Mistral Lidl SUP Board – Review

Overview
  • Build: Inflatable
  • Skill: Beginner
  • Our score: 8.6 | Read our conclusion
  • This board can be used for:
Yoga
All-round
Touring
Pets
8.6
8.6
Our score
Stability
7
Design
8
Performance
8
Price/Quality ratio
10
Supplied accessories
10

Cheap and complete, but beware of your warranty

What surprised me a lot this year is that Lidl decided to change the Lidl SUP Board they are usually selling. This used to be the F2 brand, but in 2020 they decided to switch to Mistral. A big jump up in terms of quality, which makes me wonder about this board and wanting to check it out!

UPDATE: it’s very hard to attain a paddle board at LIDL. Here are other places where you can find Mistral paddle boards:

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Pro’s

  • Good quality board of known brand
  • Leash, paddle and backpack included
  • Suitable for both quiet and slightly wilder water
  • Only 10.8 kg, so easy to carry and inflate
  • Three fins for better direction and speed

Cons

  • Only one carrying handle
  • Poor availability
  • The board is not fast enough for the advanced SUP boarder (5+ years experience)

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Here I am paddling around a lake on the Mistral Lidl SUP Board

Most suitable for:

The Mistral Lidl SUP Board is a great and good quality board for beginners that want to get started with Stand Up Paddle Boarding. This board is especially suitable for starters and people who have less than 5 years of SUP experience.

The board is not very fast (partly because it is inflatable) but mainly focuses on sportiness and fun. With a max. carrying capacity of 150 kg it is also suitable for bigger or heavier people.

LengthWidthThicknessMax weight loadWeight board
10’5″33″6″330 lbs / 150 kg23.8 lbs / 10.8 kg

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Primary use
All Round / Yoga / Touring / Relaxing

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Speed on the water
The board is relatively short and wide, suitable for touring but not as fast as longer and less wide boards. Not suited for racing.

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Transport
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. Even on your back if you go with a bicycle.

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Stability
The board is stable on the water, with a decent weight capacity of 331 lbs / 150 kg

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The board is easy to carry around when inflated

My own experience

I have tried the Lidl SUP board after Lidl announced that this would be the new board in their collection. I wanted to see what the performance would be like compared to other inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards.

The size, thickness and weight are about average for an all-round board so not much to comment on that. The carrying capacity is good for a board with this price of $299.

150 kg is good for taking along a pet or a child, and in some cases even a second person. I do like the original M-embossed pattern for extra grip, it adds something different then the same honeycomb groove.

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The board feels sturdy but is is a bit too wide (33″ / 84 cm) to build up speed, to be fair it reminds me a lot of the Aqua Marina Fusion. Also a steady board, the Mistral Lidl SUP Board offers quite a lot for the low price that this is available for.

The package of this board is very complete, but it is still a budget version of all the accessories really. It does include a backpack, a coiled leash, an aluminum 2-in-1 SUP and kayak paddle, a double action pump, a dry bag and a kayak seat.

Because so much is offered you really cannot go wrong with the Lidl SUP for a price of only $299, even though the quality of the accessories is not the highest (compare this for instance to a Bluefin Cruise) this is a great offer for this low price.


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Me paddling around near one of my many boats (just kidding ofc ;-))

Important features

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Setup

• Unique printed M embossed deck print, provides added grip and foot comfort

• A Large cargo netting permits securement of accessories

• Stainless steel leash D-ring

• Centre carry handle

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Fins
Includes 2 x moulded side bite fins for added directional stability and a single universal standard fin box. An 8” fin is provided as part of the package.

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Material
Drop Stitch Material with Dual Chamber Technology

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Inflate / deflate
SUP is inflated in nearly 8 mins with the supplied pump

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Warranty
There is not warranty by Lidl or the manufacturer, only the mandatory warranty that is required by law is offered and differs per country

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Design
Very stylish and modern design with the original M embossed deck print instead of the honeycomb grooves.


In the package

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The complete package that is included with the Mistral Lidl SUP Board

Paddle

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The paddle that is supplied with the Mistral Lidl SUP Board is an aluminum height adjustable 2-in-1 SUP and kayak paddle. It is adjustable from 167 – 207 cm / 5’5″ – 6’8″. When the other blade is used the total length will be up to 7’5″. The paddle is quite heavy with a weight of 1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs.

It is very well constructed without having to use a screwdriver. The kayak blade doesn’t click in but has a sliding system, which takes a bit of puzzling to connect.

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Leash

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The coiled leash is padded on the inside and of good quality (it even says so right there on the leash!). It will only extend when you need it to so it will not be in the way during your paddling adventures.

Pump

The supplied pump is a double action high pressure pump that should clear the job quickly. A pretty standard pump that is often supplied with paddle boards. The inflating was rather heavy compared to other inflatable paddle boards.

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Backpack

A decent backpack that can easily carry your Stand Up Paddle board, with an extra zipper pocket on the front. The board also includes a small dry bag in the package, which is splash proof but not waterproof, so you might not want to put your camera or phone in there!

Optional accessories (not included)

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Restube classic
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone!

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Electric SUP Pump
For if you want to inflate your paddle board without getting a workout.


Difference between an Inflatable board and a Hard board

Advantages Inflatable board

  • Easy to take on holiday (even on the plane)
  • Easy to store in the winter days
  • Much cheaper
  • Technology has improved greatly over the past 10 years. For this reason, these boards are now almost hard to distinguish from hard boards

Advantages Hardboard

  • More speed, which is important if you are a professional
  • Easier to make sharp turns on the water because the board is thinner
  • No inflation needed, you can get on the water right away

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The board is less stable than for instance a Bluefin Cruise. Above you can see me falling off the board 😛

Other reviews of the Mistral Lidl SUP online

Usually I tell you a bit about other reviews online in this part, but because the paddle board is still very new there are no reviews of the Mistral Lidl SUP online yet. I will check back on this in the future and add any other reviews I can find!


Conclusion: Should I buy this board?

The Mistral Lidl SUP Board is a high quality board aimed at beginning Stand Up Paddlers with a maximum carrying weight of 150 kg.

This board is suitable for bigger or heavier persons and it is sometimes possible to take a second person along for a trip because the board will bend.

Since this paddle board includes everything you need to get started you will not have to incur extra costs next to the purchase of the board, which is a great deal.

The quality cannot be compared to a board like a Bluefin Cruise, which costs $250 more so it is almost twice the price.

The thing you should beware of the most is the warranty: supermarkets like Lidl do not offer the same kind of warranty you can expect from specialized stores

All in all the board offers quite a lot in an extensive package for the small purchase price, but you cannot expect the same as with a more expensive board. For beginners this is a good cheap choice to get started on the water though!

Find other cheap SUP Boards

What do you think about buying a Stand Up Paddle board from a big supermarket like Lidl? The warranty issue worries me the most, especially since with these cheap boards leaks can happen at any time.

Would you buy a SUP Board from a retailer like Lidl or would you rather purchase it from the brand itself or a specialized store? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Review written by: Tom

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38 responses to “Mistral Lidl SUP Board – Review”

  1. I wish to buy 3 mistral lidl boards your review was on 13 may 2020 …are these boards available to buy in uk ?????

  2. the board is still not on sale in the UK, when I read your review the day it was published ( informative easy to use)….I’ve been thinking of buying 3 boards for years, my daughers are soon to be 10 and 12 one is called Mistral after I met her dad whilst teaching windsurfing in Croatia…..birthdays are in 3 weeks ….perfect lockdown present! If I can get hold of them……can you let me know of UK release date?

  3. Hello Tom. I am writing to you from Greece.
    Next week, the Lidl shell this sup
    and I’m thinking of getting it. I am a beginner, 186cm, and 95kg.
    I want to ask you if you know, how high the pressure can be reached and you think will it last for at least two years?
    Should I spend more money and go for a model close to 400 – 450 euros?
    Τhank you very much
    George

    • Hi George,

      Nice to see you reading this in Greece, I hope you like it!
      Do you have nice weather over there yet?
      The board can be inflated up to 15 PSI, just like most SUP boards.
      In this price range this is a pretty good board in a complete package, so it would be a good choice.
      As said I am only concerned about warranty since Lidl isn’t a specialist, but with normal use and good storage it should
      surely last two years.

      Hope you enjoy the summer on your paddle board over there!

      Greetings,

      Tom

      • “with normal use and good storage it should surely last two years”
        Wait, WHAT?
        Is this the normal life time of a SUP?
        Or this one because it is almost cheap it should wear so soon?

        • Hi Panos,

          By ‘surely’ I mean at least.
          This is not the normal lifetime of a SUP of course, but it it hard to determine how durable a board is that just came out.
          In general these cheaper boards last shorter, because they are made of drop-stitch material, but do not have extra reinforcement like
          more expensive paddle boards have.
          I see it is coming out in Greece today, if you are getting this please let me know your personal opinion about it!

          Greetings,

          Tom

  4. It should last over 10 years . Nowadays many things are made so cheap that they won’t last. But I am 125kg and I am goint to buy this and I expect it to be good guality. I only use it from june to augutst and about 2-3 times in a week so not much.

    • I am not sure if it will last over 10 years, since that is a very long period of time and you have to be careful with the paddle board.
      Let me know what you think about this board when you get it!

      Greetings,

      Tom

    • Hello Tom and thank you for this review and all your words. I bough this SUP two weeks ago and today I noticed a bump on the upper side, not close to a valve. Should I ask for a replacement or this is something normal. Please, share with me your email to give some extra info plus some photos.

      • Hi Dimitris. A bump on the upper side is definitely not normal and you should ask for a replacement. This happens often with inflatables, but it’s way too soon to appear on your paddleboard. Don’t hesitate to contact Lidl for this 🙂

  5. Hello Tom from Greece,

    This is Georgios. Thank you very much for the excellent presentation of the board. I saw your review and i was aware of buying the specific SUP. The board is ok for the price of 299 Euros that I bought it. It very easy to handle and i do recomment it as a first time user. I only have one question. I m using the pump at air chamber 1 (The peripheral one) at 15psi while the number 2 chamber (the central one) cannot take 15 psi pressure. It loses the air. So im putting something like 8-10 psi number 2 air chamber. Is it ok? I would like to have your advice on that. What should i do while i m using the pump to put the air? Thanks in advance.

    Take care

    • Γεια σου Georgios,

      Thanks for your comment, I’m happy to read that you like it! I am trying the board at this moment too and I am enjoying it, pictures will follow soon. With SUP pumps this is often the case, this is not only for the Lidl SUP board. The trick is to start with 2 chambers for easy inflation until you reach 8-10 PSI, then you switch to 1 chamber to finish it to the final 15 PSI. This goes faster than doing the whole board on just one air chamber.

      I hope this helps you on going out on the water quickly!
      Καλό ταξίδι!

      Tom

      • Dear Tom

        Thank you very much for the tips! I will follow on facebook and i will keep you updated regarding the Mistral SUP!

        Take care yourself and stay safe!

        Cheers

    • Hello, Tom, thanks for taking the time to answer me. I guess, Greece is sun-and-sea kissed, and you are very kind!
      Yeap, i checked your guide for kids, but, my daughter is taller than average. So, we thought it better to get her sth she could also use in the near future. We also saw Aqua marine fusion you commented on, and the man who rents such equipment on our beach, has one on display!! Why some boards are round at the front like lidl’s or fusion, while others are more pointy?

      Best,

      Elena

  6. Hi Tom, thanks for a great site. I’m new to this sport and your reviews are very helpful. I was going for an Aquamarina Fusion board when I saw the Lidl Mistral announcement here in Sweden. I was lucky to get one of the two they had in this store and thanks to your review on the board I dared to by it. Feels like a great deal for me as a beginner. Now I’m waiting for more tranquil weather to try it out.

  7. Great Review! Greetings from Greece
    Had a rigid Coreban 9′ and went and bought the Mistral from Lidl Greece.

    It is more stiff than any other isup i have tested, even Jobe Yara and 20 psi and that is because of the two chambers. Because the coming wave is not able to bend the outer chamber and the inside chamber too.
    I didn’t try pumping it up manually. I am the lazy comfort guy and it was too hot in Greece even to set up pumping the 12V one from the cigarette lighter of the car. But, yes, i am way more than satisfied with this one. I have tried 3 times up this value like Jobe Yarra etc, and i cannot compare the stiffness of it because they are two separate bodies, with their own pressure, competing each other, and especially the inside one is not able to be bent (how could it be and why?) just imagine a 6ft isup (the inside chamber) and if it could be bend the same way as a 10ft (surely not). That is why the 2 chambers is giving a lot more stiffness. It has double rails on the outside. And a good 2-mode pump.

    Regarding our friend and how long it could last, i would say that:
    1. if you rinse off the salt
    2. if you store it semi inflated at almost 1 psi just to get the shape
    then you may expect it to last longer
    if you store it compact and wrapped up, maybe the change of the temperature and the place you will be storing it, may cause some points to get attached together or cut at the bending points. Better keep it almost inflated not under pressure but that enough to let it get a proper shape (even at least 1 psi).

    Tom, many thanks for your review (to be honest it is kind of late here and just scrolled quickly, but i promise to read it thoroughly tomorrow), we will keep in touch 😉

  8. Hi Tom! I am writing to you from Greece. The weather is beautiful, the sea is wonderful and the conditions ideal for sup! I recently bought the Mistral sup from Lidl. I totally loved it! I am a beginner so I am not the right person to compare, but it is a full pack, can be used also as a kayak and it is easy to carry. My only concern is whether a fin breaks how would I be able to replace it?

    • Γεια σου Bettina!

      If you manage to break your fin you need to get a new one to replace it. So you will either have to contact Lidl and see if you have any warranty on it or by ordering them from https://shop.mistral.com/collections/fins. Have a lot of fun with your new paddle board!

      Καλό ταξίδι!

      Tom

  9. Hi
    yesterday I find your review and today I bought this Mistral Lidl Sup. Also in Lidl Slovenia today was in sell. in our Lidl store 11 pcs and in let say in 5 minutes me and some friends + others we already been in line for payment.
    It is really good purchase. I loved it!
    Now it is necessary to go to try it.

    You prepared great Review, also YouTube presentations are very good.

    Also a person in retail shop said that this is very good item however as usual retailers are sad to see such sell.

      • Hi there Vasco!

        Of course this is possible, but I would keep it for small waves. The board is not very agile, so with bigger waves it will be hard to stay balanced. Let me know how it goes if you decide to try it out 😉

        Have fun on the Water!

        Tom

  10. Hello Tom,

    First of all, thank you for the excellent review!
    I’m a 190 cm and 110kg man in his 40s who wants to enter the paddle world 🙂
    I am undecided between this Mistral board and an itiwit 11 touring from decathlon (350 € only the board), which one do you recommend?

    Greetings from Portugal.

    Nelson Simões

  11. Hi Tom,

    I bought the SUP after reading your review here in Cyprus. After using it twice I notice some air leaking from the top of the board. I left it inflated during the night and by the morning there were 2 huge bumps. I took it back but unfortunately Lidl does not have extra boards for replacing it so I settled for my money back. Kids were very disappointed so we went ahead an bought an STX 10.6’ Freeride 2020 board. This is a much lighter board which is easier to carry around even for my 13 year old son.

    Stefanos

    • Hi Stefanos,

      I’m sorry that you had such a bad experience with the Mistral Lidl SUP Board. The thing with cheap boards is that they are mass produced and production errors may always occur.
      How is your experience with the STX board on the water? I have not heard about the brand before, but then again there are so many brands these days.
      Hope you have a lot of fun in the water in the nice and sunny Cyprus!

      Greetings,

      Tom

    • Hi Edgar,

      For the structure this should not matter, a lot of people who go together do it in this way.
      Since you are quite close to the maximum weight limit of 150 kg the board might bend a bit in the middle though, so try to position a bit in front and behind the middle if you go out together, to divide the weight over the platform for the highest stability.

      I have checked out your Facebook page and you have some great pictures on there, looking forward to seeing more of your SUP adventures!

      Greetings,

      Tom

  12. Hello, Tom, this is also from Greece. unfortunately, we didn’t hit it off with Mistral board because it got out of stock the moment it appeared on lidl shelves. last week, my daughter, aged 10, 33 kg, borrowed the mistral board on the beach and did it quite well for a first-time ‘surfer’. She found it very easy to handle and navigate around swimmers and could stand quite easily on the board without falling off So we’re looking for something similar to that, but the list is Endless and we have no idea, you see, first time – first love😊❤️ Any recommendations?

    • Hi there Elena,

      Seems I have a lot of readers from Greece, a great country for paddle boarding it is! Too bad that you couldn’t find the Mistral board anymore, I see they stopped selling it here in the Netherlands and in Germany as well. Have you perhaps checked out my guide on Best Paddle Boards for Kids yet? There you can find some great boards for children, I hope they availability of these boards in Greece will also be good though!

      Have a lot of fun paddling together with your daughter 🙂

      Tom

      • Hello, Tom, thanks for taking the time to answer me. I guess, Greece is sun-and-sea kissed, and you are very kind!
        Yeap, i checked your guide for kids, but, my daughter is taller than average. So, we thought it better to get her sth she could also use in the near future. We also saw Aqua marine fusion you commented on, and the man who rents such equipment on our beach, has one on display!! Why some boards are round at the front like lidl’s or fusion, while others are more pointy?

        Best,

        Elena

        • Hi Elena,

          I’m sorry I did not answer your question earlier!
          I do love Greece, cannot wait to go there again to the beautiful sea, where in Greece are you from?
          You should try out the Aqua Marina Fusion if you have the option to rent it. It is great you have this option, so you can be sure the board suits you and your daughter.
          Generally a more pointy board is for touring and cutting through the water easier, while a round one is aimed more at stability and all-around use. I am making more content talking about this on “Types of Paddle boards“.

          If you have any more questions let me know!
          Hope you have a great time on the sea with your SUP.

          Greetings,

          Tom

  13. Hello, Tom, thanks for taking the time to answer me. I guess, Greece is sun-and-sea kissed, and you are very kind!
    Yeap, i checked your guide for kids, but, my daughter is taller than average. So, we thought it better to get her sth she could also use in the near future. We also saw Aqua marine fusion you commented on, and the man who rents such equipment on our beach, has one on display!! Why some boards are round at the front like lidl’s or fusion, while others are more pointy?

    Best,

    Elena

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Review written by: Tom

Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)