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Mirage® Outfitter

by Hobie Cat Company

The design brief was simple: create an easy-to-use, performance-minded, rotomolded polyethylene kayak that provides years of reliable service. Built-in drink holders and utility trays, dual helms and MirageDrives — plus a mast step for the optional Sail kit — give the Outfitter serious legs, and the boat's wide beam, relative to its tidy length, delivers a stable, stowable and comfortable platform.

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This is my second Hobie tandem mirage kayak. I used my…

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This is my second Hobie tandem mirage kayak. I used my previous boat since 2009. The new seats are terrific, keeps you dry unless big wave comes over the side. There is a drain you can easily open to let wave water flow out. I've added the larger rudder so I can also sail.

As a photographer, I do love having my hands free when on the water. Pedaling is easy on my knees, and I frequently tow kids on a tube or smaller kayak behind the boats with no issues. Biggest challenge for me is the out-of-water weight. I'm using the boat a lot on a lake with a rocky shore where I can not store the boat on the beach because it will get bashed by waves. Thus the kayak has to be lifted up onto a dock and carried to the shore-- very heavy for two people. Loading on to top of my van is cumbersome as well. But the boat is so fun much I overlook this once on the water.

Why did I upgrade? The earlier model had stress problems in the front well where the mirage drive is installed. Also, thedry well was never dry. I'm VERY hopeful these issues will not happen with 2016 model. The new model feels slower, (which I know is subjective) it just seems to sit heavier in the water. I'm not sure if it is wider. The new seats have elastic straps on the side for adjusting seat angle. If any of your users have even slightly wide thighs, you may want to test the seat first to see if the straps annoyingly rub your thighs. I know Hobie has upgraded the scupper wells to add the scupper cart as those were also stress points. I find that cart difficult to use on land because I have to tip the heavy kayak over to install them. In water the carts is great.

We took our new Mirage Tandem Outfitter out on a lake a…

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We took our new Mirage Tandem Outfitter out on a lake a week ago for about 2 hours. Love the unit. We found it to very comfortable.

It is well built, very stable, easy to pedal, easy to maneuver in the water. The rudder control is within a fingers reach. It has beverage holders, and storage compartments. Very flexible. Want to give you feet a rest from pedaling, then paddle. Tired of paddling, the pedal. Much better then a basic kayak. As far disadvantages, it is not designed for white water rafting.

I do not own this kayak but I certainly want to. I've…

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I do not own this kayak but I certainly want to. I've taken it out multiple times now from the Austin Kayak rental fleet and have learned that this is probably the best way to convince a significant other to go paddling with you... it's got the two big check marks that my girlfriend loves - it's a tandem AND it's got the Hobie Mirage Drive. We've had so many cruises around Austin's Town Lake, often over four hours. I'm always surprised at how long we paddle and it's always so much fun. It's got plenty of storage for a day outing and I really do love the Hobie seats. Very comfortable.

In summation - the perfect kayak for couples on a day outing!

I tried a Hobie Mirage Outfitter from AKC. The Kayak does give…

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I tried a Hobie Mirage Outfitter from AKC. The Kayak does give a sense of freedom to be able to operate hands free, it is very stable with lots of space and a great fishing machine. The Mirage drive was easy to master with adjustments for different leg lengths.

Now to the Cons:
The Kayak does have hull slap. The hull slap and the extra width that makes it so stable also makes it move slow especially in choppy conditions. My average speed over the two hours I paddled was 3.1 mph with standard paddles. The notion that the Pedal mechanism is easier to paddle is very subjective. So rent one and try before you buy.

My advice is to not plunk $3K into this machine and find it does not work. The issue with the pedal system is there is too much of stress on the Knees when compared to Bike pedaling. So Prolonged use of the Pedal system could cause problems with the Knee (again personal opinion). From that point of view, it is a no-go for me. I liked all the features of the Kayak, but the kind of stress on the Knee makes me shy away from this Kayak. I would rather have my knees and use them for another occasion like walking and running and biking than spend it all on pedaling the Mirage Drive.

Excellent choice for those who want to get out on the water…

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Excellent choice for those who want to get out on the water and have their hands free to fish or if you have existing back or neck issues which limit your paddling time.

I bought a Mirage "Outfitter" from Backyardboats & Jay recommended the extend-o-truck…

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I bought a Mirage "Outfitter" from Backyardboats & Jay recommended the extend-o-truck for transporting. I can easily - with Hobie "sand wheels" & addition of 2 hard 'neoprene trailer rollers (one mounted on extend-o- truck;one in truck bed) and a nose bumper mounted behind cab - load & unload this by myself.
I am a 47 yr old woman :)
This Hurdle out of the way, I made my maiden voyage on Bayou St John in New Orleans.

This Kayak is awesome! I pedaled fast, maneuvered beautifully! I plan to buy another single seat Sport for every day. I had such fun! next time I'll bring along the sail & try it out :)