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Cheap and complete, but beware of your warranty
What surprised me a lot this year is that Lidl decided to change and enhance the quality Lidl Paddle Board they are usually selling. This used to be the F2 brand, but in 2021 they decided to switch to Mistral. A big jump up in terms of quality, which makes me wonder about this board and want to check it out!
UPDATE: it’s very hard to attain a paddle board at LIDL. This is why I decided to try out another (EVEN BETTER) board in the same price range, the Goosehill Sailor 10’6. Check out my in-depth review to see why this is the best-selling board on Amazon.
Now let’s move on to the Mistral Paddle board review and see why this board might be a good choice for you.
- Mistral board is known for its good quality
- 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 added tilt stability and better direction and speed
- Only one carrying handle
- Poor availability
- The board is not fast enough for the advanced SUP boarder (5+ years experience)
Most suitable for:
The Lidl Mistral SUP Board is a great and good quality board for beginners that want to get started with Stand Up Paddle Boarding. This wide design board shape is especially suitable for starters and people with less than 5 years of SUP experience.
This allrounder paddle board is not very fast (partly because it is inflatable) but mainly focuses on sportiness and fun. It has a traditional component of an all-purpose paddle board that has a wide and round nose. With a max. carrying capacity of 150 kg it is also suitable for bigger or heavier people.
|Length||Width||Thickness||Max weight load||Weight board|
|10’5″||33″||6″||330 lbs / 150 kg||23.8 lbs / 10.8 kg|
All Round / Yoga / Touring / Relaxing
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 or surfing!
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. Even on your back if you go on the beach on a bicycle.
The board is stable on the water, with a decent weight capacity of 331 lbs / 150 kg
As I mentioned, sometimes this board is too hard to find because the demand is higher than the production so in that case in the button below you can check other boards just as good in the same price range.
My own experience
I tested the Lidl SUP board for the first time 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 like the original M-embossed pattern for extra grip, it adds something different than the same honeycomb groove.
It is also worth pointing out that the board feels sturdy but 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 board from Lidl 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 kayak paddle, a double chamber action pump, a dry bag, and a kayak seat.
Because so much is offered with its complete gear you really cannot go wrong with the Lidl mistral 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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- Unique printed M embossed deck print provides added grip and foot comfort
- A Large cargo netting permits secured accessories
- Stainless steel leash D-ring
- Center carry handle
Includes 2 x molded side bite fins for added directional stability and a single universal standard fin box. An 8” fin is provided as part of the full fin package.
Drop Stitch Material with Double Air Chamber Technology
Inflate / deflate
SUP is inflated in nearly 8 mins with the supplied pump
There is no warranty by Lidl or the manufacturer, only the mandatory warranty that is required by law is offered and differs per country.
Very stylish and modern design with the original M embossed deck print instead of the honeycomb grooves.
In the package
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.
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 be attached, so it will not be in the way during your paddling adventures.
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 pumping with other inflatable paddle boards.
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 splashproof but not waterproof, so you might not want to put your camera or phone in there!
Optional accessories (not included)
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone!
Electric SUP Pump
For if you want to inflate your paddle board without breaking a sweat, I recommend the Shark II by OutdoorMaster. Read my review here.
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
- 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
Other reviews of the Mistral Lidl SUP online
“The Mistral paddle Board from Lidl is a very affordable paddle board with a large scope of delivery and thus attracts mainly beginners who do not want to dig too deep into their pockets for their first paddle board.”stand-up-paddling.org
” The Mistral is an absolute bargain. If you’ve rented or had a few lessons but haven’t purchased due to cost – then this is a blooming awesome board for you.”paddleup.co.uk
What is the Mistral Lidl SUP board and what is it used for?
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Conclusion: Should I buy this board?
The Mistral Lidl SUP paddleboard 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 not 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 so you have to be careful when purchasing.
All in all the Lidl paddle 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!
What do you think about buying these great boards from a big supermarket like Lidl? The company strives to tailor the experience for each individual customer, taking into account their preferences and interests to create a SUP board for every skill levels! 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 and I will answer questions in the comments below! Stay Safe and Happy SUPing!