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 Post subject: Hobie Compass
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:49 am 
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How in the hell did I miss this release....

https://www.hobie.com/kayaks/mirage-compass/


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie Compass
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:56 am 
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It caught my eye for sure


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie Compass
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:13 am 
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I just wished the seat on the Hobies (with exception of the PA) gave you a higher vantage.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie Compass
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:44 pm 
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scancel wrote:
I just wished the seat on the Hobies (with exception of the PA) gave you a higher vantage.


On the vantage seats you can move it higher, but this boat has much less height and you will really make it tippy if you raise the seat height. It is perfect for what I am looking for. Clean deck, room for a few accessories, 15 pounds (roughly) lighter than an outback, and still stable enough to stand. Love both colors as well....


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie Compass
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:36 am 
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I've heard mostly bad things about the Compass. The concept is great, something between the Outback and the Pro Anglers, but they cheaped out to try and be competitive with other pedal kayak offerings and it kind of shows. The seat isn't as adjustable, and it has the 2015/2016 pedal drive(no reverse, the quality of which is it's own engineering discussion). I debated selling an Outback to get one, since it's a little bit lighter and would work for day use, but after watching a ton of reviews, I decided against it. I really like how it's setup for adding a power pole easily, though. That almost got me.


Still, nice to see Hobie trying to compete in the market space they helped pioneer.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie Compass
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:47 pm 
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I would wet test for sure prior to purchase, but I would actually prefer the "older" turbo fins as my pedal drive option. I have absolutely no need to ever use reverse. I sold my PA as I was taking too much stuff and wanted to downsize and take less gear. This platform seems to offer exactly that at a significant cost reduction vs. even an Outback. I literally take a few top waters, several jigs in 1/8 or 1/4 oz sizes, two to three packs of soft plastics, Wide gap weighted hooks for jerk baits, and maybe some circles for pinfish/ladyfish chunks. The gear tracks and maybe the addition of two 9" H-rails will be all I would ever need.


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