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  • Best pedal drive for weeds?

     Charles updated 1 year ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • Charles

    Member
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Hey all my dad and I are thinking about getting some pedal kayaks and upgrading from our 10 year old old town canoe. We tend to fish in the pond behind our house which has a lot of weeds but will get a roof rack to take all over. I was just wondering if anyone with a pedal drive is having lots of issues with weeds. It seems that a mirage drive on the hobie would deal with weeds much better. Let me know what everyone thinks thanks!

  • _fuckernaut_

    Guest
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Mirage drive will handle weeds better than any other by design. The newer propel drives that Native is selling now have an integrated “weed guard”, though I haven’t heard one way or the other about how effective they are.

  • Dirt_Bike_Zero

    Guest
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Whichever drive will get out of the way easiest. Honestly, when in weeds, stow the drive and paddle. If you’re primarily using your kayak in weedy areas, a drive system may be a waste of money. I just got a drive system because I primarily use it in rivers and off shore. Paddles rule in lakes and weeds

  • fishRdumb

    Guest
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I chose a Mirage drive over prop specifically because of weeds, and I’m pretty happy with the result. In thick weeds it is (usually) possible to power through by pushing hard. Or you can just press the fins up against the hull and paddle.

  • Chileanrawdawgr

    Guest
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I have the new mirage 360 and haven’t been stopped by anything, not just weeds. The kick up finns are great too. I know the 360 is not in everyone’s price range but the 180 which my brother has on his outback is a great drive as well. The 180 works very well with weeds too but the fins do not kick up. A Hobie was the first kayak with a pedal drive I’ve owned and I would recommend them to anyone.

  • Chileanrawdawgr

    Guest
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    It may I haven’t looked at what’s came out in a while. Either way, great system

  • Hobie_FL

    Guest
    May 15, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Like everyone else says, Mirage drive works great. I’ve had it completely wrapped up in seaweed and it still functions, most of the time it cuts right through it.

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