New Stuff: Hobie Mirage i11S Inflatable Kayak
October 30, 2015
Hobie has introduced a collection of inflatable kayaks, including the Hobie Mirage i11S with MirageDrive pedal-power technology. The i11S combines Hobie’s Vantage Seating System comfort with the company’s patented MirageDrive featuring Glide Technology propulsion.
The low-profile i11S is the lightest model in the entire Hobie fleet, weighing in at 64.5 pounds (fully rigged). The hull alone is 35.5 pounds. The 2 air chambers on each side of the kayak and drop-stitched center chamber provide the stability needed for recreational use. For increased tracking and stability, a fin is included that can be inserted into a built-in slot on the bottom of the hull. Bungee tie-downs in the rear hold Hobie’s new optional H-Crate for fishing gear or a cooler. A skid pad in front of the seat lets adventurous anglers stand up and cast.
The i11S’s Vantage CTi high-back padded seats offering multiple points of adjustment and the comfort of breathable mesh. They can also be removed and used as beach chairs. A newly engineered fingertip rudder control can be quickly switched to either side for use with either hand.
Rugged 1000 denier PVC hulls and rubberized undersides coupled with easy-to-grip carrying handles facilitate smooth launching, landing and portaging. The i11S comes with an easy-load rolling travel bag and hand pump.