The cockpit area has seen one major change on both the PA14 and PA12. The new H-Rail accommodates a whole new array of accessories available from Hobie. The H-Rail replaces the original hand rail, which was secured by rivets that did a poor job of keeping the round bar from turning under load. The new H-Rail has several flats around the bar should be much stronger for mounting weight-bearing accessories.
If you have ever been in strong wind and waves with previous models of the Pro Anglers, you have experienced being blown perpendicular to the wind and struggling to keep your kayak on track. Both the Hobie PA14 and PA12 now have a retractable keel to improve in tracking in tough conditions.
Both Mirage Pro Angler models now have the new Mirage Drive with ST Turbo Blue Fins. The updated drive utilizes plastic roller bearings in all the moving parts to reduce friction and result an easier pedaling. Hobie claims a 10% increase in efficiency.
Side by side comparison of the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12
Side by side comparison of the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14
These changes are sure to make the popular Mirage Pro Angler 14 and 12 even more attractive to first-time buyers, or kayak anglers looking to upgrade to the larger, more stable platform to carry all the gear needed for a day on the water. These added features address the few flaws I experienced in both my older Pro Anglers.