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NIXY Venice Review: SUP Overview
A well-thought-out inflatable paddle board that's designed to provide a comfortable and extremely stable platform for SUP fitness, the new NIXY Venice G3 is loads of fun. Featuring a colorful new design that's available in four eye-catching colors (aqua, blue, purple, and red), the Venice measures 10'6″ x 34″ x 6″ and weighs in at an incredibly lightweight 23 pounds.
In addition to being the ultimate board for on-the-water workouts, the NIXY Venice is also a great choice for beginners and recreational, all-around paddling. While not the fastest board, the Venice tracks well and is a very confidence-inspiring iSUP under the feet.
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Covering the top deck of the Venice is an extremely comfortable traction pad that's made from soft EVA foam. The deck pad has a logo stamped grip pattern that is really easy on the hands and feet, something which is definitely important on a SUP fitness iSUP.
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Front bungee storage area for securing your dry bag, backpack, flip flops, water bottle, etc.1 of 10
Rear bungee cargo area gives you additional onboard storage capacity and a place to stash your gear when there's a pup or passenger riding along at the nose.2 of 10
Center carrying handle now has removable neoprene cover, allowing it to lay flat for SUP fitness workouts.3 of 10
Grab handle at nose is super helpful for pulling the board in and out of the water.4 of 10
Convenient grab handle at tail is perfect for pulling the board along the beach, allowing you to elevate the fins off the ground preventing damage caused by rocks and other hard objects.5 of 10
D-ring at tail for quick and easy attachment of the included ankle leash.6 of 10
D-rings along both rails allow you to quickly and easily attach NIXY's optional kayak seat kit.7 of 10
Super comfortable EVA foam traction pad features a NIXY logo grip pattern that's easy on the hands and feet.8 of 10
Elastic bungee paddle holder gives you a secure place to stash your paddle while you're working out.9 of 10
Carbon fiber reinforced rails for added rigidity and toughness.10 of 10
Located at the middle of the top deck are two stainless steel D-rings for attaching NIXY's optional kayak seat and there's also a carrying handle mid-board with a soft neoprene cover that's removable. This is another great feature as the low-profile, lay-flat handle is much more comfortable to sit and lay on.
At the board's nose are four D-rings and a small bungee storage area for stashing your dry bag, flip flops, or water bottle. There's also a new grab handle and a high-quality Halkey Roberts-style inflation valve. We really love the fact that NIXY positions the air valve at the nose of their boards as it makes it super easy to roll the board up from the tail to push out remaining air.
Positioned along the left rail is another bungee cord for securing your SUP paddle while you're on the water doing a workout, swimming, or taking photos. Another interesting use of this bungee cord is that it can be used to attach two NIXY boards together, perfect if you're working out with a friend or just stopping for some lunch on the water.
Brand new in 2019, there's a second bungee storage area at the tail with 4 D-rings, giving you added onboard storage capacity and the ability to stash your gear out of the way if there's a pup or passenger riding along at the nose. There's also a leash D-ring and a second grab handle which is perfect for pulling the board along the beach as it elevates the fins, preventing damage caused by rocks and other hard objects.
On the underside of the board is a final D-ring at the nose for towing or tethering the board to a dock and there are three removable fins at the tail. The fact that all three fins are removable is another feature that we love as it allows you to roll the board up into a more compact footprint for easier transport, storage, and packing. Boards with removable fins are also easier to stack on a car roof rack. All three fins attach securely to the board with a toolless fin system.
[2020 UPDATE] For 2020, NIXY made a minor adjustment to the center fin, making it easier to insert and tighten the thumbscrew. This addressed an issue in our 2019 review where we found the fin a bit difficult to install. We appreciate NIXY's responsiveness to addressing these sorts of details.
As far as construction and overall build quality goes, we've once again been extremely impressed with all of NIXY's paddle boards this season. As mentioned, the company transitioned their entire lineup in 2018 over to the latest in iSUP manufacturing — fusion construction. This efficient manufacturing process reduces materials, waste, glue, and also results in a lighter board that remains incredibly stiff and durable.
Newly added to the Venice in 2019 are carbon fiber rail reinforcements which provide increased stiffness and durability. When fully inflated, the Venice feels very similar to a hard board yet it retains the light weight and packability that iSUPs are known for.
Right out of the box, the fit and finish of our board was flawless and all of the hardware used by NIXY is top notch.
On the water, the Venice is extremely stable and very comfortable to paddle. While speed is obviously not what this board was designed for, it doesn't feel sluggish and tracking is pretty good thanks to the triple fin setup.
As far as exercising on the board goes, it's a wonderful experience overall. At 34″ wide, the Venice is incredibly stable on the water and the comfortable logo stamped traction pad doesn't irritate the hands and feet during workouts as you see with many other boards. Also, the lay-flat handle really stays out of your way and isn't uncomfortable to lay or sit on.
Likes and Dislikes
NIXY really did a fantastic job with the design of the Venice and there's honestly not much to complain about. We love the solid yet lightweight FUSIONtech construction of the board and at 23 pounds, the Venice is incredibly easy to carry around. The new carbon fiber rails also provide added rigidity and an added layer of protection — a nice upgrade over last season's model.
As mentioned, the new traction pad is ideal for SUP fitness workouts and it's super comfortable on the hands and feet. We also love the bungee cord paddle holder on the board's rail as it helps to get the paddle out of the way during workouts — really a convenient feature and it can also be used to connect two NIXY boards together while on the water.
While having no impact on the board's performance, the removable fins and inflation valve at the nose are so nice when it comes time to deflate and roll up the board. This configuration helps you roll the board into the most compact form possible and you don't have to worry about fixed fins getting bent out of shape or the extra time it takes to roll the board up twice (first from the nose to push air out, then again from the tail to roll around the fins and fin boxes). The bottom line is, if you need a compact board that rolls up neatly for super easy storage on a boat, in a camper or RV, etc. — the Venice is ideal. The versatile NIXY Newport or ultra-compact NIXY Huntington are two more excellent options.
The addition of front and rear grab handles in 2019 makes it so much easier to handle the Venice in and around the water and the second bungee storage area at the tail gives you added options when it comes to securing gear.
We also love the additional color options that NIXY added with this update. One of our complaints about 2018's Venice was the fact that the board only came in aqua, pink, and purple — three color options which appealed mainly to female paddlers. This season, we were happy to see that NIXY added some more neutral color options (such as red and blue) which is good news for anyone who might be looking for a great SUP fitness board with a more neutral color scheme.
Lastly, the included SUP accessory bundle is really nice and adds a lot of value — we'll go through everything that's included below…
[2020 Update] As far as dislikes go, we really only had one minor gripe in 2019. The new center fin and fin box were a bit more difficult to use than the previous one and getting the fin into place and screwed down takes a little effort. With the update for 2020, this problem has largely been solved.
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The NIXY Venice comes with a really great bundle of SUP accessories and included in the box is everything you need to get on the water (aside from your PFD). The board comes with NIXY's updated wheeled SUP backpack, a new lightweight 3-piece fiberglass travel paddle, new Typhoon double-chamber pump, adjustable shoulder carry strap, hybrid SUP leash, iSUP repair kit, and user guide.
NIXY introduced their brand new premium wheeled SUP backpack last season and it left us very impressed. It was a well-designed, top-shelf bag that really made it easy to transport and store the Venice when deflated and rolled up. This season, NIXY has added some slight improvements to the bag which has made it even better in our opinion.
On the front exterior of the bag is a large zippered pocket that can be used to store and organize your accessories. There's also a clear luggage ID window on the front of the pocket which will come in handy if you're planning to fly with your board.
There's also an open storage pocket on both sides of the bag now which can be used to hold your towel, water bottle, change of clothes, or the included paddle. When using it to hold your paddle, just slip the blade and handle down into the pocket and secure the paddle by tightening the bag's external compression straps around the shaft pieces.
Another new addition to the bag this season are webbed attachment loops and plastic D-rings. These are extremely handy to have if you want to clip on any accessories.
On the bottom of the bag are not two, but three large roller wheels — something that definitely sets NIXY's roller backpack apart from others on the market. Having a wheel positioned between the two main wheels helps to prevent damage to the bag when pulling it over rocks, curbs, and other uneven objects. The oversized wheels roll smoothly and feature a nicely grooved traction pattern which helps whenever you're pulling the bag off-road.
It's also nice that the wheels are positioned on the front side of the bag as this keeps them from digging into your backside when it's on your shoulders…
Also located on the bottom of the bag is a heavy duty plastic grab handle which helps a lot when you're pulling the bag in and out of the car. There are also grab handles on the top, side, and back of the pack.
[2020 Update] For 2020, NIXY updated the handle positions on the backpack, making it even easier to carry or pull.
On the rear of the bag are two padded shoulder straps that are fully adjustable. The straps also feature nylon webbed loops and plastic D-rings for attaching small accessories with a carabiner.
Also located on the rear of the bag is an adjustable sternum strap and a padded waist belt for stabilizing the bag when it's on your shoulders. Lastly, NIXY has incorporated a new Velcro storage area which you can use to tuck the straps out of sight when they're not in use. This is a great feature for those times when you're traveling with the bag as it prevents the straps from getting snagged and damaged.
The bag has dual zippers and opens up nice and wide — giving you easy access to the bag's interior. Inside, you'll find 3 tiered Velcro storage pockets for the included fins as well as two additional compression straps.
The included paddle has been nicely upgraded for 2019. Replacing the previous aluminum shaft paddle is a lightweight fiberglass version. This paddle is much nicer than last year's model and it weighs in at approximately 2 pounds.
While larger, the new blade design is very light thanks to the thin design. Despite being so thin, it still offers excellent rigidity thanks to the ridged supports.
This paddle does float and it assembles quickly and easily by sliding the shaft pieces together. Everything then locks securely into place by depressing the lower pin and closing the upper closure.
The previously included BRAVO pump did a good job of inflating the Venice, but NIXY has replaced it for 2019 with their brand new Typhoon Pump — an ultra-efficient dual-chamber triple-action model that dramatically reduces the time and effort required to inflate the board.
This pump features an “Action Control” dial on the back with three simple settings. When you first begin to inflate the Venice, turn the dial to setting #1. Once significant resistance is met, just turn the dial to setting #2 and ultimately to mode #3 to finish pumping the board up.
Also, integrated into the handle of the pump is a convenient pressure gauge which tells you exactly how much air is in the board during the inflation process. While the Venice can be inflated all the way to 20 PSI, but 15 PSI is more than sufficient in our experience.
By the way, NIXY also sells a high-quality electric pump that comes with a very nice carrying case. If you can afford it, this automatic electric pump is super convenient and plugs right into your vehicle's cigarette lighter for fast, hands-free inflation.
Also included with the board is a hybrid coiled SUP leash. We're happy to see more companies including a leash with their iSUPs these days as it's such an important piece of safety gear.
NIXY's leash has a comfortable neoprene ankle cuff as well as a built-in hidden storage pocket for stashing your keys. There are also metal swivels at both ends of the leash which do a good job of preventing tangles.
NIXY throws in a nice adjustable shoulder strap with the Venice and it attaches easily to the D-rings along the top deck of the board. This shoulder strap is really convenient when it comes to carrying your inflated board back and forth to the water as you can throw it over your shoulder, freeing up your hands to carry additional gear. We just wish the underside of the shoulder pad had more grip to it as it can slide off of some shoulders too easily.
Repair Kit & User Manual
Last but not least, the Venice comes with a user guide and an iSUP repair kit. Inside of the orange plastic canister is a valve wrench and three PVC repair patches.
NIXY stands behind all of their inflatable SUPs with a rock-solid 2-year warranty. The company also offers a 30-day money back guarantee for added peace of mind.
Where to Buy it
The 2019 NIXY Venice is in stock and ready to ship at NIXY's official website. In addition to offering the lowest prices and amazing customer service, NIXY also provides fast free shipping, no sales tax (unless you're in California), and a 30-day money back guarantee.
The NIXY Venice is our top-rated SUP fitness board once again for 2020, offering the ultimate blend of affordability, build quality, and performance. The few quibbles that we had with the major 2019 update have been fixed for 2020, making this an even stronger pick.
Loaded with premium features and a fantastic SUP accessory bundle, the lightweight Venice is the ultimate inflatable paddle board for on-the-water SUP workouts.