Hobie Mirage Sport
The Hobie Mirage Sport is just about everything you want in a high-performance kayak, but comes in a small, compact design that makes it ideal for car topping. This kayak is perfect for anyone looking for a great pleasure kayak, or a fishing vessel that can quickly and easily get them around any body of water. This kayak is possibly one of the best compact models on the market when it comes to overall performance.
- Excellent speed, especially for a compact
- Great stability
- Kick-up fins and rudder system
- Plenty of storage
- No transducer port
- No gear tracks
- Limited capacity
Size and Weight
The super compact Mirage Sport is only 9’7” (292 cm) in length and 29.5” (75 cm) wide. Its overall size and weight proportions make it very easy for anyone to handle—even some children. The Sport weighs has a fitted-hull weight of just 61 lbs (28 kg) and a fully-rigged weight of 78 lbs (35 kg), which makes it much lighter than most other pedal powered kayaks on the market. The overall dimensions of the Sport make this kayak ideal for anyone looking for a small kayak that doesn’t slack on performance.
As you might assume, the Sport’s small size and weight mean that this kayak is limited when it comes to capacity. The Vantage CT seat is rated as being able to handle users up to 275 lbs (124.7 kg), but the Sport’s capacity is only rated at 225 lbs (102 kg). This kayak is a great pick for users who might need to carry or drag their kayaks just a bit farther.
The Sport might be geared more toward recreational kayaking, but it does have some noteworthy features that anglers would look for in a premium fishing kayak.
The Sport features the MirageDrive 180 foot pedal system which is reported as being one of the most comfortable and efficient pedal systems on the market today. The Kick-Up fins will actually “kick-up” and redeploy should you encounter an underwater structure that might otherwise damage the pedal system.
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Many users also appreciate that the MirageDrive 180 has the capability to let them switch between forward and reverse instantly. The design of the pedals and fin system help propel the Sport faster than most other types of pedal systems.
The Sport features a Kick-Up rudder system that, like the pedal fins, can retract upon impacting a solid object underwater. The rudder offers twist-and-stow capabilities, meaning you’ll be able to quickly and easily stow it when you get ready to exit the water.
Like most other premium Hobie models, the Sport features a large dry hatch on the bow area that’s ideal for storing any kind of gear that you don’t want getting wet. Users will also appreciate the twist-and-seal hatch that’s located directly in front of the seat area, which also features a built-in small tackle box.
The rudder is controlled by a compass steering system that can be turned with minimal effort. Whether you use the MirageDrive 180 system or opt for a paddle, the Sport has incredible turning ability.
The Vantage CT seat is highly adjustable and provides all-day comfort for users of all ages. The Sport also has two flush mounted rod holders located just behind the seat. It also has four molded-in utility trays that are perfect for storing angling tools and tackle items.
While this kayak is not ready to accommodate a fish finder, most anglers will probably appreciate the overall excellent performance and handling that makes this kayak a lot of fun to use.
The Sport can also be fitted with a sail or Bimini mount for protecting users on hot, sunny days. The large storage well in the stern area is perfect for bringing along a cooler, crate or other gear items you might need on your trip.
The Sport might just have the best performance for a compact foot pedal kayak than any other model on the market. Thanks to its impeccably designed rudder system and hull, the Sport has excellent tracking that you might expect to find in a longer kayak. The stability also makes users feel comfortable while sitting atop the Sport. It’s able to turn on a dime and navigation is nearly effortless thanks to Hobie’s compass steering module. The Sport’s tri-hull design gives it amazing speed.
Specification: Hobie Mirage Sport
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