2013 Hobie Outback

Hands free!!!

Yesterday, I picked up my first hands free, pedal powered kayak, the 2013 Hobie Outback.  I bought it used and saved myself a ton of money.  The folks over at Mariner Sails were as always, a pleasure to work with.  This particular boat, apparently comes with some good fishing mojo.  It was the boat of a member of the Hobie Fishing Team.  I have a gut feeling that I not only bought one of the best-selling kayaks on the market but also bought some really good fishing mojo.

I always wondered what advantages one would have with a pedal drive kayak, and now I finally understand.  Being able to use your legs and not your paddle is a major advantage on the water.  With the incredible Hobie Mirage Pedal Drive, I can now cover more water, use both hands to fish and not have to fumble around to re-position myself with a paddle.

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Hobie Kayaks are high quality.  They are extra durable and are built to last.  Unique, one-of-a-kind features include an indestructible polyethylene hull, a Mirage Drive pedal for a hands-free experience, a ton of below deck storage, a twist and stow rudder and plenty of built-in rod holders.  This particular boat came with an installed Lowrance Elite 4X DSI fish finder.

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The Outback offers stability and functionality to help you get the most out of your outdoor activities, whether it be hunting, taking photos, or kayak fishing.  Its stability comes from the wide hull, and this creates stillness while you are trying to reel in fish.  Included are 4 built-in fishing rod holders, a large on-deck cargo area, and storage hatches.  You can go further and faster without exerting as much effort as you would with a paddle.

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The Hobie Outback may not be for everyone.  However, once you try it out for yourself and realize the benefits of the design and functionality, you will be surprised at how effective it truly is.

See you on the water!  Tight Lines!


  1. Dave Carlin says:

    So cool! So, are there something like flippers attached to the bottom of the pedals? Does the rudder steer or is it purely for stability?



    • Dave, the Hobie Mirage Pedal Drive is a detachable unit that sits where your feet are. You basically pedal it like a bike. There are 2 fins on the Drive that move the kayak. Think fish fins or dolphin fins. The rudder is at the back of the kayak and is used to steer left and right. I linked the Mirage Drive information in the post. I’ll let you take it out next time we get the chance.


  2. Aris says:

    It looks like you’ve got your new yak pretty well ready for some fishing! Congratulations James and – thank YOU!


  3. I haven’t tried out the Hobie Outback. We keep the Mirage Pro-Angler in stock for fishermen and others for recreational users. The benefits to having both hands free are incredible.


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