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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The NXT from Jimmy Styks is an all around paddle board best for beginner paddlers that want a board that can take a beating. The NXT is a non-inflatable paddle board made from blow-molded ironhide which makes it a rugged board great for recreational paddling with the whole family. The board is very stable, yet very heavy and difficult to carry. This board does come as a package deal with a paddle and leash so at a price point under $450 it’s a great deal.
At first look the NXT looks to be an incredibly solid board that is able to take a beating and last a long time. Ideally, this board should be used as a board for the whole family as an introductory board since it’s really stable, or it would work well as a rental board. The board is really difficult to carry weighing just over 40lbs thus affecting the glide and making it pretty slow on the water but it does come with a shoulder strap to help with the carrying. The graphics and design of the board are pretty basic and bland. This board is not meant to be paddled long distances and works best around the beach or dock.
Primary UseAll Around
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.
Dimensions10'10" x 32" x 4.6"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee/Shoulder Strap/Paddle/Leash/Click-n-Go Fin
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|10 Feet 10 Inches||32 Inches||4.6 Inches||196 L|
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