HOME | TACKLETOUR FORUMS  | EDITOR'S CHOICE | REVIEW ARCHIVE | ABOUT US | 

Latest ArticlesReels | Rods | Lines | Lures | Terminal Tackle | Tools | Storage | Watercraft | Apparel | Electronics | Enthusiast | Interviews | Events | Maintenance | Autopsy

Hot Articles


Complete ICAST 2017 Coverage
---------------

TackleTour Exclusive: On the Water with the New G.Loomis Conquest Rod Series

 ---------------

Ready to Combat the USDM : Evergreen International's Jack Hammer
---------------
First Look Inside the New Shimano Curado K Series Baitcasters
---------------

An Easier to Fish Schooling Bait - The PDL Rig
 


 


Reel Review


Finesse at the Entry Level: Abu Garcia's Revo S20 Spinning Reel (continued)

Drag: For a small spinning reel the power of the drag is quite good. With it winched down as hard as my thin fingers would allow the S20 put down around 16 pounds of pressure when measured on a hand scale—impressive since Abu advertises a 12 pound maximum. The smoothness is plenty good enough, but there is a slight “bump” in its consistency.


The drag performed pretty well but I did notice it wasn't 100% consistent.


The guts of the S20 are revealed....

Sweet Drag Performance for Abu Garcia Revo S20 Spinning Reel

Turns backed off from locked drag>

 

.5

 

.75

 

1

 

1.25

 

1.5

 

 

Avg % Change

Start-up

3

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.6

Sustained

3

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.6

Lowest Value

2.9

2.5

2.2

1.5

1.5

Change in Start-up vs. Sustained

 

.8%

 

1.5%

 

2%

 

3%

 

.8%

 

1.6%

Biggest Drop From Sustained

 

4.9%

 

5.2%

 

6.6%

 

13.2%

 

7.3%

 

7.4%

To measure the drag on this reel, the drag was fully tightened, then backed off half a turn and strapped to the machine for the first test. With each successive test, the drag was backed off another quarter turn.


The thin and compact body gives the reel a nice form.

Performance Ratings for Abu Garcia Revo S20 Spinning Reel

Retrieve (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Power (1-5)
Bail Operation (1-5)
Line Twist (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
5
5
5
22
25
8.8

Ergonomics: Coming in just a few tenths heavier than the pricier Revo SX20 model, our S20 tester displayed a weight of 8.5 ounces—lighter than several other reels in its class. I not only thought these two reels felt and performed like virtual clones of each other, but they also utilize the same shape and basic body structure. A narrow, compact frame means this reel is anything but bulky, and the handle is also equally slim and compact. I thought it was quite comfortable and provided a sure grip at all times, but its looks didn't really click with me. I'm also not real fond of the drag knob; it needs to be taller and easier to grab.


The rubber handle utilizes a plastic plug in the end displaying the Abu Garcia name.

Features Ratings for Abu Garcia Revo S20 Spinning Reel

Spool Bearing (1-2)
Line Roller Bearing (1-2)
Water Resistant Drag (1-3)
Back Reel (1-3)
Spare Spool (1-2)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
2
2
2
2
1
10
14
7.14


Slow oscillation means that line wraps onto the spool evenly.

Durability: I didn't come across any mechanical issues while testing the Revo S20. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test it on any truly demanding species, but I was pleased with how it held up and retained its new feeling. Cosmetically, I was again pleased, but the finish is definitely not scratch resistant. The white portion of the body now wears a couple tiny battle scars from clanking around on a bass boat. This is not exactly a surprise, but it should be noted.


The bail wire is quite beefy compared to the thin wire you find on many other reels.

Price and Applications: All Revo S models are affordably priced at an MSRP of $129.99. This is a fair price, however my personal view is that both the S and SX pricing could be lessened by 20–30 dollars. Of course this would cause some overlap, so that's not likely. If you're looking for a finesse spinning reel, the S20 will fit right in. Fill it up with either light braid or six or eight pound mono, and it will work well for throwing everything from a weightless worm to a drop shot rig. Don't overlook it for certain medium-duty techniques or light saltwater fishing, either.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Abu Garcia Revo S20 Spinning Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The reel features good quality overall. 7.5
Performance Easy to cast but the drag is a little bumpy. 8.8
Price Not bad but I'd be more excited if it was priced at least 20 dollars less. 6.5
Features Close to the same features as the SX20 model. 7.14
Design (Ergonomics) This is a slim, compact reel that doesn't weigh a ton. While the handle is comfortable, it looks a bit on the cheap side in appearance. 6.5
Application Works good for light to medium duty bass and light saltwater fishing. 7

Total Score

7.24
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

+ Fresh looks - Drag pressure is good but not 100% consistent
+ Compact body - Could be slightly more refined
+ Powerful max drag  
+ Versatile line capacity  



A healthy largemouth while throwing a jerkbait on the Revo S20!

 

Conclusion: I spent a fair amount of time fishing both the Revo S20 and SX20 spinning reels. Cosmetics aside, I really couldn't discern a noticeable difference in feel or performance with these models. For most buyers, it will likely come down to pure looks when deciding between the two. If you like how they both look and want to save 30 bucks, I think you'll be quite content with the Revo S20!

 

Looking for the Abu Garcia Revo S? Try Tackle Warehouse.


 

 

 

Google
  Web
  TackleTour

 

 

 
 





 

 



Copyright © 2000-2017 TackleTour LLC All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy information.