Hobie unveiled the ultimate portable fishing vessel this past week at Outdoor Retailer 2015. The “i11s” is an extremely stable inflatable SUP that integrates with Hobie’s MirageDrive system. The clean and open deck of the i11s allows the kayak angler the ability to set it up specifically for them. We had a chance to test out the i11s at Outdoor Retailer and were extremely impressed.
Morgan Promnitz product manager at Hobie gave us a complete rundown of the new inflatable.
Here are some of the highlights from the i11s fishing kayak-hybrid.
The i11s integrates with Hobie's MirageDrive System. There are also multiple attachment points for fishing accessories.
Lash points for Hobie's H-Crate system (or any fishing crate).
Hobie added their Vantage seat for all-day fishing comfort.
Rudder controls can be mounted on either the left or right side of the Vantage seat.
The high and low adjustment is slightly different on the inflatable version of the Vantage seat. Below is the full press rease by Hobie.
Oceanside, California – (DATE) - Hobie introduces their collection of inflatable kayaks including the new Hobie Mirage i11S first-ever kayak-hybrid with MirageDrive® technology. The i11S, just introduced at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, took center stage in the Hobie booth. It combines Hobie’s kayak Vantage Seating System comfort and patented MirageDrive with Glide Technology propulsion into a distinctive low-profile board-like platform design…and there is nothing else like it. The i9S and i12S single kayaks and i14T tandem, long staples in the line, were also visible with totally new looks and features.
The i11S is the lightest weight model in the entire Hobie fleet. The two air chambers on each side and drop stitched center chamber provide the stability needed for recreational use. Bungee tie-downs in the rear hold Hobie’s new optional H-Crate for fishing gear or a cooler with food and drink for a more relaxing day on the water. The skid pad in front of the seat lets more adventurous anglers stand up and cast. To add to its versatility, a fin is included that fits into a slot built into the bottom that can turn the i11S into a standup paddleboard by taking off the seat and MirageDrive. Hobie’s i11S will be on retail floors starting in November, 2015.
All four inflatable models will cause double-takes on the water with the new stand-out two-tone yellow/blue hulls and blue flooring. Vantage CTi high-back padded seats offering multiple points of adjustments and the comfort of breathable mesh are specially designed for the inflatable collection. A newly engineered finger-tip rudder control can be easily switched from port to starboard. All these new features are combined with Hobie’s
MirageDrive propulsion system.
Rugged 1000 denier PVC hulls and rubberized undersides coupled with easy-to-grip carrying handles facilitate smooth launching, landing and portaging. Paddles are provided for an upper body workout. Optional Sail Kits are available for the i9S, i12S and i14T. Bungee tie-downs fore and aft ensure cargo stays secure.
The Hobie i-9s is the smallest and shortest in the collection, specifically designed for kayakers shy on space. Its performance rivals that of rigid boats and it is well sized for use on-board bigger boats. Not too big, not too small, the i12s is infinitely transportable. Its well-proportioned hull offers speed without sacrificing stability. An enclosed forward hatch and an above-deck, bungee-secured storage area provide generous capacity for weekend escapes or provisioning trips ashore from a “big boat.” The i14T inflatable touring kayak is designed for those who prefer to be out on the water with a companion. Two MirageDrives simplify locomotion.
All four inflatables include and easy-load rolling travel bag and hand pump.
Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.