Hobie Mirage Eclipse ACX Stand Up Pedal Board
Stand up paddleboards (SUP) have been around since the 1940s, and though they have deep roots in Hawaii, the discipline has picked up all over the world. In the early 2000s, the SUP revolution was in full swing, with more people trying to stand up paddleboarding for the first time than any other sport in 2013. Many iterations of the stand-up paddleboard have come and gone, but Hobie has always been at the forefront of innovation. Their new Mirage Eclipse ACX is the first stand up pedalboard that you power with your feet.
Those new to stand up paddleboarding often struggle to find their balance on the board while simultaneously paddling. Hobie’s Mirage Eclipse line allows the user to stand confidently, holding on to an easily adjustable handlebar. Below their feet is a pedal system, similar to what you’d find on a stair stepper. With each step, the rider propels the board forward with confidence inspired by the handlebars and their upright body position.
Hobie introduced the MirageDrive system in 1997 to propel fishing kayaks without the use of a paddle. The outdoor industry accepted it skeptically, but once people started to put the design to use, it became widely accepted and loved. The patented “Kick-Up Fins” system has seen several improvements over the years and now only contributes about eight pounds to the weight of a board or boat. The propulsion system utilizes high-quality products like sealed bearings and chains to ensure that it’s ecologically friendly and built to last.
The Mirage Eclipse ACX boards are lightweight, at just 54 pounds fully rigged-out thanks to their ACX Advanced Composite Epoxy system. They feature high-grip EVA deck pads to ensure the rider stays connected even in choppy waves. The handlebars are highly adjustable, and each board comes outfitted with bungee cords for securing a cooler or life jacket. Additionally, the rear kick-up rudder is removable for quick replacement.
The best part of these pedalboards is how quickly and efficiently they are set up and ready to go. The user can remove the handlebars and motor and utilize a standard paddleboard oar, or they can integrate the Mirage system and peddle their way forward. The Hobie Mirage Eclipse ACX Stand Up Pedalboard is an excellent option for anyone looking for a fun and unique way to explore their paradise.