|Kayak Model||Hobie Outback||Native Watercraft Slayer Propel|
|Length||12’ 1”||13’ 2”|
|Weight||88.3 lbs||101 lbs|
|Capacity||400 lbs||500 lbs|
|Drive||Mirage Drive with Turbo fin upgrade (can be “fluttered” in shallow water)||Propel Drive (drive has reverse but must be removed in shallow water)|
|Drive User Height Adjustment||Mirage arms adjust||Seat slides forward or aft|
|Front Hatch||Covered front hatch (opens to entire hull)||Open front hatch (cover available, one scupper hole, sealed to the rest of the hull)|
|Other Hatches||Round center hatch, rear center hatch||Electronics console, small round hatch behind seat|
|Foot Pegs/Wells||Molded in foot wells||None|
|Seating||Classic kayak seat (butt on the deck)||Framed First Class seat (butt raised off deck)|
|Standing Surface||No "designed" standing platform (Round center hatch under your feet)||Flat standing platform (Standing area is padded)|
|Rod Holders||Four molded in (two forward, two aft)||One flush mount rod holder (opposite side of rudder control)|
|Tankwell||Large bungee tankwell with crate recess||Large bungee tankwell with bucket and crate recess|
|Rudder||Stowable rudder||Fixed rudder|
|Carry Handles||T-style rope handle bow and stern, one solid and one fabric handle in center||All solid foam-covered handles: bow, stern, and center|
|Accessory Mounting||Lowrance transducer mount ready||Electronics consoe and tracks on bow, cockpit, stern, and around console|
|Scupper Holes||Four (two under seat, two tankwell)||Nine (One bow hatch, six cockpit, two tankwell)|
|Cup Holder||Two built into hull||One on drive cover|
|Paddle Keepers||Two - bungee on each side||Available track-mount (not included)|
|Storage Tray/Accessory||Small accessory pouch on deck, recesses around cockpit||Plano tackle tray storage behind seat, recesses on drive cover|
|Sail Kit Available||Yes||No|
Some things to consider after reading the features breakdown: Hobie’s Outback has been in production since 2001, while the new Slayer Propel started production in late 2013. Do you consider the Outback’s time in service an advantage or disadvantage? Is Hobie stuck in the past with the Outback’s design?
Native’s Propel drive has been in service for five years and has had three revisions, while the Mirage drive has been around since 1997 and had numerous revisions. Do sheer time in service and multiple revisions give the Hobie Mirage drive an advantage?
The Mirage drive can be operated in shallower water then the Propel drive by fluttering the drive fins instead of fully engaging them. The Propel drive allows you to go in reverse without having to remove the unit. Which is more important to you?
When everything is said and done, nothing can really help a person make up their mind better then taking both kayaks out for a test paddle/pedal. Our best recommendation would be to rent or borrow each kayak for a day of fishing. This will allow you to decide what features you like and dislike about each boat, and whether one drive is better than the other for your style of fishing. In the end, there is no perfect boat that will suit everyone.