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The all-new 2019 Hobie Outback
The all-new 2019 Hobie Outback has literally been redesigned from top to bottom.

Hobie’s all-new 2019 Outback

The Hobie Outback has been the world’s best-selling kayak for quite a while. Its feature-rich platform utilizing the unique Mirage Drive pedal system kept it a step above all other fishing kayaks — and it’s likely just jumped a few more steps.

“The Outback is the world’s best-selling kayak for a reason,” said Doug Skidmore, CEO of Hobie. “We’ve kept all of the attributes that made it so popular, but continue to push the limits of what the ultimate pedal kayak can offer. With the advancement of the Outback, we’ve created a next-generation kayak that is unmatched in versatility, features and thoughtful design.”

The hull has been redesigned as a hybrid of the best of several recent Hobie models. These unique features were blended to produce a sleek new hull that is quieter, faster and more stable. A 34-inch wide standing deck makes a great casting platform, and the MirageDrive 180 (reverse) with ARC Cranks and Turbo Fins is now standard on all Outback models.

So what else is new? The carrying capacity has been upped by 25 pounds to 425. It is 8 inches longer, 1 inch wider and only 4 pounds heavier.

The hull incorporates Hobie’s all new Guardian Transducer Shield, which allows mounting the latest, large transducers to provide access to state-of-the-art Total Scan fish and structure finding capabilities.

The Guardian allows the transducer to be deployed below the hull for best signal capabilities. With the easy pull of a handle, it can be retracted into the hull to prevent damage in shallow areas and for kayak transport.

The cockpit has been totally redesigned with a vertically opened, large rectangular hatch providing ample dry storage at your fingertips. The new hatch lends way to a wide, padded standing area for sight-casting ease.

The new recessed storage on each side includes Hobie’s H-Track Deluxe with H-Rail integrated track, for mounting a wide variety of accessories and customization. The H-Track Deluxe provides slots for pliers and fish grips with bungee tie-downs.

A separate outer edge H-Track track mounting system gives even more room for accessories. Dual rubber map pockets provide quick, secure storage for all those loose ends. And the adjustable Vantage seat is wider and provides more room and comfort.

The stern incorporates a large carry handle similar to those found on Pro Angler models, and the recessed Kick-Up Rudder system with dual steering combats drift and provides instantly responsive turning.

Brass inserts are pre-installed for ease of mounting an optional Micro Power Pole without the need for a mounting plate. The ample sized tank well is great for tackle crates, coolers or live-wells.

The rear sides also include storage area with the H-Track Deluxe mounting system minus the H-Rails. Two recessed utility trays are molded into the gunwales on each side of the seat.

Yes, there’s even more. Four molded-in rod holders, a large storage compartment in the bow and two drink-holder recesses. It comes in six great colors, including camo.

The all-new Outback has transformed the most trusted pedal kayak on the market into a truly legendary one. Fresh or salt, inshore, offshore, fishing or hunting, the Hobie Outback is ready to help you conquer it all. The MSRP starts at $2,799.

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Chris Holmes has kayak fished in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and many places in between.