Review: Hobie Kayak 

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​In the market for a new kayak?

We are going to be taking an in depth look at the kayaks from Hobie. This company sells a variety of different boat products, and an array of kayaks as well. Are they worth your money and time? Do they have the features you need out of a kayak? Let’s find out.

How Do We Rate Products?

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So how do we choose our ratings for the products we talk about?

The most important aspects for us are being as honest and accurate as possible in our reviews. To do this, we take a few additional steps in our research.

We make sure to read and research customer reviews and testimonials online. This allows us to get a broad, unbiased view of what the general public thinks of the product we are reviewing. It also lets us see if there are any widespread issues or complaints that need to be addressed.

On top of that, we research the company itself. Customers like to buy products from an upstanding company that they can trust and stand behind, so if we find anything unlikeable, we share it in the review as well. This also extends to their warranty and return policies, their general customer service, and the quality of their products.

The last thing we research is the product specifications and features. We are as thorough as possible so that when you purchase something we have reviewed, you know exactly what you are buying.

What is the Hobie Kayak and How Does it Work?

Hobie has many different kayaks, which we will discuss more below. They are all different prices and sizes, depending on what your needs are.

Their products are incredibly colorful and aesthetically pleasing. The kayaks that they offer are made of Rotomolded Polyethylene, and you are able to choose between a rainbow of colors for each design they have.

Mirage Compass

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Hobie kayaks have an incredibly versatile design, but it is also very simple. They are very popular, mostly because of their excellent quality and great build. The company has three different lines of Mirage kayaks: The Island Series, the Pro Angler series, both single and tandem Mirage kayaks, and then inflatable Mirage kayaks. Total, there are sixteen different models, that all come in a variety of different colors and sizes.

Each design comes with the Hobie Vantage seat, as well as a paddle, rudder system, and a sail mast port. Every one of the Hobie Mirage kayaks can be equipped with the company’s standard sail kit if you want.

The twist and stow rudder system is incredibly durable and versatile, mostly because of the features of the sailing rudder upgrade, which increases the size to make sailing much easier. To deploy and retract the rudder, you simply pull the up/down rudder lines.

What Makes the Hobie Kayak Unique

The most special aspect of the Hobie kayaks is their versatility. Between their various designs, colors, and features, these are one of the most versatile set of kayaks on the market today.

Their seats also have several different seating positions, which allows each kayaker to find their own comfort in sitting in one of these kayaks. This is an amazing feature, because it ensures that you are not as fatigued when rowing, and it really increases the overall experience in the boat due to your comfort and ease.

Lastly, in addition to the kayaks being able to use the company’s standard sailing kit, Hobie also makes a furling kit, and add-on inflatable pontoon stabilizers. These are a really nice feature because it is able to turn any of the Mirage kayaks into a very affordable and versatile sail craft.

Pricing

The pricing varies for the Hobie kayaks, depending on which one you decide to purchase and the retailer you decide to buy from.

Depending on the design you go from, the pricing goes from around $800 up to $3,000. The cheapest designs on the list are the Hobie Lanai, and among the most expensive are the Hobie Mirage Sport and the Hobie Mirage i9s.

Having such a wide range when it comes to Hobie products is another great feature of theirs. No matter what your budget is, it is fairly easy to find a kayak that matches your needs as well as your wallet’s.

Public Perception (Other Hobie Kayak Reviews)

Now that we have looked at the Hobie kayak features, let’s take a look at what other customers thought of their products.

Positives

Price to Quality Ratio

​Adjustable Seats

​Excellent Customer Service

​Additional Features and Functionality

​Variety of Designs and Colors

​Great for Beginners

​Negatives

​Now despite all of the many, many praises that customers had for this company and their kayaks, there are some potential shortcomings to keep in mind as well.

​Difficult to Stand Up in

​Very Dense and Large Kayaks

​Water Build Up in the Foot Rests

​​​​None of these are necessarily deal breakers but depending on what you are looking for these are important qualities to keep in mind before making a purchase.

How it Compares

Hobie 2018 Mirage Compass Pedal Kayak (Seagrass Green)

As far as other brands and designs go, Hobie kayaks can really hold their own. Among other options for kayaks, the prices do vary of course, but Hobie products are right in the middle. They have some designs that are on the cheaper side, and some that are more moderate to higher prices.

The materials that Hobie uses for their kayak are among the highest quality and will last you a very long time. While there are other companies that make high quality products, Hobie kayaks are among the best of the best.

As far as variety and versatility is concerned, Hobie products are also at the top of that list as well. The company has a huge selection when it comes to designs and builds for canoes and kayaks, and they have about half a dozen choices for colors too.

Our Final Thoughts

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We hope you enjoyed our review of the Hobie kayaks, and that it was helpful in your decision to purchase one. Finding the best brand for your needs can be difficult if you aren’t sure what you should be looking for.

These kayaks are an amazing quality and value for what they cost, and you have so many different builds to choose from. No matter what your price range, aesthetic, or seating needs, Hobie has you covered.

If you have previously purchased a Hobie kayak, what were your thoughts? Would you recommend it to others looking for a kayak?

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