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Why You Need a Hobie or Jackson Kayak this Season

Mar 26, 2024 | Kayak 2

Kayaking season is here, and what better way to hit the water than with a Hobie or Jackson Kayak! Popular for their reliability and innovative features, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Hobie and Jackson Kayaks are both great options for your adventures. Not sure which one would be right for you? Let’s explore the different roles and benefits behind the most popular models.

Kayak with a Buddy

Hobie Mirage iTrek 14 Duo

The best thing about a hobby is getting to share it with friends and family! Hobie Kayaks’ most popular two-person kayak is the Hobie Mirage iTrek 14 Duo. Sitting at 13 feet 8 inches long, this dynamic tandem inflatable pedal kayak has undergone a makeover from previous models, boasting enhanced construction for sturdiness and shedding some pounds for effortless portability. Cruise with confidence in the iTrek 14 Duo, propelled by two Mirage Drives featuring Glide Technology and innovative Kick-Up Fins. You will enjoy a comfortable ride with its revamped design and breathable nano-mesh fabric seating complete with handy cup holders. Plus, its eye-catching new color design will help you stand out on the water, ensuring better visibility for you and your crew. Whether you’re embarking on a leisurely tour or an action-packed, all-day excursion, this kayak has you covered. For added convenience, the iTrek 14 Duo comes with a wheeled storage bag, complete with an extendable handle, as well as both a high-pressure hand pump and electric pump for hassle-free hauling, storing, and inflating.

Effortless Exploration


Jackson Kayak Cruise FD

The Jackson Kayak Cruise FD is your ticket to effortless exploration on the water. Its pedal-driven, nimble design that lets you cut through the water with ease makes it perfect for casual paddling adventures and scenic tours. The Cruise FD’s sharp hull ensures a smooth, efficient ride for cruising calm lakes or exploring winding rivers. With its comfortable seating, ample legroom, and multiple storage compartments, you can stay out on the water for hours on end, soaking up the scenery and enjoying your surroundings without interruption. And, for those who love to fish, this impressive water vessel features a secure platform for reeling in that trophy fish. In all, the Jackson Kayak Cruise FD is a versatile kayak that caters to paddlers of all experience levels, offering a blend of performance, comfort, and fishability for a truly memorable day out on the water.

Take On Difficult Conditions

2023 Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 R

Are you a more experienced kayaker? The Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 R is the newest member of the Passport line, but a fan favorite, nonetheless. The 10-and-a-half-foot-long kayak is compact enough to navigate tight waterways and maneuver around obstacles, such as rocks and debris in rivers, oceans, and caves. Experience the unparalleled performance of the Mirage Drive with Glide Technology and Kick-Up Fins, a patented system that guarantees seamless navigation regardless of the conditions. The Passport’s Kick-Up Fins retract upon impact and spring back into action once the obstacle is cleared, ensuring uninterrupted comfort and luxury as you cruise effortlessly on the water. With over two decades of expertise in pedal propulsion, the Passport 10.5 R emerges as the ultimate choice for a full day of pedal-powered aquatic adventures.

High Performance, Low Maintenance

Jackson Kayak Bite FD

Why compromise on performance or ease of use? The Jackson Kayak Bite FD pedal drive fishing kayak delivers exceptional fishing efficiency without sacrificing its performance or gear management capabilities. Built on the proven Bite hull design, the Bite FD offers incredible tracking, stability, and maneuverability, all while requiring minimal maintenance to keep you on the water longer. This translates to less time tinkering in the garage and more time enjoying the peace and solitude of a day on the water. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a weekend warrior, the Jackson Kayak Bite FD is a perfect choice for those who prioritize both catching fish and enjoying the calm and serenity of the kayaking experience.

Fish in Style

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 with 360 Drive Technology

Looking for even more maneuverability while fishing? The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 offers just that. Experience the freedom of movement with the groundbreaking Mirage Drive 360 and Kick-Up fins that allow you to glide through the water unhindered and navigate your path with precision, and seamlessly rotate and maneuver in any direction with ease. Hobie’s innovative Kick-Up Fins instantly retract upon impact, making shallow areas effortlessly navigable. The Mirage Pro Angler 12 features:
Six rod holders
A fully adjustable and luxuriously comfortable elevated Vantage ST seat with BOA lumbar support
Guardian retractable transducer shield
H-Rail for seamless accessory integration
Front and center hatch with stain-resistant EVA grip pads
Dual steering
An extra-wide hull for unparalleled stability.
Whether encountering logs, kelp, shallows, or rocks, tackle them head-on with confidence and hook your best catch with the 2023 Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12.

Find Your Perfect Fit
Kayaks come in all different sizes and models, but Hobie and Jackson Kayaks are ultra-reliable. Whether you need a kayak for fishing, river runs, or a day of fun in the sun, Hobie and Jackson make both single and double kayaks in different lengths for different applications. There are many advantages to Hobie Kayaks, including their patented Kick-Up Fin Technology, Glide Technology, and Mirage Drive 360. For Jackson Kayaks, their innovation when it comes to hull design and fishing deck layouts truly set them apart from other brands. When you choose Hobie and Jackson Kayaks, you can get outside and get on the water with confidence. Need help finding your perfect fit? Visit the Benson Ski & Sport store in Derry, New Hampshire, where you can browse all of our models and consult our experienced team!

About Benson Ski & Sport  

Benson Ski & Sport is committed to embracing an active lifestyle. Seller of winter and summer sports equipment including skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. In an effort to be your one-stop-shop for all things ski and sport, we also offer boots fitting services to ensure you have your perfect fit on the slopes. Don’t want to make the investment in equipment yet? Check out our rental and lease programs – there’s something for everyone. Visit our website at bensonskiandsport.com or check out our full stock at our store in Derry, New Hampshire.