Hobie’s MirageDrive® technology is a big favorite among anglers because of the hands free fishing it provides. It is all about using your legs for propulsion instead of your arms. The technology, already available in the inflatable i9S and i12S single kayaks and the i14T tandem, is now available in a new inflatable model. The i11 is the newest and lightest in Hobie’s inflatable line of kayaks. It is sure to be a hit for both fishing and recreational kayaking.
The i11 is the lightest weight model in the entire Hobie fleet. The low-profile design of the i11 includes Hobie’s Vantage Seating System for extreme comfort. The two air chambers on each side and drop stitched center chamber provide the stability needed for recreational use. Drop stitch refers to a method of construction that allows for much higher inflation pressures. Thousands of tiny threads connect the top and bottom layers of the floor, counterbalancing air pressure when it is inflated. This allows for remarkable structural rigidity (and increased performance) without sacrificing portability.
For increased tracking and stability, a fin is included that can be inserted into the 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 with food and drink for a more relaxing day on the water. The skid pad in front of the seat lets more adventurous anglers stand up and cast. Hobie’s i11 will be on retail floors starting in November 2015.
The i9S and i12S single kayaks and i14T have also been given totally new looks and features. All four inflatable models will cause double takes on the water with the new standout two-tone mango and slate blue hulls and flooring. Vantage CTi high-back padded seats offering multiple points of adjustments and the comfort of breathable mesh are specially designed for the inflatable collection. They can also be easily removed and used as beach chairs. A newly engineered finger-tip rudder control can be quickly switched to either side for use with either hand. All these new features combined with Hobie’s MirageDrive propulsion system makes the i11 a serious contender in the inflatable market.
Rugged 1000 denier PVC hulls and rubberized undersides coupled with easy-to-grip carrying handles facilitate smooth launching, landing and portaging. Upper body exercise is an option just by replacing the MirageDrive with the included plug and then using the paddle. Optional Sail Kits are available for the i9, i12 and i14. Bungee tie-downs fore and aft ensure cargo stays secure.