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The Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5/12 : Review by David Reid

Here is an interesting article for listeners to the outdoor lifestyle news radio, outdoor activities radio stations and the other outdoor recreation radio stations on a new product from Hobie.  

In recent years many outdoor enthusiasts have taken up kayaking or paddle boards to stay in shape while away from the gym. This year Hobie has combined their MirageDrive pedal system with 65 years of board sports expertise to create the World's First ever stand up pedal board, the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5 and the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12.


Using these boards is safe and is as simple as walking. Just step on and go. No seat, paddle or overboard slashes required. These boards should be a hit with anyone seeking a fun and easy way to play on the water along with a way to stay fit outside of the gym. Both the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5 and 12 are a great option for resorts or tour operates that are looking to give their clients a new experience on the water. The Eclipse was designed just right for making them portable on cars, sailboats, powerboats and for easy storage when not in use.

The natural stepping motion on the large pedals connected to the underwater fins, efficiently allows you to go as slow or fast as you desire on the Eclipse with high strength composite epoxy hull harness of Hobie board sport heritage and its quick displacement design allow for the bow to gracefully pierce through the water. This in turn enhances speed and glide of the board. The square tail and flat bottom, adds to the boards quiet and stable ride.  

The nice thing about the Eclipse is that the fins fold against the board for shallow water use and beaching landings. The handle bar steering controls for the board are made of aluminum alloy and couldn't be simpler to use. To go right, simply squeeze the right caliper. To go left squeeze the left caliper with an adjustable handle bar from 36 to 43 inches high, kids to adults can enjoy either the Hobie Mirage Eclipse  10.5 and the Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12.

The fins can also be locked into place which allows you to use it in the traditional SUP manner so that you can enjoy an upper body workout by paddling it. The large EVA deckpads provides rides with a care free, high traction footing that enhances comfort for all day rides. With plenty of board room a rider has room for extra gear or the family pet to perch on the stern and has cargo bungees on the aft deck to secure your gear.

The Eclipse accessories include a protective board bag and cart to make transporting easy to and from the water. A cup holder and a universal phone mount are available to help the rider stay hydrated and ready to capture memories that happen on the water. Both sizes come in two colors, Solar (yellow) or Lunar (blue) 

Enjoying A Workout with Friends On The Water. For more great info from David Reid keep watching this website and listening to WRVO Radio Network 1 

The Kayaking – Timmins Ontario – From David Reid

Many people enjoy the peaceful beauty of the great outdoors. Each years millions flee the cities to capture this experience. One of the ways is to canoe or kayaking down a river system or lake.

For a true adventure, Timmins offers the novice or experience paddler a wide variety of rivers and lakes to explore. With several marked and mapped water systems for your safety, Timmins, is truly a paddlers fantasy come true.

Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival

Each time while travelling along one of these routes, paddlers are able to take in the breath taking scenery while enjoying an abundance of wildlife. From ducks to moose, you never know what you'll see. Some of these routes are the Dana Jowsey Lakes Park. Here a paddlers can enjoy Jowsey Lake rock outcrops and low-lying taiga forest.

Danna Lake which is 1km down the road has several islands. Red and White pines dominating the skyline. Should wind become an issue during the day, the lake offers several bays so that paddlers can still enjoy their day on the water. If you enjoy running a river system, you'll definitely enjoy travelling down one of these routes. 

The Grassy River is one such system you'll enjoy. A section known as High Falls has a series of rapids and a waterfall. This trip offers a valley type experience which is easy paddling with a few fast places along the route. A distance of 12 km. The Red Stone River offers paddlers an opportunity to travel either in a easterly or westerly direction from the Springs Road Bridge. When traveling the easterly or downstream section, paddlers will enter into Nighthawk Lake. A distance of about 18 km.

Heading westerly or upstream side will bring you to a set of rapids and falls. This is about 20 km from the bridge. This route is a little more difficult due to beaver dams however is worth the little extra effort. For the more experienced paddler, the Tatachikapika River has many rapids and lower water levels in July. In August this route is more difficult to trip and can be impossible for a canoe to travel along. Therefore the best time to explore this water way would be from mid-May to mid-July. This trip is 30 km long and has some portages over a kilometer in length and others of a few hundred meters. Paddlers that have travelled this system claim it is a challenging and exciting trip. This is not for the novice paddler to attempt.

Although I've only briefly touched base on four out of the 12 routes a canoeist or kayaker can enjoy when visiting Timmins, I encourage anyone interested in one of these trip or other trips available to Please visit http://www.tourismtimmins.com/ and go to Vacation Packages page for more information on these trips.

If you do plan a trip up this way, you may want to schedule it August so that you can either compete or just take in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival.

We kindly welcome you to come and give this event a try as this competitive event attracts paddlers from all over the world.

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