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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 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:
- 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
- Only one carrying handle
- Poor availability
- The board is not fast enough for the advanced SUP boarder (5+ years experience)
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.
|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.
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. Even on your back if you go with a bicycle.
The board is stable on the water, with a decent weight capacity of 331 lbs / 150 kg
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 than the same honeycomb groove.
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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• 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
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.
Drop Stitch Material with Dual Chamber Technology
Inflate / deflate
SUP is inflated in nearly 8 mins with the supplied pump
There is not 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 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 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 splash proof 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 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
- 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
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!
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.