The Hobie Outback has remained relatively unchanged over the years. They've made tweaks here and there - but for 2015, Hobie has made some big changes.
I have a Papaya Outback like the one in the pic above. What did I like about this kayak? Where do I begin? It is stable, maneuverable, and has a MirageDrive. The sides have the tray storage - handy for fishing pliers and collecting hooks and old lures. I could stand in it, if conditions were right.
|The Old Outback|
Dislikes? The seat, the seat, and the seat. Did I mention the seat?
The stock seat was definitely in need of an upgrade. As a Hobie team member, I would get asked occasionally about changes to the seat. My intel said they had something in the works, but I never knew when it would hit the market.
So it was with surprise and delight that I saw the pics on Facebook and the interwebs. Hobie revealed the changes to the seat and hulls of several models, including the Outback, for 2015. Hallelujah!!
|2015 Outback with Vantage CT seat|
Gone are the old drains under the seat, that you had to screw shut. They replaced it with a pull-cord activated drain system.
Also, the cockpit forward of the seat got some changes. New handles, a flatter area that should be more-friendly to standing, and gone is the MirageDrive 'pond' around the drive-well. They raised the floor up, so water should remain below floor-level. There are mesh pouches on both sides, versus the single one on the floor found in previous models.
|Overhead view of the Cockpit - 2015 Hobie Outback|
-The term 'game-changer' is overused in the kayak fishing industry. I would like to think that the Vantage CT on this rig will make a 'big impact' on the market, especially for those that don't have a Pro Angler-sized budget, but want a better seat than the old Outbacks provided.
-Judging by the reaction to this reveal on social media, there are a lot of pre-2015 Outbacks hitting the used market now. Folks wanting to get into a used Hobie kayak, this is your chance to snatch-up a good deal on a used Outback.
-I had put another seat on my Hobie Outback, with favorable results. Can't wait to try an actual Hobie seat made for this platform! Should be rock-solid and very stable, even in the highest position.
Watch for these new Outbacks hitting a body of water near you - soon. For more information about the 2015 Hobie Outback, as well as changes and updates to other Mirage-driven models, visit Hobie Kayak Fishing's website.