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Mirage® i9s

by Hobie Cat Company

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.

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

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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