About Our Pedal Kayaks
Why Pedal Kayaks are faster, safer, & more comfortable
Why Choose Hobie Pedal Kayaks?
At Viking EcoTours, we understand that comfort, safety, and reliability is key to a memorable kayaking experience. That's why we've chosen Hobie Pedal Kayaks for our tours. These kayaks are renowned for their exceptional stability, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for adventurers of all skill levels.
Ease of Use
Pedal kayaks are incredibly user-friendly. With simple, intuitive controls, they allow you to move effortlessly through the water using your legs, leaving your hands free to take photos, observe wildlife, or simply relax. This hands-free operation is ideal for all, from beginners to seasoned kayakers.
Ergonomic Seating: Comfort is key in our pedal kayaks. The ergonomic seats provide excellent back support, making long journeys more enjoyable. Adjustable seating positions cater to various body types, ensuring a comfortable fit for every kayaker.
Adjustable Pedal System: Our kayaks feature an adjustable pedal system, accommodating different leg lengths. This adaptability ensures that everyone, regardless of height, can pedal comfortably and efficiently.
Faster and Easier Kayaking
Pedaling uses the larger muscle groups of your legs, reducing fatigue compared to traditional paddling. This efficiency allows you to travel longer distances with less effort, making our tours accessible to a wider range of fitness levels.
Pedal kayaks move faster than their paddle-only counterparts. This speed advantage means you can cover more ground (or rather, water) during your tour, allowing you to see and experience more of the natural beauty around you.
Stable and Safe
Hobie Pedal Kayaks feature a cutting-edge hull design that provides outstanding stability. The amazing stability of Hobie Pedal Kayaks makes them perfect for those new to kayaking. Their innovative design provides a secure and balanced experience, making the boats difficult to capsize. This stability ensures that even first-time kayakers can feel confident and safe from the moment they set out.
The outstanding stability of Hobie Kayaks also makes them an ideal choice for a range of activities, including photography, bird watching, and especially kayak fishing.
How Our Kayaks Work
How The Seats Work
Adjustable and Versatile: The versatility of these seats is unmatched. They are fully adjustable, allowing you to find the perfect seating position that suits your body type and paddling style. Whether you prefer a more upright position for active paddling or a reclined position for relaxed cruising, these seats can be adjusted to meet your needs.
Raised Design: The seats are raised off the kayak's floor, which not only provides a better vantage point for sightseeing and fishing but also ensures that you stay dry. This elevated position keeps you above any water that might collect in the kayak's hull, a common issue in traditional kayaks.
How To Steer The Kayak
The primary steering mechanism of our Hobie Pedal Kayaks is a rudder system located at the rear (stern) of the kayak.
The kayaker controls the rudder using a small lever or handle, usually positioned within easy reach near the seat. This lever is connected to the rudder via a system of ropes or cables.
To steer the kayak, the user simply moves the lever or handle to the left or right. This action adjusts the rudder's position in the water, causing the kayak to change direction.
How The Pedal Drive Works
Viking EcoTours' Hobie Pedal Kayaks feature the innovative MirageDrive system, which operates more like a gentle stepper than traditional bike pedals. Users effortlessly push the pedals down in an alternating stepping motion, often found easier than bike pedaling. This graceful action sways underwater fins side-to-side, smoothly propelling the kayak forward. This cool feature keeps your hands free, ideal for fishing or snapping photos.
ComfortableHands-Free Maneuverability: Hobie's pedal system allows for smooth, hands-free navigation. This innovative feature lets you focus on the beauty around you, take photos, or simply relax without worrying about paddling.
Family-Friendly Safety: Designed with safety in mind, these kayaks provide a reliable and stable platform for explorers of all ages, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for the entire family.
Raised Seating for Dryness: Say goodbye to the discomfort of a wet seat. Our Hobie Kayak seats are elevated, keeping you above any water in the kayak's hull. This design ensures you stay dry, enhancing your kayaking experience.
Enhanced Balance: Our pedal kayaks are engineered for superior stability with a wide hull, making them ideal for both beginners and experienced kayakers.
Safe for All Ages: With their stable design, our pedal kayaks are safe for adventurers of all ages, from young children to seniors. This stability provides peace of mind for families and groups, ensuring a worry-free kayaking experience.