The Hobie Mirage Adventure boasts a long, lean undercarriage that's low on drag and big on speed, allowing you to glide along at speeds that are typically reserved for far more fragile kayaks. The Adventure's rugged, rotomolded polyethylene hull stands ready to brave any beach. It features ergonomic carrying handles, a comfortable high-backed seat, a large bow hatch, 2 - 8" Twist and Seal hatches, side pockets, a cup holder, and 2 rod holders. With a 16' hull designed for touring at speed plus MirageDrive power, covering distance with ease is the Adventure's game. Upgradable to the Island Package with the Sail Kit, sold separately.
|Length:||16 ft / 4.88 m|
|Width:||28 in / 71.12 cm|
|Weight:||89 lb / 40.37 kg|
|Capacity:||350 lb / 158.76 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||46|
|Leg Room - Total:||49|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
I like this boat. I am not a paddle kayaker though I have done it. I was drawn to this model because I want to use my legs for propulsion and can travel the waters of Puget Sound. I am impressed with the overall design of the boat. It seems faster than a paddle kayak and I love having a hand free while pedaling. It seems stable though I haven't had it in rough weather yet. The hatches and pockets work well from the sitting position and you can sit sideways on the center hatch and just float. I was a bit disappointed in the setup of the rudder and drive. The drive needed adjustment to center the fins and the rudder needed to be taken apart and greased, and readjusted to go up or down at all. Overall, I think it's a good boat at a reasonable price.
The good, the bad, and the ugly... The good: It's great fun to pedal a kayak, rather than paddle. If you haven't tried a Hobie and think you might like it, you will. So far, I've only used this for fishing in the ocean, where I typically go out about a mile offshore. That's an easy and relaxing pedal in the Adventure. Having my hands free is great for fishing, and I find it especially easy to maintain my position, even in fairly difficult (read windy) conditions. The bad: This thing weighs a ton. I've also got a lightweight paddling kayak (Eddyline). So far, I've only launched my Adventure from a harbor, since that's the easiest launch site. For more difficult launches, I go with the lighter kayak. The ugly: The first Adventure they sent me was too much of an adventure---it was defective. On my initial test run, it was clearly taking on water. A closer inspection showed a serious defect at the rudder attachment point. Hobie (with the help of ACK) was very good about replacing it, but that thing should never have left the factory. I shudder to think what might have happened if I'd been miles offshore and the rear had cracked wide open (as it easily could have, given the nature of the defect). In summary, I'd give the non-defective boat itself 5 stars. I'd also give Hobie 5 stars for customer service after the sale. But, I give Hobie 0 stars for quality control. That averages out to 3.3 stars overall.
I fish both fresh and salt water. This is the kayak for it. Buy the cart. Its a must to get you to the water. Its a heavy boat. I bought a Thule Hullavator to get it on top of the truck. I was leary of the shipping but it was delivered on time and well wrapped. The next purchase will be the turbo fins.
Kayak is great and fast but the large rudder is a must! As far as fishing its a bit long but if you fish big water it makes up for it, and you can make it an island! I really love mine and I fish 95% out of it. If I didnt have long range trips in mind id get a angler. The rev is a nice all around kayak as well.