Barely a week goes by without a Revo vs. Outback thread. I too went through this dilemma and the start of 2011. My super terrific, many stones left unturned approach lead me to following scorecard, comprised solely of my own opinions.
The Revo should be noticeably faster when off shore. Because you'll most likely be peddling, not paddling (paddling sucks in both, don't let anyone else tell you otherwise) you won't notice the difference that much as most people's legs are stronger than their arms. In the Outback it'll just take marginally longer to get wherever you going. Negligible in my opinion, so I'll call it a tie.
I weighed up the extra storage options in the cockpit area of the Outback over the Revo. I couldn't think of a situation when I'd actually use them, especially off shore. Other than the gunwale storage the layout is still pretty much the same. I’m calling it a tie again.
The Revo is allegedly less stable. I've tried tipping mine. Not going to be easy. Again, I can't see a clear favourite. Calling it a tie.
Everything Hobie seems to make for the Outback, they make for the Revo. At least from what I've seen. I think the hatch liner might be like $2 more for the Outback than the Revo, but you’re spending $2,400 on either, what’s a couple of extra bucks here and there. Tie again.
Who’s kidding who... Get a stealth. As for the Revo vs. Outback, again I'll call it a tie.
Ah, the paradox of using two hands to provide forward momentum, given that one of those hands is also required to operate the rudder. Again, a tie, but neither gets points, because if you've tried it, it grates on you very quickly. Yes you could just lift the rudder, but I’m yet operate a peddle powered Hobie that actually tracks straight.
If you can’t carry all your necessary gear on both of these, then you’ve got issues. Tie.
Ok the Revo wins this one. The Outback looks like it appeared on the one of the first episodes of the Biggest Loser. The Revo looks like one of the after shots.
Point in the Revo’s favour.
There you go my ultra scientific research comprised solely of my own opinion and the difference in points boils down to which one is the prettiest.
If you read around, some of more experienced Hobie enthusiasts consider the Revo more closely related to the Adventure than an Outback anyway. If you’re planning on putting in the hard yards predominately off shore, I would weigh the Revo against the Adventure before I consider an Outback in the debate.