To me, the question is simpler. Is it worth missing 4-5 months of great fishing? There is always something new around the horizon. But Hobie has not even officially announced the prices or any other new features of the boat. Other than Olive is out and Camo is in. Personally, I love my 2016 Olive PA14. I am kicking myself for not pulling the trigger earlier. I would not trade the amazing experience I have had since I moved to Hobie in March.
I am going to probably buy the new drive when it gets released individually in the spring of next year. For the type of close to shore Midwest lake fishing I do, reverse would be really handy. Do I need it? Nope. Do I want it? Yes. But until it comes out, I am still going to be fishing, almost daily in the best - my opinion - fishing machine around. Even without reverse.
that's my thinking do I really want to wait that long for it to come out before I get one or do I just take the plunge now and upgrade later reverse would be nice but Ive been kayak fishing allot without it