Hobie Outback 2019

We accomplished the impossible – we improved the world’s #1 pedal fishing kayak to make it truly legendary. With the first major redesign of the best-selling Mirage Outback in over a decade, Hobie has single-handedly advanced the sport of kayak fishing.
Manufacturers: Hobie Kayaks , Hobie
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$2,799.00

We accomplished the impossible – we improved the world’s #1 pedal fishing kayak to make it truly legendary.

With the first major redesign of the best-selling Mirage Outback in over a decade, Hobie has single-handedly advanced the sport of kayak fishing. This fully-loaded fishing machine is built for every conceivable fishing expedition, whether you’re prowling the ocean for monster gamefish or stalking bass in your favorite freshwater fishing hole. The extra-wide standing deck offers an improved casting platform and convenient vantage point for sight fishing, allowing for superior vision from above while the revolutionary Guardian Transducer Shield gives you multidimensional vision below. The new Vantage CTW seat provides extra width for unmatched room and comfort. Four molded-in rod holders, multiple deluxe H-Track mounts, and numerous high-capacity storage compartments ensure that all of your gear is at your fingertips. Powered by the MirageDrive 180 with ARC Cranks + Turbo Fins – now standard on all Outbacks – this fine-tuned angling vessel is highly versatile, fast, quiet, and exceedingly nimble. Now featuring our Kick-Up Rudder system with dual steering capabilities, combating drift and navigating tight water has never been easier.

While the classic Outback was a legend, the all-new Outback is truly legendary.

  • Specifications
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 12' 9" 
  • Width: 34"
  • Capacity: 425 lbs 
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 85 lbs 
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 103 lbs 
  • Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene

Powered by MirageDrive 180

The ungainly paddle is replaced by the sheer efficiency of the MirageDrive 180, the original pedal kayak drive. With the largest human muscle group now in play, kayaking becomes easier and more efficient than ever.

Hobie MirageDrive180

Shift Into a New Dimension

Hobie’s bioengineered MirageDrive propulsion system for kayaks was revolutionary in its inception in 1997 and has been evolving ever since. Now comes the biggest evolution - so far. Introducing the patent-pending Hobie MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse propulsion system that will be integrated into all 2017* model year Mirage kayaks.

Weighing in at under eight pounds, the MirageDrive 180 produces full power in both directions and offers unprecedented maneuverability. The user can pull one of two shift cables to pivot the fins 180 degrees, almost instantly from forward to reverse and back again. The dual fins provide shallow water access and easy shore landings by simply pushing one pedal forward.

Hobie MirageDrive Animation

Spacious Deck Layout with Vertical Hatch

Everything you need at your fingertips. Dual H-Track Deluxes with H-Rail boast the ultimate in accessory mounting, customization and organization. EVA deck pads provide a cushioned standing area and sound dampening. The vertical rectangular hatch easily opens for more tackle storage and includes a bottle opener for cold beverage enjoyment.

Redesigned Bow

Piercing bow helps cut effortlessly through the water, wind, wake, and chop while reducing hull slap. Reflective bow graphics provide an added safety feature. Extra large bow compartment makes storage easy and accessible.

Guardian Retractable Transducer Shield

Retractable Shield protects transducer on impact and retracts away for transport. Built-in transducer mount allows side scanning for optimal fishfinder performance. Pre-installed thru-hull cable plugs allow quick, no-drill, no-glue fishfinder installation.

Kick-Up Rudder

The Kick-Up Rudder locks in to place when you need it and retracts on impact. A large carrying handle makes transport a breeze while providing the perfect mount for your GoPro. The stern is also Power-Pole ready with pre-drilled inserts.



We accomplished the impossible – we improved the world’s #1 pedal fishing kayak to make it truly legendary.

With the first major redesign of the best-selling Mirage Outback in over a decade, Hobie has single-handedly advanced the sport of kayak fishing. This fully-loaded fishing machine is built for every conceivable fishing expedition, whether you’re prowling the ocean for monster gamefish or stalking bass in your favorite freshwater fishing hole. The extra-wide standing deck offers an improved casting platform and convenient vantage point for sight fishing, allowing for superior vision from above while the revolutionary Guardian Transducer Shield gives you multidimensional vision below. The new Vantage CTW seat provides extra width for unmatched room and comfort. Four molded-in rod holders, multiple deluxe H-Track mounts, and numerous high-capacity storage compartments ensure that all of your gear is at your fingertips. Powered by the MirageDrive 180 with ARC Cranks + Turbo Fins – now standard on all Outbacks – this fine-tuned angling vessel is highly versatile, fast, quiet, and exceedingly nimble. Now featuring our Kick-Up Rudder system with dual steering capabilities, combating drift and navigating tight water has never been easier.

While the classic Outback was a legend, the all-new Outback is truly legendary.

  • Specifications
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 12' 9" 
  • Width: 34"
  • Capacity: 425 lbs 
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 85 lbs 
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 103 lbs 
  • Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene

Powered by MirageDrive 180

The ungainly paddle is replaced by the sheer efficiency of the MirageDrive 180, the original pedal kayak drive. With the largest human muscle group now in play, kayaking becomes easier and more efficient than ever.

Hobie MirageDrive180

Shift Into a New Dimension

Hobie’s bioengineered MirageDrive propulsion system for kayaks was revolutionary in its inception in 1997 and has been evolving ever since. Now comes the biggest evolution - so far. Introducing the patent-pending Hobie MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse propulsion system that will be integrated into all 2017* model year Mirage kayaks.

Weighing in at under eight pounds, the MirageDrive 180 produces full power in both directions and offers unprecedented maneuverability. The user can pull one of two shift cables to pivot the fins 180 degrees, almost instantly from forward to reverse and back again. The dual fins provide shallow water access and easy shore landings by simply pushing one pedal forward.

Hobie MirageDrive Animation

Spacious Deck Layout with Vertical Hatch

Everything you need at your fingertips. Dual H-Track Deluxes with H-Rail boast the ultimate in accessory mounting, customization and organization. EVA deck pads provide a cushioned standing area and sound dampening. The vertical rectangular hatch easily opens for more tackle storage and includes a bottle opener for cold beverage enjoyment.

Redesigned Bow

Piercing bow helps cut effortlessly through the water, wind, wake, and chop while reducing hull slap. Reflective bow graphics provide an added safety feature. Extra large bow compartment makes storage easy and accessible.

Guardian Retractable Transducer Shield

Retractable Shield protects transducer on impact and retracts away for transport. Built-in transducer mount allows side scanning for optimal fishfinder performance. Pre-installed thru-hull cable plugs allow quick, no-drill, no-glue fishfinder installation.

Kick-Up Rudder

The Kick-Up Rudder locks in to place when you need it and retracts on impact. A large carrying handle makes transport a breeze while providing the perfect mount for your GoPro. The stern is also Power-Pole ready with pre-drilled inserts.



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My Outback experience!
Back Story-  I have a Hobie Pro Angler 14 as my main kayak that I fish out of, so I am a little biased when it come to features and overall size of the kayak.  At 6’1” 310  I am a little bigger then most kayak anglers.  I have sat in and did demos in a couple different kayaks.  

First Impression-  Smaller then the PA14, light weight, enough room between the hatches and my H-crate on the back to be able to fish a full day out of it, does not come with the turbo fins, I wasn’t sure at the start of the day if I would be able to stand in it due to my size.  The seat was narrower then the Vantage seat in the PA14 and wasn’t sure on the comfort of it.

Fishing and comfort-  

I took it out to my local bass lake and we launched at sunrise.  The water was glass calm about 50 degrees.  Sitting in it for the first time and launching it I noticed just how light it was and easy to maneuver around the dock.  The Outback does not come with the turbo fins, which isn’t a necessary upgrade for getting around the lake but if I was planning on going long distances or fishing larger rivers with a current I would want that upgrade.  The speed and tracking of the kayak was great though I could keep up with the other guys I was fishing with in Hobie Pro Anglers without a lot of effort.  

Seat comfort was better then I thought it would be.  It was a little narrow for my size but a person of normal size would be very comfortable sitting in it and the adjustments on the seat are great.  You can put the seat in the high position and still be stable in side to side motion as well as adjust the back forward and backward.  The lumbar support Hobie offers in their seats makes it easy to sit all day if you choose.

I was concerned about standing at first due to how narrow the kayak was.  I like to stand a lot for different techniques when fishing and sight fishing was very easy.  When standing i would put 1 foot on the side to give my other foot more room on the floor and be able to shift around to look at different spots.  I could paddle standing up without loosing my balance and work through cover.  

I normally carry 6-7 rods with me when fishing.  I carried 5 comfortably and could carry more with a couple of accessories.  The great part about the Outback is the Storage pockets on the left and the right in front of the seat and also the small trays next to the cup holders.  I could keep a small Plano box next to me for quick access or even under the seat when in the up position  

I spent 9 hours in the Hobie Outback and wasn’t uncomfortable during the day which is a great thing.  It handled boat wakes just fine and had plenty of room for storage and easy to stand in.

Final thoughts- The Hobie Outback is a great fishing and overall pleasure kayak.  Its a great platform at 12’1” and 33” wide.  Extremely stable and has a great weight capacity compared to the other kayaks in its class.  The price point on this model makes it a great deal when comparing it to other brands in this size and range due to having the mirage drive and the overall capabilities of the kayak.  After the day on the water I would be happy to add the Outback to my lineup for those 3-4 hour fishing trips and would be comfortable to put a person new to kayak fishing in the Outback to fish out of.  
From: jermiller1987@gmail.com | Date: 4/25/2016 11:57 AM
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