The Hobie Mirage ST Turbo Fin Kit upgrades the Mirage Drive with new fins and masts to increase the surface area by over 10 percent. Hobie Mirage kayak users report as much as a 10% increase in speed and more using ST Turbo Fins. But its not all about speed, you can get top end speed and a slower cadence for cruising (Less pedals per mile). All achieved with this larger and more efficient fin design. The longer fins can also increase lateral resistance for sailing upwind. The ST (Square Tip) designs will require a bit more effort to pedal. The added effort is commonly compared to pedaling a bike up a slight incline. In addition, the included fin tension screw allows adjustment to achieve lower end torque or top end speed to meet individual preferences.
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Great upgrade, I did my outback first then my wife decided she needed a pair. She didn't like getting beat. These will allow us to explore more with less effort. Next will be the rudder. I had to replace a sprocket because I could not remove the shaft. Easy to do and Hobie parts are very reasonably priced. Great company.
I bought these fins as an upgrade on my Outback, however I'm still deciding whether I really like them better than the original fins. They definitely give you more speed,..however it comes with a noticeable increase in effort required to move the pedals now. Not that it's become a real strain, but I used to be able to cruise at slow speed with almost no pedaling effort and now I find myself thinking about it more! One place where they are definitely nice however, is when you need to move against moderate wind & current!
I have a 2008 Outback, and these make a big difference over the stock penguin flippers. make sure you get the larger rudder blade too. Up until a mishap a few tears ago where a wind shear capsized me and bent my mast, it also made a very good lateral resistance under sail. There was a little bit of damage done to the fins as a result of that, but nothing to really affect the performance.
Great improvement over stock. Fast shipping and easy to install.