Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 Kayak

by frank on September 27, 2013

Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 review

Red Hibiscus

One of the most Versatile Kayaks on Earth 

The Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 Kayak is a slick versatile kayak specifically engineered for both speed and agility. But also serves well as a comfortable easy going recreational kayak. If you wanted you could even use the Revolution as a fishing kayak or for camping.

Whatever it is you want to do on the water this kayak is ready to go!!!

But before you get too excited there is a hefty price tag for this much fun. As of today in 2013 the price would be just under $2000. Of course this this could change usually things get cheaper over time.

Before you buy read about all the different features included in our review below.

Mirage Revolution 13 Specifications

An overview of a few of the most important specs:

Revolution 13 review

Caribbean Blue

  • Length: 13 feet and 6 inches
  • Width: 28.5 inches
  • Weight: 69.5 pounds
  • Carrying Capacity: 350 pounds

It comes in five different colors: Olive, Caribbean Blue, Papaya, Red Hibiscus and Ivory Dune.

Best Features on the Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 Kayak

There’s many but two stand out 

MirageDrive - A peddle mechanism that allows you to propel the kayak through the water with your legs. Frees up your hands to fish, stay on top of a certain spot just by pumping the peddles to match the current. This peddle system creates so many unfair advantages for anglers.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of the MirageDrive:


Twist and Stow Rudder – A retractable rudder system that can be incrementally fine turned. The controls are at your finger tips you can let the rudder out when you need it and retract it when you don’t.

Note: Control mechanisms are located on the left and right of the seat that you simply twist with your hands to steer the kayak when using the MirageDrive and to pull the rudder in and out. Finger tip controls from the kayak seat.

A kayak with a fish finder – No, this kayak doesn’t come with a fish finder but what it does come with is a feature called the Lowrance Ready System which makes installing a fish finder simple. See the video below for details:

More on the Mirage Revolution 13 Kayak 

Storage space – Plenty of space. There are three main storage areas: A huge bow hatch in the front and a twist and seal hatch located in front of the seat and also in the rear. There’s also a Rear Cargo area with bungees for all your extra gear. There’s enough room on this kayak to carry camping gear.

High Back Support Seat –  It wouldn’t make much sense for Hobie to design and manufacture a beautiful kayak and then throw a cheap seat in it. This seat has thick padding and is easily adjustable up and down and back to front. The seat also has an inflatable portion to provide more lumbar support.

Carrying Handles - Molded ergonomic handles and the front and sides to make transporting and launching the kayak easier. Very strong and bolted down.

Feel like sailing? The Revolution 13 also has a sail mount that makes attaching a mast easy. This feature is a great add-on which makes the kayak that much more versatile.

Visit our Hobie Kayak Review page to see all the different model options.

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