Hobie Kayaks - Mirage Drive
Unique Mirage Drive Pedal Kayaks
Hobie kayaks are a bit different from most other makes of watercraft.
Using a Hobie kayak you can become half man/half penguin or half woman/half penguin. Designed on penguins flippers, the drive system is simply something else and seeing is believing. The Canoe Shop Groups Staff have been fishing from Hobie's and other kayaks for years and there are times and places when only a Hobie will do. When you buy a Hobie kayak you buy the complete deal.
The newest addition to Hobie's Mirage Drive fleet the Compass is outfitted with a breathable mesh seat, the Compass offers maximum stability and an oversized cockpit and flat deck for standing.
The most stable solo Hobie Kayak in the range making it the ideal Hobie kayak for fishing, photography and nature watching. Where a stable platform is the number 1 consideration.
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The compact version of the Revolution 13 and longer than the Sport.
Making it lighter in weight and more manoeuvrable than the 13, a popular choice for smaller or lighter paddlers.
The most popular Hobie Mirage Drive kayak for all round use including touring and kayak fishing. A fast sleek hull, combining stability, manoeuvrability and forward speed to create an ever popular hull suitable for most paddling destinations.
The smallest kayak in the Hobie range, easier to transport and store but only suitable for children and smaller adults with less leg length than longer models.
The fastest kayak in the Hobie Mirage range. A sleek hull with long waterline, gives the Adventure a faster, more efficient forward cruising speed than other kayaks.
Like all Hobie's the Tandem models can be pedaled, paddled or sailed with the sail kit. The Drive Systems are independent so both of you don't have to pedal all of the time. Super stable, a great tandem Hobie for one or two users.
Hobie's Tandem kayak that is slightly 'sportier' than the Outfitter. With less beam the Oasis is faster and more efficient over longer distances.
The Pro Anglers are the ultimate in comfortable kayak fishing on inland or calm waters. Stacked with features for the hardcore angling enthusiast.
The larger of the two Pro Angler kayaks, the 14ft model offers extra carrying capacity and space for those longer days on the water and when carrying extra equipment out onto the water.
The awesome Adventure Island Sailing Kayak from Hobie, this is the solo version which can be sailed, pedaled or paddled. For those serious about maximising their enjoyment out on the water.
Double the fun with the Tandem Adventure Island by Hobie. The same benefits as the Adventure Island, but the capacity to carry an extra person. From the pedigree of Hobie cat, if sailing your kayak is high on your priority list then take a closer look.
The new Hobie Mirage Eclipse Stand Up Paddle Board is set to change how the people think about SUP’s and open up a whole different way to enjoy time on the water. Using Hobie’s unique Mirage Drive System, the Eclipse is powered using fins and leg power rather than a single paddle and arm power. Designed to be stable and simple to use, the Eclipse is set to open up a new side to the sport of stand up paddle boarding.
Inflatable Hobie Kayaks
Hobie's i9S was specifically designed for people shy on spare acreage but who dream of spending their time kayaking, fishing or sailing (via the optional Sail kit).
Elegant simplicity: The new i11S takes MirageDrive motivation and distills it to its essence. This low-profile performer with a rigid inflatable drop stitch hull is the lightest weight hands-free kayak in the Hobie fleet.
All the cruising capability and space of a full-sized kayak, yet infinitely portable.
The Hobie i14T is the ultimate two-person, inflatable touring kayak.
A bomb proof hull with an excellent seat, the famous Mirage Drive system, rudder system, paddle, tackle box, paddle park and more. Hobie have though of everything and there is a vast range of accessories to meet every Hobie owners needs. You also buy a Hands Free capability that takes kayak fishing to the next level. Hobie kayaks are only fishing kayaks when you take your fishing gear with you otherwise they are simply cracking kayaks to pedal, paddle or even sail.
A brief description on how the Mirage Drive works:
You pedal. In a reciprocating not circular motion and this in turn drives two fins under the kayak. They look like Penguin fins, work like penguin fins only they alternate at 180 degrees from each other whereas the good old Penguin who Designed them through evolution use theirs simultaneously. Both fins drive the kayak on every stroke of the drive. The efficiency is unreal and you are using the biggest muscles in your body your legs. Way more efficient than the traditional method of kayak propulsion- arms and paddles.
Hobie Kayak Hulls:
Manufactured using roto-moulded technology and constructed from linear repairable polyethylene. Very well designed, strong and hydro dynamic in shape. No other kayak available that is this stable is this fast through the water.
Can you believe it the Hobie marketing man he says: Our molded-in cup holders bring beverage service to the main cabin. So after catching the fish of a lifetime or enjoying breathtaking scenery and feeling a fitness flowing through your body you can access the Beverage Service! God love the marketing cuckoo!
Using the Hobie Mirage Drive:
The Mirage Drive is simple to use, quiet and creates no splash, hassle free for a quiet ride. Ideal for not disturbing wildlife or fish whilst out on the water.
Leaves your hands free for angling, photography, filming or holding a drink.
Both feet sit comfortably on the pedals, for speedy, effortless, back-and-forth motions.
Much faster and more efficient than paddling. A similar position to recumbent cycling.
The strongest muscles in the human body (leg) produce more power rather than using your arms on a traditional paddled kayak.
Nothing in the way of water splashing or dripping from a paddle, a drier ride for the Hobie user.
Here at Manchester Canoes, our friendly, experienced Staff are always happy to help and offer honest advice. Please feel free to contact us for more information or pop into our showroom for a chat or to view Hobie Kayaks and their many features.
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