Hobie Unveils 360-Degree Rotating Pedal Drive

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 lets anglers maneuver fishing kayaks in every direction.

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14
The Mirage Pro Angler 14 with the new MirageDrive 360 pedal-drive tech.Courtesy Hobie

Hobie has unveiled its MirageDrive 360, a 360-degree rotating pedal drive for kayak fishing boats.

The MirageDrive lets anglers to maneuver a 2020 Mirage Pro Angler 360 12 or 14 fishing kayak in every direction—backwards, forward, sideways, diagonally—or spin the kayak on its own axis.

Also new are Kick-Up Fins, which automatically retract upon impact. The idea is to let anglers go into shallower waters without having to worry about damage to the drive system’s underbelly.

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14
A close-up look at Hobie's MirageDrive 360 pedal system.Courtesy Hobie

“The MirageDrive 360 completely changes how you engage with your boat and the environment,” Philip Dow, lead design engineer for Hobie, stated in a press release. “For example, if you’re fishing along a shoreline or highly contoured underwater structure, you can follow those nuances exactly with boat placement. Similarly, with the Kick-Up Fins, shallow and structure-filled waters become far more manageable. Hobie’s MirageDrive 360 completely redefines boat control.”

Can the MirageDrive 360 do what a trolling motor can do? According to Hobie, yes. It can hold a kayak in an exact location and direction against wind or current.

For more information, visit: hobie.com