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- Hobie Mirage Oasis
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- Build QualityEditor: 90%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 85%
- ComfortEditor: 86%
- StabilityEditor: 85%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 82%
A day spent fishing is always better than a day spent doing just about anything else, but you can have an even better time if you can fish with a friend. This isn’t always an option for kayakers, as there aren’t as many tandem-style crafts as there are single-rider crafts available.
This is particularly true of high-end kayaks, which provide the kind of performance advanced anglers demand. Fortunately, the Hobie Mirage Oasis Review proves the kind of quality, maneuverability, speed and stability that serious anglers demand.
- Quite stable for a tandem-style kayak
- Equipped with two pedal drives, which makes it easy to cruise around
- Twist-and-stow rudder makes the ship easy to control and maintain a straight heading
- Only two rod holders are provided, which is disappointing for a high-end, tandem kayak
- No skid plate is included to protect the bottom of the hull in shallow waters
- A few of the storage spaces are slightly small
Like every other Hobie kayak, the Mirage Oasis is a premium vessel that is built to perform like a high-end kayak should. Made from rotomolded polyethylene and featuring a sleek, efficient shape, the Mirage Oasis is a dream to pedal or paddle around the water.
It doesn’t feature an included skid plate, which is slightly disappointing, but it is durable enough to last for many seasons if treated properly and care is used when traveling through shallow waters.
The Mirage Oasis is swimming in storage space. Three twist-seal hatches are included (one in front of each seat and another at the bow) for storing small tools and tackle, while a flip-top hatch is located at the bow.
A large, bungee-equipped cargo area is located at the stern, and two mesh pockets are placed by each seat. Two flush-mount rod holders are included behind the rear seat, and two paddle keepers are included for hands-free riding.
While many tandem-style kayaks are somewhat cramped, the Hobie Oasis review showed to offer riders a reasonable amount of leg and elbow room. The 33-inch beam ensures that even large anglers will fit inside the cockpit comfortably, and the Vantage CT Seats are adjustable in four different ways so that you can be sure to achieve a comfortable ride.
Footwells are provided to give you a stable base when you decide to paddle, and the storage spaces are all placed in locations that are easy to reach while riding.
Because it is 33 inches wide, the Mirage Oasis is fairly stable for an 11-foot-long vessel. It is probably not suitable for standing (few tandem-style kayaks are), but it won’t make you worry about flipping over with every stroke of the paddle or crank of the pedals.
It is quite buoyant and has a 550-pound capacity, so it will easily accommodate two anglers and plenty of gear and tackle too.
Despite being more than 11 feet long, the Mirage Oasis is a nimble craft, which performs well on the water. It can turn fairly quickly for such a big craft, and it is agile enough to navigate crowded waters. Given that the Mirage Oasis features not one, but two MirageDrive pedal systems, it can fly across the surface of the water.
It also features a twist-and-stow rudder, which can be controlled from either seat. At 127 pounds, this vessel isn’t light enough for a single angler to carry, but this isn’t usually a problem, as you’ll usually be fishing with a buddy, who can help you haul the kayak to the water.
The Hobie Mirage Oasis is a great option for anglers seeking a tandem-style kayak, but who aren’t willing to compromise on quality or performance. It is a well-made, durable and capable craft, which handles better than most other tandem kayaks, and it provides the type of stability and storage space that most anglers want.
It isn’t even that heavy for a tandem-style kayak, so it will be easy for you and a buddy to carry to and from the water with ease. And, perhaps most importantly, the Mirage Oasis comes equipped with two MirageDrive 180 pedal systems, so you can travel quickly and efficiently while relying on the largest muscle groups in your body. If you are searching for a premium tandem kayak for serious fishing trips, you’ll want to start your search with the Hobie Mirage Oasis.
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|Color(s)||Slate Blue, Red Hibiscous, Papaya Orange, Ivory Dune, Seagrass Green|
|Length (ft / cm)||14'6" / 442cm|
|Width (in / cm)||33" / 84cm|
|Height (in / cm)||N/A|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||93 lbs / 42kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||550 lbs / 249kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Hull Material||Rotomolded Polyethylene|
|Number of People||2|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|