NIXY Newport Review | 2021

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NIXY Newport G4 paddle board review - 2021 all-around SUP top pick
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The new NIXY Newport G4 is a great all-around inflatable paddle board that is surprisingly lightweight, feature packed, and very stable. A part of NIXY SPORT’s next-generation G4 lineup, this versatile board is an excellent option for paddlers of all skill levels and will be giving the all-around SUPS, offered by other brands, some stiff competition this season, as we’ll cover in this NIXY Newport review.

NIXY’s inflatable paddle boards were significantly updated for the first time since 2019 with the introduction of woven drop stitch construction, new features like action mounts, fresh designs, and updated accessories. These boards are lighter than many other inflatable iSUPs on the market and can be inflated to higher PSI for incredible rigidity.

Founded by Nicolas and Ale Szczedrin and headquartered in Irvine, CA, NIXY Sports specializes in designing high-quality inflatable SUPs at affordable price points. NIXY has a manufacturer-direct marketing model that eliminates the middle man and their reduced overhead costs allow the savings to be passed on to the consumer.

In this review of NIXY’s 10’6″ Newport all around paddle board, we’ll cover the inflatable SUP’s features, specs, pros and cons, warranty coverage, what’s in the box, where you can buy it, current discounts that can save you money, and more.

Specifications

Dimensions
Length10'6"
Width33“
Thickness6“
Weight
Max Capacity300 pounds
Board Weight21 pounds
Kit Weight
(SUP & accessories)
39 pounds
Buying Info
List Price$895
Warranty2 years
Returns period30 days
Paddling the Newport towards shore with palms and a resort in the background.
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— In a Hurry? Here’s a Quick Summary —

NIXY Newport G4
  • Durability
  • Features
  • Versatility
  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Portability
  • Warranty
  • Customer Support
  • Price
4.9

Summary

The NIXY Newport G4 is a 2021 Top Pick that should be on the short list of anyone in the North American market shopping for an impressively light, feature packed all around paddle board.

Pros

  • New carbon hybrid paddle
  • New slimmer rolling bag
  • New action mounts
  • New adjustable/removable bungee storage
  • New 3-stage pump with removable handles and folding feet
  • New US/FCS compatible center fin box
  • Extremely light weight
  • Excellent build quality
  • High rigidity and stiffness
  • Greater stability that most all around SUPs

Cons

  • Front cargo area could be bigger
  • Bungee paddle holder is a bit awkward
  • Not currently available in UK & Europe

NIXY Newport G4 Review: SUP Overview

The NIXY Newport is an incredibly versatile inflatable SUP that can be used for a wide variety of paddling activities. At 33 inches wide it’s an inch wider than the average all around SUP, giving it outstanding stability and making it an especially great choice for family paddling. Yet because of the board’s light weight (only 21 pounds) and excellent tracking, it’s just as fast as narrower all around boards; a rare case of having your cake and eating it too!

The company also makes the 34 inch wide NIXY Venice G4 — an even more stable board specifically designed for those looking for the ultimate cruiser SUP or fitness/yoga paddle board.

Top of the NIXY Newport G4, shows 2 cargo areas, 3 handles, 5 action mounts, and assorted d-rings.
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Design

The Newport G4 sports a fresh, vibrant design this season, available in five colors: Aqua, Blue, Purple, Exuma, and Palm. Palm — the color of our review board — was a limited edition color for the previous version of the Newport, but is now a stock color.

Drag slider below to compare the Newport G3 and the Newport G4

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Features

As mentioned previously, NIXY has made a number of changes to this board, so let’s dive right in…

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Top overview of the 2021 Nixy Newport G4 in palm color option.
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Cargo Area
Center Carry Handle
Rear Carry Handle
Front Cargo Area
Front Grab Handle
Leash D-Ring
D-Rings
Carbon Fiber Side Rails
EVA Foam Traction Pad

Starting at the nose of the board is the grab handle which is helpful when you’re handling the board in and around the water.

Just behind it is one of NIXY’s unique features. As with NIXY’s other paddle boards, the Newport G4 features a Halkey-Roberts inflation valve located at the nose. We really like the fact that NIXY places the air valve there instead of at the tail as most brands do — this makes it easier to roll up the board when it’s deflated as you just fold the board from the tail and push any excess air out at the nose.

New for 2021, NIXY has updated their valve to a simple push-button operation. Rather than needing to push and 1/4 turn the valve to lock it in the open position when you want to deflate the board, you simply push once to lock it open and push again to lock it closed. Very convenient!

Moving down the board we come to the 4-point front cargo area. This is a great place to stash snorkeling gear, Crocs or flip flops, a dry bag, etc. While approximately the same size as before, it offers several new features. First, the bungee system is now adjustable to secure different sized gear, or can it be easily removed entirely for full access to the deck.

Second, the front two points also contain M8 threaded action mounts for attaching accessories like GoPro cameras, fishing rod holders, etc. In total, the Newport adds five action mounts this season.

The NIXY Newport is covered by a generously sized EVA foam traction pad that extends from under the front cargo area back to the tail of the board and nearly from side rail to rail. This is certainly more coverage than a lot of its peers and is even enough that it could also be used for SUP yoga or fitness activities, although the NIXY Venice G4 remains the ideal board for that application. The traction pad is stamped with tiny NIXY logos, providing excellent grip when both wet and dry and is comfortable under foot even for long periods either standing or sitting.

At the middle of the board is a carrying handle that’s covered by a soft neoprene grip. Unlike most other brands, the handle cover is removable, allowing the handle to lay flatter, which makes the board a lot more comfortable to sit or lay on (another great feature for SUP fitness enthusiasts).

Located just behind the carrying handle along the outer edges of the deck pad are two D-rings for attaching NIXY’s optional kayak seat.

Moving towards the tail along the outer edges, new this season are two more M8 threaded action mounts for attaching accessories. Behind them is the rear 6-point cargo area. Like the front cargo space, the bungee system is now adjustable and removable. In addition to increased cargo capacity, this also gives you a secure place to stash your gear when there’s a passenger or pup riding along at the board’s nose.

Just behind this is the rear D-ring for attaching the included SUP leash. This mount point also includes the fifth new M8 action mount for this season. Finally at the tail is the rear grab handle – particularly useful for lifting the fins up so that they’re not drug through rocks or sand.

Both side rails are reinforced with carbon fiber strips for increased longitudinal rigidity and abrasion resistance. There’s also a bungee paddle holder located along the left rail that can also be use to connect two NIXY boards together while on the water.

On the bottom, at the rear the NIXY Newport G4 features a triple fin setup. There are two small side fins and a large center fin, and all fins are removable. All three fins use a convenient integrated thumbscrew to secure the fins to their fin boxes. This makes the fins easy to attach and remove, but we find this is slightly more secure than the lever lock system used on some other brands.

Having the ability to remove all three fins is really nice for a few different reasons. First of all, removing all of the fins allows you to roll the Newport up into a smaller footprint for easier packing and storage. It’s also great if you rack multiple SUPs on the roof of your vehicle as you can easily stack them on top of one another without having to worry about fins getting in the way. Lastly, the board’s removable tri-fin setup gives you a lot of added versatility as you can experiment with different configurations — tri-fin, twin fin, or single fin — depending on the water conditions and your performance preferences.

New this season, the center fin box is now US/FCS compatible, allowing you to use a wide variety of after market center fins for fine tuning your Newport’s performance.

Also located along the bottom of the board is a bold, oversized NIXY logo and a final D-ring located at the nose. This is really handy for those times when you want to tether the board to a dock, an optional anchor accessory, a boat, or another SUP.

Construction

In 2018, NIXY transitioned their entire inflatable paddle board line to ultra-lightweight FusionTech. Essentially, by fusing — rather than gluing — together their dual layers of PVC that form the top and bottom layers of their boards, they were able to save weight while making their boards stronger and longer lasting. It also resulted in a nicer looking board since there were no wrinkles that you sometimes get from the more common gluing process.

In 2019, the company added carbon fiber reinforced side rails to their lineup which added additional strength and rigidity to their boards.

The carbon fiber reinforced side rail of the Newport 10'6".
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In 2021, with the launch of their fourth generation (G4) boards, NIXY introduced woven drop stitch technology to its construction. Drop stitch is the internal material that allows an inflatable SUP to maintain its distinct shape even under high pressure. Woven drop stitch is an advanced version of this assembly with several benefits: it is lighter than standard drop stitch, it makes the board easier to fold when deflated, yet the board is stronger and stiffer when fully inflated.

NIXY has been testing woven drop stitch in combination with their FusionTech and carbon fiber side rails for over two years. The end result is a board that is even lighter, stronger, and stiffer than before. The weight difference is noticeable — every time we went to pick up a NIXY board during our testing we were surprised how much lighter it seemed compared to other SUPs.

Rear side of the G4 board featuring FusionTech construction branding
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Paddling Performance

Put simply, on the water, the Newport G4 is a lot of fun to paddle. It’s a board that can be enjoyed by paddlers of all experience levels. Beginners will appreciate its great stability while experienced paddlers will notice its excellent tracking.

Where the Newport really shines is its versatility. We get a lot of requests from paddlers looking to buy a board (often for a family or group of users) that’s both fast and stable – the mythical “do everything” board. While many all around boards claim to get that balance right, we find 31 or 32 inches wide often isn’t quite enough for the stability that a lot of paddlers want. The Newport G4 gives that extra bit of balance without sacrificing any speed. If you’re looking for a board that can do a lot really well, this is an excellent option as it can be used for a variety of conditions and paddling activities.

Thanks to its light weight and high rigidity, the board feels quite responsive and maneuverable especially when compared to heavier all around SUPs. About the only time its low weight could be seen as a a negative while testing was in high wind and choppy water conditions when it was buffeted around a little easier than much heavier boards like the Blackfin Model XL. But unless you plan on spending most of your time paddling in such conditions, the lesser weight was most often a benefit.

Our Newport Impressions: Likes and Dislikes

NIXY had an interesting challenge on their hands for the 2021 Newport. They already had an award winning board and accessory package. So how do you improve on that? The secret, in their case at least, appears to be in sweating the details. A lot of our favorite elements are the small touches that really refine the experience. Things like:

  • the adjustable and removable cargo bungee straps
  • the inflation valve stem that locks open with a simple press rather than a quarter turn
  • the five new action mounts
  • the folding feet and removable handles on the pump
  • the lighter and much better looking paddle
  • placing the inflation valve at the front of the board for easier rolling up (this has been a NIXY signature for a while, but still had to call it out)
  • adding a deflation port to the pump
  • the ability to tuck away the shoulder and waist straps on the backpack when not in use (also a carryover from their previous bag)
  • the slimmer backpack

Altogether it makes for a very polished and enjoyable package.

Launching the Newport from a floating dock.
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As for dislikes, we still have a few. We wish the front cargo area were larger and further forward. This would free up a bit more of the deck area. And we’d love if they added removeable side grab handles for small children passengers like iROCKER has. Finally, we find their side-mounted paddle holder a bit fussy to use, much preferring THURSO’s version on their Waterwalker boards.

Still we’re admittedly reaching for very nit-picky details to have something to bring to the dislikes side of the conversation. None of these are remotely showstoppers. In short, NIXY has managed to put together a very polished package.

Accessories: What’s Included

Palm-colored NIXY Newport G4 with accessories, including bag, 3 fins, pump, paddle, leash, repair kit, manual, and compression strap.
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NIXY’s included accessories are some of our top rated overall and provide everything you need to get on the water (aside from your PFD). That hasn’t stopped them from refreshing nearly every part of their accessory bundle for 2021. Included this season are:

  • Updated wheeled roller backpack
  • New 3-piece carbon fiber hybrid paddle
  • New Typhoon double chamber / triple action pump
  • 3 tool-less fins (covered in the board review above)
  • 10 foot coiled ankle leach
  • User manual
  • Repair kit

Note: This year the have not include the shoulder carry strap that was previously included for the 2019/2020 seasons.

Backpack

Included with the Newport is NIXY’s updated roller SUP backpack. Already one of our top rated backpacks, NIXY has nevertheless found some ways to improve upon it for the 2021 season based on customer feedback — a feature we look for in top SUP brands.

2021 NIXY G4 bag standing up by lake
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This is a rugged, well-built bag meant to take a lot of use. It retains the same basic design last season’s, but they’ve made it slimmer which makes it that much easier to wrangle in and out of vehicles. This addresses our main complaint from last year, which was that the bag was a bit oversized and the floppiness could make it unwieldy at times.

The front exterior of the bag features a large, zippered storage compartment. While it’s too small for the included pump, there’s plenty of room to store the inflation hose and other included accessories. On the outside of the storage pocket is a see-through luggage ID tag window which is great if you’re planning to fly with your board.

Also located along the bag’s exterior are compression straps and webbed loops which can be used to attach accessories.

At the bottom of both sides of the bag are a large, open storage pouch meant to stow the blade of your paddle pieces, while the shafts are then secured using the bag’s adjustable compression straps. These pockets are also equally handy for holding a towel, water bottle, change of clothes, or anything else you want quick access to.

New for 2021 — and sorely missed before — are the large grommets in the bottom of these pockets that allow water and sand to drain out more easily.

The bottom of the bag features three oversized roller wheels which make it so easy to get this bag from point A to point B. The roller wheels feature a deeply grooved traction pattern which is perfect for pulling the bag through grass, sand, and dirt, and the inclusion of a third wheel prevents the middle of the bag from bottoming out and getting damaged when pulling it over curbs, rocks, and other obstacles. Other brands would do well to take note because this combination of wheel size, tread, and three wheels easily makes it the champion for covering any terrain we test it on.

There are four grab handles on the bag, located at the top, both sides, and bottom. The heavy-duty grab handles on the top and side of the backpack are firmly padded and super comfortable. The bottom grab handle is made out of durable plastic and is convenient for pulling the bag in and out of the car.

The shoulder straps on NIXY’s backpack are padded and fully adjustable with stitched looped attachment points and plastic D-rings to the front of them which can be used to attach small accessories with a carabiner. The pack also has an adjustable sternum strap and waist belt for stabilizing the bag when it’s on your shoulders. There’s also a slick Velcro storage area which can be used to tuck the straps neatly away and out of sight when not being used. This is particularly handy when flying to prevent the straps from being chewed up by the airlines.

Paddle

For 2021 NIXY introduced an entirely new paddle for their G4 boards, including the Newport. This new floating, 3-piece travel paddle’s shaft and blade is made of carbon fiber hybrid material. It weighs only 25 ounces, shaving roughly 15% off the weight of last year’s paddle while increasing rigidity.

While that may not sound like much, it’s surprising how much of a difference a better, lighter paddle can make in the experience of a SUP — after all that, that’s your interface with the water and the part that you’re lifting and moving hundreds or thousands of times a day!

The clear satin finish carbon fiber pattern and minimalist NIXY branding are a sharp look as well. Unfortunately, the t-grip is still a very common plastic one used on many paddles out there. It isn’t bad, but is just very average in feel in comparison to the rest of the otherwise excellent paddles.

Typhoon Double-Chamber Pump

The Typhoon pump received an overhaul for the 2021 season as well. It is still a double-chamber, triple-action pump to keep the inflation process fast and easy (unless you want to check out our top-rated electric SUP pumps), but they’ve added some nice refinements.

Weighing in at a little over 4 pounds, the new pump uses two paddles to switch between the stages rather than the former pump’s control dial. When you begin to inflate the Newport, just set the paddles to stage #1 — this will rapidly add air to your deflated board. Once pumping becomes more difficult, you can switch to stage #2 and lastly to stage #3 to finish inflating the board. The pump is capable of inflating pressures up to 29 PSI, although the Newport only requires 15 PSI.