The Hobie Mirage Revolution 16 kayak (previously known as the Adventure) has long held the distinction as being the fastest solo mono-hull pedal kayak in Hobie's range and is also the best suited for pedaling or paddling in open water, offering the best performance against winds and tides. It is ideal for users who place speed, efficiency and the ability to cover longer distances as priorities. $3790
Boasting a waterline length of 16' with a relatively slender beam and a nicely hydrodynamic bow shape, the Revolution 16 glides over calm waters effortlessly and cuts through choppy water like a knife. It's hull shape goes a long way to providing the efficiency and with minimal freeboard it paddles superbly. Most users will still use the MirageDrive for pedal-powered propulsion most of the time, but the Revolution 16 does offer peace of mind that if required or desired, it will perform great with the paddle.
The reduced beam (when compared with other hobie kayaks) does mean that it's not quite as stable as most other models, but it's true to say that it's looks are deceiving in that it is in fact surprisingly stable. This is partly due to the low centre of gravity created by the low seat well and the soft round chines on the base of the hull. While the Adventure may feel a little tippy for beginners but it's secondary stability more than make up for it, which is precisely the kind of characteristics sought after in sea kayaks.
The Revolution 16 has relatively low freeboard and as such is less inclined to catch wind like some other models, which can make a difference for the better in some situations. While this adds to the fact that in some circumstances the Revolution 16 can be a slightly wetter ride, it's hydro-dynamically shaped bow will generally make up for this when moving into choppy water.
Despite being one of the best overall performers in Hobie's range it might also be true to say that it is also one of the most over-looked models. This is partly due to it's length (which some people assume will make it difficult to store or manage off the water) and also because a lot of people assume that it isn't going to be stable. Although it is true that the extra length can make transport and storage a little more challenging, those extra few feet can make a fair difference for the better on the water. It isn't at all true to say that the Revolution 16 is unstable - it's not; what it lacks in primary stability, it more than makes up for in secondary stability.
2015 Model Specifications
- Crew: 1
- Length: 16' / 4.88 m
- Width: 27.5" / .7 m
- Capacity: 159 kg
- Fitted Hull Weight: 34 kg
- Fully Rigged Weight: 42 kg
- Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
- MirageDrive 180 with ST Fins
- Twist and Stow Rudder
- 4-way Adjustable Vantage CT seat
- Two-Piece Paddle w/ On-Hull Storage
- Large Covered Bow Hatch
- Sail Mount
- Two Molded-In Rod Holders
- Two 8” Twist and Seal Hatches w/ Gear Bucket
- Two Mesh-Covered Stowage Pockets
- Lowrance Ready transducer scupper built in