A year of Hobie Outback 2020
After last season, which I fished from a Hobie Compass. I wanted to have the ability to load more things to, among other things, be out several days in a row. The Outback offers lots of storage, both in the front and in the rectangular hatch in front of the seat - which made the choice fall on one.
The plan was also to invest more in competition, so the need for easier storage for pliers and other tools was a requirement, which the Outback undoubtedly fulfills.
I picked up my new kayak in January and the first fishing trip was the same day, a short stop in Katrineholm. With bloody teeth, it was another fishing session in Borlänge "on the way home" towards Sundsvall.
Once home, I chose to replace the split paddle with a single paddle with a t-handle. I fitted a Starport with a paddle clip from Railblaza to be able to remove the paddle (which I only use when launching and disembarking). Incredibly flexible solution! I also chose to attach the net with a Starport mini with 50 mm Gunholder . This works very well and I can highly recommend it.
But my absolute favorite feature of the Outback has to be the pedal system's kick-up function! That feature has saved me countless times this season when exploring new waters. Everything from having driven on large rocks in the northern mountain lakes to navigating through shallow passages in river systems in pursuit of both pike and perch.
Top 3 season 2020
1. Kayak-PB on both perch and pike!
2. The wonderful week in Lapland where the kayak first had to serve as a freighter for tents, food etc. Then it excelled in the clear Norrland waters, which house both angry pike and masses of large stones.
3. All the new acquaintances I made through the Kayakstore Tour 2020. Already looking forward to next season!