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Hobie Mirage Revolution 13

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Hobie
Model:
Revolution
MSRP ($):
1,899.00
Length (ft):
13.5

The Hobie "Mirage Revolution 13" sports a sleek, speed-conscious hull that is further enhanced by the speed the Mirage Drive provides. With the stability to be versatile for many applications, the Revolution 13 provides a large space for open cargo, three hatches for internal storage, and features the stow-and-go rudder to add to its agility. Although it’s not designed exclusively for fishing, it proves to be a proficient fishing platform.

Features:
  • MirageDrive
  • Adjustable High Back Padded Seat
  • Inflatable Lumbar Support
  • Large Covered Bow Hatch
  • Sail Mount
  • Molded-In Rod Holders

Specs:

  • Width: 28.5"
  • Weight: 69.5 lbs 31.52 kg
  • Capacity: 350 lbs 159 kg

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Hobie Mirage Revolution 13
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Hobie Revolution 13

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Kellin Phan
Overall rating 
 
4.4
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0

Super fast with turbo fins, great for fishing

The Revolution 13 is my first Hobie pedal kayak and I am very happy with my purchase. Until you try the pedals, you don't really know what kayaking is. It is just so much more efficient than a paddle. I can run circles around the guys with paddle kayaks where I fish for yellowtail. Its also a huge advantage when slow trolling as I do not need to use my paddle. Fighting the fish and being able to keep on course is also a big plus. I like to set the hook and pedal towards the fish so that I dont have to fight it as much.

The only grip with this boat is that it does not have a lot of room on the kayak. I am not a big guy, only 5'7 and 160 lbs but I still wish there could be a little more room. Its not a huge deal considering how fast this kayak is though. In addition the kayak is not the most stable in rougher waters and offshore, but it just takes some getting used to. Kind of like riding a bike. I would recommend this for anglers who want to cover a lot of distance in not a lot of time. For those who want more comfort and features, the Outback and the Pro Angler are better choices.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
super fast for a kayak, covers a ton of distance with little effort
Cons:
not the most stable kayak, not a lot of room
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Great offshore fishing boat and fun for sailing

I spent time on different Hobie pedal boats and have owned a number of paddle type kayaks over the past 20 years. For fishing the pedal power is a big advantage but until I spent time on the Revo 13 I did not appreciate the huge gain in speed and distance with the Hobie Mirage drive. I can easily go three times as far offshore with less effort than with any paddle kayak. It also makes it practical to troll with a kayak and it takes no more effort than walking to make the boat go at 3 knots through the water.

The boat includes an excellent rudder system that is controlled with a single 4 inch long lever with the left hand, and it includes a paddle and a bungee retention setup for us on the sides of the boat. The kayak is ready to put into the water and go with the addition of a PFD and nothing more.

Hobie has done a remarkable job of providing a large range of accessories that are designed to work well with their boats and that are very reasonably priced. This includes hatch storage bins, anchor trolley, ama kit, anchor trolley kit, oversized sailing rudder, power Turbo fins, rod holder extensions, dry bags, etc. etc. etc.

Narrow rails so GT90 track is needed if wanting to add track for any desired accessories. This is the one area where the most of the Hobie boats with their center pedal drive are different than paddle kayaks. Rod holders and fish finder, and other items need to be mounted to the sides of the boats and the center cockpit area is not available as it is with many paddle type boats like the OK Trident and Prowler boats for example with their Mod Pods.

Being able to easily add a sail is a huge deal for both general use and for fishing. When you can unwrap the sail and be doing 3-4 knots under wind power alone your range is greatly extended and you can pedal and use the sail power at the same time. The Revo is stable enough to use as is for wind under 8-10 knots or you can add the Hobie ama kit to provide lots of additional stability - and the ama kit can be used to make the boat practical to use standing up for sight fishing.

The "other" boat most often considered is the Hobie Outback which is wider and heavier and more sluggish through waves and chop but has a lot more deck space for fishing tackle (even more if the 8" round hatch is removed and replaced with the $100 Pro Angler 12 rectangular hatch kit which ought to be standard equipment).

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Performance, weight, accessories available from Hobie
Cons:
below deck storage
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Hobie Revolution 13 foot. Good for fishing and camping

I bought this kayak about 5 years ago, and have used it very often. The thick plastic construction gives you a feeling of confidence in the water. It is not the fastest kayak in the water, so if you plan on going very long distances you may want a more narrow vessel. I have taken my son, now 8 years old, on it with me for the last 4 years. We fish in saltwater in it, and have trekked out to Cape Lookout with camping gear in it! Overall it is a well constructed kayak with ample room, and is very sea worthy!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very stable, thick plastic, rudder system, option to paddle or pedal
Cons:
Slightly heavier to comparable kayak
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4.2
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0

Not just for touring, a sleek fishing platform

I purchased the Revo 13 with a couple of specific applications in mind. This boat is far sleeker in the surf than my current PA14s, in both entry and egress. For a surf-launch craft this is an ideal weapon.

But not to be disregarded on the flats, the Revo 13 is incredibly fast and agile. With the Turbo ST fins--believe it or not, on a sprint this boat will do 9 1/2 kts. Of course not being a young man with legs of steel, I could never maintain this speed for long, but long jogs at 5 or 6 kts is not difficult at all. This will allow me to buzz across a bay or inlet at a brisk pace, and move from flat to flat covering lots of water.

For storage, I am spoiled with my PAs, so it is a challenge to find a place for everything. The handy crate takes care of handling all my junk for the day. Other items that I would leave on board will stow easily in the bow storage tub.

To power the FF/GPS, the easiest route was simply the small gear tub in front of the seat. A traditional SLA 12v battery mounted there is easy and out of the way. The install of the FF/GPS with the power located here took about 20 minutes.

In closure, while the Revolution series may not appeal as strongly to the hardcore angler as much as a PA or even a Outback, it does warrant consideration. The Revo is sleek, nimble and fast. It is a narrow'ish boat. For narrow launches, carrying down stairs at your condo this could be the ticket. With this boat being so quick, if you find yourself needing to cover distance quickly or zip across open water the Revo 13 might be the ticket. It's simple, easy to manage and quick to launch and load.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
This is a super sleek boat that carries a more traditional touring kayak shape. With that comes extraordinary speed and agility.
Cons:
Again, a traditional touring shape does not lend to an abundance of storage room and lateral stability.
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
Value 
 
4.0

Peacock Bass

I got my opportunity to demo the Hobie Revolution while fishing for peacock bass near Naples, Fl.

The first thing that I noticed that I felt like I was in a confined spaces. Having a landing net in one of the flush rod holder and the other held an extra rod. So that left the other rod in my lap while I pedaled the mirage drive system. There just did not seem like there was any spare space.

The Revolution was very fast using the mirage drive. My only issue was that the rudder system was not very responsive when turning the kayak to the port direction.

The kayak tracked very well when drifting.

I did try paddling the Revolution. This kayak paddled very nice. In fact I just wondered why Hobie decided to incorporate since the Revolution paddled so great,

Back to the confined space feeling. When I managed to land a peacock bass I was a little concerned about the measuring and photographing the catch. It did worked out for the CPR process.

Would I recommend the Revolution as a fishing kayak I would struggle to say "yes". As normal I would recommend that an individual first demo. Their impressions of the Revolution might be different. For me the Revolution is not a fishing kayak for me.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very stable and fast.
Cons:
Felt crowded.
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