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- Hobie Mirage Compass
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- Build QualityEditor: 90%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 90%
- ComfortEditor: 82%
- StabilityEditor: 88%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 85%
Many kayakers like the ability to propel their kayak with a foot-powered system, but this is especially desirable for anglers, who often have a rod in their hands. Fortunately, there are a number of pedal-driven kayaks on the market, including the Hobie Mirage Compass.
A premium kayak built for discriminating anglers, the Mirage Compass provides all of the maneuverability, comfort and quality modern kayakers demand, as well as the storage space and stability than anglers appreciate. The Mirage Compass isn’t the cheapest kayak on the water, but it very well may be one of the best.
- Mirage Drive pedal system helps propel you quickly and easily
- Ample storage space provided
- Pretty stable ride, which some anglers will feel is sufficient to allow standing
- Doesn’t turn on a dime
- Rather heavy and difficult for a single angler to carry
- Neither the pedals nor the seat can be slid forward or back
Like most Hobie kayaks, the Mirage Compass is a premium kayak made from high-quality rotomolded polyethylene, making it strong, rigid and durable enough to last for years. Measuring 12 feet in length, the Mirage Compass is a medium-sized craft that is buoyant enough to handle up to 400 pounds of crew and gear.
It is available in both Seagrass Green and Slate Blue colors. A built-in transducer mount and through-hull cable plug are included to make fish finder mounting easy.
The Mirage Compass is overflowing with storage space. An 8-inch twist-lock hatch is located in the cockpit and provides a great place to store tools and tackle, while a large, bungee-equipped cargo area is located at the stern to hold live wells, coolers and other large gear. A second storage area is located at the bow and features a stretchy mesh cover to keep your gear secure.
A drink holder is positioned at the right side of the cockpit, and two flush-mount rod holders are located behind the seat. Two H-track accessory mounts are also included to make it easy to add your favorite GPS, fish finder or articulating rod holder. A paddle keeper is also included, and there is a small amount of storage space located beneath the seat.
The Mirage Compass has a roomy cockpit, which provides more than enough room for most anglers. Neither the pedal drive system nor the seat can be moved forward or backward, which is unfortunate, but most anglers found that the pedal drive system and seat arrangement were comfortable enough. The seat itself is adjustable and made from mesh, to help keep your back dry and cool during extended trips.
Given its 34-inch-wide beam and 400-pound capacity, the Mirage Compass is unsurprisingly stable. Most anglers will feel perfectly secure while sitting sideways on the vessel, and many anglers find it stable enough to stand up. It is seaworthy enough for moderately rough waters and will perform like a dream in small lakes and ponds.
The Mirage Compass features Hobbie’s Mirage Drive – one of the leading pedal-drive systems available. Now you can travel forward with ease and while using your biggest muscle groups to do so. A fold-up rudder is also included to provide pinpoint control of the vessel.
The rudder is controlled via an easy-grip rubber handle, which is located on the left side of the cockpit. The Mirage Compass weighs nearly 68 pounds, so it isn’t the easiest craft to carry by yourself across dry ground. However, it is equipped with handles at the bow and stern, to make it easy to carry with a little help.
Although the Mirage Compass would be perfectly suitable for beginning kayakers who aren’t afraid of purchasing a relatively expensive craft, only intermediate and advanced kayakers will be able to appreciate the true value and quality it provides. The Mirage Drive is a game-changing feature for many anglers, that will allow you to travel quicker and farther than you ever have with a paddle-powered kayak.
It’s a little disappointing that you can’t adjust the distance between the seat and the pedals, but most anglers found the ride comfortable enough. You’ll cover long distances in an arrow-straight line, thanks to the excellent tracking ability of the vessel and the included rudder. The Mirage Compass also provides a ton of storage area, although it would be nice if a few more rod holders were included. If you are ready to purchase your first “premium” kayak, the Mirage Compass is unlikely to disappoint.
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|Color(s)||seagrass green, slate blue|
|Length (ft / cm)||12' / 366cm|
|Width (in / cm)||34" / 86cm|
|Height (in / cm)||N/A|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||68 lbs / 31kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||400 lbs / 181kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Hull Material||Rotomolded Polyethylene|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|