The Hobie Mirage ST Turbo Fin Kit upgrades the Mirage Drive with new fins and masts to increase the surface area by over 10 percent. Hobie Mirage kayak users report as much as a 10% increase in speed and more using ST Turbo Fins. But its not all about speed, you can get top end speed and a slower cadence for cruising (Less pedals per mile). All achieved with this larger and more efficient fin design. The longer fins can also increase lateral resistance for sailing upwind. The ST (Square Tip) designs will require a bit more effort to pedal. The added effort is commonly compared to pedaling a bike up a slight incline. In addition, the included fin tension screw allows adjustment to achieve lower end torque or top end speed to meet individual preferences.
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Great upgrade, I did my outback first then my wife decided she needed a pair. She didn't like getting beat. These will allow us to explore more with less effort. Next will be the rudder. I had to replace a sprocket because I could not remove the shaft. Easy to do and Hobie parts are very reasonably priced. Great company.
I bought these fins as an upgrade on my Outback, however I'm still deciding whether I really like them better than the original fins. They definitely give you more speed,..however it comes with a noticeable increase in effort required to move the pedals now. Not that it's become a real strain, but I used to be able to cruise at slow speed with almost no pedaling effort and now I find myself thinking about it more! One place where they are definitely nice however, is when you need to move against moderate wind & current!
Improved power with Hobie Mirage turbo ST fins. Not a big difference in top speed. (Could be my conditioning) but I noticed an immediate difference in acceleration and power. Good upgrade when trying to finesse your way around fishing in the wind.
Great product, these increased the speed and range of my Hobie Compass, but most important to me ACK customer service reps stepped up and exceeded my expectations after an issue with my order came up. It was a technicality, but they listened to my concern, took appropriate action, and went above what I expected to remedy the order. I highly recommend ACK, I plan to purchase all my kayak accessories from them.