Hobie Mirage Revo 13
The Hobie Revolution is another tool that kayakers should consider in their arsenal of fishing gear. Although mine has the st fins and not the turbo fins, it is still a very fast boat. Upgrading to the sailing rudder is a must for straight tracking and easy turning (the smaller rudder is less responsive). Wind and current are almost negligible when you have the rudder down. I chose the Revolution because I still enjoy paddling and the Revo is easier to paddle with paddles rather than the Outback or Pro Angler. I’m able to stand up, although there isn’t really a great platform to stand from because of the mold, but it’s doable and just as stable if not more stable than my ocean Kayak Trident 13.
- Fast and easy to paddle
- Tracks Easy
- Faster boat than the outback and PA but you have less space
- Stable but not as stable as the outback or PA
- Great for those power fishermen who like to run and gun
- Tracks really well with the rudder system
- Not enough deck space for outfitting with rod holders etc.
- If you troll, you have to mount rod holders behind the seat because they interfere with the peddle system.
- Built in rod holders are too shallow so you have to purchase the extensions
- No reverse
- Lots of cables inside for rudder controls etc…should one break your day is almost unsalvageable.
- Lack of handles – For those who cartop their kayaks, handles are great, but Hobie has them molded in which makes them hard to grip and should you need to flip them, almost impossible.
- You lose real estate in front of you because of the peddle drive. – This is one of my biggest drawbacks because I like laying my rods out in front of me so I can pick and choose which rod to throw. Now I’m forced to put one away and then pick one out from behind me (more turning) which I don’t like and have a better chance of flipping.
Overall a great kayak and it may be my main for now unless I decide I need my cockpit space.