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Reel Review

 

A Workhorse Reel at a Budget Price : Abu's Orra SX (continued)

 

Casting Range: The Orra SX can handle baits in the normal casting range of three eighths of an ounce (3/8oz) and more pretty easily. Its spool weighs twenty grams (20g) compared to the fourteen point seven (14.7) ounce spool on the REVO SX yet casting range - at least on the low end - is very similar. The REVO SX might be a better reel at low speed presentations like pitching, but the Orra SX can hold its own.


Once you manage to do that, the sideplate flips up and detaches.

Brakes: The Orra SX features a magnetic braking system identical to that found in the REVO SX. In fact, the only difference spool and casting brake wise between the two reels is the REVO SX has a free floating spool design where as the Orra SX's spool has a shaft that extends through the reel's pinion gear into the body of the reel. The magnetic breaks are easily adjustable from a dial on the non-handle sideplate that has a range of twenty seven (27) clicks.


Here we see the Orra SX's MagTrax Brake System (magnetic brake control).

Features: Abu Garcia's REVO lineup of reels always do well against our features checklist and this trend continues with the Orra SX. This reel has the afore mentioned externally adjustable brakes, one levelwind bearing and the combination of one bearing and one bushing per handle knob. Both the reel's dragstar and spool tension knob have micro-click adjustments and there is no cover in the box for the reel, but there is a vial of oil.


One bearing and one bushing per handle knob.

Features Ratings for Abu Garcia Orra SX

Ext Brake Adjust? (1-2)
Levelwind Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Micro Clicks (1-3)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Oil (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
2
2
3
1
2
12
14
8.6


The Orra SX's spool's shaft extends through the pinion gear into the reel.

Design & Ergonomics: The Orra SX is virtually the same size and shape as the REVO SX but a quick attempt at swapping the sideplates reveals there are some slight differences at the front of the reels. In other words, the sideplates are not interchangeable but the Orra SX palms in a very similar fashion to its REVO cousin. It's handle length is pretty standard and the rubberized knobs are actually quite comfortable. At just a hair over seven ounces on our scale, the Orra SX is about average for casting reels today. Lastly breakdown and reassembly of the reel is pretty straight forward.


The levelwind's wormgear is supported by a single bearing.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Abu Garcia Orra SX

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Palming (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
4
3
3
17
25
6.8


The Orra SX is a good candidate for all purpose applications.

Application: With two standard retrieve ratios and solid casting performance and smoothness, the Orra SX, like its REVO counterpart, is a very capable reel and a good choice for those budget minded anglers looking for a workhorse reel. It's not a great choice for the extremes of fishing big baits or finesse applications, but for everything in between, it can more than help fill out your arsenal.

 

Application Ratings for Abu Garcia Orra SX

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
1
2
4
15
25
6.0

 

Ratings:

Abu Garcia Orra SX Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very nice reel right out of the box 7.5
Performance Solid performer 7.2
Price A really good price point for a workhorse status reel 8
Features Only $99 yet has all the microclick adjustments and a good distribution of bearings 8.6
Design (Ergonomics) Very familiar ergonomics 6.8
Application A good choice in a workhorse reel for a number of standard applications 6.0

Total Score

7.35
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Really good price for a workhorse worthy reel - I'd have preferred more aggressive cosmetics along the lines of the REVO SX.
+ Easy to palm  
+ Dependable braking system  


On a budget but need a set of workhorse reels? Consider Orra SX!

Conclusion: Aside from a slight difference in weight and their respective finishes, Abu Garcia's Orra SX baitcasting feels a lot like the REVO SX. Upon close inspection, you can discern a minor difference in their shapes including the size of their respective gear boxes, and internally, the REVO has an aluminum gear to the Orra's brass, but in handling out on the water, they are near identical. With a $60 cost savings over its REVO cousin bringing it $0.01 under an even $100, the Orra SX is very worthy of consideration if you're looking for a workhorse reel on a limited budget.

 

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