With the Hobie Revolution 13 fun meets form and function. Whether you are in need of a nimble kayak, a floating SUV, or an all-out dragster for casually racing your friends, the Hobie Revolution Kayak is ready to play. Featuring a lightweight, low-drag hull shape, the Hobie Revolution 13 is designed to accelerate quickly and maintain speed with minimal effort; above deck, it is designed for maximum hauling capacity. The Revolution 13 now has Lowrance-Ready capability to make it one of the most versatile kayaks in the Mirage line. Three enclosed stowage spots (bow, midships and stern) and a generous stern cargo area facilitate everything from a quiet evening paddle to a multi-day adventure.
|Length:||13 ft 5 in / 4.09 m|
|Width:||29 in / 73.66 cm|
|Weight:||83 lb / 37.65 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|
My wife and I are in our 50s and love the 2010 revolutions. We each have one with turbo fins, sails, and larger rudders. It seams like were ever we go people ask us about them and I feel like a sales rep explaining how great they are.I am so in to them I even have a Hobie hat. We made trips to many lakes and the ocean. The turbo fins really help when your fighting the tide up the inlet rivers. If you like to fish you cant beat it. Its so easy to use the mag drive. You can be fishing, taking pictures, drinking water while you pass out people paddling.You do have to be careful with the sails high gusty wind can tip you over so in be careful. But on the positive side there very easy to get back into and you can go for hours and not get tired between the sail, mag drive and even paddle when you want.Once you try one this yaks you will never go back to just paddling. Just one thing I do think the paddles are a little cheap. I broke mine the second year I had it just by paddling. It crack were the arm meets the paddle. I read on line other people having trouble with them. Overall my wife and go almost every weekend in the summer and love them.
I also have an OK T13A. The accommodations for the mirage drive takes up much usable space on the Hobie Revolution. There are no deck lines or bungees on the bow unlike the T13A. I am adding a bow bungee lacing. There is not much room for adding FF/GPS mounts nor rod-holder mounts. While the T13A has a scupper mount for the FF transducer, the Revo does not. Transducer must be over the side or interior shoot-thru-plastic mounting. Due to the shallower hull design of the Revo the live-well is much shallower than the T13A and fish/crabs in the live well can return to the drink more easily. Internal stern access is easier with the Revo stock stern hatch. The T13A needs one owner added. With the 3 stock hatches on the Revo one can access nearly all of the interior of the boat which makes mounting anchor trolley, power systems, and deck mounts easy. I am adding a transverse bar across the front of the cockpit just behind the mast mount for mounting FF/GPS and rod-holders. I'll likely add another bar behind the seat. The new expanding seat hold-downs are great! I demo'd a 2009 Revo and the old static pegs would pop out often. I added the sailing rudder and I am not entirely sure of the value of the Twist-n-Stow rudder. Yes, it lays flat, rather than vertically, but nothing can be loaded over the rudder whether vertical or flat. Seems the Twist-n-Stow system is overly complex and requires more holes in the boat. It seems to be a solution looking for a problem. The mirage drive has many advantages. For me, my elbow may not need to be replaced. I added turbo fins and I can pedal much faster and longer than I can paddle so greater range and more consistent and faster trolling are possible with the Revo. Hands-free locomotion and maneuvering with fish-on is easier. Back trolling and holding in current or tide is easy with the Revo. Gear storage will always be an issue on the Revo. The large Wheelez tires do fit in the front hatch, but the frame will not, and must be lashed to the bow after owner installation of bow bungie and/or deck lines. A milk crate in the live-well is almost a requirement. When I fish I always carry my cart, my fishing gear which includes an anchor line reel system, and often crab gear which includes another line reel system and floats. Getting all that on the Revo is a challenge. Generally, I'll launch and drop the crab traps then return to load up fishing gear. Basically, the OK T13A is a better fishing platform (add a stern hatch), and the trade-offs are substantial for the substantial advantages of the mirage drive.
Great yak and fast very nice
Really not much to say other than I love this kayak! It's fast, handles wonderfully, and has tons of storage. I would highly recommend it (and have) to anyone who wants a stable and versatile kayak.