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Friday, 01 September 2017 08:28

Hobie Expands Its Kayak Range With The New Pedal-Powered Mirage

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When Hobie announces a new addition to their range, it is definitely worth a look. The kayak in question is the Hobie Mirage Compass, which will soon be joining their MirageDrive kayak line. 

Instead of throwing everything except the kitchen sink at the design of the Compass, Hobie has instead opted for a more restrained approach that straddles the line between features and value. However, this doesn’t mean that the Compass is lacking any important features, which makes it particularly appealing.

According to Doug Skidmore, President of Hobie, the Compass was specifically designed to fill a void in the market that the company has identified. The result is an affordable boat that is extremely capable out on the water and able to deliver all the features that customers have come to expect from a Hobie product. As part of their efforts to offer an affordable kayak without any compromises, the Compass features a durable rotomolded polyethylene hull with a wide cockpit and deck area that is large enough to stand comfortably. it is powered by Hobie’s MirageDrive pedal system with Glide Technology, so the Compass is able to great stability along with plenty of speed.

The Compass comes complete with enough accessories to put a smile on the face of any angler. Underneath storage room, a mesh-back seat that is comfortable and easy to remove, two-rod holders, and a transducer cavity are all included as standard with this kayak. The MirageDrive makes it easy to maneuver the Compass where you need it, but to ensure that you can also navigate shorelines or shallows, you’ll find that Hobie has also included a two-piece paddle.

In terms of technical specifications, the Compass is 12’ in length, 34” wide and has a capacity of 400 lbs, which is enough for one person and plenty of gear. According to Hobie, the fitted hull weight of the Compass is 68 lbs, while fully rigged it weighs in at 87 lbs. This ensures that the Compass can be handled on your own and convenient carry handles are found midship, bow and stern to make it easier to transport.  Anglers who are eager to get their hands on the Compass will have a choice between two colors, Slate Blue and Seagrass Green.

If you are looking for the same type of stability offered by the Hobie Pro Angler, coupled with the easy maneuverability of the Hobie Outback, then it looks like the Compass will be able to provide the perfect blend. Coupled with the generous extras and wallet friendly price tag, we expect to see a lot of these kayaks finding their way into the hands of eager anglers upon launch. 

Last modified on Friday, 01 September 2017 08:38
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# basscatlildave 2017-09-02 10:52
I can't wait to try this bad boy out..
 

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