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Hobie Kayak Buyer's Guide: The Right Fit for Every Adventure

Hobie Kayaks: The Right Fit for Every Adventure

Revolutionizing kayak fishing for more than 20 years, Hobie's bioengineered MirageDrive propulsion system for pedal kayaks has been evolving since 1997. Boasting an impressive line of kayaks, some now include the MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse system with Kick-Up Fin technology. The MirageDrive 180 produces full power in both directions. Want more than 180 degrees of pedaling? Hobie has introduced the all-new MirageDrive 360, giving the kayaker full freedom on the water.

Built for efficiency, the Hobie fishing kayak line has a kayak for every type of angler. New to the sport or experienced angler, Hobie has you covered. Where should you start? Let's take a look at some Hobie features and compare the Hobie fishing kayaks.

Hobie Fishing Kayak Features

Hobie's range of kayaks include simple and sleek to advanced angling. Their constant drive for revolutionary kayak technology gives them a paddle up over many competitors on the water. All of Hobie's 2019 and later fishing kayaks come with a three year warranty.


Standard with each Hobie fishing kayak, the MirageDrive propulsion system is top in its class.

The MirageDrive system weighs just under eight pounds and has three different drive types. The upgraded MirageDrive 180 can pivot the fins 180 degrees almost instantly switching between forward and reverse. The new MirageDrive 360 is capable of moving in all directions to give the driver maximum maneuverability in tight spots.

Do you fish in areas with shallow water or lots of debris? No problem. With patented Kick-Up Fin technology standard on all Hobie kayaks, the fins automatically retract on impact and adjust back when you resume pedaling.

Pro Angler 12 With 360 Drive

Premium Seating

When you are on the water for long periods, the last thing you want to think about is how uncomfortable or sore you are. Whether you are buying the pro angler or the passport, Hobie offers premium seating to keep all riders comfortable. Your long trips will feel like a breeze in your Hobie.

Simplicity Meets Performance

Hobie fishing kayaks are made for anyone. From beginners to elite anglers, Hobie designs their kayaks to be simple to operate and still offer maximum features to perform in every range of water and in tight quarters. What Hobie is right for you? Let's take a look and find out.

Our Top Picks

Hobie Quest

Hobie Quest 12.5 Kayak

Length: 12'6" | Width: 31" | Carrying Capacity: 350 lbs

The Quest’s sleek and responsive hull design provides for a perfect balance of stability and speed. Designed for adventurers who crave unparalleled performance and ultimate versatility on the water, the Quest is set to redefine your kayaking experience.

Included on the Hobie Quest are bow cargo space, forward accessory mounts, center console, foot braces, replaceable keel guard, an 8" hatch, foot braces, and plug-in cart scuppers.

The Quest comes equipped with ample storage space for your gear, tackle boxes, and the newly designed seat takes comfort and function to a new level providing support where you need it most.


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Hobie Mirage Compass 10.5

Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 Fishing Kayak

Length: 10.5' / 3.2 m | Width: 34" / 86.36 m | Carrying Capacity: 325 lbs / 147.42 kg

Coming in at 10.5 feet, this is the smallest of the Hobie Mirage kayaks. With an easy-to-use steering system and the MirageDrive fins, the 10.5 Mirage Passport makes navigating tight spaces effortless.

This Hobie kayak is quipped with the MirageDrive pedal system with Glide Technology and Kick-Up fins. These fins do not have reverse capability.

Included on the Hobie Mirage Compass 10.5 are cargo scuppers for the Hobie Cart and live-well, rod holders, steering system and a vertical accessory tube for a sail.


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Hobie Mirage Passport 12.0

Hobie Mirage Passport 12.0 Fishing Kayak

Length: 12' / 3.6 m | Width: 34" / 86.36 m | Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs / 181.44 kg

Coming in at 12 feet long, the Hobie Mirage 12.0 is the bigger sibling to the Passport 10.5. This gives the kayaker more room to store equipment and includes an EVA padded standing platform.

Getting where you want to go will feel effortless using Hobie's MirageDrive with Glide Technology in the Hobie Mirage Passport 12.0. Also included is Hobie's patented kick-Up technology that makes moving through all terrains and depths headache-free. The Passport 12.0 features a recessed hull space to further protect the fins from debris. Like the 10.5, the 12.0 does not have reverse pedaling.

Other features of the Hobie Mirage Passport include accessory h-track mounts, rod caddies, power-pole mounting pad, and transducer cavity.


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Hobie Mirage Compass

Hobie Mirage Compass Fishing Kayak

Length: 12' / 3.66 m | Width: 34" / 0.86 m | Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs / 181 kg

Hobie's Mirage Compass is the first in our list that features the MirageDrive 180 pedal system. With this drive, users have the ability to flip the fins almost instantly to reverse paddle. Get yourself in and out of tight corners and attack hard to get to spots on the water without worrying about getting stuck.

The Mirage Compass has a newly designed hull to cut through wind, wake, and chops with ease. With performance in mind, the Compass is a great blend of tracking and maneuverability. Also included is an oversized cockpit with enough flat deck for standing.

Other important features of the Hobie Mirage Compass include molded in carrying handles, built-in transducer mount (through-hull cable plugs – not included), power-pole integration, kick-up fins and rudder, and an adjustable seat.


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Hobie Mirage Lynx

Hobie Mirage Lynx Fishing Kayak

Length: 11' / 3.35 m | Width: 36" / 91.44 cm | Carrying Capacity: 350 lbs / 158.76

Like the quick and elusive animal it is named after, the Hobie Mirage Lynx fishing kayak is built for speed. The streamlined hull makes for a quick, smooth ride using the MirageDrive 180 pedal system. For the kayaker looking to mix speed and turning, this Hobie will make you the top predator on the water.

Built with lightweight materials, the Hobie Mirage Lynx only weighs 47 lbs. Durability and stability are not sacrificed, however, due to the flat-bottom design. A perfect combination of speed and durablity, the Mirage Lynx is ready to be on-the-go quickly.

Other key features of the Hobie Mirage Lynx include the Kick-Up fins, left or right rudder control handles, elevated seat with breathable fabric, EVA standing pad, transducer ready, H-Rail accessory ready, and power-pole ready.


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Hobie Mirage Outback

Hobie Mirage Outback Fishing Kayak

Length: 12'9" / 3.89 m | Width: 34" / .86 m | Carrying Capacity: 425 lbs / 192.78 kg

Fully-loaded for fishing, the Hobie Mirage Outback is for anglers looking to hunt monsters on the ocean or well-hidden bass in freshwater. Hobie's Mirage Outback features an extra-wide EVA standing deck to improve stand-up casting in all types of water conditions.

Powered by the MirageDrive 180, the Hobie Mirage Outback has forward/backward pedal capability and the Hobie patented Kick-Up Turbo Fin technology to avoid the headaches of shallow water and debris. A notched MirageDrive Well provides even more shallow water protection.

Hobie's Mirage Outback also boasts a forward accessory mount, H-rail with patented RAM hand-track, Vantage adjustable seating, utility trays, retractable transducer shiled, and four molded rod holders.


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Hobie Mirage Compass Duo

Hobie Mirage Compass Duo Tandem Fishing Kayak

Length: 13'5" / 4.11 m | Width: 35" / 0.89 m | Carrying Capacity: 475 lbs / 215.46 kg


What makes a kayak fishing trip better? Bringing a partner! The bigger sibling to the Hobie Mirage Compass, this kayak is built for two. Don't worry, one person doesn't have to do all of the work, the Mirage Duo is powered by two MirageDrives with kick-up fins.

One MirageDrive is 180 capable and the other MirageDrive has Hobie's Glide Technology. These drives combine to make this tandem kayak one of the most maneuverable and agile tandem kayaks on the market. Add in the Kick-Up rudder system and you and your partner can attack fish in any water conditions.

With added size comes added features. Extra storage space, sail mount, molded-in carrying handles, Lawrence-ready system, drink holders, and four rod holders are just the start of the features on the Hobie Mirage Compass Duo Fishing Kayak.


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Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 Fishing Kayak

Length: 12'9" / 3.89 m | Width: 38" / .97 m | Carrying Capacity: 600 lbs / 272 kg

Extreme utility and built for anglers, the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 has everything you'd need for fishing. Six horizontal rod lockers, multiple tackle compartments, and the Guardian Transducer shield are but a few of the features of this fishing kayak.

Equipped with the MirageDrive 180 and Kick-Up Turbo Fins, the Pro Angler 14 is fast, agile and ready for long days on the water. Vantage elevated and adjustable seating provide ultimate comfort when you're unwilling to give up on chasing your trophies.

Kayak anglers looking for a combination of room, stability, performance, stealth, and comfort, the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 is the kayak for you. Loaded with all of Hobie's standard features, the Pro Angler 14 also includes a pivoting tackle management system, a tackle system in the large rectangular hatch, and a quick-access rubber mesh storage for the things you reach for the most.


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Hobie Mirage Oasis Tandem

Hobie Mirage Oasis Tandem Fishing Kayak

Length: 14'6" / 4.42m | Width: 33" / .84 m | Carrying Capacity: 550 lbs / 249 kg

Boasting a robust carrying capacity and storage, the Hobie Mirage Oasis Fishing Kayak is best-suited for adventurers looking to hit the water for a weekend camping or fishing trip.

With enough storage space to stock an outdoor shop, the Mirage Oasis is ready for long weekends on the water. Specifically designed for two, each rider has the MirageDrive 360 system which allows riders to pedal in any direction. Going long distance to get to your favorite spot? The Oasis Tandem provides ultimate comfort with the ultra-adjustable Vantage CT seating.

A large bow hatch, sail mount, double mesh stowage pocket, three 8" twist and seal hatches, and a rear cargo area make the Hobie Mirage Oasis Tandem Fishing Kayak hard to beat for long trips. Don't sacrifice any of your gear, the Oasis tandem has room for it all.


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Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 360

2024 Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 with XR 360 Drive Technology

Length: 12' / 3.66 m | Width: 36" / .91 m | Carrying Capacity: 500 lbs / 227 kg

The 360XR improved Steering System features a control module that allows for on the water, tool free belt and gear tension adjustments. The 360XR Drive can now be locked in forward or reverse position ensuring the drive is pointed directly straight.

The PA 12 is packed full of features including six rod holders, fully adjustable elevated Vantage ST seat with BOA lumbar support, Guardian retractable transducer shield, H-Rail for accessories, front and center hatch with stain-resistant EVA grip pads, dual steering and extra wide hull for maximum stability.

Other features on the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 include an anchor trolley system, large front hatch with removable liner, pivoting tackle system and large hatch with another pivoting tackle management system.


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Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 360

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 360XR Fishing Kayak

Length: 13'8" / 4.17 m | Width: 38" / .97 m | Carrying Capacity: 600 lbs / 272 kg

Everything elite anglers look for in a fishing kayak was meticulously thought out when building the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 360 Fishing Kayak. The 360XR improved Steering System features a readily accessible control module that allows for on the water, tool free belt and gear tension adjustments. The 360XR Drive can now be locked in forward or reverse position ensuring the drive is pointed directly straight.

A wide and solid standing platform also includes noise reducing EVA traction pads to keep anglers concealed from their prey. Sneak up on your fish from any angle using the MirageDrive 360 with Kick-Up Fin Technology.

With a high weight capacity of 600 lbs, the Pro Angler 14 360 is capable of hauling tons of gear. Multiple large storage hatches with pivoting tackle management systems mean you don't have to make tough choices on what gear to leave behind. Two H-Rail horizontal rod racks, live-well ready rear cargo area, retractable transducer shield, and molded in vertical rod holders set the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 360 as one of the gold-standard fishing kayaks for experienced anglers.


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Shop Hobie Fishing Kayaks

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the water, a good fishing kayak with a great propulsion system will make a huge difference to your success. Hobie's MirageDrive system is that difference. With the right kayak underneath you, you're sure to explore more waters, find better fishing spots, and catch bigger fish than ever before.

Whether you’re new to fishing kayaks or are a seasoned pro, Hobie fishing kayaks has what is just right for you. All our products are available to you via free and fast shipping. Check them out HERE

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