The Mirage Outback from Hobie: The SUV of the Kayak World!by GAIL on AUGUST 2, 2013
The Hobie Company was founded by Hobart “Hobie” Alter. A master woodwork and a passionate surfer, he loved everything about the water and he later used his entrepreneur skills to transform one-man garage business into one of the most successful water sports brands in the world today. He is well-known for creating the first foam and fiberglass surfboard and he used his popularity to branch out into other venues including kayaks.
His contributions to the world of kayaking have been tremendous and he almost single-handedly transformed the activity thanks to the company’s patented MirageDrive system.
The patented Hobie MirageDrive system is a set of underwater fins that propelled by a set of on-board foot pedals.
To call this system revolutionary is definitely an understatement!
The traditional kayak utilized arm-powered paddles to propel through the waters. Although this method is still an efficient means to navigate the ocean waters, the Hobie MirageDrive marks a dramatic improvement to this activity. The pedals are located in the cockpit of the kayak and utilize a movement similar to that of riding a bike. As you engage the foot pedals, underwater fins are activated and perform the function of traditional ores or paddles. It’s fast and simple: You simply push and the MirageDrive system will do the rest – no specialized equipment or training required!
This system, which is found on all Hobie Kayak models, is a welcome change from the tradition arm paddle for several reasons:
The leg muscles are a lot stronger than your arm muscles so, as a result, the Mirage Drive is a much more efficient means to propel a kayak. The stepping motion that the individual exerts on the foot pedals is essentially converted into a flipping motion which provides a fast and responsive movement. The arm muscles are a lot smaller so they’ll fatigue much quicker and thus slow down your progress. The pedals –which are stationary and fastened – does not require any grasping or holding which can lead to muscle strain and fatigue. The paddle on the traditional kayaks by contrast needs to be constantly gripped and balanced.
A pedal-driven kayak liberates your hands and allows you to perform activities normally not allowed by traditional kayaks. Sightseeing, photography, and fishing is a lot more fun and efficient thanks to the use of your hands. In addition, underwater paddles also mean less water splashing and a much smoother ride.
The Hobie Mirage Outback
The Mirage Outback is one of the most popular kayaks from Hobie. It has a streamlined design and every single detail has been meticulously examined to provide you with the best ride possible. Packed with tons of features and extremely versatile, this kayak will definitely get the job done! It allows for a wide-range of activities thanks in large part to its spacious design and wide, stabilizing hull. The high back support and adjustable seat also provides comfort and ensures a good fit.
The standard model is more than capable of gliding through the waters. However, if that’s not enough, there also several upgrades including turbo fins and a large sailing rudder to improve the performance of this kayak. There are also plenty of generous cargo spaces to store any fishing equipment and, as always, it’s powered by the hands-free MirageDrive system so you fish, take pictures, or even eat your lunch with complete freedom!