Bought a hobie pro angler 14
at the end of last season. Got a
really good deal on this kayak.
It came with the full paddle but
not the t handle so I ordered
one from ACK. Went out for
the first time and used the
paddle with t handle to get out
to deeper water till I could put
mirage drive in. Mine came
with a mount that I used to
place paddle on hand rail. I
think that it is meant to hold
other half of paddle not to put
on hand rail. I had another
kayaker who was fishing with
me. He caught up to me on the
lake and asked if I had lost my
paddle. Sure enough I did but
he saw it floating where I had
been fishing. Very happy to
know paddle with handle floats.
I have ordered the paddle clip
to keep paddle out of the way
and on board when not using. I
much prefer using half the
paddle with the t handle than
using the full paddle for getting
to deeper water.
Once I had a "nightmarish" kayak trip
through the beautiful Florida Everglades
using the traditional kayak paddles
through mangrove tunnels inches from
my head, how different it would have
been to paddle with "1/2" the
paddle..like night and day..its all about
the right tool for the job, and the T
handle is it. Love it!
will be a good addition to my
recreational kayak. I fish and
photo out of my boat and find
myself in the reeds very often
where the double blade is hard
to use. 4 stars because I had
to adjust the handle to fit my
non-hobbie paddles. Service
Very handy. Enables me to use
"half a paddle" instead of the
double-ended kayak paddle.
Much quicker to deploy the
length paddle compared to the
full-length paddle, which can
quite unwieldy at times.
Obviously, with a mirage
paddle is used mainly for very
off of docks, and as a backup
in the rare instance of the
drive breaking. The T-handle
is a well-made, inexpensive,
useful accessory. Highly
Works as intended.
Nice little addition, making the
to store and use. Great to use
the paddle that way
for tight maneuvering.
Product works as advertised. Nice to keep only half a standard paddle for safety, as I don't paddle much when out. Mostly use mirage drive and sail kit. keeps minimal paddling for safety and as backup in case rudder fails.
attaches easily and makes stowing the paddle easier on the Hobie Adventurer
Hobie aftermarket products seem to fall into the really easy and great to install and use.
These T Handles fall into the easy to install and more useful than the long paddles.
Also, our long paddles often stuck together and it took 4 men and a donkey to twist them and get them apart.
We will probably never use the long handle paddles again.
The only time we use paddles is to turn or help us get into or out of the launch area.
The shorter paddles with the T handle work better and easier for this use and store easier on the yak and in our vehicle and at home.
We had bought another shorter handle paddle for my wife to use, paid about $40 and my wife prefers the Hobie T Handle and so do I.
Works great, especially in close quarters.
Sturdy, when connected is comfortable and feel like extension of paddle instead of added on piece.