Peter, our CEO, testing out the Eclipse when it was debuted at Hobie HQ!

So, if you’re on top of your SUP (stand up paddleboard) news or follow us on our Facebook page you saw the big announcement Hobie made last month with the launch of the Eclipse – the SUP equipped with their Mirage Drive technology. This is the first pedal powered SUP on the market and the paddlesports community exploded with curiosity and eagerness to give it a spin.

Rather than using a traditional paddle, on the Eclipse users support themselves and steer with aluminum alloy handlebars and pedal on a system similar to an elliptical or stairmaster using the Mirage Drive to propel forward. The handlebars feature a system most similar to bicycle brakes, but rather than stopping, you squeeze the right to turn right, left to turn left. There’s a bit of the learning curve for timing your turns to match your speed, but once you get the hang of it, it feels very natural.

At our Demo Days last month, our awesome Hobie reps brought along a few Eclipses – super cool because those were the only Eclipses in all of Texas! After spending some time on it, I applaud Hobie for their innovation on the traditional SUP. Their design and incorporating the Mirage Drive pedal system invites those who are a little intimidated by SUPs to get out on the water.

Just like having a hand to hold onto when you’re crossing over a stream or a scary gap in between rocks, the handlebar acts as a security blanket – as if it’s saying “Yeah, this is familiar and we’re here for you, you got this!”. By providing that extra stability and a literal hand(lebar) to hold, it allows one to step out of their comfort zone and get on a SUP in the friendliest way possible. I’m all about getting people outside, so I give Hobie big props for this accomplishment.

As a bonus, the pedal system also provides you with an incredible leg workout so you can tan and tone in one setting 😉

Devyn, Big fan of the Hobie Eclipse

11 comments

    1. Hey Dawn,

      Unfortunately we don’t have any Hobie Eclipses for rental in any of our stores (here’s where you can check for what should be available for rental, but you should always call the store and check): https://www.austinkayak.com/rentals

      We will most likely have a few out at our Demo Days this spring, though! I personally got on an Eclipse during our fall demos and the speed that they can catch surprised me!

      More info on demos: https://www.austinkayak.com/demo

    1. Hey Jason,

      I’d say they actually conserve your energy over long distances! Yes, your legs are moving, but you can create your own pace, so unless you’re pedaling like crazy to reach a destination or race someone, you can always stop and relax if you’re exhausted.

      If you’re interested, we just published a new blog on pro/cons of pedaling vs. paddling!

  1. I’m interested in Pedal Hobie Eclipse. I live in Chile and I need to know the shipping cost or maybe you have a representand in our country. Please let me know.
    Regards

    1. Hey Margit,

      Unfortunately we don’t have a representative in Chile (but so great to hear from our international customers!) and we don’t ship kayaks internationally, only accessories. But we can ship it domestically and then you can work out the details to ship to Chile with an international freight forwarder. I’d suggest emailing customer@austinkayak.com and chatting with one of our customer service reps for more information.

  2. Wow, this is super interesting. So used to stand-up paddleboards that this new twist makes me want to try it too. Wonder how hard it is to pedal though and if the resistance can be increased or decreased.