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Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak Review

The Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak offers stability and functionality to help you get the most out of your outdoor activities, whether it be hunting, taking photos, or kayak fishing. Its stability comes from the wide hull, and this creates hobie mirage outback kayak picturestillness while you are trying to reel in fish. Included are 4 built-in fishing rod holders, a large on-deck cargo area, and storage hatches. Their is plenty of stowage and cargo space due to the MirageDrive® system, which uses pedals in place of paddles. The use of pedals make allows you to be more efficient while kayaking. Your hands can now be used to fish while your feet are doing the pedaling. You can go further and faster without exerting as much effort as you would with a paddle.

If you exercise with a bicycle, then you will be especially well suited for the Hobie kayaks. Your leg muscles are able to do more work than just your arms and shoulders, as their recovery is much faster. The Mirage Drive system also helps overcome a slow hull. The Hobie kayak also handles windy weather quite well, and keeps you dry because it rides fairly high.

While the pedals are very effective, they can also get stuck in thick kelp. Generally, you will be able to pedal through kelp or go around it, but it’s one of the disadvantages of using pedals. Also, the pedals do loosen up and bend, so maintenance will sometimes be necessary. Your local Hobie dealer can be of assistance in this regard.

Also included are drink holders in the cockpit, so you can have cool drinks on a hot summer day. A bungee system is placed on both ends, and a front hatch comes with an insert will prevent items from getting wet. In the back is a recession suited for a tackle box. A badge system is also included so users can place a box below your legs in the cockpit area. Under the seat is a scupper, but this boat stays very dry so you probably won’t have much need for it.

The Hobie Outback Kayak has a pretty deep cockpit that will make it seem as if you are actually sitting in it, as opposed to on it. This provides a greater center of gravity and stability because of the hull width. One of the downsides to the Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak is the lack of under-deck storage, which could be helpful when ocean fishing. The kayak is a bit heavy, but not unbearable. It weighs a little over 60 pounds, but the primary problem is just being able to lift it up after a few hours of being out on the water.

The reviews for the Hobie Outback Fishing Kayak indicate that it may not be for everyone. However, once you try it out for yourself and realize the benefits of the design, you will be surprised at how effective it truly is.