NIXY Manhattan G4 – 12’6” Inflatable Paddle Board Review
Now in its 4th generation, the NIXY Manhattan G4 – 12’6” Inflatable Paddle Board has had a number of subtle updates to both the board itself as well as the included accessories. As the longest, sleekest and fastest board within their range, the Manhattan is a quality long distance paddle board that is ideally suited to experienced paddlers who are looking to rack up the miles. Nicely priced for what you get so well worth considering.
Length: 12’6” (381 cm)
Width: 28” (71 cm)
Thickness: 6” (15 cm)
Construction: Advanced Fusion PVC / Drop-stitch
Volume: 335 litres
Weight: 23 lbs (10.4 kgs)
Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kgs)
Inflation PSI: Recommended at 15 psi
D-rings: 10 (includes Bungee Cargo Areas)
Paddle: 3-Piece Adjustable Carbon Fibre Hybrid
Fin: 9” Tool-less US / FCS Centre Fin
Pump: Dual Chamber Triple Action High Pressure
Leash: 10’ Dual-Swivel Hybrid / Straight Leash
Warranty: 24 Months Manufacturer Warranty
Why Paddle Board
As a recreational activity, paddle boarding offers some tremendous health and fitness benefits ranging from a full body workout engaging many of the core muscles albeit in a low impact way through to improved balance, improvements in endurance and stamina, injury rehabilitation, weight loss as well as improving our cardiovascular health. Its an exciting way to unwind and decompress whilst at the same time engaging with nature. As one of the fastest growing water sports globally, if you have access to water then its definitely worth giving it a go.
Based in Irvine California and established in 2015 by Ale and Nicolas Szczedrin, NIXY are quickly establishing themselves as industry leaders for mid-high end iSUPs. With a passion for travel, it was their desire to bring a series of boards to the market that met the highest of design standards whilst still remaining portable, lightweight and equally important – affordable. Continually looking for ways to improve upon the design process, NIXY have positioned themselves to take advantage of an exciting and growing inflatable market.
At a Glance
☑️ Advanced Fusion Technology construction
☑️ Light-weight and easily transportable
☑️ Significant rider weight carrying capacity
☑️ Plenty of volume for greater buoyancy
☑️ Great speed and straight line tracking
☑️ Inclusion of multiple action mounts
☑️ Forward bungee cargo area
☑️ Light-weight carbon fibre hybrid paddle
☑️ Quality multi-stage manual pump
☑️ Ample D-rings for accessories
☑️ Multiple grab / carry handles
☑️ Upgraded backpack with wheels
☑️ 24 month manufacturer warranty
▪️Offers limited versatility
▪️Not well suited to less experienced paddlers
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The longest and most streamlined SUP within NIXY’s range, the 12’6” Manhattan G4 is best suited to advanced paddlers with a focus on longer distance paddling with greater overall performance and output.
Construction – throughout the entire G4 range, NIXY utilise their proprietary dual layer Advanced Fusion laminated woven drop-stitch technology when building all of their inflatable boards. Drop-stitch is a proven method of intertwining thousands of polyester threads together to form an inflatables inner core. This method of construction is what enables the board to maintain its shape and form once fully inflated under high pressure. Drop-stitch technology has been extensively used for many years in the marine and aviation sectors (floating docks, platforms etc.).
Enveloping the core are two layers of military-grade laminated PVC material which form a highly durable outer skin capable of withstanding impacts from floating debris, other watercraft, underwater rocks or reefs and obstacles or if accidentally dropped.
Fusing as opposed to gluing the two layers of laminate together actually creates greater strength as well as saving weight when compared to gluing the layers together which is a process that many other manufactures adopt. This also helps reduce the risk of surface wrinkles that can become apparent over time. The board is further protected with high-pressure heat-pressed seams as well as carbon side and centre rails for even greater stiffness and rigidity.
External Board Features
The Manhattan isn’t outrageous when it comes to features, although NIXY have covered off the bases nicely so you will not be left wanting when out on the water.
◽️ Deck Padding – the non-slip soft EVA foam deck padding covers a little over half of the boards surface. Comfortable under foot for greater traction and stability, its the ideal surface for digging in while paddling as well as helping to reduce fatigue on the legs when paddling over longer distances.
◽️ Bungee System – the 6-point forward bungee cargo area is fairly generous providing room to store your dry bag, water bottle, towel or other accessories.
◽️ D-rings – there are a total of 10 well spaced stainless steel D-rings. 6 form part of the forward bungee cargo area with one acting as a leash point. There is also a D-ring on the underside of the nose which can be used as a towing or mooring point.
◽️ Action Mounts – pleasingly, NIXY have been overly generous in terms of action mounts, so its easy to attach your GoPro camera, water bottle or fishing rod holders or other accessories.
◽️ Handles – made from a heavy-duty nylon material, the centre logo embossed neoprene carry handle makes light work of carrying the board by a solo paddler. The nose and tail grab handles can be used as towing or anchor points or for carrying the board with a paddle partner.
◽️ Inflation Valve – unlike many other iSUPs, the inflation valve on the Manhattan is located at the nose of the board making the tail board area cleaner for better comfort when transitioning weight on to your back foot. It also makes it easier to roll the board up from the tail so you can squeeze all of the air out when finished.
◽️ Fin – the single durable nylon centre fin is 9” long. Easily detachable without the need for any tools, it operates using a US / FCS fin box so is compatible with other after market products should you wish to adjust the set-up.
Performance / Suitability
There’s not really a lot of insight required here to determine what the NIXY Manhattan is all about. Its long, its pointy and it performs. The board is at its best on calmer waters or mild swell and has been designed with experienced paddlers in mind for longer distance paddling.
▪️Stability – as a rule of thumb, longer paddle boards, particularly inflatables, typically offer greater stability in terms of their actual size and overall volume. The only drawback in this regard is for boards that are narrow in width.
At 28” wide, the Manhattan is not very generous when compared to an all-rounder for instance which normally come in at circa. 32” – 33” in width. To this extent, this is really an iSUP that is best suited to experienced paddlers who have sound paddling technique. Beginners will get there with time but there are far better options for those that are still finding their feet.
▪️Tracking / Glide – this is where the Manhattan is at its best. At 12’6” in length and with an aggressive sleek design, the board powers through the water and is by far NIXY’s best performing board in terms of straight line tracking and speed.
The board is highly rigid with plenty of weight carrying capacity so once you settle into your stroke, it powers along through the water very comfortably. It has a long flat bottom deck to better enhance glide as well as a mild front rocker to keep the nose out of the water. As a single fin board, it has primarily been designed for straight-line paddling speed although it does have a compatible fin box so the supplied 9” fin can be changed up to suit different paddling preferences.
▪️Manoeuvrability – the one draw back to longer more stealth SUPs, is that they are more restrictive when it comes to agility or responsive manoeuvres. Again, with experience you can get where you need to although this is not an issue from our perspective as agility and quick responsive activity is not what the Manhattan is all about.
The NIXY Manhattan G4 iSUP comes complete with an upgraded all-inclusive accessories package to fully compliment your ride.
✔️ Backpack – many inflatable SUP manufactures let themselves down when it comes to backpacks so again it‘s pleasing to see that NIXY have made some enhancements on their G4 range.
The heavy-duty nylon backpack has been slimmed down over the previous model making it lighter and easier to transport and store. Weighing a little under 6 lbs, features include: a single large U-shaped zipper for the main storage compartment; side pockets with drainage grommets for wet items; thick extra padded adjustable shoulder straps for greater comfort; a paddle sleeve; front I.D. window; durable top carry handle; front zipper accessories compartment; plastic D-rings / cargo hooks for accessories as well as three heavy-duty wheels for easy transport on flat surfaces making it an ideal travel bag for flights.
✔️ Pump – the Typhoon dual-chamber triple-action pump is one of the best manual hand pumps on the market. The detachable handles and foldable legs make for easy storage while the high-pressure gauge helps the pump reach a maximum inflation capacity of an impressive 29 psi.
If you are looking to paddle on a more frequent basis, then we would always recommend investing in an electric pump. Our Top 5 Electric Pump Picks provides greater insight on what to look for as well as some well reputed recommendations.
✔️ Leash – the 10’ hybrid coiled / straight SUP leash has been specifically designed for SUP paddling. The multi-layered neoprene cuff securely and comfortably attaches to the paddlers ankle or calf muscle while the stainless steel double swivelled durable polyurethane cord helps mitigate tangling and drag through the water.
✔️ Paddle – unlike some of the other comparable iSUP packages, NIXY have included an upgraded adjustable carbon fibre hybrid paddle as a standard inclusion for their G4 boards. If you’ve used an aluminium paddle in the past, then the benefits of a significantly lighter more durable and rigid carbon fibre paddle will be noticeably obvious as soon as you take to the water. The paddle floats and is adjustable out to 84” (213 cm), enabling it to be adjusted to suit riders of all heights.
✔️ Repair Kit – a standard inflatable SUP repair kit which includes colour coded PVC patches and glue in the unlikely event of a tear plus a wrench tool in case the inflation value loosens, all of which is contained within a watertight orange plastic canister.
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We hope the above review was of benefit and as always, it would be great to get your thoughts. Do you already own a NIXY paddle board or are you still in the market? Start a conversation below and we will definitely get back to you.
Until then, stay safe and get wet.