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Round Reel Toughness, Power, and Capacity in the Low Profile Abu Garcia Revo Toro (continued)

Price and Application: The Toro's smaller sibling, the Revo Inshore sells for about $229.95. Moving up to the Toro 50 you can expect to shell out $269.99. For the difference you get a new muscle reel that'll easily handle big fish thanks to the benefit of a larger gear, increased line capacity, and some other features that really makes this an all purpose reel for swimbaits, metal jigs, irons, and more.


The Revo Toro has plenty of muscle to easily bring in rockfish like Cabezon


When I reviewed the Revo Inshore the only thing lacking was the line capacity, and Abu Garcia answered that in less than one year with the introduction of the Toro. The Revo Toro is very comparable in size to the Shimano Curado 300E but the Toro has a higher line capacity, 14/200 compared to Curado 300E's 14/190. Now we are really talking about round reel line capacity but in a low profile reel.


The Revo Toro is a great low profile, yet high capacity, reel for freshwater and saltwater anglers


The low profile Toro is a great reel for bass anglers tossing swimbaits or saltwater anglers fishing inshore, and even finesse offshore applications. Our test reel took on largemouth bass, stripers, and rockfish from smaller rockcod to large Lingcod and Cabezons. The reel handled swimbaits, metal jigs, and other big baits like a champ.


Anglers who fish bait will also find this a great reel. Toss out the bait and let it sit and wait for the alarm to sound from the reel. The Toro has a line alarm that can be turned on or off. Great for anglers relaxing on the bank and waiting for the fish to bite.


A surprise striped bass caught while tossing swimbaits for largemouth on the Delta



Abu Garcia Revo Toro (50) Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Superb components and construction. High tolerances and very well made 9
Performance Excellent performance in all categories for freshwater and saltwater. You get the benefits of a low profile reel but capabilities of a round reel 9
Price Great price for a reel with this type of performance, and you get two types of handle when you buy this reel 8.5
Features The reel is featured packed with all the goods. I especially like the synchronized levelwind when fighting big saltwater game fish 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) The Toro 50 size is perfect as it's the right size for freshwater anglers and saltwater anglers. The 60 size is a bit large for freshwater anglers to use 8
Application This reel can handle a lot more than it looks like. Bass anglers can utilize the reel for tossing swimbaits while saltwater anglers can target big game fish inshore or offshore 8.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Outstanding construction L Not everyone can use a line out alarm
J Great performer  
J Powerful  
J Great line capacity  
J Hefty drag pressure  
J Low profile ergonomics  
J Freshwater or saltwater  

Conclusion: When anglers look for a low profile reel that can match up against a round reel, they always look at either the Abu Garcia Revo Toro or the Shimano Curado 300E. That's how good both of these reels are. Like the Curado 300E, the Revo Toro is definitely well deserving of our Editor's Choice Award. The Revo Toro is outstanding in performance, design, and constructed to handle much more than you think. The Revo Toro is a tad wider than the Shimano Curado but it is shorter. So when it comes down to picking which reel to join your arsenal, the way the reel fits in your hands will be the final decision as both reels are excellent. In the end about half our staff prefers the look and feel of the Shimano Curado 300E while the other half prefers the Revo Toro. Choice is good!


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