Hobie Outback

2018 Model with Mirage Drive 180

A very stable kayak designed for fishing. The Outback has stacks of useful features including Hobie's famous Mirage Drive pedal system and the super comfortable Vantage seating system.

2018 Model:
£2,575.00 (RRP £2,975.00 - Saving £400.00)

2018 hobie outback kayak

Hobie Outback - 2018 Model in Papaya Orange

Bob fishing off the Hobie Outback
Chris fishing off the Hobie Outback
The Outback fishing kayak
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Hobie Outback 2018

The most stable kayak in Hobie's Mirage kayak series, the Outback was designed for fishing where stability and maneuverability are key. Pedal it, paddle it or sail it the Hobie Outback offers all the features of the Hobie Mirage kayak range. It's the SUV of the Hobie kayak family. The Outback is propelled through the water using the all-new revolutionary Mirage Drive 180 system - full power pedal drive in forwards... and reverse! Switching between forwards and reverse is as simple and easy as pulling a toggle on the drive system. The drive system features 'Glide Technology' with roller bearings found on the major pivoting components of the drive, for a smoother and easier pedalling experience.


The Outback offers the best stability, the same capability's but is lighter than most in the Mirage range. Fit for fishing and exploring with the ability to take plenty of kit for an expedition or overnight camp. The Hobie Outback's fingertip steering offers the user to hands free travelling, ideal for fishing or bird watching.


The Hobie Outback comes with the all-new Hobie Mirage Drive 180 System that allows you to pedal forwards and in reverse! The super comfortable Vantage CT seat ensures you will have comfortable ride. Other features include a lightweight fibreglass paddle, twist and stow rudder system, Twist-Lock hatches, Sail Mount and more!! The Outback also comes fitted with the Lowrance-Ready system. The Lowrance ready system makes fish finder installation easy using a large transducer scupper under the kayak and a system of deck seals for waterproof cable routing.


The Outback performs great on inland waters such as lakes, canals and slow moving rivers. It will also be more than comfortable in moderate coastal conditions and makes a great pedal fishing kayak for the larger kayaker.

Click here for our in-depth review of the Hobie Outback


hobie outback 2018 model top view

Hobie Outback - 2018 Model Top View



  • Length: 3.68m  / 12'1"
  • Width: 0.84m / 33"
  • Height:  0.38 m / 15"
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 181kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Hobie Outback 2018 for your weight
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 37 kg / 81 lbs
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 45 kg / 99 lbs


Hobie Mirage Drive 180 System

Mirage Drive 180 With Glide Technology

The Hobie kayaks are famous for their Mirage Drive pedal system. This system consists of a pair of pedals that drive two rubber fins side to side to propel the kayak forward. The all-new Mirage Drive 180 now also allows you to pedal backwards at the pull of a toggle!


New for 2018 are ARC pedal cranks that adjust with the push of a button to accommodate users from child size to tall adults.


The drive system features 'Glide Technology' with roller bearings found on the major pivoting components of the drive, for a smoother and easier pedalling experience. The Mirage System is silent while pedalling and creates no splash, it also allows you to effortlessly pedal the kayak with your feet while keeping your hands free, perfect for fishing and photography.  

Hobie Vantage CT Seat

Vantage CT Seat

State-of-the-art design, with 4-way adjustablity for more comfort in the cockpit or on the beach, Enjoy breathability, flexibility and better visibility over the water. The seat also features Boa lumbar support for the ultimate in comfort.

Hobie Twist N Stow Rudder System

Twist-N-Stow Rudder System

Hobie Kayaks come with a Twist-N-Stow Rudder that is easily controllable with a lever located beside the seat. Two pull handles are found on either side of the kayak: a "Down" handle to deploy the rudder and an "Up" handle to lift the rudder out of the water when in shallow water and for landing.

Hobie Kayak Sail Mount

Sail Mount

All the kayaks in the Hobie range (except Compass) can take a sail to power your kayak. The optional Mirage Sail Kit attaches to the sail mount on the kayak. The sail maintains speed with or without peddling

Lowrance Ready System

Lowrance Ready System

Built-in transducer scupper mount and pre-installed thru-hull cable plugs come fitted as standard. This makes fish finder installation quick and easy!

Hobie Rubber Hookless Storage Pockets

Rubber 'Hookless' Side Pockets

Keep the items you need close and handy like sun cream, snack bar or waterproof camera. The rubberised mesh prevents fouling by fishing hooks if used as a tackle storage space.

Hobie Twist-N-Seal Hatch

Twist & seal hatch

Twist and seal hatches are simple to use and are hinged so you will never have to worry about losing the cover. The hatches allow you to store equipment below deck.

Hobie Two-Piece Paddle

Two-Piece Fibreglass Paddle

Hobie's come complete with a two piece fibreglass paddle that can be used for additional manoeuvrability or for when you are not peddling. When not in use the paddle can be stored in the handy hull paddle holder.  

Hobie Outback Side Handle

Mid Boat Carry Handle

Soft-touch foam handles are placed in the middle makes it easy to move, lift and store your kayak. Toggle handles are also found at the bow and stern.

Hobie Outback Front Bow Hatch

Front Hatch

Allows for storage below deck. The hatch is attached to a safely strap with a detachable clip.

Hobie Outback Rear Tank Well Cargo Area

Cargo Area with Rod Holders

Large storage area for all the gear you want to take out with you. Bungee tie downs keep it all secure. Two moulded-in rod holders are found either side.



Hobie Outback 2018 Orange Papaya

Orange Papaya


Mirage Drive 180 System


Vantage Seat


Lowrance Ready System

Sprinting on the Outback, putting the Mirage Drive System through its paces.

Cruising back to port after a great day out on the Outback.

Recommended Accessories

Mirage Drive Stow Bag for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie MirageDrive Carry Bag

Protect your MirageDrive... and other goods in your car from the drive! This heavy duty Cordura and mesh bag fits the complete MirageDrive with standard fins or the ST Turbo length. 

Price £59.36 (RRP £65.95 - Saving £6.59)

Hobie Large Rudder Blade for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie Large Rudder Blade

The large rudder blade allows for more responsive steering control of your Hobie kayak. This larger balde is particularly effective when sailing.

Price £36.86 (RRP £40.95 - Saving £4.09)

Hobie MD180 ST Turbo Fin Kit for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie MD180 ST Turbo Fin Kit

Want to go faster? The ST (Square Tip) Turbo fins are a fin with greater surface area to provide greater resistance through the water giving more thrust! Users report as much as a 10% or more increase in speed through the water. This is one of the most popular upgrades on a Mirage Drive kayaks. This kit is for the new Mirage Drive 180 system only.

Price £134.96 (RRP £149.95 - Saving £14.99)

Hobie Deep Gear Bucket for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie Deep Gear Bucket

The Hobie Deep Gear Bucket is a large open storage tub that will allow large items of tackle or gear to be stored, such as a camera or small tackle box. This bucket will fit in all Hobie 8" Twist and Seal hatches except from the stern hatch on the Pro Angler kayaks.

Price £26.06 (RRP £28.95 - Saving £2.89)

Hobie H-Crate for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie H-Crate

A versatile and super strong storage crate for your fishing kayak, with 4 integrated rod holders and H-Rails for accessory attachment. Includes tie-down straps for a secure fit to most fishing kayaks.

Price £146.66 (RRP £162.95 - Saving £16.29)

Hobie Plug-In Trolley for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie Plug-In Cart (Standard)

Light weight with durable 26 cm tires and strong spoked wheels. Stainless steel frame. Wheels are easily removable for storage.

Price £133.16 (RRP £147.95 - Saving £14.79)

Hobie Trax 2 Cart for the Hobie Outback 2018

Hobie Trax 2 Trolley

The Trax “2” Cart has 24 cm (blow-molded polyurethane) pneumatic tires. These tires have a high capacity and are very durable! Welded Stainless steel frame.

Price £205.16 (RRP £227.95 - Saving £22.79)


We offer a delivery service for the Hobie Outback 2018 throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.


Delivery times are estimates based on years of experience; we do not offer a guaranteed timed delivery service. Our overnight service works well for the core more densely populated areas of the UK for Clothing and Equipment orders. However more remote less densely populated areas will not be covered by a next day service.


Delivery of canoes and kayaks is classed as “ugly freight” because mechanical handling and automatic parcel processing cannot be used; therefore a delivery time of 3-5 working days is more realistic. For remote location that delivery time will be dependent on the local courier’s ability to onward ship the goods. Not all areas of the UK are serviced by vehicles that can handle canoes and kayaks. Online orders can be tracked online using the courier’s website – tracking details will be provided. We make every effort to deliver goods within the estimated time scales


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Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Hobie Outback 2018 online from our website and collect from our shop in St Columb Road near Fraddon in Cornwall or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection*.

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We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.


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