You're trying to compare two wildly different things.
People buy Hobies for one reason; the mirage drive gives you two hands free. So if you want to pedal, buy a Hobie. If you want to paddle buy anything else.
Both are stable sit on tops. Both will handle a lot of gear.
I just got a X-factor with paddle and apex seat for a lot less than a hobie. I am a bigger guy and preferred the stabless of the Malibu over the Hobie. The pedals are super nice, but it really came down to price for me. I am buying two of them (one for the wife) so the price difference was doubled and came out over a $1000 dollars cheaper for me. A big difference in these hard economic times.
If you do decide to go with Malibu shoot me a PM and i'll give you my dealers contact info to get a good price.
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