Product Review – Kulae Yoga Mat

Yesterday I had an opportunity to test out a new yoga mat we are selling at the studio. It’s the Elite Hot Hybrid by Kulae.

The Elite Hot Yoga Mat

“The Elite Hot Hybrid yoga mat combines the function and support of a traditional yoga mat with the absorbability of our thirstiest towel. Made of environmentally friendly, ECO PER and Bamboo Microfiber, this mat is free of the 6 most harmful phthalates. This hot yoga mat is sure to be the standard by which all hot yoga mats are measured. ” [from company website]

I normally just use my regular yoga mat for hot classes, but I definitely slip slide all over the place when things start getting sweaty. A lot of people lay a towel over their mat, but that bunches up and doesn’t stay put which drives me even crazier than the sweat slide. Another option is to use a Yogitoes towel on top of your mat. I haven’t tried this, and while I know if will stay put better than a regular towel, I just can’t get past the double layer situation.

I take the worst mirror pictures!

Enter the hybrid of a towel and mat…seems like a win win right? First of all, I like the color varieties. I used a pink one pictured above, but they are also available in blue, green, and black. I like the feel of it on my hands and feet and it’s much less likely to give me the mat burns I sometimes get on the top of my feet. I used it through the entire one hour class and didn’t slip once! Overall it was a great mat experience, but I will break it down into positives and negatives to make it clear.

Positives:

  1. no slip!
  2. absorbs sweat
  3. pretty colors
  4. machine washable

Negatives:

  1. price (kinda steep at $88)
  2. a little stretchy…my foot was inching a bit in warrior 2
  3. may have to wash frequently because of smell

Final Verdict: I really liked it and would totally buy one if I had an extra $88 to spend on a mat…but as we all know- any extra cash goes to skydiving 🙂 However, if you are in the market for a HOT mat, this is a fantastic option.

PS…Happy B-day to my mom!! She arrives tonight and I cannot wait!! Lot’s of excitement planned so stay tuned!!

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