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. The Mirage Drive 180 offers hands-free propulsion in both forward and reverse. The Revolution 13 has Lowrance-Ready capability to make it one of the most versatile kayaks in the Mirage line. The Vantage CT seat has three height positions. 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:||28.5 in / 72.39 cm|
|Weight:||88 lb / 39.92 kg|
|Capacity:||350 lb / 158.76 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||46|
|Leg Room - Total:||49|
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.
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.
I have taken out my Hobie Revolution once but practiced in my pool to help learn it's capabilities. First, it is fast and easy to pedal and glides through the water very quickly. It isn't nearly as stable as I thought it was supposed to be. I was in the pool and moved from side to side and all of a sudden, it started tumping and while I leaned heavy to the other side, it went over anyway. I learned how to climb back in myself in deep water and did it after just a few tries. I took it fishing to try it out with my son and I was able to flip it again when I wasn't trying and it was a little choppy water, it wasn't rough. Trying to get to compartments behind me (bought a Hobie crate) make it very unstable while trying to get things from the crate. Maybe it is just me being new and all, but I can see that it isn't near as stable as my sons non Hobie kayak as he could stand up and I wouldn't dare to that in this one. I am purchaseing the side outriggers to go with it for fishing as I don't like being dunked in it and almost lost a rod that should have tied up, but didn't. I had to dive down and find it which I did do. To me , it isn't very stable and needs more tie downs and such to tie things down with such as anchors, or tying off things I don't want to lose if tumped again. It sailed quickly through the water and was fun, but think the wider fishing boat may have been a better option, but much more expensive also. Hoping the outriggers fix the stability and maybe I will improve also, as I have dunked twice so far and don't want to do it in deeper water and lost my equipment. Still, I do like it. Once tumped, I found a gallon or two of water in the kayak bottom with no easy way to drain it. There is one drain, but hard to lift the kayak and turn over to drain. I ordered more drain plugs to install to improve the draining of the kayak. Again,I like it, but think I may have preferred the fishing kayak instead to allow standing or rocking although much more expensive.
Very nice kayak. It tracks well with the rudder and the Mirage drive is fast. The seat is very comfortable. We've had two minor problems. The rudder retraction system doesn't always work depending on the angle of the rudder. The stern carry handle gets caught in the rudder steering mechanism if you don't hook it up out of the way when you launch.