Gear Review: Hobie Passport

What is it?

Hobie Passport

What sets it apart?

Hobie expanded its innovative lineup of pedal kayaks, powered by the brand’s signature MirageDrive, with a solid new design based on a simple, efficient format that delivers the expected quality and durability in a highly accessible package. Big on transportability, the Passport’s 10 1/2-foot hull length features Thermoform construction with a solid array of fishing-friendly features for a well-rounded boat that’ll serve everyone, from novice to experienced kayakers.

How do I use it?

With a 325-pound capacity and a wider body, the Passport boasts a stabile platform for standing, while the intuitive steering system and stowable rudder facilitate maneuvering. Standard package includes a suspended mesh-back aluminum-frame seat, two-piece aluminum paddle, two rod holders, accessory mounting tracks and the accessory mount that accepts the kayak sail and new Bimini. Molded-in, cross-bungee cargo areas on the bow and stern, as well as Hobie’s ‘twist-n-seal’ hatch offer ample storage.

How much?


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Angler’s insight:

Good call, Hobie. Breaking down that potential pricing barrier of more advanced models, the company has created a gateway for consumers to familiarize themselves with that Mirage Drive and the Hobie style. This one looks like it’ll be a good fit for casual recreation and family outings, as well as serious angling pursuits. Accessorizing and customizing a ‘yak is part of the fun of ownership, but the Passport arrives functional, with plenty of room for expansion.