I don't want to make too much out of it, but I again I think the decision is really about money. Or more accurately what you are willing to invest in the boat. The AI and TI are so amazingly flexible with their range, sails, modularity, possibility for tramps, cargo capacity etc.
I'm not trying to discourage you from any mirage drive based Hobie, I think you'll be very pleased with any of the options. I'm just trying to get you to at least consider the AI, TI.
The reason is very simple. I bought my TI. Without ever actually seeing one in person. I read reviews and saw videos on YouTube. I found this forum and everybody was so glowing about the boat (and about Hobie), that I took a chance. It was a lot of money to spend having never actually rode in one. The money I spent on the TI was some of the best money I've ever spent. The boat is flat out amazing. The mirage drive WITH the sail is incredible. Really really incredible.