Is Pedaling the New Paddling? Meet the Hobie Mirage Passport Kayak

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Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of helping shape a unique lifestyle based around water and quality products. Continuing its tradition of accessible fun, Hobie is introducing the new Mirage Passport as the latest addition to its lineup of pedal kayaks, powered by the brand’s signature MirageDrive: the original pedal propulsion system for kayaking.

According to Hobie, the Passport was built with simplicity in mind, delivering efficiency, ease of use, versatility and comfort in a highly accessible package.

“The Passport has been thoughtfully designed to help break down those barriers of entry that may be keeping people off the water, and make pedal kayaking both more accessible and even more approachable,” said Jason Kardas, Director of Engineering Product Management for Hobie. “The ultimate goal of the Passport is to be able to bring the premium experience that Hobie’s MirageDrive technology has delivered for more than 20 years to a broader audience than ever before.”

The new Hobie Mirage Passport will begin arriving at Hobie authorized dealers on Friday, April 26, at an introductory MSRP of $1,299 (excluding taxes and shipping).

With its value, transportability, simple and sleek design and durable Thermoform construction, the Passport is a well-rounded boat that offers something for novice to experienced kayakers alike. It’s an ideal pedal kayak for casual recreation and family outings, but is ready for all kinds of adventures on the water as well.

Designed to accept most of Hobie’s array of accessories, the Passport is also a low-impact cross-training and fitness tool, and can be easily outfitted with additional angling equipment for recreational kayak fishing.

Powered by Hobie’s first-of-its-kind Classic MirageDrive pedal system, the Passport makes kayaking smooth and efficient, cruising seamlessly through the water. The shorter hull length and wider body provide superior stability, while the intuitive steering system and stowable rudder enable easy maneuvering.

Standard equipment on the Passport includes a suspended mesh-back, aluminum-frame seat, two-piece aluminum paddle, two rod holders, accessory mounting tracks and the accessory mount that accepts the kayak sail and new Bimini. Kayakers will also enjoy ample storage space on the Passport, with molded-in, cross-bungee cargo areas on the bow and stern, as well as Hobie’s ‘twist-n-seal’ hatch.

From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes and markets an impressive collection of watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks and fishing boats, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories.