The Hobie Mirage i12S inflatable kayaks is perfectly suited for one person and is infinitely transportable. The PVC-Vinyl hull offers speed without sacrificing stability. It has an enclosed forward hatch and an above-deck, bungee secured storage area. It packs nicely within its own rolling travel bag, so it can fit in the trunk of your car, on your boat, in your RV-you can even take it on the plane for your next vacation. Optional accessories include; sail package, cup holder, rod/accessory holder and plug-in cart.
|Length:||12 ft / 3.66 m|
|Width:||36 in / 91.44 cm|
|Weight:||80.5 lb / 36.51 kg|
|Capacity:||500 lb / 226.8 kg|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
Good Kayak a little heavy if you have to pull it to the water very far (100' or so). Inflates quickly and defates quickly. It is awkward at first to put it back into its bag. Handles well and rides nicely.
Excellent service from ACK. Customer Service answered questions about the kayak beforehand via phone. Shipping was prompt and super fast. I bought the Hobie i12s Sundance Yellow for the express purpose of taking my Wheaten Terrier out on the water with me. The dog loves to swim and gets in and out of the boat throughout the duration of our run. Needless to say its a soaking wet experience but thats to be expected. The dog ALWAYS has a vest on him, the kind that has a handle up top, which allows me to lift him out of water. This brings me to two important features of the boat: Stability: At the time of this writing I weigh 215 pounds and the dog is 43 pounds - the boat is stable as can be during this get-doggie- back-on-board maneuver. It would take concerted effort to destabilize this vessel. Rubber construction: The dog isnt lifted straight up in the air as much as he slides up the rounded, inflated sides. I cannot imagine doing this on a hard shell. As a rule I bring him up from the left side since the paddle is stowed at the right. Here are some other observations: *PROS*: Takes about 3 to 4 mins to inflate with the provided pump. About a minute each for three sections. Deflates by the time I am done putting away the accessories. Mirage drive works like a charm, even when going against the tide on standard fins. Excellent stability. I feel confident that the boat would do just fine in choppy water. Rubber material is tough enough where scratches from a Wheaten Terriers paws are a non-issue. The boat has built- in sockets for Hobie Kayak cart and it literally takes 10 secs to plug it in. *CONS*: Trying to pack this thing up in the included bag is not easy. I simply transport the folded but unpacked boat in the back of my dog mobile, aka subaru station wagon. One minor thing: Making the blades a brighter color on the otherwise all black paddle would help increase boat visibility for others. Its a well designed, well engineered and attention grabbing boat. Pleasure to own, would recommend in a heartbeat.