Hobie Mirage Outback
The Hobie Mirage Outback was redesigned in 2019 and the new design is widely considered to be one of the best foot pedal fishing kayaks on the market today. The Outback is a proven workhorse of a fishing kayak that boasts plenty of reasons why anglers have preferred it above other models for 20 years. This kayak is ideal for anglers who are all about stability and are looking for a do-it-all watercraft that’s lightweight, easy to handle and has quality components.
- Great speed
- Retractable fins and rudder
- Good stability
- Plenty of storage
- Transducer protection
- Less maneuverable than shorter models
- Can be difficult for one person to handle and launch
Size and Weight
Hobie added a bit more length to the new Outback design to improve tracking and boost its speed. With a hull length of 12’9” (389 cm) and a width of 34” (86 cm), the new Outback is not exactly ideal for those who might prefer to cartop their kayak. That said, it is still relatively light, weighing in at 103 lbs (46.72 kg).
One small drawback of the Outback over other kayaks of similar style is the lack of oversized handles on either end. While it does have handles on both ends, the Outback can be a bit tough for one person to handle out of the water.
Hobie Mirage Outback has an overall weight capacity of 425 lbs (192.7 kg) with a seating capacity of 275 lbs (124.7 kg). It is able to carry average-sized users and can still perform quite well, even when loaded down with a considerable amount of gear. Remember, it’s usually a good idea not to load your kayak to more than 80 percent of its full capacity.
The new Mirage Outback’s design was developed by Hobie after years of listening to customer and dealer feedback. The result is a combination of excellent performance and fishing capability that makes this particular model tough to beat.
There is no denying that the new Outback’s features are geared toward fishing. The new Kick-Up fins automatically retract upon impact, allowing anglers to access and fish shallow areas that have previously been off limits for anyone in a foot pedal kayak. This kayak’s rudder also has the “kick-up” capability, which means your kayak will be completely protected from potential damage from shallow objects.
The new MirageDrive 180 provides plenty of propulsion across the water and, best of all, allows users to switch into reverse mode and back up when needed. This is truly a game changer for anyone who wants to fish in tight quarters.
The Outback is also capable of being rigged with fish finders. Users will appreciate the Guardian Retractable Transducer Shield and its ability to protect large transducers from being impacted by submerged objects and underwater vegetation. You’ll also be able to mount rod holders, cameras, and anything else you want to the H-Track Deluxe rail systems on either side.
Hobie also saw fit to include a large bow hatch on the Outback for plenty of dry storage that you’ll be able to reach quickly and easily on the water. The Kick-Up rudder system can also be deployed and retracted with an easy-to-reach lever located next to the pedals.
The Outback has two flush-mounted rod holders in front of the seat that are perfect for trolling. There is also a dry hatch located directly in front of the seat that’s perfect for stashing tackle, valuables, food or anything else.
The Outback’s seat is reported to be very comfortable and can be adjusted to four different positions that allow anglers to transition from a lower position to a high-seated position without struggle.
Behind the seat, users will find two more rod holders and two more accessory mounting tracks. At the stern, there is a large rear tankwell that’s perfect for a milk crate, cooler, or even a livewell.
The Outback sports plenty of storage compartments that will fit the needs of almost any angler.
The Mirage Outback’s redesigned hull offers the overall performance that many anglers dreamed of when this kayak model was initially released. It is quite narrow and cuts through the water more easily, which means better speed. However, the Outback still boasts outstanding stability.
The Outback’s new design also has moved the rudder system forward a bit to provide users with better control and handling, as well as tighter turn capability. Many users report that this kayak is smoother and quieter than the original Outback model, which again lends itself to giving anglers a huge advantage on the water that is all about stealth.
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Specification: Hobie Mirage Outback