One of the most innovative products to be introduced to the water sports scene in years, the Hobie Mirage Eclipse adds a unique twist to the standard paddle board by giving you the ability to power the board with your legs.
Think of the Mirage Eclipse as scooter that works on the water or a paddle board with one of those stair steppers you might find at the gym. With just a small tweak to the increasingly popular stand-up paddleboard, it appears the Hobie Mirage Eclipse will be a trendsetter.
As big stand up paddle board fans ourselves, we couldn’t help but notice the seemingly unlimited raving reviews about the Hobie Mirage Eclipse within months of being released. While we have always known Hobie to produce high-quality boards, kayaks, and even sails, we weren’t entirely convinced that adding what is essentially a stair stepper to a paddle board would make a noticeable difference.
This is why we decided to grab one ourselves and give it a try. After reviewing the Hobie Mirage Eclipse over a few sessions, we are happy to report that our initial reservations were wrong. We understand firsthand why the Mirage Eclipse has received so many incredible reviews.
If you enjoy being active in the outdoors and spending time out on the water, you’ll definitely want to grab a cup of coffee and dig into this in-depth Hobie Mirage Eclipse review.
We’ll be covering everything you need to know about the Hobie Mirage Eclipse such as who it’s for, why it’s impressive, and what can be improved. But first, lets take a look at a video of this peddleboard in action to give you a better idea of how it works.
Before we dive into our experience with the Hobie Mirage Eclipse, let’s take a look at the two main options you can purchase from Hobie online and what your investment includes.
Currently, Hobie offers two sizes of the Mirage Eclipse: 10 feet and 12 feet. Both options available today are designed to be used by one person, but you can always get a little creative with family and friends.
Each model includes a large fins rudder, aluminum alloy handlebar, and the steps to power your board.
Here are the specs for the pedalboard that Hobie provides.
Quick Summary: 10-5 size
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Quick Summary: 12-0 size
Rated by: Thomas
We’ll be exploring more differences between the two models later on in the guide, but both the 10-5 and 12-0 model can be purchased in Hobie’s signature yellow and blue colors so that you can ride in style.
The Hobie Mirage Eclipse is a slightly modified stand up paddle board that allows for you to power the board using foot pedals. According to Hobie, the Mirage Eclipse is one of the first of its kind in being the world’s first leg-powered stand up paddleboard. Not only does it offer a unique way to move throughout the water, but the Mirage Eclipse was also built with improved stability and power in mind. ‘
In our experience and based on other reviews, the Mirage Eclipse is also slightly easier to pick up for first-time users when compared to traditional stand-up paddle boards.
The Mirage Eclipse is yet another example of how Hobie continues to innovate on their core suite of outdoor and water activity products.
After having a chance to give the Mirage Eclipse a test run, we were incredibly surprised at how easy it was to set up. It is also quite lightweight, which totally caught off us guard. We were literally up and running and on the water within minutes of parking.
One of the best things about the Mirage Eclipse is that there is no experience required to jump on and give it a try. Because the board is both secure and steady on the water, you can simply hop on the board and be on your way.
While we know it may be hard to believe that anyone can give this a try, it’s really that easy. This is one of the main reasons why the Hobie Mirage Eclipse is getting such great reviews. It is fun board for people of all ages and skill levels.
Another thing we immediately noticed when riding the Mirage Eclipse was how quickly we were able to move on the board. With the Mirage Eclipses drive pedal system, you can push the limit and build up some speed. Granted, we did have to put some serious effort into the foot pedals to get to top speed, but it was a great feeling to glide across the water.
Speaking of foot pedals, we were a little surprised at how much of a work out riding the board turned out to be.
After we were finished for the day, our reviewer’s legs were a little sore. While riding, we were so focused on the task at hand that we forget we were getting in a workout. A few hours on the pedalboard is the perfect excuse to skip the gym.
Of course, how fast you want to go on the board is entirely up to you, so you can take it easy on the pedals or go full speed to get in your daily cardio.
One of the last things we noticed was how easy the board was to control. Being avid paddleboard users ourselves, we know how hard it is to get control right with a board and were pleasantly surprised with the Mirage Eclipse.
The most significant difference between the Hobie Mirage Eclipse and a traditional paddleboard is that the Mirage Eclipse offers a unique way to power the board. Depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for, the added foot pedals could bring a unique and fun challenge to your paddle boarding experience.
The Mirage Eclipse board also is a little sturdier and more stable than traditional paddleboards, making it a much easier activity to get used to when trying paddle boarding for the first time. The unique controls that the Mirage Eclipse offers also makes it incredibly simple to steer in the water.
This is especially helpful for younger users who may not be as comfortable navigating the board alone.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, we were a little skeptical of all the fantastic reviews of the Hobie Mirage Eclipse within months of it being released.
Was the experience really that much better?
After having a chance to review things ourselves, we definitely feel the Hobie Mirage Eclipse improves the traditional paddleboard experience but also believe that a conventional stand-up paddleboard can offer a lot of fun and entertainment as well.
Let’s break down the pros and cons of the Hobie Mirage Eclipse.
One significant benefit of the Mirage Eclipse is that it is produced by Hobie, one of the most respected outdoor and active brands in the world. If you ever have any issues, concerns, or questions the helpful Hobie customer support staff is happy to help, and of course, they love the water as much as you!
It offers a unique, fun, and challenging twist on standard paddle boards. For those who enjoy stand up paddle boarding, taking a ride on the Mirage Eclipse is an enjoyable experience. However, it can also be picked up quickly by those who have never used a paddle board before.
Easy to control!
Having been on dozens of different paddle boards before, we found the Mirage Eclipse arguably offers the most control and stability of any paddle board out there. Even in choppy waters, you’ll feel as if you have control over the board the entire time.
This thing moves fast!
If you’re looking for a board that cuts across water, the Mirage Eclipse has you covered. Because you control the power and speed with the pedals, you can decide how fast or slow you want to go.
Despite the additional components compared to a traditional paddleboard, the Mirage Eclipse is fairly easy to transport. You will know how best to move the Mirage Eclipse around if you have ever transported a paddleboard before. The various pieces and components easily attach and detach so you can spend less time with setup and more time on the water.
Provides A Great Workout
While this can also be considered a con for some, spending just a few hours on your Mirage Eclipse can get your heart and legs pumping. It’s truly a one of a kind full body workout that is more enjoyable than painful.
Did we mention fun?
The Mirage Eclipse is super fun, plain and simple. No matter your experience, you’ll be hard pressed not to return from the water with a huge smile on your face.
Now that we’ve covered some of the pros of the Mirage Eclipse, let’s take a peek at some of the areas in which we feel it falls short.
A pretty steep price.
Granted, all paddle boards are often considered to be a significant investment by many, but the Mirage Eclipse commands a higher price point than virtually any other paddleboard on the market. That said, if you’re looking to purchase a high-quality paddle board, the Mirage Eclipse was designed to be enjoyed for many years to come.
Heavier than other boards
The Mirage Eclipse is also a little on the heavy side depending on which model you choose. Like traditional hard stand up paddle boards, each board does carry quite a bit of weight. Though it’s unlikely you’ll be carrying the board for long periods or distances other than from your car, it can give your arms a little workout.
Some paddleboards on the market today come with the ability have a fold out seat so that you aren’t standing on the board the entire time. Unfortunately, the Mirage Eclipse is designed to be a standup paddleboard solely. While not a huge deal, for those looking to take a more leisurely approach to their stand up boarding, the lack of a seat could be a deal breaker.
Can be a hard workout
Though you can control how much you want to pedal on your Mirage Eclipse, it requires a degree of fitness to go for long periods. Taking your pedalboard out for a spin isn’t like running a marathon, but you’ll feel a little sore after you return from a day on the water.
We were incredibly excited to give the Mirage Eclipse a try, especially with how many raving reviews we saw. We believe the Mirage Eclipse to be a fantastic standup paddleboard.
That said, for those who are only testing the waters of paddle boarding, choosing a traditional inflatable or hard stand up board might be a great starting option.
If budget is a big concern of yours as well, there are certainly some great paddle boards at a lower price.
The Mirage Eclipse is without a doubt the perfect board for any water sports enthusiast who is looking to get the most from their time out on the water. However, it can be used by those who are brand new to the world of paddle boarding as well.
Offering speed, control, stability, and a great workout, this pedalboard sets the standard for future pedalboards on the market.
If you’re looking for a one of a kind experience on the water, the Hobie Mirage Eclipse can give you just that.