NIXY Paddle Boards – Newport G4 10’6″ Review
Still a young Co. NIXY are quickly positioning themselves as an inflatable board manufacturer of choice. Whilst their range of boards remains limited, their focus on producing a high quality affordable product is certainly not.
Today we will be taking a look at the NIXY Newport G4 10’6″ All Around iSUP Package.
Length: 10’6″ (320 cm)
Width: 33” (84 cm)
Thickness / Depth: 6” (15 cm)
Construction: Advanced Fusion Laminate / Drop-stitch
Weight: 21 lbs (9.5 kgs)
User Weight: 300 lbs (136kg)
Volume: 300 litres
Inflation: Recommended 15 psi
Paddle: 3-Piece Adjustable Carbon Fibre
D-rings: 16 + 5 M8 Action Mounts
Fin: Tri-fin / 3 x Detachable US/FCS Compatible
Pump: Dual Chamber High Pressure Triple Action
Leash: 10′ Coiled / Dual-Swivel
Warranty: 2 Year Manufacturers 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 and 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 appear to be well positioned to take advantage of an exciting and growing inflatable market.
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At a Glance
☑️ Durable Advanced Fusion Technology
☑️ Greater width for enhanced stability
☑️ Significant rider weight capacity
☑️ Plenty of volume for added buoyancy
☑️ Light-weight and easily transportable
☑️ Versatile all round paddling
☑️ Inclusion of multiple action mounts
☑️ Forward and rear bungee systems
☑️ Light-weight carbon fibre paddle
☑️ Quality multi-stage manual pump
☑️ Ample D-rings for accessories
☑️ US/FCS compatible tri-fin configuration
☑️ Oversized deck traction padding
☑️ Upgraded backpack with wheels
☑️ Available in 5 colour schemes
☑️ Backed by a 2 year manufacturers warranty
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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 Newport has a pretty comprehensive features package so you won’t be left wanting out on the water.
▪️Bungee System – a 6-point rear and 4-point forward bungee cargo area for storage of your dry bag, water bottle, towel or other accessories.
▪️D-rings – ample D-rings to accessorise the board including the optional NIXY kayak seat.
▪️Deck Padding – oversized non-slip EVA foam deck traction padding for greater comfort when doing stationary board exercises as well as reducing fatigue when paddling over longer distances.
▪️Handles – comfortable centre, nose and rear grab handles.
▪️Paddle Holder – side paddle holder ideally suited when doing SUP yoga, fishing or other stationary board exercises.
▪️Action Mounts – 5 separate M8 action mounts for attaching your GoPro camera, fishing rod holders, cellphone or other mountable accessories.
▪️Fins – a 9” detachable tool-less US/FCS compatible centre fin for optimal tracking as well as 2 x 5” tool-less removable side fins for enhanced configurability.
▪️Inflation Valve – designed to withstand significant water / air pressure, the valve operates via an easy push button mechanism for quick and easy inflation / deflation.
Performance / Suitability
An affordable and versatile board well suited for beginners and intermediate paddlers. A particularly lightweight iSUP with great weight carrying capabilities for heavier paddlers offering good tracking, durability and stability. The accessories and inclusions complete the board nicely and help increase its versatility above and beyond simply paddling – yoga, stretching, fishing and other.
Coupled with the lighter weight, the adjustable tri-fin set-up enhances the boards manoeuvrability which can of course be changed up with other after market fins to better suit paddler preferences given the US/FCS compatible fin-box. With marginally greater width and a comfortable EVA foam deck padding, finding your feet and maintaining balance is not challenging at all making it easier to maintain stability and gain traction for more efficient paddling.
◽️ Backpack – 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.
◽️ 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.
◽️ 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.
◽️ Paddle – NIXY have included an upgraded adjustable carbon fibre hybrid paddle as a standard inclusion for their full G4 range of iSUPs. 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 this brief review was of benefit and as always would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below and we will get back to you.
Until then, stay safe and get wet….