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HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? #9821044 03/13/14 04:44 PM
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Hello, Looking at buying a bass fishing kayak. Been doing some research online and found Hobie and Native. What are your opinions on these brands? I talked to a gentleman at Backwoods and he told me to go down to Panther Island, they have Hobies down there to demo. All opinions are welcomed, want to get as much info before making such a big purchase. Thank You.

Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: broncos1] #9821055 03/13/14 04:47 PM
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hobie if you want to peddle, native if you want to peddle and paddle imo

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Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: broncos1] #9821061 03/13/14 04:49 PM
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Both are great kayaks. Demo both and see which model is best for you.



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Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: marcus254] #9821090 03/13/14 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: marcus254
hobie if you want to peddle, native if you want to peddle and paddle imo


kinda hard to read about hobie or native when youR signature has a size 100 font that says JACKSON! LOL


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I would get with the Backwoods guys and do a demo(Don't overlook Mariner Sails in Dallas), take a rod and do a little fishing to see how you feel in the Hobie. Then I would talk to Dan/Rick or Patti at APT and do a demo with them. Both companies make quality yak/hybrids you just need to find out what suits your needs the best.

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Thanks Guys talked with Patty. I didn't know a Native dealer was this close. Awesome. Think I found a great forum!!!!

Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: broncos1] #9821298 03/13/14 06:10 PM
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If you're looking for a pedal system both brands are great choices.

Each drive system (Hobie's Mirage and Native's Propel) has their distinct advantage. The Mirage will let you get into shallower water, while the Propel systems lets you reverse.

The Hobie Pro Angler is a very popular choice in North Texas. I've been hearing great things about the new Native Slayer Propel 13, too.

If I were investing in a pedal kayak I think the Propel would be at the top of the list.


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Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: broncos1] #9821359 03/13/14 06:41 PM
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You definitely need to demo both. They have very different feels. The Hobie is more like a stairmaster, and the Natives are like a bike. I bike a lot and so I always thought I would much prefer the Natives, but once I got in them, I found out just the opposite. I love my Hobie.

Also, my Hobie Outback paddles fine and the Hobie Revolution paddles great, so the "if you want to pedal and paddle get a Native" advice is definitely debatable.

Demo, demo, demo. Mariner Sails in Dallas has demo days on some Thursdays and Saturdays and they're very knowledgeable. Give them a holler if you're in the area. http://www.mariner-sails.com/

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Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: broncos1] #9821647 03/13/14 08:59 PM
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Keep in mind also if you want to stand. I have terrible balance and was able to stand in the Slayer Propel with ease. Having the ability to go in reverse is a total game changer.



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Originally Posted By: Shaun Russell
Keep in mind also if you want to stand. I have terrible balance and was able to stand in the Slayer Propel with ease. Having the ability to go in reverse is a total game changer.


That's the big thing with the Natives - reverse. I don't find myself wanting it in my Hobie too much, but definitely sometimes.

As for standing - DEMO! I can stand in the Outback, but Shaun can't. He can stand in the Ride 115, but I can't. Demo demo demo.


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Keep in mind also if you want to stand. I have terrible balance and was able to stand in the Slayer Propel with ease. Having the ability to go in reverse is a total game changer.


That's the big thing with the Natives - reverse. I don't find myself wanting it in my Hobie too much, but definitely sometimes.

As for standing - DEMO! I can stand in the Outback, but Shaun can't. He can stand in the Ride 115, but I can't. Demo demo demo.

Heck Robert I can't stand and fish out of either......LOL! It's one thing to be able to stand in a kayak. It's another to be able to comfortably fish while standing.



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Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: SleepingTiger] #9821784 03/13/14 09:51 PM
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hobie if you want to peddle, native if you want to peddle and paddle imo


kinda hard to read about hobie or native when youR signature has a size 100 font that says JACKSON! LOL


JT your knocking the only other guy on here that's a Bronco fan bang


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Re: HOBIE OR NATIVE ???? [Re: broncos1] #9821812 03/13/14 10:05 PM
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Both are good but as you might have figured out by now it's best to DEMO to see which is good for you.

Give Mariner Sails a look. They have both brands so you can demo them side by side to see which is best.

Good luck!

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Keep in mind also if you want to stand. I have terrible balance and was able to stand in the Slayer Propel with ease. Having the ability to go in reverse is a total game changer.


That's the big thing with the Natives - reverse. I don't find myself wanting it in my Hobie too much, but definitely sometimes.

As for standing - DEMO! I can stand in the Outback, but Shaun can't. He can stand in the Ride 115, but I can't. Demo demo demo.

Heck Robert I can't stand and fish out of either......LOL! It's one thing to be able to stand in a kayak. It's another to be able to comfortably fish while standing.


Try standing and throwing a 7' cast net!



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