Hobie Mirage Compass
Hobie Mirage Compass is one of the best pedal kayaks for fishing. It offers comfort, agility and quality that justify its hefty price tag, especially for seasoned anglers. The Compass has ample storage options and plenty of stability which make it a great boat for either recreational use or fishing.
- Great speed
- Excellent tracking
- Transducer ready
- Good stability
- Good storage options
- Unable to adjust seat and pedal position
Size and Weight
The Mirage Compass is an even 12’ (366 cm) in length and 34” (86 cm) wide. With a fitted hull weight of only 68 lbs (31 kg), the Compass is highly portable, despite being what most would consider to be “full length.” This kayak tips the scales at 87 lbs (39 kg) when fully rigged, which makes it light and nimble enough to go literally anywhere on the water.
Like it’s close relative, the Mirage Passport 12.0, the Compass has a seat capacity of 275 lbs (124.7 kg) and an overall capacity of 400 lbs (181 kg). While it might not seem ideal for a large user, the Compass’ seat is actually slightly wider than other kayaks in the Hobie Mirage lineup. If you prefer a wider seat, the Compass will provide more comfort.
The Compass has some solid features that will grab the attention of most kayak anglers. This kayak has been released in 2020 with Hobie’s new MirageDrive Glide Technology (GT) fin pedal system. The GT fins allow users to pick up considerable speed with little effort. They also kick up if you hit an underwater obstacle, which is great for shallow water fishing.
The Kick-Up fins are spring-operated and will literally “kick-up” when they come into contact with a solid object beneath the kayak. Upon clearing the object, the fins will then return to their normal position. This gives users the peace of mind needed to fish around structures without worrying about damaging their kayak’s pedal system.
The Compass has the standard two gear tracks on either side of the seat for easy mounting of rod holders, camera gear or any other accessories. This kayak also features a molded drink holder on the right side below the seat.
The steering and rudder system are also very easy to control. The Compass’ rudder also kicks up if you come into contact with an underwater object. Users can use the steering knob on the left side of the kayak to easily maneuver the boat in any direction.
The mesh seat is reported to be extremely comfortable and can be adjusted for extra lower lumbar support. In front of the seat is Hobie’s standard 8” dry pod storage compartment.
The stern features a large, open storage area with bungee cords that’s perfect for a livewell, a cooler, or a milk crate. There are also two flush-mounted rod holders directly behind the seat. The bow features a small storage area that has a fitted mesh covering that also works as a paddle pocket.
The Compass also offers a Power-Pole Micro Integration slot on the stern where users can easily install a shallow-water anchor. It also features a transducer cavity for easy installation of a fishfinder.
The Compass’ hull is specially designed to cut through the water and provide excellent speed, great maneuverability, and tracking. Its small turning radius means that anglers will be able to fish narrow inlets and coves without having to use the paddle to get out. The overall feel of the kayak is one of incredible speed and comfort. This is certainly a premium kayak that most intermediate and expert anglers will appreciate.
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