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- Hobie Mirage Outback
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- Build QualityEditor: 87%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 92%
- ComfortEditor: 86%
- StabilityEditor: 89%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 82%
Anglers have different needs than recreational paddlers do, and the best angling kayaks specifically address these requirements. The Hobie Mirage Outback is a great example of such a craft, as it is loaded with the kind of storage space anglers demand and the stability and comfort they need.
A 12-foot-1-inch-long, 33-inch-wide craft, the Mirage Outback is buoyant, maneuverable and fast, thanks to the included MirageDrive pedal system, which lets you power your kayak while leaving your hands free for fishing or tying on lures. The Mirage Outback is not a cheap kayak by any means, but when you want a premium craft, built to address your needs as an angler, there aren’t many better options at lower price points.
- Fantastic amounts of storage space are included
- MirageDrive pedal system allows you to cruise around without paddling
- Stable ride that will allow most anglers to stand confidently
- Very heavy craft that will be hard for a single angler to carry
- No thigh pads included
- Lacks a skid plate to protect the bottom of the hull
Made from rotomolded polyethylene, the Mirage Outback is built for both performance and durability. But although the Mirage Outback is strong and rigid enough to handle the occasional bump or scrape up against the rock, it does not come with an attached skid plate, so you’ll want to be careful while launching or landing the craft.
The Mirage Outback is available in six different colors: Slate Blue, Papaya Orange, Red Hibiscus, Camo, Ivory Dune and Seagrass Green.
The Mirage Outback provides a ton of place to store your fishing gear. Two 8-inch twist-seal hatches are included (one is located in the cockpit, the other is located at the stern) for carrying tackle and small tools, while large storage compartment is located in the bow to hold larger items. A flat cargo deck with bungee cords is located right behind the seat, so you have someplace to store live wells, coolers and similar items.
Two mesh storage pockets are also included and positioned on both sides of the seat. Two paddle keepers and four flush-mount rod holders are also included with the craft. Two molded drink holders are also included for extra convenience.
The Mirage Outback provides a roomy cockpit, which is large enough to accommodate most anglers comfortably. The Vantage CT Seat is padded and adjustable in four different ways, so you can easily find a comfortable paddling or fishing position.
Thigh pads are not included, but this is only a minor issue; you could easily add your own aftermarket pads if you like. The MirageDrive 180 pedal system is situated in a comfortable place, and foot wells lie alongside it for those times that you’d rather paddle.
The Mirage Outback provides a very stable ride, and most anglers found that it was sturdy enough to permit standing (most anglers will find that the cockpit provides more than enough room for their feet). You can also sit sideways and fish for a while if you like.
Some anglers will even find the kayak stable enough for taking on moderately rough or choppy waters, although it will perform best in relatively calm waters. Additionally, given its 400-pound capacity, it is buoyant enough to carry you and all of the gear you’d reasonably expect to bring along.
Given its 12-foot-long length, the Mirage Outback isn’t capable of turning in the tightest areas, but most anglers found that it handled very well. The included rudder system improves tracking ability and makes steering easy, and the craft is reasonably fast too, whether you are paddling or using the MirageDrive 180 pedal system.
It does weigh nearly 100 pounds when completely rigged, so it is hard for one person to carry, but it does come with handles at the bow and stern to make it easy for two people to carry to and from the water.
The Mirage Outback is a great kayak for anglers, and it provides almost all of the features you’d want. It has the space and capacity to haul all of your gear and tackle, it provides enough stability to permit standing and it handles like a dream once on the water.
Additionally, the included MirageDrive pedal system will allow you to cruise around quickly and easily, and the highly adjustable Vantage CT Seat ensures you’ll fish in comfort all day long. You’ll have to pony up a fair amount of cash to enjoy your own Mirage Outback, but given the vessel’s value, most anglers who do so will be happy with their choice.
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|Color(s)||seagrass green, papaya orange, red hibiscous, ivory dune, slate blue|
|Length (ft / cm)||12'8" / 386cm|
|Width (in / cm)||34" / 86cm|
|Height (in / cm)||N/A|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||90 lbs / 41kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||425 lbs / 193kg|
|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|