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Hobie Kayak Pedal Drives: From Fishing to Inflatables

Hobie Kayak Pedal Drives: From Fishing to Inflatables

From the Hobie Outback to the Hobie Pro Angler and even the Hobie Inflatable Kayaks, Hobie fishing kayaks continue to revolutionize the kayak fishing pedal drive market. From their Mirage Drive GT, MirageDrive 180 and all the way to their brand-new Hobie MirageDrive 360XR, Hobie fishing kayaks are fast, agile and loaded with Hobie accessories that help build fishing kayaks for any water and any situation.

If you are looking for a fishing kayak for tournaments, a fishing kayak you can roof on the top of a small car or an inflatable kayak you can store in a bag with wheels, Hobie kayaks has a match for you. What sets Hobie apart from its competitors is its Fin Drive system.

Johnathan and JT discussed the Hobie MirageDrive in detail and broke down each version's pros & cons and then did a deep dive into the Hobie Fishing Kayak lineup. Let's take a closer look at each and find the perfect fit for you.


Hobie MirageDrive Technology

What are Fin Drives?

Fin drives, like pedal drives, are propelled using pedals. Two fins attached to the pedal system flap sideways to propel the kayak. Fin drives only require minimal pedaling strokes forwards and backwards. Fin drives don't require full circular revolutions and can be put flush against the bottom of the hull in shallow or debris-filled water. Fin drives are a good option for shallow water and for operators who may have limited joint mobility. Not all fin drives are capable of reverse movement.

Kick-up Technology

Kick-up technology can save your fins from being bent and needing to be replaced. If you fish in rock areas like rivers or lakes with sunken trees that suprise you, Hobie's "kick-up" technology can take debris head on and result in minimal damage. The Kick-up fins bend backwards over debris and the snap back into place when out of trouble. In addition to being able to fold your fins flat to you kayak hull, kick-up fins add another safety element to increase the longevity of your pedal drive.

MirageDrive GT

The MirageDrive pedal system with Glide Technology and Kick-Up Fins features legendary bioengineered performance. Power forward virtually hands-free. Includes Kick-Up fins. Does not go in reverse and does not include longer Turbo fins (can be upgraded).

MirageDrive 180

Hobie's Patented Kick-Up Fins provide the power to charge through the water as never before. Logs, kelp, shallows, rocks, no problem. Has cord to pull that flips the fins in reverse so you can easily switch between forwards/backwards.

MirageDrive 360XR

The 360XR improved Steering System features a readily accessible control module (new for 2024) 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 360XR can be turned in any direction and has Kick-Up fin technology.


Hobie Kayaks Lineup: From Fishing to Inflatables



Hobie Kayaks from this Episode

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.

$1,999

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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.

$1,799

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Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Length: 9.5' / 3.6 m | Width: 40" / 1.02 m | Carrying Capacity: 350 lbs / 158.8 kg

The Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight inflatable is our lightest and most maneuverable pedal kayak. Packs away in a convenient roller/ backpack bag that allows you to store it in smaller spaces like an apartment, RV or boat. Better yet, with a fitted weight of only 20 pounds, check it on a plane to your favorite travel destination.

Its diagonal dropstitch construction inflates to 10 PSI, delivering the same rugged rigidity and nimble performance as our other platforms, but in an unbelievably lightweight package.

Featuring the MirageDrive GT with Kick-Up Fins and intuitive rudder control, the iTrek 9 Ultralight can turn on its axis and navigate tight waterways with ease. The adjustable elevated seat is lined with breathable monomesh fabric, so you stay comfortable and cool no matter how long you’re on the water.

$2,599

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Hobie Mirage iTrek 11 Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Length: 10.8' / 3.25 m | Width: 40" / 1.02 m | Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs / 181.4 kg

Built for everything from day trips to overnight escapes, this inflatable kayak with perched seating is the perfect choice for any adventure. Its high-performance lightweight construction boasts the speed, stability, and tracking of a rigid kayak without the extra weight.

Ideal for RV, boat, and even airline travel! The iTrek 11 is unlike anything else on the water. Powered by the MirageDrive GT with Kick-Up Fins and an integrated rudder for dual steering, the iTrek 11 is fun, nimble, and lightning-fast.

A true workhorse, the iTrek 11 features a rugged inflatable drop stitch hull with triple-chamber construction and EVA standing pads for improved traction.

$2,979

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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.

$3,299

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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.

$3,699

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Hobie Mirage iTrek 14 Duo Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Length: 13.8' / 4.17 m | Width: 44" / 1.2 m | Carrying Capacity: 600 lbs / 272 kg

This tandem inflatable pedal kayak has been redesigned with construction enhancements for increased durability and less weight for easy transport.

The iTrek 14 Duo is powered by two MirageDrives with Glide Technology and patented Kick-Up Fins. Its new design takes comfort to a new level with breathable nano-mesh fabric seating equipped with cup holders.

The iTrek 14 Duo comes with a wheeled storage bag designed for convenience with an extension handle, along with a high-pressure hand pump and electric pump, for quick and easy hauling, storing and inflating.

$4,449

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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.

$4,799

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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.

$4,999

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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.

$5,699

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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.

$5,899

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