Mirage® Inflatable 9

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Mirage® Inflatable 9 Description

Hobie's i9S was specifically designed for people shy on spare acreage but who dream of spending their time kayaking, fishing or sailing (via the optional Sail kit). The compact i9S offers on-the-water performance that rivals rigid boats, and its rugged, PVC-vinyl construction and reinforced underside eliminate fears of rocky beaches. Now comes standard with the MirageDrive 180 with new Kick-Up Fin Technology.

Mirage® Inflatable 9 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Mirage® Inflatable 9 Reviews

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While saving space is…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/24/2020
While saving space is convenient...don’t purchase the i9s! It performs well enough but is prone to failure where the materials are joined to form the floor around the drive unit. Hobie’s customer support is very poor on this model and they DO NOT stand behind its construction.

We purchased two Hobie i9s…

Submitted by: paddler820840 on 7/13/2020
We purchased two Hobie i9s inflatable kayaks. Absolutely love them. Our kayaks are so. stable we can slide off them to swim and get back on without help. They easily fit into my little Sonic car when we take two cars to paddle Turtle Creek. With the current situation of the Covid virus, being able to take our kayaks out for some fun and exercise is a wonderful thing. We are both so happy we found these and have enjoyed many a paddles and pedals on the water.

At about a year old an inner…

Submitted by: paddler459872 on 8/6/2018

At about a year old an inner seam let go and my boat stopped holding air in the center compartment. Hobie replaced it. Now three years later several seams let go today and most of the glued on clips fell off. I am heartbroken because I did enjoy it so much, but for 2400 dollars, the glue should hold. Do not purchase an inflatable.


Purchased an i9s 3 weeks ago, here are some initial reactions: very easy…

Submitted by: dfish on 7/20/2009
Purchased an i9s 3 weeks ago, here are some initial reactions:
  • very easy setup and inflation
  • packs into a relatively small bag which can fit easily into a compact car
  • easily handled by one person at 39 lbs
  • Mirage drive works well, very solidly anchored
  • outer double hull does seem to take in some rainwater, requiring emptying via bow plug
  • design suits pedaling a bit better than paddling due to beam/width and relatively high round sides
  • pedaling/paddling combo possible but not dramatically more effective than pedaling
  • reports of paddle popping out of side clips true... ended up using a paddle leash velcro to attach paddle to side handle
  • rudder control lines required a bit of adjusting, easily done with philips head screwdriver
  • surprisingly dry boat -- bottom is slightly convex allowing any water to run to drain plugs -- not much water comes over bow, virtually nothing comes up from Mirage drive slot
  • recommend consideration of larger ST Mirage fins (normal fins are *very* easy to pedal)
  • recommend consideration of large rudder to improve tracking
  • note that Hobie makes a nice bag for the Mirage drive with mesh to allow fins to dry
Mirage® Inflatable 9