Hot New Product of the Week: Hobie MirageDrive 360

The maker of the pedal kayak can now rotate 360 degrees with a new mechanism.
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Angler catching a fish out of the Hobie Pro Angler with MirageDrive in Pensacola

Now, anglers can move forward, backward, sideways, and any other degree in the Pro Angler 12 and 14 360 Series.

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Pitched by Hobie

Two decades ago, Hobie revolutionized kayak fishing with the invention of the original MirageDrive. The radical engineering feat was met with worldwide acclaim and leg-propulsion became the new standard for kayak fishing locomotion.

Hobie knew improving on its revolutionary MirageDrive wouldn’t be easy, but they weren’t deterred. Six years in the making, Hobie is releasing its greatest achievement to date in the form of an astonishing 360-degree rotating pedal drive—an all new paradigm in kayak fishing boat control, complete with a nearly 100-page patent registration.

Closeup of Mirage Drive technology from Hobie

The mechanism that helps turn kayaks on a dime.

Put simply, the new Hobie MirageDrive 360 propulsion system is a 360-degree rotating pedal drive that allows anglers to easily maneuver their 2020 Mirage Pro Angler 360 12 and 14 fishing kayak in every direction—backwards, forward, sideways, diagonally—or even effortlessly spin on its own access. Upping the ante with all-new Kick-Up Fins, which automatically retract upon impact, the new MirageDrive 360 delivers precision boat control and close-quarter maneuverability that’s unrivaled by any other human-powered watercraft. With the MirageDrive 360, anglers go where they want and fish how they want with total control and complete confidence—such as following the shorelines or an underwater structure. More mobility means more fish.

The Mirage Pro Angler 12 with 360 Technology is offered at an introductory MSRP of $4,649; the Hobie Pro Angler 14 360 has an introductory MSRP of $4,799 (excluding taxes and shipping).

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