Wave Sport Mobius 57 Kayak Review

The Wave Sport Mobius 57 is the second of three sizes released as part of the Mobius line of kayaks. Larger than the Mobius 49 and smaller than the Mobius 65, this freestyle kayak gives you ample space to paddler with the short hull design that breeds speed through your favorite whitewater.

The Wave Sport Mobius 57 kayak is one of the latest additions to Wave Sport’s freestyle line of kayaks. The freestyle design of the Mobius 57 keeps the hull nice and short so you can stay fast through even the harshest whitewater conditions. Simultaneously, the Wave Sport Mobius 57 adapts to each paddler as their skills progress, so even very seasoned and experienced kayakers can enjoy this kayak without the need for any compromises.

Boasting smooth lines with rounded edges and a curved bow, the sculpted side walls proved plenty of strength to handle underwater obstacles that could easily damage lesser-quality freestyle kayaks. The design of the Wave Sport Mobius 57 stays very loose and fast on waves of any size and the continuous rocker profile and a stern release edge allow fast acceleration when you’re over the crest of the wave.

Performance Review

During my review of the Wave Sport Mobius 57 kayak, I immediately noticed the impact that the hull design had on the way it moved through the water. Using in both surf and whitewater conditions, I was very pleased with the overall maneuverability of the Mobius 57 as well as the fast acceleration when coming out of eddies and off the peaks of waves.

Versatility Review

Since freestyle kayaks have a wider range of uses than a whitewater kayak, the need for a versatile design is crucial. Not only does the Mobius 57 perform well in all of the conditions I tried it out in, I was pleasantly surprised with how it did on flat water during my review. I know freestyle kayaks aren’t made for a leisurely day on the lake, but I believe the Mobius 57 would hold up better than you imagine.

Cargo Space Review

Not really any surprise here; there isn’t much room for gear in the Wave Sport Mobius 57. However, considering it’s a freestyle kayak, they make sure that the little space you do have is both well-designed and easy to access.

Portability Review

The Wave Sport Mobius 57 really shines when you’re transporting it. Considering how spacious it is, this kayak is actually quite easy to move with its security grab handle for dragging and a modest 32 lbs. weight. Plus, since its only 5’ 8”, you can easily kit it into most pickup truck beds; even a short box.

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: 5’8″ / 173 cm
  • Width: 26.25″ / 67 cm
  • Deck Height: 14.5″ / 37 cm
  • Weight: 32 lbs. / 15 kg
  • Cockpit Length: 33″ / 84 cm
  • Cockpit Width: 19″ / 48 cm
  • Paddler Weight: 130-200 lbs. / 59-91 kg
  • Volume: 57 gal / 216 L
  • MSRP: $1155.00

Overall Review

I would rate my review of the Wave Sport Mobius 57 kayak as a 5 out of 5 stars. Having tried the Mobius 57 in both surf and whitewater conditions during my review, I feel pretty confident giving it a strong recommendation for any level of paddler. The Mobius 57 kayak really shines in the areas of performance and versatility, and those are the 2 most important areas in my opinion when shopping for a freestyle kayak. If you want a durable, portable, and fun to paddle freestyle kayak, look no further than the Wave Sport Mobius 57 kayak.

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Written by The Review Guy

The Review Guy has years of experience in the kayak, canoe and outdoors equipment business. Establishing one of the largest adventure sports retail chains, he understands what makes for good equipment. Today, the Review Guy tests a variety of equipment and details the pros and cons to readers of The Wilderness Review. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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