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Sunday, 02 May 2021 10:50

Hobie Upgrades Compass With MirageDrive 180 and More

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Hobie has a reputation as one of the leading manufacturers of premium kayaks, but they are not resting on their laurels.
The brand continues to upgrade its products every year, including the ever-popular Hobie Mirage Compass kayak series. Recent upgrades to the series include the addition of enhanced versions of the MirageDrive, which is Hobie's original, patented kayak pedal propulsion system.
 Thanks to the addition of the MirageDrive 180 propulsion system to the entire Mirage Compass line, these kayaks can now move both forward and backward with full power. According to Hobie, this upgrade makes the kayaks even more versatile as they can now gain better access to tight pocket waters holding big fish. The drive also offers improved, instantaneous boat control and positioning, which allows for a quieter approach. Another advantage of the MirageDRive 180 is that it allows for more efficient lure presentation.
The MirageDrive is the original pedal-driven system, but Hobie has also enhanced it with several additional patented features to set it apart from other pedal drives. MirageDrive owners swear by the unique ST fin design and shape, making it highly efficient and helps to shed debris such as grass. The "Kick-Up" feature of the MirageDrive also allows the fins to break away upon contact with rocks, tree stumps, and other underwater obstacles. Where other fins would get stuck or damaged, anglers can simply pivot the MirageDrive fins back into position with the stroke of the pedal crank. Also useful is the ARC cranks, as these offer user-friendly leg adjustment with a convenient push-button. Of course, the 180 technology covered in the MirageDrive patents provides fast full-power reverse with the pull of a lever. 
Hobie has stated that the Camo colorway of the Mirage Compass will exclusively feature Hobie's premium Turbo Fins. These incorporate a longer fin template that delivers increased speed and heightened responsiveness and improves the efficiency of its propulsion. The MirageDrive 180 is also included in the Mirage Compass Duo, which is a highly customizable tandem kayak. It has two separate pedal drives, so along with the MirageDRive 180, it also has a MirageDrive GT.  
The entire Hobie Mirage Compass series comes with molded-in rod holders, H-Track accessory mounts, and a transducer cavity. Hobie also includes a paddle, so for extremely shallow water, anglers can simply remove the MirageDrive, insert the plug and use the paddle. 
For more information about Hobie's newly upgraded Mirage Compass series, check out the official website at www.hobie.com.
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