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Wednesday, 03 February 2021 09:01

Hobie Venturing Into Inflatable Kayak Market With Mirage iTrek Series

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While Hobie is a brand that is synonymous with kayaks for a lot of anglers, the company started in 1950 when Hobie Alter created his own surfboard in his parents' Laguna Beach garage.
From there the company continued to grow and branch out into catamarans, polarized sunglasses, women's swimwear, and much more. In fact, it wasn't until 1994 that Hobie ventured into the angling market with their Hobie Float Cat. Since then they made waves with the Mirage Outback in 2001, the Hobie MirageDrive, and what many considered to be the pinnacle of fishing kayaks for its time, the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler.
 
For 2021 Hobie is once again branching out in new directions with the announcement of their Mirage iTrek Series, which consists of inflatable kayaks. In addition to the Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight, Mirage iTrek 11, Mirage itrek 14, Duo, and Mirage iTrek Fiesta, Hobie also announced the Mirage iEclipse, which is an inflatable stand-up pedalboard. The four new inflatable kayaks all feature the Hobie MirageDrive GT with Glide Technology, so users get speed and responsiveness on the water while also benefiting from the transportability unique to inflatables. For example, the Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight has a fitted hull weight of only 20 pounds and easily converts into a standup paddle platform if the mesh seat and pedal drive is removed. Even the iTrek 11 with its drop stitch hull and triple chamber construction weighs less than 30 pounds fully fitted.
 
The Mirage iEclipse is certainly the most unique offering of the lot as it brings all the advantages of Hobie's MirageDrive to an inflatable stand up pedalboard. The two-piece handlebar makes it easy to steer the board and it is a very user-friendly way to introduce newcomers to SUPs. Hobie has stated that the iTrek series of kayaks, as well as the iEclipse, should begin arriving at authorized dealers during March of 2021, so keep an eye on your favorite stockist if you are interested. For more information about the Mirage inflatable pedal kayaks and other Hobie offerings be sure to check out the official website (https://www.hobie.com/kayaks/).
Naomi Bolton

Yakangler's Community Manager and Editor - in charge of sourcing news and articles for the website.  If you have any ideas for new content, please do get in touch with me at: [email protected]

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