.0
5.0
2.0
3.0
Portability (10%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
Traction Dry (20%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
Traction Wet (20%)
10.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Ease Of Care (20%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Lululemon The Rever... Aurorae Synergy Lululemon Reversibl... Gaiam Foldable Gaiam Premium Sticky
Materials Polyurethane, Rubber, Latex Bottom: Polymer Environmental Resin, Top: Microfiber towel Polyurethane PVC PVC
Measured Weight 5 lbs 7 oz 3 lbs 10 oz 2 lbs 3 oz 1 lb 3 lbs
Length 71 in 72 in 71 in 68 in 68 in
Width 26 in 24 in 26 in 24 in 24 in
Thickness 5 mm 5 mm 1.5 mm 2 mm 5 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

Lululemon's The Reversible Mat is made of polyurethane, rubber, and latex. There is also an "antimicrobial additive" to help "prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, and fungi" on the mat. It is 71" long, 26" wide, and 5mm thick.

This mat contains latex and should not be used if you have a latex allergy.

Performance Comparison


This mat is comfortable and stable, with great wet and dry traction...
This mat is comfortable and stable, with great wet and dry traction. It does have a strong odor, though, that does not go away, and the surface is easily scratched.
Photo: Kenny Barker

Traction Dry and Wet


Do you like to practice in a humid rainforest? How about a heated studio? You're in luck because this mat offers excellent traction when both wet and dry. Even though it comes complete with a smooth upper finish, that would have most of us slipping around at the first sign of sweat, it still sticks. And it sticks well. In fact, the traction on this mat increased when wet, and we had no trouble maintaining Downward Facing Dog even after we dumped a cup of water on top of it. It features a thin polyurethane layer that sits on top of the rubber construction, which "wicks away sweat, and absorbs moisture." In our experience, this is both a good and a bad thing. When practicing in a heated room, having your sweat disappear is an advantage and can prevent you from slipping; the downside is that now all of your sweat is in and on the mat. Apparently, there is an antimicrobial additive in this mat to prevent bacteria from taking up residence and thriving; we didn't notice if this mat was any less smelly than others sweat/bacteria wise. Our experience earns it additional performance points when it comes to wet or sweaty conditions.

This mat has great traction both dry and wet. It quickly absorbs any...
This mat has great traction both dry and wet. It quickly absorbs any water or sweat, leaving you with a dry surface to push against.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring

Comfort and Stability


If you're practicing for hours on end and/or prefer a mat that boasts comfort, this one nails it. The 5mm thickness cushions all protruding bones but without feeling squishy underfoot, which is helpful for standing poses that require you to balance on one leg. The mat itself is so heavy and dense that it stays where you put it, and no amount of jumping through to sitting moved it. It is available in a 3mm thickness, but we like the support and comfort offered by the thickest version.

This mat cushioned our joints and bones in a variety of poses...
This mat cushioned our joints and bones in a variety of poses without feeling too soft. It's also heavy enough to stay in place during your practice.
Photo: Kenny Barker

Durability


This mat is so solid and well-made that it seems ready to last forever, but we were disappointed with noticeable damage after minimal use. It turns out the smooth surface on top is easily scratched. After only one class where we practiced jumping through our hands to sitting (scratching our toes against the mat in the process), we noticed long and permanent scratches on the surface. We've seen a lot of these mats around the yoga studios, and they have a decent lifespan with regular use; however, they do end up looking pretty beat up. The lighter color options are pretty to look at, but they hold in dirt and sweat stains and don't look so great after only a few uses. If you're more into practicality than looks, this mat is for.

A one-year old Lulu mat. This mat absorbs oils and sweat from your...
A one-year old Lulu mat. This mat absorbs oils and sweat from your body, which will eventually stain the mat.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring

Portability


At 5 lbs 7 oz, this mat was on the heavier side. If you always drive to your studio, then carrying this mat from your car is not that big of a deal, but if you take public transportation or walk/bike to class, you'd be better off with a lighter option.

While this mat is technically "reversible," we preferred the smooth...
While this mat is technically "reversible," we preferred the smooth upper surface (top, grey) for practicing on.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring


Ease of Care


This mat is pretty easy to care for day to day — wipe the smooth surface down with a spray of water or mat cleaner, and the lint or animal hairs easily come off. It does absorb water (and therefore your sweat and oil) readily, which means you'll need to deep clean it frequently. When deep cleaning (scrubbing in a bath or shower), this mat absorbs a lot of water and requires a day or two to dry afterward. Also, because it is made of rubber, it should not be left outside in the sun to dry, as that degrades the material. This mat/towel combo can be thrown in the washing machine after every class and is quick to dry afterward.

Water, sweat, and oils sink right into this mat. That means you'll...
Water, sweat, and oils sink right into this mat. That means you'll need to deep clean it occasionally to prevent staining and a funky buildup.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring

Value


While not the most expensive mat in this review, this mat is significantly more expensive than ultra-thin options that you'll find at big retailers. Is it worth it? Most definitely. Investing in a quality mat like this one will only help your practice.

This mat is great for a variety of styles, and for people who like a...
This mat is great for a variety of styles, and for people who like a supportive mat with great traction.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring

Conclusion


The Mat is a great all-around package. You won't be disappointed if you pick one up. It offers comfort and excellent traction in all sorts of weather and temperatures.

Other Versions


This mat is also available in a 3mm version, a 1.5mm travel mat, and an extra-wide and long (29 x 84) 5mm mat.

Cam McKenzie Ring