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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re on the market for an affordable, inflatable paddle board that comes in a complete package, the NIXY Newport is one to take into consideration. At $795, the Newport sits comfortably in the affordable price tier and is best-suited for all around paddling. At 33 inches wide, the board is very stable and user-friendly to all paddlers, no matter age, skill, or size. It is also fairly lightweight, weighing only 22.6 lbs making nice and easy to carry. The NIXY Newport does include everything you need to get on the water right out of the gate and the board itself also has a bunch of add on’s which is somewhat unique for a board at this price point.
The overall impression of this board is that it's trying to compete at the slightly lower level price point between $500-$800. It comes with a lot of bells and whistles which is something more unique for something at this price point. We're not the biggest fans of these graphics but if you're indifferent then this might be a very good package for you. Now let's get into the nuts and bolts of the package. Starting with the cons, the board comes with a three fin (thruster) setup and the fin system is something new that we haven't seen before and it did take us a few minutes to figure out how it worked and didn't seem like it was a solid system. Another con here was that the traction pad did feel a bit slippery and while the board does come with a paddle which is a nice feature, the paddle was pretty clunky and undermined the paddling experience. Moving on to the pros, the board has a very nice shape with the rocker being right on point. It's stable, has a nice glide and comes with carbon reinforced rails which did seem to give the board a bit more rigidity. The board also comes with a shoulder strap to assist on carrying the board, a leash and plenty of bungee cords. Overall, if you're looking for a board that is a bit stiffer in this price point range and you're okay with the graphics you should really take a look at this. Other than the paddle, it's a good board. Love the rocker, love the stability and love the glide.
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.
Dimensions10'6" x 33" x 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 Nose, Bungee Tail, D Ring, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Shoulder Strap, 3 fins included, handle on nose and tail, carbon reinforced rails
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 6 Inches||33 Inches||6 Inches||300 L|
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