Hobie MirageDrive MD180 Kick Up Fins is a revolutionary new propulsion system for Hobie kayaks. Rocks, stumps and other shallow water obstacles are no longer a worry thanks to the innovative kick up technology.

Hobie MirageDrive MD180 with Kick Up Fins

With Hobie MirageDrive MD180 with Kick Up Fins when you are clear of an obstruction you simply start pedaling again the fins automatically lock back into position. This equally clever and very convenient design goes a long way to mitigate damaged fins and practically eliminates the possibility of bent masts, which will has the potential reduce maintenance costs over time. The 180 model means can propel the kayak both forward and reverse. With a quick pull of the forward or reverse shifters the fins pivot 180° to allow for instant direction changes. Combined with the new Kick-Up fin design, the MD180 system inspires confidence and control. The system consists of two fins that operate independently from each other and are connected to a drivetrain mounted directly to the hull of the vessel. With the MirageDrive MD180, you can power through the water without the hassle of a paddle.

MirageDrive MD180 Design

The MD180 is designed to be efficient and powerful, allowing you to reach speeds of up to 6.2 mph. It is also extremely intuitive and easy to use. The MD180 is equipped with a propulsive force that is activated by a combination of pedaling and pushing the fins together. This allows for more efficient propulsion than a traditional paddle based propulsion method. It also allows you to easily cover long distances quickly and in an efficient manner.

The MD180 with Kick Up Fins are designed to be safe and reliable, even in challenging waters. The fins have the ability to kick up if they come into contact with any obstacles, like rocks or shoals, ensuring that no damage is done to the system. The drivetrain is mounted securely to the hull of the vessel, preventing it from shifting during use and providing a stable and reliable propulsion system.


The versatility of the MD180 with Kick Up Fins makes it a great choice for any Hobie Kayak. The system is designed to be lightweight and compact, so it won’t take up too much space and can be easily removed when not in use. The system is also relatively easy to install with minimal tools and minimal expertise required.

Finally, the MD180 is a great choice for anyone who wants a powerful, efficient, and reliable propulsion system for their small watercraft. With the MirageDrive MD180, you can explore your favorite waterways and enjoy your time out on the water with ease and worry.


Standard or Turbo fin types available


  • Glide Technology for all-day efficiency and reduced drive wear
  • Kick-up fins which automatically retract when contacted by underwater obstacles
  • Patented square fin design for unparalleled performance
  • Adjustable cranks for comfortable and efficient use for people of all sizes
  • Hobie’s legendary build quality and innovative design
  • “Click and go” design suits standard Hobie Mirage wells for an easy upgrade for many Hobie kayak models.
  • Available in Standard or Turbo-Fin configuration

Hobie MirageDrive MD180 with Kick Up Fins Video

MD180 Fin Options

Standard Fins, Turbo Fins


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