Category Archives: Kayaks

Huge Joshua Tree Clearance Sale- Memorial Day weekend only!

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend will be awesome for climbing at Joshua Tree- with highs in the 70s and clear skies in the forecast, this may be your last chance to get to JT before things heat up for the summer.  Oh, one other thing- we’re having our first annual Memorial Day clearance sale!

The following deals are good at the Joshua Tree store only from Friday, May 25-Monday, May 28:

Climbing Gear:

All Ropes 10-20% off

All Harnesses 20% -40% off

Camping Gear:

All Mountain Hardwear Sleeping Bags 20% off

All Tents 20% off

All Backpacks 20%-40% off


Insulated Outerwear 15-40% off

All Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear down insulated jackets 40% off

Patagonia Capilene mid and heavy weight long sleeves and bottoms 40% off

Winter Hats 40% off

Icebreaker Merino Wool mid and heavy weight Long sleeves and bottoms 40% off

All Socks 30% off

Vibram Fivefingers as low as $49.95

Evolve Maximus approach shoe- $83.95 (40% off)

Sale rack all items an additional 15% off

These promotions may not be combined with other coupons or discounts and are limited to quantities of product on hand.  All sales of rock climbing equipment are final.

Hobie’s new ultimate fishing kayak

In June 2012, a new kayak will be available from Hobie and Nomad Ventures.  The Mirage Pro Angler 12 is purpose-built for angling, and has unique hull shape that gives it a 500-lb. capacity and exceptional stability that allows stand-up fishing.

This new kayak builds on the success of the original Pro Angler, but is lighter (by 18 lbs fully rigged) and more compact (1′ 8″ shorter than the original).  Even more exciting are some impressive features and refinements:

-Although standing in the Pro Angler 12 is done with ease, much of the time you’ll be sitting in the boat, which is where the new Vantage seating system comes in.  Featuring a full seat-back and padded armrests, the Vantage seat also allows you to adjust the lumbar support with the turn of a dial.

This video gives a detailed run-down of the new seating system:


-The boat is prewired for Lowrance marine electronics, allowing the installation of a fish finder with no need to drill holes.  As a result, it’s very easy to mount your transducer, and you will receive the most accurate readings.


-Just aft of the comfortable carry handle at the bow is a large front hatch featuring a removable liner.


-The boat’s center hatch is specially modified with what Hobie calls a “pivoting tackle management system”, which accepts two medium Plano tackle boxes that extend upward and toward the seat when the hatch is opened.  There is additional storage for two large Plano boxes under the seat.

Because the Pro Angler 12 is a Mirage-series kayak, it will come with the Hobie MirageDrive, which uses a reciprocating pedal system to drive fins.  This allows you to go faster, farther, and longer, and you can do it all with your fishing pole in hand.  Direction is controlled with either of two steering handles, one on each side of the seat.  For more on the MirageDrive, see here.

For a complete run-down of this boat’s features, check out this video:

To learn more about the Pro Angler 12, or to arrange a demo of the boat, contact our Escondido store at (760) 747-8223.

Hobie Revolution 11 now in stock!

The brand new Hobie Revolution 11 is now in stock in our Escondido and Temecula stores.  A 2011 ICAST “Best of Show” winner, this new boat brings the speed, agility, and stowage capacity of the original Revolution (now called the Revolution 13) into a shorter and lighter boat.  And, with Hobie’s innovative Mirage Drive system that combines a pedal-driven fin propulsion system with a simple rudder control for turning, you don’t need to be an expert to look like one.  An available sailing kit provides yet another way to get around on the water quickly and with minimal fatigue.  Contact your local store now for more details or to arrange a demo of any of our Hobie kayaks!

Hobie’s wind-loving, pedal-driven tandem kayak

A recent issue of Sail Magazine featured a very favorable write-up of the Hobie Mirage Tandem IslandThis remarkable kayak is the flagship of Hobie’s Mirage Drive series and features two unique Hobie technologies.  First is the revolutionary MirageDrive pedal drive system that allows easy, efficient hands-free kayaking.  In this configuration, the Tandem Island is a super-fast two person kayak with loads of cargo space.  However, if you fit the boat with the included 90 sq/ft sail and 18 ft. carbon-fiber mast along with the retracting, removable aka crossbeams and ama floats, it transforms into a swift, stable wind-loving trimaran.  The video below shows the boat’s performance in 20+ knot winds:

to see the complete write-up from Sail Magazine.

The Power of the Hobie MirageDrive

We’re proud to feature Hobie kayaks at our Escondido and Temecula stores.  Most of the kayaks we stock and sell are from the company’s MirageDrive line, which replaces the tiring and inefficient paddle with a pair of pedal-driven underwater fins for propulsion.

To demonstrate the power of this unit, the designer of the MirageDrive competed in a tug-of-war against two-time Olympic paddling gold medalist Greg Barton.  Here are the results: