Hobie Mirage 360 Drive Updates

If you have purchased a new 2017 Hobie Kayak from us or anyone else you will want to read this. This addresses any kayaks shipped to dealers before November 1 2016. So even if you end up buying a Hobie Kayak in July, this could impact your kayak. In a nutshell, if your drive is feeling slugish or is just not working as well as expected this applies to you. Please read:

Hobie Cat Dealer Bulletin
Proper Fin Adjustment For Hobie® MirageDrive® 180
We have discovered that our factory has over-tightened the fin adjuster knobs on MirageDrive 180s delivered in the past few weeks.

In this condition the fins are not able to properly “travel” from side to side. The performance and feel of the drives will be sluggish as well. While we try to allow users to fine tune the drives as a feature… over tensioning the fins is problematic. This can also lead to damage of the traveler slot in the “boom” fitting.

We will be building drives in the loosest setting from now forward. We request that dealers and users do the same adjustments by following the instructions on page 12, item 2 of the manual to “loosen” the fins as highlighted below. The fins must be able to travel easily from side to side.

To properly adjust the MD180 fin tension, turn the adjuster knob until the stainless lock nut nearly touches the embedded brass nut. That would be the loosest fin setting.

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Mirage Kayak Manual – MD-180

MirageDrive Mast Bend / Proper Straightening
When a MirageDrive mast contacts the bottom or other obstruction it is possible to bend the mast. Proper technique for straightening the mast will avoid further damage to the drive.

Once a mast is bent, you can straighten it again, in most cases. To straighten a mast, first remove the fin. This is a MUST, due to possible damage to the fin and/or outhaul block fittings. If you over-bend the mast forward, you can place significant load on the aft attachment point of the fin and damage can be caused.

To remove a MD180 fin, use a pair of pliers to hold the stainless nut located at the bottom end of the adjuster screw. Turn the adjuster knob as shown in the diagram below. Once the nut is removed you can continue to turn the knob until the entire screw is released from the fin.

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For older version MirageDrive fins, remove the clevis pin and ring.

Once the fin is removed, one option is to bend it forward while the drive is installed in the MirageDrive well. Position the hull on its side or upside-down. This will hold the drive securely while you leverage the mast back into proper position.

Another option and easier… if you have a vise… is to clamp the bent mast into the vise and by pulling on the drive for leverage, bend it back into position.

Re-install the fin.

MirageDrive 180 Parts Guide

 

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Click here to download a  Large size diagram of Hobie Mirage 360 Drive and parts_guide

These parts will be available for repair of damaged drives, but we still will not be selling complete drives until next spring or summer.

Turbo fin upgrade kits also continue to be on hold until drive production is fully up-to-speed.

 

Hobie Eclipse SUP UPDATED Expected delivery dates

Thanks for all of your continued patience. We feel like a 6 year old waiting for Christmas. Except  December 24th date keeps moving on us. In an attempt to keep all of you as up to date as possible We wanted to tell you everything we know about when to expect seeing any more Eclipse SUP boards.

As an authorized Hobie Eclipse SUP dealer we can only are allotted a few Eclipse SUP boards per location on the initial shipments. Believe me its not many at all and we have tried hard to get more. Some Eclipse boards are starting to  ship from Hobie to dealers around the nation. Most dealers will not see there first boards until June. We project getting a first shipment of Eclipse boards in May. That initial shipment has been pre-sold. If you were one of the lucky few that ordered your board right away. Well you’re going to get one early! Nice work. We have another shipment booked and we guesstimate it will be here in July. At this point we are sold of that  shipment as well. We predict some may not want to wait that long and may cancel. Totally understand and no problem. Let us know if that’s what you’d like to do and we will take care of you.

So on to the issue at hand. You want a board and you have not had a chance to reserve one yet…. Get ready …. set …wait! Yea sorry. But that’s what it’s looking like.

Hobie just released the message below. Basically it says the next round of Eclipse SUP Boards are not going to ship until September at the earliest. Ouch …wow. Not sure how to take this news. Certainly disappointing for both you as amazing customers as well as us – best retailer ever:) . To that, it is what it is and not a lot either of us can do about it. The Eclipse boards have been so well received Hobie simply cant make enough. Its crazy. Hobie suggests below that customers should reserve boards with there local dealers by placing a deposit with us to reserve your board. Well that’s a good way to do it. Why? Well Hobie is requiring dealers put a deposit for each pre-ordered board with them. To be open its kinda odd but makes sense. Alright. So how should we do this? Currently our website is set up to charge all or nothing. we cant really charge for partial payment. We are working on a solution to that. in the mean time Place an order on our site and we will refund all but $300 for any Boards ordered with a September delivery date.

As always have any questions please give us a call at 1-877-725-2925

Here’s the statement Hobie just released:

      “Message to Our Hobie Mirage Eclipse Customers”

May. 11, 2016 by Hobie Cat Company

Due to the resounding response to the Mirage Eclipse, we recommend you contact your local Hobie dealer to reserve yours today.

First and foremost, we want to thank you for your positive response to our newest product category, the game-changing Hobie Mirage Stand Up Boards! We certainly expected this innovative new category to have a major impact on the world of watersports when we launched the Mirage Eclipse series in April; we have been amazed and grateful beyond belief that the response would be so instant, so global, and so eager —- clearly a product gone viral!

It is evident that the Mirage Eclipse has resonated with water sports enthusiasts the world over. It is particularly amazing to have a response of this magnitude, virtually selling out most of our dealers’ Mirage Eclipse allocations immediately, given that this product has sold primarily without the opportunity to ‘touch and feel’ the product. Our Mirage Eclipse video has clearly brought this product to life in a huge way.

To say this response was unprecedented is a gross understatement, which is saying a lot given the dozens and dozens of successful product launches Hobie Cat Company has been a part of through the years. We sincerely apologize for the delay in our ability to deliver the volume of product needed to satisfy the market demand for the Hobie Mirage Eclipse series. While we have already started shipping meaningful quantities of Mirage Eclipse boards, it is becoming apparent that our deliveries will stretch out beyond this summer season in most markets before satisfying initial customer demand.

If you have not yet ordered your Hobie Mirage Eclipse, our best suggestion is that you contact your local Mirage Eclipse dealer and find out what the current backlog is. In most cases, it will be possible to place a deposit towards future production to reserve your place in line for the next available Mirage Eclipse in your area.

With a deposit in place, your Hobie dealer will stay in communication with you as to when you may expect delivery as we provide them with production updates.

We sincerely regret not being able to get each and every one of you your Hobie Mirage Eclipse board tomorrow! We can, however, promise you that it will be worth waiting for —- the customers who have received their Mirage Eclipses are head-over-heels over their fun new boards that have opened up a whole new view from the water for them as they Step On and Go.

Hobie’s mission continues to be getting everyone on the water having the time of their lives with our many unique, innovative watersports products, as we have been doing since 1950. Most of these Hobie® products are readily available today throughout the world. In the case of the Mirage Eclipse series, we are committed to getting those on the shelves of our global dealer network as soon as we possibly can. On behalf of the entire Hobie Cat Company team, thanks so very much for your support of the Hobie Brand and our products. Check out Hobie Kayaks here, Hobie Gear here, Hobie Eclipse SUP 12 here, and Hobie Eclipse SUP 10.5 here

For The Love Film Coming to Hood River!

World Premiere of “For The Love” Kayaking and adventure film by Mountain Mind Collective in Hood River, OR  April 19th!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:00pm 11:59pm
Where: Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR

Mountain Mind Collective – AKA Brothers Todd Wells and Brendan Wells of Trout Lake, Wa- has come up with an amazing collection of kayaking footage from around the globe and put into an awesome film “For The Love“.

Great title considering its a sport so closely held to the hearts of whom ever has fallen for the addictive fun and beauty a river has to offer.

From Mountain Mind Collectives site :
“For the Love is an approximately one hour film, telling the story of two brothers who grew up in a small town with a huge love for rivers and whitewater kayaking. Their quest begins at home in the pacific northwest, where they learned how to paddle, met their tight-knit community of kayakers, and began to push themselves and the sport of kayaking. The film also documents their travels around the world to magical destinations like Iceland, where they highlight some of the most creative and innovative athletes in the sport.

At the core of the Wells brother’s passion as paddlers is their love for exploring never-before-paddled rivers. The film follows the brothers and friends on their journeys to explore these uncharted rivers from Alaska to Ecuador. The brothers and their team met both failures and success on these missions to explore the unknown, getting rained out and stuck in the middle of the jungle to discovering a new classic Alaskan big-water river.

The film concludes with a creative story of the brother’s goal to show the world of kayaking in a whole new light. The film is told through the voices of Brendan and Todd, and the many friends who joined them along the way.”

The World Premiere of “For The Love” is coming to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR on April 19th, 2016. Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with residents of and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge.

Join us for an amazing show, drink delishious Ninkasi Brewing beer (1 free with purchase of ticket for 21+ guests), and meet the filmmakers behind the movie. At 10 P.M. the festivities will migrate to the River City Saloon, where The Barnburners will be rocking out all night!

Purchase tickets: HERE
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Hobie Eclipse SUP Expected delivery dates

“Wow!” is all we can say to the overwhelming response to Hobie’s new Eclipse SUP boards! Hobie expected these to do well but no one saw the explosive media coverage and resulting customer demand coming!

We have been fielding a lot questions since Hobie’s introduction of this board, primarily surrounding availability. In an attempt to keep all of our customers well informed, here is the process we have set up and what we know to date:

– We are currently taking pre-orders for all sizes and all colors

– The pre-orders are on a “first come, first served” basis, based on the availability of the board you’ve pre-ordered. This does mean that your buddy down the street who ordered after you could get their board first if they ordered something different and it becomes available to us before the one you ordered does.

– Hobie currently has two shipments of boards scheduled. Our early shipment (scheduled for late April/mid May) is SOLD OUT while we still have a couple of boards available in the second shipment (scheduled for late May/early June). We expect a third shipment to arrive 30-60 days following that, though Hobie is not taking pre-orders or providing a schedule for this shipment.

This is, of course, further out than we – and you, undoubtably – were hoping to see. Hobie is doing their best to keep up with the overwhelming demand and to ship evenly across their Eclipse dealerships.

We thank all of you who have placed orders with us! Will we be doing our best to keep you in the loop by contacting you directly to give you our best estimate on when you’ll see your board. Remember, you can cancel your order for a full refund at any time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience! We know how excited you are to get on your Eclipse! We can’t wait to get on one either!

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Taking Care of your Gaskets

We’ve all done it. You pull the drysuit out of your car on that first chilly fall day, stoked to get out on the water – foot, foot, arm, riiip… NO! You’ve blown a gasket and with it all hopes of a warm, dry run. With drysuit season upon us, we thought we’d give a little 101 on the 303. 

How to care for your gaskets:

1) Always store your dry gear in a cool, shaded place. Sun and heat are the enemies of latex and guaranteed to decrease their life expectancy. 
2) Dry your gear right way – don’t keep it in your bin/trunk/dry bag overnight. You know we’re all guilty of this one. Decrease your stank and increase your gasket life, get that dry gear dry. 
3) 303 your gaskets once a month. Pick a day, any day, and just do it. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’ll save you river-side anguish in the future. 
4) Wash your gear with a powder soap in a front loading machine by itself. This is the kindest cleaning method for your gaskets and will keep the fabric on your dry gear working its best – dirty pores on your dry gear keep it from breathing. 
5) Flip your dry suit every now and then to keep mold out of the feet. Once again, not only are you doing the longevity of your suit a solid, you’re making your paddling partners a lot happier. 
6) Inspect your gaskets to see if there is any dry rot by stretching them gently and looking for cracking. Sure, this means you have to replace them, but better in your garage than at the side of the river.


Stay on top of this list and you’ll (probably) get years of use out of your gaskets. That said, blown gaskets do happen, even with the best of care. If they do, give us a call or email us and our gasket pro at the shop, Justin, will be happy to fix them up for you!

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Outdoor Retailer 2015 : Day 2 : Field Candy, Sweet Protection & Astral

Day 2 at the show and we’ve got some great stuff for you! Grab your beverage – here we go!
Field Candy 
All of Field Candy’s products are all made in England, so it’s not the cheapest stuff we saw at the show but it is definitely some of the most fun!
The Hang About
Even the name sounds British! These awesome hanging chairs for the kids have an inflatable floor so they retain their shape when sat in. Made of a very high quality waterproof nylon, you could hang this outside all summer and bring it into the kid’s room for winter. Priced in the mid $100s, we think Santa will be delivering a lot of these this Christmas!

 

While we don’t see them replacing your 4 season expedition tent anytime soon, Field Candy’s tents are legit and more than just a pop-up play thing for your kids. With a fun twist on graphics, some even customizable!, we can’t wait to see these crop up during summer camping season.
Now for our favorite item at the Field Candy booth: The Snoos Pillos! These pillows are a home run with super fun graphics that have British flair, are relevant and fun! A perfect stocking stuffer for the kids and the young at heart this Christmas!
Sweet Protection 
Sweet always brings something fresh and new to OR and this year is no different! All new merino wool tops and bottoms will be available in men’s and women’s, fit under your paddling gear perfectly and sport some mad steeze with the Sweet logo. At $99 for the top and $89 for the bottom, they aren’t cheap but this is the kind of investment that will not only be around forever but will make you much more popular with your paddling homies than if you were rocking a set of stinky polys. To top it all off, they come in cool black and white Star Wars like packing. Those Sweet designers – they think of everything!

 

 

 

In addition to the underwear, the Generator jacket will be available in a heavier weight wool. Be on the look out for these – the pics don’t do the colors justice!

We had to throw in this cool ENO blanket with flashing led lights on the edge. We’re not sure what this is for but it seems cool. Maybe for those occasions when you need a night time UFO landing pad?

Astral
If the new Astral Layla reminds you of the Lotus Lola from years past, there is good reason! With a new spin on an old frame, this is going to make a lot of ladies that have been waiting for the Lola’s return very happy (and comfy)! $139 in the 2 colors (purple and red) shown!

 

 

 

If you’re looking to get a solid vest at a great price, the YTV is definitely one to check out! Great colors, lots of features and a mere $119!

 

You know it, you love it! The ever popular, expedition worthy Greenjacket has been freshly updated and comes in black, Cherry Creek Red and Deep Water Blue.

 

 

If you’re thinking of buying water shoes from any company other then Astral, stop. Go find you some Astrals and try them on. There isn’t a shoe on this wall that we don’t think is great. It took a couple years of tweaking to get it perfect, but Astral shoes have arrived and we think you’re gonna love them!

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Outdoor Retailer 2015 : Day 1 : Hobie, Gear Aid, NRS, 5.10, Jackson, Confluence & much more!

Another year, another exciting Outdoor Retailer show with a ton of fresh goodies from current and potential vendors! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and let us show you around what’ll be available from your favorite brands in the coming season. Have any questions? Requests? Let us know and we’ll do our best to get the answers and the beta you’re looking for!

Hobie

First up, Hobie Kayaks! We caught these guys before we’d finished our coffee and weren’t quite awake enough to take notes – so we thought we’d just let them speak for themselves.

Gear Aid
Gear Aid makes repair tattoos which are cut outs of everything from a swatch to a foot print. Designed to replace that roll of duct tape you keep handy for gear repairs and make your kids jackets all fresh and steezy for the new year. They also make reflective tenacious tape for those of you that like to get your workout on at twilight. Safety first, folks!

NRS
We love the NRS crew! Not only are they extremely nice Idaho folk, they consistently kick out high quality, award winning gear. This year is no exception! We’re digging the new tri-color shorts (on fleek, son!) but the super star in this year’s line up is the all new Sidewinder Bibs. If you’re a kayak fisherperson, these fishing wader/dry bibs should go on  your Christmas list right now! At $449 you’ll need to stay on Santa’s good side, but these will be worth the effort!

 
Also targeted towards the kayak fisherperson, the Guide shorts are super versatile, made of 4 way stretch and have 5 pockets with plenty of go-anywhere-do-anything in them.

Thule
These folks are determined to become the brand you think of when you want to carry anything. Skis? Check. Bikes? Check. Boats? Check. Tent? Check. Schoolbooks? Check. Cellphones? Check. No, seriously! Cell phones! Thule is coming out with a whole line up of backpacks and cell phone carriers to make sure there are there for anything that needs to be carted/towed/picked up.

5.10
The Eddy is a sick river shoe and, at $99, should be competitive in the market. That said, we’re wondering where 5.10 will fit in the mix of brands that have been doing water shoes for years (NRS, Merrell, Columbia, Astral). Your thoughts? Is there room in the market for another shoe brand? Time will tell friends, time will tell.

Immersion Research
Ahhh, our Southeast brethen. The water, so warm. The drawls, so charming. The gear, so awesome. IR has always produced excellent women’s gear. No “shrink it and pink it” when one of your founders is not only female but a whitewater pioneer as well – the new IR Shawty is actually purple. It’s also made of 7 figure drysuit material and includes a front pee zip for $899, making it a bargain for a top of the line drysuit!

If you’re one of the Wells brothers, or you just really wanna be like them (who doesn’t??), the new IR Devil’s Club is for you! Designed for the explorer who is bush whacking into the next First D, the Devil’s Club is ultra durable and ready for anything.

The boat company that is “for paddlers, by paddlers” keeps churning out the rad boats, complete with some new designs and accessories for the fish folks and those looking for something that’ll do everything.The Karma Traverse replaces the Rogue series. It’s a little more whitewater focus and has a direct line of site on Dagger’s Katana. It’ll be coming in two lenths, 10′ and 11′ and will include a drop skeg.

Also new is this cool small yellow cooler. Significantly smaller than it’s big brother, it’s retains Jackson’s Orions bomber quality and gear tracks. $99 retail should be a much better pricepoint for some folks than the Orion.

Alright all you mini-anglers! You’re finally getting your own boat! No packing around with mom and dad, now you getta go where you wanna go & fish what you wanna fish! The Skipper is Jackson’s new, ultra stable 9′ fishing kayak with a 50-125lb weight range. Leave it to Jackson, one of the pioneers in kid’s boats, to keep all of the bells and whistles in the mini version: fish grippers, 2 rod holders and gear tracks included. They also looked a safety and cut a front hatch that all but renders the boat unsinkable in the event of a flip. Nice work watching out for our little people, guys! At $999 we’re thinking this will be a kid that is definitely on Santa’s good side or maybe working the family past time.

See this? Sure, it looks like a non-descript black thing-a-ma-bob (feel free to whip out your technical term dictionaries on that one) BUT what it really is is a line cutter that will be on all Jackson fishing kayaks and, if you don’t want it, no problem – it comes right off.

And moving on to the adult fishing kayaks (1/2 of you have fast forwarded to this point – that’s cool, we get it):The Kraken 15.5 is actually 15’7″ – as many of you know, that came out this year… Next they are adding a 13.5 (actually 13’3″) to the line up. There will be three different levels of outfitting: standard, elite and pro. The 15.5 will come in all three outfitting options, the 13.5 will lose the pro option and will be available in standard and elite only.

 

The 14′ 6″ Tandem Kilroy is a solid tandem kayak with some serious outfitting potential. The metal cross bars are removable and the gear tracks that are end to end on this thing make it easy to add whatever rod holder floats you & your partner’s boat (get it! hah!).

Just a few quick shots of the Cuda LT. Sure, it came out last year, but it still looks gooooood!

The Kilroy LT is now available in real tree camo.
The Coosa HD Pro outfitting version is no lightweight, weighing in at a solid 92lbs, but you get a lot of bling for the weight: pads, power pole wireless anchoring system, Nocqua battery power system, Buck knife splizzors (oh yeah, that’s spelled right – we checked) and a low j krate.

Check out the NEW Nomad! So, so pretty. Pictured is a large and medium – a small will be added to the line up. It looks to us like the excellent designers at Dagger took some notes from the stern of Pyranha’s 9R and mixed it up with the tried and true Nomad, threw in a dose and love and BOOM! New classic creeker! Thank you much, Confluence, for holding on to Dagger.

How has it taken this long for a kayak manufacturer to come out with a fishing boat called Pescador?? These fish, at 10′ and 12′, are going to be the perfect sit-on-top solution for the aspiring kayak angler who is looking at getting their feet wet. No gear tracks but with a nice seat and attractive price point, we this this boat will be a big hit.

And let us not forget the SUPs! Ya’ gotta have ’em and these beauts look good!
Anchor Wizard 
Interesting.

Kanu Lock
Seriously? Can’t they repackage it or rename it for the us. Kan-they? A webbing strap with cables inside you can lock so now you can lose your keys to your kayak, sup, and what ever else you can call a Kanu. Seriously Kanu?
Qalo

Why do we keep thinking of Cross Fitters when we see this rubber wedding ring? We have now tested it for 4 hrs and can safely say that, while a bit daunting in black, it is certainly comfy. Fellas get a camo alternative and ladies get the more uplifting color choices of white and pink. It certainly HAS to be the best profit margin any manufacturer is getting anywhere at $19.95 but may be the solution for some folks who really want put a ring on it on while playing.

Olukai
How could we resist showing you guys this? How cool are these custom shoes Olukai had a Hawaiian artist doing for the show.

Robot Grill Cleaner
We know you’ve been wondering ‘when oh WHEN will there be a roomba for my grill??’ Well folks, that time is NOW.  Set it and forget it – we just highly suggest keeping it out of your kids reach!

 

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Kayak Fishing Trip 3 Day, 2 Night Kayak Fishing Trip on the John Day – Only 3 spots left!

Join us for a guided 3 day, 2 night kayak fishing trip down the John Day River in beautiful Eastern Oregon – fully supported so you can focus on fishing! Our guide will provide and prepare all meals, set up and break down camp as well as carry all provisions. Your only responsibilities will be setting up your tent (available from our guide if you don’t have your own), stocking your personal cooler with any beverages you might want to have on hand and FISHING! Summertime and the livin’ (and fishin’) is easy!

Our journey begins on the morning of Friday June 12th from the Clarno access where we will meet our guide’s support raft(s). We will float and fish an average of approximately 15 miles per day as we meander through the gorgeous John Day Wilderness Area. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch over a 100 bass in a day on this river. The trip will conclude when we reach the thirtymile access on Sunday the 14th.

This will be a great adventure for both the experienced and novice kayak fisherman alike. If you’re looking for a unique and fun Father’s Day present or you’re wanting to spend some quality time with the fisherperson in your life, this trip would make an excellent gift! Or give yourself the gift of a low stress, outfitted weekend of kayak fishing on one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers!

Register for one of the final 3 slots online or call the shop with any questions!

 

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