Hobie Pro Angler 14 Review – Luxury on water

Hobie Pro Angler 14

The Hobie Cat Company strives to shape unique lifestyles for people based around fun, water, and quality products since 1950. Their line of products includes stand-up-paddle boards, kayaks, and boats for recreation and fishing.

 

Dimensions and Stats

The key stats for the Hobie Pro Angler 14 are listed below:

Length: 14 ft

Width: 3 ft/ 38 inches

Weight: 110 lbs

Capacity: 600 lbs

Calling the Hobie Pro Angler 14 a kayak is an insult to what it does, it’s a Rolls Royce on water and focuses on both performance and comfort. Just by its dimensions alone, you can be assured that you’re one of the biggest kayaks around in the water and attract envious stares at how comfortable you are while fishing on this.

The sit-on-top kayak’s huge frame doesn’t make it difficult to bring you to the fishing spot that you want. The special MirageDrive propulsion system allows you to “paddle” with your legs instead of your hands; freeing up your hands to do what you enjoy, FISHING! Using your larger leg muscles instead of your arms to move the kayak makes it more efficient in bringing you to where you want. The width of the kayak creates a lot of stability and allows you to stand on top of the kayak comfortably for sight fishing. It is also due to its size that more care is required when maneuvering this giant in the water. Because of this, we recommend using this kayak for waters which have less shallow areas to prevent you from grounding your kayak.

With its huge size also comes with lots of storage compartments. The kayak comes with a large rear cargo area with bungie cords to store the equipment that you need easy access to. Below the rear cargo area is an 8” twist and seal hatch to keep you items extremely secure no matter how rough the waters are. On top of these, there’s the huge large storage at the bow of the kayak for easy access to store fish or ice to keep yourself comfortable during your trip.

The kayak also provides lots of options for you to mount accessories and your fishing rods on board. Fancy having a place to keep your hot or cold beverage while fishing? Hobie’s got you covered! All of these nifty accessories come as a standard for the Hobie Pro Angler 14.

Beyond the small comforts that we’ve mentioned above, this kayak boasts of the largest, most elaborate and most comfortable seat that we’ve come across. The vantage seating provides for 4-way adjustability and provides excellent lumbar support for the kayaker. The seat also comes with arm rests for you to feel as if you’re on a floating couch while fishing.

Hobbit Pro Angler 14 Seat

Fish like a boss with seats like these. (photo credits: Rob Appleby)

 

What we like about the Hobie Pro Angler 14

  • Large capacity compared to other kayaks of its size (suitable for larger and bigger guys and girls)
  • Relatively wide kayak for increased stability
  • EXTREMELY comfortable
  • Hands free kayaking with the MirageDrive propulsion system
  • Lots of options to mount additional accessories to help the angler

 

What we don’t like about the Hobie Pro Angler 14

  • Price – the price of this kayak might be beyond the budget of most anglers with a MSRP of about $3,000.
  • Bulky and heavy – With the stability of this kayak comes its bulkiness. It’s unlikely that you can transport this kayak on top of your car with a car rack. You will either need a truck or trailer to transport this. At 110lbs, we don’t recommend you to carry this kayak alone.
  • Difficult to maneuver in waters with tight spaces

In all, we LOVE this kayak for what it carries and how thoughtful the design is, but we’re also worried about the price of the kayak. For the budget conscience, this kayak is not for you; however, if you’re willing to spend some cash in exchange for comfort, style, and performance, this kayak is right for you.

 

Be sure to also check out the list of best fishing kayaks here that MyFishingKayak recommends.

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