Nixy Newport 10'6"
- Ideal all-rounder board for beginners
- Fusion layer drop stitch technology makes it a really light yet rigid board
- Three detachable fins allow for a lot of versatility
- Fantastic backpack is included as well as a high quality leash and a paddle
- If you've been paddling for a couple of years already this is probably not for you
Are you looking for an affordable All-rounder iSUP that has everything you need to get started?
We implore you to take a closer look at this Nixy 10’6 Newport All-rounder, below we’ve detailed everything from accessories to materials and performance.
In with the new(port) and out with the old.
NixySports are among the hundreds of new retailers popping up since iSUP’s started increasing in popularity. Having only been manufacturing for 5 years, their boards would make you think they’ve been at this for much longer.
Check out our review below!
|WEIGHT||17 lbs (19 lbs)|
|MAX CAPACITY||300 lbs / 136 kg|
Given the title of an all-rounder, we would say the Newport was a wonder to paddle around.
Something always has to be compromised on all-rounder boards, but the versatility makes up for these small compromises.
You’ll see on other boards like the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride that they compromised on having no large center fin so it better suits being in the surf/whitewater conditions. Whereas, on the Newport, it’s the opposite! The result is that it may not be as responsive to turning but is gains momentum faster than the Ride in flatwater conditions.
The pointed nose with significant rocker makes up for the slow turning when comparing the board’s performance in surf conditions, it’d be best in fatter, slow waves where you don’t need to turn to sharp, but the advantage with this nose is you can take off closer to the break, which means faster take-offs! Same physics apply on flatwater, the nose helps gain momentum.
We loved how stable it felt and definitely would be a perfect pick for someone beginning. Not only for the sake of affordability but also the stability and the large center fin does make tracking a dream.
You would think a board so lightweight (9kgs) could be prone to a bit of flex or easily affected by wind, but we found the 33” width and 6” thickness proved to make a concrete board that defies the laws of physics and floats you like a dream. The reason behind the strange combination of it being lightweight but still solid is due to the technology used in the manufacturing of the board which we explain further down.
Paddling with the included paddle is on the average side but that’s easily improved by upgrading and we’ve included our recommendations down below in the “Paddle” section. Though for the price and everything else you get, it’s not something we’re not going to cry about.
All of the fins are removable which is a rare find on most iSUP’s! This means if you’re an intermediate you can switch around your fin setup to get the absolute most out of paddle!
Move over standard double-layer drop stitching and make room for the new kid (well kind of new) for the Fusion Laminated Drop Stitch.
Phwoar! What is that?
Much like we’ve seen before where the core of the board (where we find the drop stitching) is then covered in 1 or 2 layers of PVC, we now see the future of all iSUPs to come that these layers are still added, but the way in which they are has changed.
Instead of gluing these layers by human hand which does have its errors, now after an adhesive is added (which also acts as a sealant) the inner core is laminated by a machine. This fusing of layers sees a 30% of weight decrease compared to the traditional way of creating of iSUPs and the ability for the boards to feel stiffer at lower PSI levels.
Hardboards beware; the world of inflatables is taking over!!
Flip your board, and you’ll see your tri-fin setup that is all removable (tool-less too!). Quite often only 1 or 2 fins are detachable, and there are a few perks to having removable fins.
- Makes rolling the board up easier
- You can customize your fin setup to maximise performance in different conditions
- Easy to replace damaged fins
Nixy is one of the first companies to make all 3 fins completely removable. That’s something you usually only see in a higher price range. Great job!
Inflation and deflation is done via the simple push valve system. Make sure you push the pin in so that valve head is popped up to inflate and vice versa for the deflate.
The bravo pump included gets the job done in about 5 mins with the recommended PSI being around 15 PSI. If you are close to the max capacity weight (this includes taking gear / your dog), it’ll be worth your while to pump it closer to 20 PSI.
Do not fret – the board has been designed to inflate up to 20 PSI even though it may feel like it’s going to pop!
The different color schemes we thought was worth a mention. You can choose between aqua, red, blue, pink and purple.
- It’s nice to have options!
- The bright colors mean you are easier to spot – ideal for areas where boats may also go and if you are going remote
The deck pad covers all necessary area and is one of those high-quality squishy EVA diamond groove ones – perfect for kneeling and/or SUP fitness!
Your Nixy Newport is as portable as it is affordable.
The backpack is one of the best we’ve seen for a while – it’s versatile and has a huge amount of support and storage space. The three wheels also make it super easy to pull the back, making it really airport friendly. Even pulling it on less smooth surfaces is easy.
You won’t be straining your back either with the whole kit and caboodle weighing in around 11kg. Nixy claims the board weighs just 17lbs. We double-checked, and our board weighed 19.8lbs (9180grams). While that’s not a huge discrepancy, it is something we wanted to point out.
The board itself also has a material handle which makes carrying it easy on your hands.
We do enjoy it when the company includes a paddle with the board!
This particular paddle is a three-piece, aluminum uniquely shaped wonder. We love that it breaks down for travel, but we don’t love that the joints can slip a little.
Its unique spoon-like blade enhances propulsion in the water even though it is a fairly small blade.
**A tip** lift the blade from the water quickly. You’ll get the best performance out a blade this shape by doing so because otherwise, you may be lifting water instead of using it to pushing it.
Nixy claims the paddle weighs 1000g. We found it to be even lighter (920g/2lbs).
Coiled leashes are always a favorite because they have less of a tendency to bounce a board back at your face, so we’re excited to see one included in this package. At 10’ long there’s plenty of give and the materials are of a high quality and durable, so no worry of an easy snap! The leash is great and something we’d pay extra for if it wasn’t included.
Your Bravo 4D pump included is a dual action pump with pressure reading gauge, feels reasonably sturdy and has a cool extra feature.
The pump also has a deflate option! It’s always a bit annoying to try to squeeze the last bit of air out of the board by hand but no worries with this pump. It’s a reliable pump, but if you want to avoid the pre-workout Nixy also offers electric pumps.
The backpack is fantastic. Probably the best we’ve seen.
Constructed with heavy-duty nylon and PVC, doesn’t feel like it will rip or tear easily. The storage inside is plenty and there are Velcro straps inside to store the paddle securely.
As we mentioned earlier, the support through the shoulders and back is plentiful and extra padding inside not only protects your board but keeps parts from jabbing into you.
You know those damn trolleys at the supermarket that have a mind of their own and are impossible to steer?
Well, we are pleased to say this backpack when used as a wheelie bag isn’t like – very stable to pull.
Should I buy it? And if not, what else?
Given what you get for this price tag, you’ll be pressing to find a better deal. iRocker has boards around the same price, and the quality of the board is comparable, but the Nixy is the lighter option.
If you are a beginner, this is PERFECT. It’s affordable, a little wider than other SUP’s in the same category, so it’ll be very stable for you and all gear to get started is included.
If you are at an intermediate/expert level you may find this board a bit sluggish in certain conditions. For anyone getting into paddle boarding, however, this is the perfect entry level board at a very reasonable price.
Whichever you choose, we just hope it’s soon so you can come join us out on the water asap!