The all-new NIXY 12’6″ Manhattan touring SUP is a long, fast inflatable paddle board that is a lot of fun to paddle. Measuring 12’6″ x 30″ x 6″ and weighing in at only 19 pounds, this is a very well-constructed iSUP that is loaded with great features.
NIXY Sports is a fairly new name on the SUP scene, and the Irvine, CA-based company is focused entirely on the iSUP market. In addition to NIXY’s inflatable SUP lineup, the company also has a growing range of paddle board accessories. NIXY SUP boards are known for their great value and very affordable price points, and the latest models have only gotten better.
In this review of the brand new NIXY 12’6″ Manhattan iSUP, we’ll take a look at this board’s features and construction, what we like about it, what we’d like to see changed, the warranty, included SUP accessories, and more.
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NIXY Sports 12’6″ Manhattan Review: SUP Overview
Currently the longest board in NIXY’s inflatable SUP line and available in two color options (red/white, and blue/white), the 12’6″ Manhattan is a fun touring board that is perfect for exploring and paddling long distances. This is a fast board that glides well in the water, and it tracks pretty well despite having only a single fin.
New to NIXY’s 2018 lineup is the incorporation of cutting-edge Fusion technology which results in a huge reduction in weight. NIXY’s former 12’6″ touring model weighed in at approximately 30 pounds, while the new 12’6″ Manhattan weighs just 19 pounds.
Despite being so lightweight, the 12’6″ Manhattan is extremely durable and offers outstanding rigidity. Thanks to the advanced Fusion dropstitch construction, it’s super stiff and can be inflated all the way up to 20 PSI.
The top deck of the NIXY Manhattan is covered by a large, premium quality EVA foam traction pad. The deck pad offers excellent grip thanks to the diamond pattern and crocodile texture. We really like the fact that the deck pad is so generously-sized, making it a great option for paddling around the kiddos or your dog.
Located at the middle of the board is a convenient carrying handle which is covered by a soft, neoprene cover. The handle is very comfortable and makes it easy to carry the board around when it’s fully inflated. While we do like the neoprene cover, it’d be nice if it were removable. Adding a velcro closure would allow you to take the neoprene cover off and lay the handle flat.
Also located mid-board along the outside edges of the traction pad are two stainless steel D-rings. These can be used to attach a kayak seat or as attachment points to tie-down gear. We’d like to see two more D-rings added directly behind the existing ones as this would give you even more available cargo space on the large deck of the Manhattan.
At the board’s tail is another stainless steel D-ring for attaching a SUP leash. It’d be great to see a raised kick tail added to the traction pad which would help when performing pivot turns and other advanced maneuvers. We’d also love to have a grab handle at either the nose or tail — this really comes in handy whenever you’re pulling your board in and out of the water.
Located at the nose of the board is a Halkey Roberts-style air valve, which we really like. Having the inflation valve at the board’s nose allows you to begin rolling the board from the tail, making it easier to fold everything neatly over the fin box.
Also at the nose of the Manhattan are four more D-rings and an elastic bungee cord storage area.
On the flip side, the NIXY Manhattan has a single D-ring under the nose for towing the board. There’s also a large, removable single fin at the tail. NIXY used a convenient toolless fin system that is solid and easy to use — just line the fin up, push it down into the fin box, and then secure the plastic-tipped screw in place by tightening it with your fingers.
NIXY 12'6" Manhattan SUP Rating
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NIXY has packed a lot of value into their Manhattan SUP package. Included is everything you need to start paddling, with the exception of a PFD (personal flotation device).
The board comes with a high-end wheeled iSUP backpack, 10-foot coiled SUP leash, floating 3-piece aluminum travel paddle, inflatable paddle board repair kit, and dual-action BRAVO SUP pump with built-in pressure gauge. The real standout in this package of accessories is the brand new roller backpack which is one of the nicest we’ve seen.
NIXY’s wheeled roller backpack is very well-constructed and made out of durable materials. There are super comfortable grab handles located at the top, side, and back of the bag, and there’s also a convenient plastic grab handle located on the bottom of the bag. All of these handles make it really easy to pull the bag in and out of the car.
There’s a large zippered storage pocket on the front of the bag which is sized perfectly for the included pump. You can also store the pump’s inflation hose, fin, and iSUP repair kit in this compartment, and on the front is a see-through luggage ID window. Attached to the padded backside of the bag are two adjustable shoulder straps and a waist belt which helps to stabilize the bag when it’s on your shoulders.
On the side of the bag is an open pocket for holding the 3-piece travel paddle. The top of the paddle can be secured via the backpack’s compression straps.
The grooved wheels on NIXY’s new backpack are absolutely massive, and one improvement over other premium iSUP backpacks is the inclusion of an additional third wheel. Having a third wheel in the middle of the bag is super nice as it’s easier to roll the bag off of curbs and over obstacles, and it also protects the bottom of the bag from dragging. Lastly, the wheels have deeply-grooved traction which really comes in handy when pulling the bag through grass, sand, and dirt.
NIXY backs all of their inflatable paddle boards with a rock-solid 2-year warranty which covers any and all manufacturing defects. Also included is their risk-free, 30-day money back guarantee.
Overall, we’re extremely impressed with NIXY’s 12’6″ Manhattan iSUP. This is a super fun board for exploring and paddling longer distances, and we absolutely love the build quality, light weight, and affordable price point. For those who are looking for a more versatile all-around board with greater stability, we highly recommend the NIXY 10’6″ Newport model.
NIXY has made some really nice improvements to their SUP lineup by incorporating Fusion dropstitch construction, dramatically reducing overall weight, and revamping their SUP backpack. Other than a few very minor things that we think can be improved upon, there’s nothing we don’t like about the NIXY Manhattan.
If you’re looking for a super affordable, well-built touring iSUP that includes a solid warranty and SUP accessory bundle, you absolutely will not be disappointed with NIXY’s new lightweight 12’6″ Manhattan.