Hobie is without doubt one of the top fishing kayak manufactures in the world. The innovations included on their kayaks were singularly responsible for revolutionized the sport of kayak fishing in the 1990′s. Now every year, thousands of anglers sit on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to catch if only a glimpse of the newest innovations and designs of their newest kayaks.
One of the most recent examples of this excitement came with the release of the Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak. This has become their best seller!!!
This model offers a great combination of speed, stability and fishing utility, In the review below you will find specific information about the different features included on the Mirage Outback Kayak, both positive and negatives are taken into consideration.
Before beginning the review, you may find it useful to know this kayak has both a 12 foot and 14 foot version. The price of the 14 footer is around $1000 more than the 12 footer. Wow!!! an extra 1000 bucks for two extra feet.
The review you read on this page is mainly speaking of the pros and cons of the 12-foot model but towards the bottom of the page you can find a video that does a good job comparing the 12 and 14 foot models.
Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak – 2013 Review
When you buy a Hobie you’re buying outstanding fishing machine. And when you buy the Hobie Mirage Outback you will be buying the best selling Hobie ever. And you are sure to make a lot of other anglers jealous!!!
1. This is an awesome fishing machine. Do you really need to know anything else???
2. MirageDrive included. This feature provides the ultimate unfair advantage!!! What’s MirageDrive? A pedaling mechanism allowing you to propel and maneuver the kayak with your feet. Imagine how much more efficient you will become when able to hold a fishing rod in your hands while still having the ability to propel and maneuver the kayak with your feet.
This peddling mechanism is also great when you’re fishing in a current. Allowing you stay fishing over a specific spot just by pumping the pedals. This is impossible to do when you have only paddles. The video below demonstrates how this mechanisms works from underneath the kayak.
3. The stability of the Hobie Mirage Outback is absolutely amazing. If you love the adventure that tipping a kayak provides then this is not the one you want to buy. It seem as it is almost impossible to tip when seated and also provides great stability when standing. The video below does an excellent job demonstrating this. Note: The video is much better with the music muted.
Solid Hull, Quality built - If you have become interested in buying a fishing kayak then you probably have read at least a few online reviews of various different kayaks. One common compliant you may have come cross is about kayaks hulls. This common compliant is “the hull leaks” or something to that affect.
A lot of times a leaky hull is only a quality control error that might happen in 1 out of 10,000 kayaks any company produces but the customer who ended up with this kayak (even if this was 1 out 10,000) re sure to express their dissatisfaction online.
But the point is. You are really going to need to look hard to find any compliant about leaky hull when researching Hobie kayaks. Hobie is quality.
Speed - Maybe not the fastest kayak. But whether you’re using the MirageDrive or paddling this thing can definitely move at a good rate in the water. Check out the video below to catch glimpse of guy cruising t good speed. I think he got caught in some bad weather.
Where to Buy the Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak
If this is the specific model you want, then you can either check out your local sporting goods store, if there’s a specialty kayak store near you that would be even better or you can buy online.
If you buy online the best deal would probably be found at Amazon, plus they offer free shipping on most items and provide great customer service and easy return policies in case you re not satisfied.
- Note: If you do decide to buy from local store. Before wasting your time and gas driving, call first to make sure they carry this model.
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