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|
The Kayak is extremely stable and has room for all my fishing gear. The rudder will need to be tuned after the first few uses if you use it a lot like I do but that was a breeze too. The mirage drive is the greatest! It makes fishing easier since I can stay in place or troll using my feet without hands or an anchor. Windy days are not a problem for this kayak. I've had it in rough water and the inside has never gotten wet yet. I liked it so much I bought a blue one for the wife. Extremely well built Kayak!
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
I boat mostly on a lake. There is always wind which has been limiting in my canvas covered inflatable canoe. With my peddle powered kayak, wind it not an issue. It is good in moderate wave/wind action, and very stable. My dog fits well in the back too. I have even taken two dogs (20- 25lbs) on the back. What I find is that the steering lever is very sensitive so small adjustments is all that's needed. I have a truck and got a bed extention for $50 on Amazon. It works great and I can load it and unload it by myself. I am female and have no problem getting the boat in and out of the water myself. I also got the cart. The least expensive cart does not fit the scrupper holes perfectly but since I am only using it for a few minutes to get it to and from the truck, I don't think it is a big deal. I have to say too that I am thrilled that you can make peddling this boat a real work out if you want to. The faster you peddle the more of a burn you get. That works great for me. You can also peddle along casually and just enjoy an easy cruise. It moves fast, lots of fun. I highly recommend this kayak.