- Hobie Outback: $3390
- Hobie Outback Camo: $3590
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Hobie's Outback has long been considered one of the best fishing platforms in the world of kayaks, period. Kayak fishing is the forte of the Outback, due largely to it's beamy form factor affording ample stability, load carrying capacity, roomy deck space and utility. Before the Pro Angler models came along the Outback was one of the most popular models for kayak fishing tournaments for all the reasons listed above. It still features heavily as a competitive kayak fishing platform and probably always will.
2017 Model - MirageDrive 180° new for 2017 (Camo model supplied with large rudder and Turbo fins)
Although the Outback shares some of the same characteristic traits of the Pro Anglers (stability, utility and maneuverability) it is still very much a kayak, with a recessed seat well and manageable weight. Due to it's wide beam and squared gunwales it isn't the best model for paddling (compared with some other models in Hobie's range) but this is one area where the Outback does have it over the Pro Anglers - it can be paddled effectively if required, whereas the paddle is a more academic inclusion on the PAs.
The Outback is the only model in Hobie's range that features four flush-molded rod holders (which can also be used for nets and gaffs) and as such is probably the most 'fishable' model out of the packet. As handy as they are, however, many serious anglers will add an extra rod holder or two mounted on the forward deck and most salt-water anglers will at the very least add rod-holder extension tubes in the rear.
Newly introduced for 2014 is a transducer scupper, which is a truly welcome addition for this model, as almost everyone who buys an Outback is planning to catch fish from it - and almost as many users will at some point add a fish finder. The transducer scupper makes installation a snap, provides accurate temperature readings, doesn't have to be glued inside the hull and can be easily removed if need be. Like the other models that include this feature, there is also strategically positioned wiring thru-hull plugs for a neat and tidy installation.
The Outback is best suited for fishing on rivers, lakes, dams, protected bays and estuary systems, as well as being reasonably well suited for open ocean fishing in calm conditions. Due to it's heightened freeboard it isn't the best performer in stronger winds and won't contend with choppy water quite as smoothly as models such as the Revolution 13 and Adventure kayaks. But if, like many, you plan to fish in flat waters or fair-weather days, the Outback may very well be the kayak for you - especially if stability, utility and load carrying capacity are important to you.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 12' 1" / 3.68 m
- Width: 33" / .84 m
- Capacity: 181 kg
- Fitted Hull Weight: 37 kg
- Fully Rigged Weight: 45 kg
- Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
- 4-Way Adjustable Vantage CT Seat
- Four Molded-In Rod Holders
- Large Covered Bow Hatch
- Mesh-Covered Stowage Pocket
- MirageDrive with Glide Technology
- Rear Cargo Area with Bungee® Tie Downs
- Sail Mount
- Twist and Stow Rudder
- Two 8” Twist and Seal Hatches with Gear Bucket
- Two-Piece Paddle with On-Hull Storage
- Lowrance-ready transducer scupper