Hobie Inflatable Mirage Kayak Review & Evaluation
Recently I was asked to try & review a Hobie Mirage i9s kayak. It is a truly great yak! It is as agile as most hard-body yaks, as fast & has the ability to flex rather than turn turtle in rtougher waters! Specs for this boat are as follows:
Length:Â 9ft / 2.74m
Width:Â Â 36in / .91m
Hull weight:Â 39lb / 17.69kg
Load Capacity:Â 325lb / 147kg
Drive Weight: 6.6lb / 3kg
It is a short, versatile comfortable & highly mobile kayak. easy to infalte or deflate. The tough body material is durable as well as easily cared for in the bargain!
This wonderful yak comes with its own easy to pack rolling duffle bag. It can travel with you as checked baggage or stows neatly into the trunk of a car or into the storage space in any SUV or the back of any pick-up truck.
Everything that you will deem necessary to use this great little yak comes with it: 4-pc adjustable paddle, large volume short-stroke inflation pump, twist & stow rudder, rear compartment bungee tie-downs & last but certainly not least, the trulyÂ revolutionary 'Mirage' drive peddle-power propulsion system.
Available accessories include a rod holder/cup holder, a sail package as well as a "plug-in" cart!
I tried this yak out in the confines of Boca Ciega Bay just of of Gulfport, FL. It was a hot day, humid & a nice breeze was blowing in off of the Gulf of Mexico making a small chop of about 1 1/2 feet. After making a minimal adjustment to the seat I set out at firts by paddle. This craft was very responsive & quick to manuever by paddle. iThis great little yakÂ handled the small swells well and continued to do so as i entered in the Gulf waters as well. Once in the Gulf I stowed the paddle in the built-in clips designed for that purpose and engaged the 'Mirage' propulsion system. It was simple, as it is driven by foot peddles that I had adjusted to my leg length prior to setting out. This drive system may be utilized in a little as 4" of water. Short strokes rtaher than full-leg length strokes are the key to this system. It will drive the boat at a rate of speed between 1 mph & 4.5 mph depending upon the peddler's rate of motion. I traversed a sandbar that was at most 6" underwater with no bottom contact. This is a wonderful way to kayak as well as get some leg exercise into your physical activity routine.
Once we were done for the day, I simply washed this neat little yak off, dried it in the sun, deflated the boat, folded it up, re-packed it into its duffle & stowed it in the trunk of the car. It was easy, quick & tidy!
This boat also comes in a 12ft single & a 14ft tandem model as well.
All-in-all, the Mirage Inflatable series is in my estimation a well built, well designed series with tough, easy to use boats that are worth the investment. By far the best inflatbale yaks on the market!
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