Things in Black and White with the Generation 3 Abu Garcia Revo S
Something I really like about the Revo S is the solid feel it has. In the past,
I have used some cheap to mid priced reels that just didn't cut in in terms of
having that nice rigid feel. The Revo's frame is comprised of an X2-Craftic
alloy frame, offering light weight, rigidity, and improved corrosion
resistance. The white graphite side plates feel quite good, with no noticeable
flex or wobble, even under high-torque applications.
The efficient gearing is both powerful and smooth.
Gearing on the reel is rated at 6.4:1. In this age of super fast gear ratios, I
still prefer the versatility of a more moderate ratio. The Revo S gearing is
great for a variety of baits from worms to crankbaits.
Speaking of the gearing, the new D2 gear design improves efficiency and
durability. This is not a super powerhouse reel, but I never felt like it
lacked for power during testing. It delivers this power with impressive
smoothness, and coupled with 7 stainless ball bearings plus 1 roller bearing,
does so with a very connected feel.
The main gear is made of brass and appears free of wear after a fair amount of
The Revo S boasts an impressively strong drag system. The carbon matrix drag
offers an advertised 20lbs of maximum stopping muscle, quite eye opening for
such a compact package. A scale was unavailable to solidify this claim, but at
the max drag setting there are gobs of stopping power, so I have no doubt the
drag is at least close to the claim. Drag performance is not only super strong,
but also smooth through all settings. Line pulls out with no hesitation, and
startup inertia is not an issue. Adjustments are made easy and precise via a
clicking drag star.
Side plate popped off and spool removed....
As a whole, the Revo S is quite a small package. It sits extremely low to the
reel seat, making it very easy to palm comfortably. The only real downside to
the small body and lowrider stance, is that the gear box at the base of the
handle protrudes quite a bit. Zander first brought this up with his review of
the new generation Revo Premier. While the reel is indeed easy to palm, when
engulfing the whole reel in my hand the gear box touches my fingertips. This
isn't a huge issue as far as comfort goes, but can be a minor annoyance.
The large, low hanging gear box certainly stands out.
The time I notice it most is when using a bait that requires twitching, such as
a topwater or jerkbait. During these times I firmly palm the entire reel, and I
find myself splaying my fingers out around the gearbox for maximum comfort.
Another small ergonomic gripe is with the square knobs. I remember having the
same style knobs on my Abu Garcia Pro Max baitcasting reel back in the early
1990's. While I don't hate them, I don't love them either. A more contoured,
rounded knob style with a bit more of a texture pattern would be welcome.
The handle and drag star are both bent or “swept” inward. This makes the
package the slightest bit more compact, and probably increases cranking power as
well. Hey, it looks cool too!
maximum comfort, I often work my fingers around the gear box during retrieves.
Over the course of a few months of fishing, the Revo S still feels smooth and
solid. Casting, retrieving, and just the overall feel remains like new.
Opening up the reel to inspect the gearing revealed no wear or abnormalities.
When the time comes for a little lube on the main gear, the reel features a
maintenance port on the bottom of the gear box. This allows for easy, quick
Located on the bottom of the gearbox, the maintenance port is protected by a
small hatch. Simply remove a small screw, and the hatch can be removed to expose
the gearing inside.
Application, Warranty, Price: The
Revo S will be a fairly versatile reel for most anglers. With it's modest gear
ratio, it will be a wise choice for many Bass fishing techniques. The increased
corrosion resistance of certain parts also makes it a decent choice for inshore
saltwater anglers. Saltwater anglers will also appreciate the powerful drag
system for stopping a big bull Redfish.
As mentioned earlier, if you want a reel for casting lightweight lures, this
probably isn't the best reel for you. While it will work okay, I desired a bit
more performance casting these baits.
At an MSRP of $129.95, the Revo S is an attractive value for the performance you
get. At that price it gets right in the face of the Shimano Citica G, priced at
$129.99. After purchasing your Revo, you can have peace of mind that Abu
Garcia has it covered for a year against faults in materials or workmanship.
Revo S reel foot and bottom side.
ratings standard for
2008 and have
included a key at
the bottom of the
following matrix as
: 2 =
poor : 3
: 4 =
: 5 =
: 6 =
fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
Even though it is considered the base of the Revo family, the S model is a solid
piece of equipment that has a nice level of refinement and performance. This
review was actually my first time ever using a Revo reel, and it opened my eyes
to a brand I really didn't consider much before. It's nice to see that Abu
Garcia seems to be serious about upping the level of performance throughout the
Revo line, not just reserving it for the higher end models. I was fully
expecting a reel that was fair at best and just generally underwhelming. The
Revo S will not blow you away, but it should leave you happy and maybe even a
This landlocked Snook sure surprised me while throwing a small swimbait for Bass
in a tiny local pond.
With an eye catching
paint scheme and
compact design, the
reel becomes even
more enticing. For
me, a reel can
perform great, but
if it lacks in the
looks department I
am just not
Thankfully, this was
a nice execution of
both form and
function that will
look good on just
about any rod you
own. What doesn't
black or white go
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