Wave Sport Mobius 49 Kayak Review

The Wave Sport Mobius 49 is the first of three sizes released as part of the Mobius line of kayaks. Smaller than both the Mobius 57 and the Mobius 65, this freestyle kayak gives you a tight feel so you can be one with your kayak as you paddle through your favorite whitewater.

The Wave Sport Mobius 49 kayak is the smallest addition to Wave Sport’s freestyle line of kayaks. But don’t let its small stature fool you; the short hull of this freestyle design allows you to stay moving fast and cutting sharp curves regardless of how intense the paddling conditions happen to be. Another great feature that the Wave Sport Mobius 49 boasts is its ability to adapt with a kayaker as his/her skills improve. This means that the Mobius 49 is a great freestyle kayak that will grow with you regardless of what skill level you happen to be at today.

Smooth lines is the name of the game with the Mobius 49 kayak featuring a curved bow designed to complement the rounded edges and sculpted side walls that give the Wave Sport Mobius 49 its defined look and rugged durability. These smooth lines also let the Mobius 49 glide faster and more responsively than many of its competitors with excellent acceleration profiles when you need the speed the most.

Performance Review

As I conducted my review of the Wave Sport Mobius 49 kayak, the tight fit of the modest sized cockpit really made you feel one with the boat. I noticed the tight fit helped a lot with the maneuvering, and since it’s shorter than the other 2 kayaks in the Mobius line it accelerates the fastest. However, I still prefer a little comfort over sheer performance, but this is my favorite of the 3 if you’re looking for break-neck speeds.

Versatility Review

Just like the other 2 kayaks in the Mobius family, the Mobius 49 kayak posts aces across the board for versatility. Although the shorter design made it a little less stable if you try to shift your weight or stand up on the water, these are not usually things you do in a freestyle kayak so I find the facts irrelevant. If you can fit into the small cockpit comfortably, you can take the Wave Sport Mobius 49 kayak anywhere you want to go.

Cargo Space Review

As a very compact freestyle kayak, the Mobius 49 offers little to luxury in the cargo space department. Even though the standards are pretty low for most freestyle kayaks, this one leaves a little to be desired even with that taken into consideration. This is really the only negative I found with this kayak thus far.

Portability Review

As the smallest and lightest kayak of the Mobius family from Wave Sport kayaks, the Mobius 49 is also the easiest to transport off the water. Whether you’re dragging it to the river or loading it into the back of your pickup, the Mobius 49 is a cinch to handle. If you were really desperate, you could probably even haul the Mobius 49 in your trunk with a piece of plywood and some straps; but we certainly wouldn’t recommend it.

Features

  • Adjustable, Contoured Hip Pads
  • Padded Foam Foot Brace System
  • 1 Security Grab Handle
  • Quick Fore/Aft Seat Adjustment
  • Roto-molded Play Seat with Adjustable Ratcheting Leg Lifter
  • CORE WhiteOut Outfitting System
  • Rescue/Security Bar
  • Removable Outer Thigh Hooks
  • Adjustable, Padded Thigh Braces
  • Forward Ratcheting Backband
  • Welded-in Hull Beam

Specifications

  • Length: 5’6″ / 168 cm
  • Width: 24.75″ / 63 cm
  • Deck Height: 14″ / 36 cm
  • Weight: 30 lbs. / 14 kg
  • Cockpit Length: 33″ / 84 cm
  • Cockpit Width: 19″ / 48 cm
  • Paddler Weight: 90-160 lbs. / 41-73 kg
  • Volume: 49 gal / 185 L
  • MSRP: $1155.00

Overall Review

I would rate my review of the Wave Sport Mobius 49 kayak as a 4 out of 5 stars. Though I was very pleased with its performance, portability, and versatility, the Mobius 49 was docked a star because of its tight fit and lack of cargo space. If you are a small kayaker, the size of the Wave Sport Mobius 49 will probably not be much of a factor. However, since you’ll still need space to store your gear, the cargo space may still be a bit of a letdown.

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Written by Cliff Steele

Cliff Steele prides himself on having a strong knowledge of kayaks and kayak supplies. He works hand-building kayaks for a variety of clients. Sharing a name with a well-known comic book character, Cliff is known to his friends as "Robotman." Cliff lives in San Diego, California.

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