Hobie Outback 2017

The Hobie Outback is a do-everything sporting powerhouse, Hobie’s Mirage Outback is large enough to carry plenty of fishing tackle, camera gear or even a date night picnic, with exceptional hands-free maneuverability.
Manufacturers: Hobie Kayaks , Hobie
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$2,499.00
A do-everything sporting powerhouse, Hobie’s Mirage Outback is large enough to carry plenty of fishing tackle, camera gear or even a date night picnic, with exceptional hands-free maneuverability.  Built around the comfortable Vantage CT seat, the Outback is so stable you might be tempted to stand when you cast. Studded with thoughtful features such as molded-in rod holders, generous below deck storage options, and the smooth Twist and Stow rudder, the versatile Outback is ready for your outdoor adventure.
  • Specifications
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 12' 1" / 3.68 m
  • Width: 33" / .84 m
  • Capacity: 400 lbs / 181 kg
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 82 lbs / 37.19 kg *
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 95 lbs / 43.09 kg *
  • Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene

Powered by MirageDrive 180

The ungainly paddle is replaced by the sheer efficiency of the MirageDrive 180, the original pedal kayak drive. With the largest human muscle group now in play, kayaking becomes easier and more efficient than ever.

Shift Into a New Dimension

Hobie’s bioengineered MirageDrive propulsion system for kayaks was revolutionary in its inception in 1997 and has been evolving ever since. Now comes the biggest evolution - so far. Introducing the patent-pending Hobie MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse propulsion system that will be integrated into all 2017* model year Mirage kayaks.

Weighing in at under eight pounds, the MirageDrive 180 produces full power in both directions and offers unprecedented maneuverability. The user can pull one of two shift cables to pivot the fins 180 degrees, almost instantly from forward to reverse and back again. The dual fins provide shallow water access and easy shore landings by simply pushing one pedal forward.

Hobie MirageDrive Animation

Standard Features

  • Four Molded-In Rod Holders
  • Large Covered Bow Hatch
  • Lowrance® Ready
  • Mesh-Covered Stowage Pocket
  • MirageDrive
  • Rear Cargo Area with Bungee® Tie Downs
  • Sail Mount
  • Twist and Stow Rudder
  • Two 8” Twist and Seal Hatches with Gear Bucket
  • Two-Piece Paddle with On-Hull Storage
  • Vantage CT Seating

Colors


Caribbean Blue



Red Hibiscus


Ivory Dune




A do-everything sporting powerhouse, Hobie’s Mirage Outback is large enough to carry plenty of fishing tackle, camera gear or even a date night picnic, with exceptional hands-free maneuverability.  Built around the comfortable Vantage CT seat, the Outback is so stable you might be tempted to stand when you cast. Studded with thoughtful features such as molded-in rod holders, generous below deck storage options, and the smooth Twist and Stow rudder, the versatile Outback is ready for your outdoor adventure.
  • Specifications
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 12' 1" / 3.68 m
  • Width: 33" / .84 m
  • Capacity: 400 lbs / 181 kg
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 82 lbs / 37.19 kg *
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 95 lbs / 43.09 kg *
  • Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene

Powered by MirageDrive 180

The ungainly paddle is replaced by the sheer efficiency of the MirageDrive 180, the original pedal kayak drive. With the largest human muscle group now in play, kayaking becomes easier and more efficient than ever.

Shift Into a New Dimension

Hobie’s bioengineered MirageDrive propulsion system for kayaks was revolutionary in its inception in 1997 and has been evolving ever since. Now comes the biggest evolution - so far. Introducing the patent-pending Hobie MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse propulsion system that will be integrated into all 2017* model year Mirage kayaks.

Weighing in at under eight pounds, the MirageDrive 180 produces full power in both directions and offers unprecedented maneuverability. The user can pull one of two shift cables to pivot the fins 180 degrees, almost instantly from forward to reverse and back again. The dual fins provide shallow water access and easy shore landings by simply pushing one pedal forward.

Hobie MirageDrive Animation

Standard Features

  • Four Molded-In Rod Holders
  • Large Covered Bow Hatch
  • Lowrance® Ready
  • Mesh-Covered Stowage Pocket
  • MirageDrive
  • Rear Cargo Area with Bungee® Tie Downs
  • Sail Mount
  • Twist and Stow Rudder
  • Two 8” Twist and Seal Hatches with Gear Bucket
  • Two-Piece Paddle with On-Hull Storage
  • Vantage CT Seating

Colors


Caribbean Blue



Red Hibiscus


Ivory Dune




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My Outback experience!
Back Story-  I have a Hobie Pro Angler 14 as my main kayak that I fish out of, so I am a little biased when it come to features and overall size of the kayak.  At 6’1” 310  I am a little bigger then most kayak anglers.  I have sat in and did demos in a couple different kayaks.  

First Impression-  Smaller then the PA14, light weight, enough room between the hatches and my H-crate on the back to be able to fish a full day out of it, does not come with the turbo fins, I wasn’t sure at the start of the day if I would be able to stand in it due to my size.  The seat was narrower then the Vantage seat in the PA14 and wasn’t sure on the comfort of it.

Fishing and comfort-  

I took it out to my local bass lake and we launched at sunrise.  The water was glass calm about 50 degrees.  Sitting in it for the first time and launching it I noticed just how light it was and easy to maneuver around the dock.  The Outback does not come with the turbo fins, which isn’t a necessary upgrade for getting around the lake but if I was planning on going long distances or fishing larger rivers with a current I would want that upgrade.  The speed and tracking of the kayak was great though I could keep up with the other guys I was fishing with in Hobie Pro Anglers without a lot of effort.  

Seat comfort was better then I thought it would be.  It was a little narrow for my size but a person of normal size would be very comfortable sitting in it and the adjustments on the seat are great.  You can put the seat in the high position and still be stable in side to side motion as well as adjust the back forward and backward.  The lumbar support Hobie offers in their seats makes it easy to sit all day if you choose.

I was concerned about standing at first due to how narrow the kayak was.  I like to stand a lot for different techniques when fishing and sight fishing was very easy.  When standing i would put 1 foot on the side to give my other foot more room on the floor and be able to shift around to look at different spots.  I could paddle standing up without loosing my balance and work through cover.  

I normally carry 6-7 rods with me when fishing.  I carried 5 comfortably and could carry more with a couple of accessories.  The great part about the Outback is the Storage pockets on the left and the right in front of the seat and also the small trays next to the cup holders.  I could keep a small Plano box next to me for quick access or even under the seat when in the up position  

I spent 9 hours in the Hobie Outback and wasn’t uncomfortable during the day which is a great thing.  It handled boat wakes just fine and had plenty of room for storage and easy to stand in.

Final thoughts- The Hobie Outback is a great fishing and overall pleasure kayak.  Its a great platform at 12’1” and 33” wide.  Extremely stable and has a great weight capacity compared to the other kayaks in its class.  The price point on this model makes it a great deal when comparing it to other brands in this size and range due to having the mirage drive and the overall capabilities of the kayak.  After the day on the water I would be happy to add the Outback to my lineup for those 3-4 hour fishing trips and would be comfortable to put a person new to kayak fishing in the Outback to fish out of.  
From: jermiller1987@gmail.com | Date: 4/25/2016 11:57 AM
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