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Reel Review


Take 3 : Abu Garcia's Revo Winch (continued)

Features: On the list of features, our Winch comes with all the micro-click reinforced adjustments, has the afore mentioned externally adjustable brakes, two bearings on the levelwind, has one bearing and one bushing per knob, does not come with a reel cover, and has a bottle of factory recommended lube in the box.

Features Ratings for Abu Garcia Gen 3 Revo Winch

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
8.57

 

Design & Ergonomics: My favorite thing about the Abu Winch is the extra long, ninety five (95) millimeter handle! Otherwise, I'm not a big fan of the Eva knobs on a reel built for power. Not only that, but the shape of these knobs is a little big overall with too much distance between my fingers.


There's a bearing on each side of the levelwind wormgear.

Otherwise, the weight and palm ability of this reel are really very favorable. There are several discussions on our forum with users complaining about the placement of the reel's gear box and how it interferes with the way in which they grasp their combos. This, of course, is a personal thing as most ergonomic issues are, and for me, the gearbox has not been an issue in any of the Revo reels I've fished.

 

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Abu Garcia Gen 3 Revo Winch

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)
5
3
5
4
4
21
25
8.2

 

Application: The Revo Winch is a specialized reel no doubt, but it can be a serviceable tool for a variety of other techniques. The only application where I'd seek a different reel honestly is finesse fishing. You're not going to want to use this reel to cast and pitch micro jigs and traditional drop shot offerings. Other than that, this reel can handle just about anything else. The only real limitation is whether or not you can put up with the slower gear ratio. Keep in mind, it wasn't all that long ago that a 5.4:1 reel was considered fast back in the day when a 3.8:1 reel was used for cranking.

 

Application Ratings for Abu Garcia Gen 3 Revo Winch

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
3
1
4
4
17
25
6.8


The oversized gearbox is bothersome to some, but I didn't find it intrusive at all.

Ratings:

Abu Garcia Gen 3 Revo Winch Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The fit and finish of this reel is spot on 9.5
Performance From deep diving cranks to big baits, this reel can cast and crank them with the best 8.0
Price Entering premium territory 7.5
Features The Winch did well on our checklist of features 8.57
Design (Ergonomics) That 95 mm handle is really comfortable to crank and the gearbox doesn't bother me 8.2
Application This is a technique specific reel... slow cranking is its game and it does it very well 6.8

Total Score

8.09
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
+ An affordable, quality low speed reel - in LEFT HAND RETRIEVE! - If that gearbox bothers you, there's no getting around it - literally
+ Deep spools are an endangered feature but nice to have on a cranking reel to keep line capacity up and size of the reel down  

  

Conclusion: Abu Garcia has really made great strides to provide, in their Revo lineup, a suite of reels to answer just about any occasion an angler might have. Looking for something affordable? Check out the Revo S. Something more performance driven? How about STX? Something in between, there's the SX. Something high end and lightweight, there's the Mg and MgXtreme, and so on. But what many manufacturers seem to overlook is a reel designed specifically for low speed lovers - not a low speed version of an existing reel - but a different reel.

 


I like big baits and I cannot lie and the Revo Winch is ideal for my needs.

 

A reel built with a more traditional deep spool so you can use a good amount of twenty to twenty five pound test monofilament without making the reel excessively big. One with a nice, long handle so you don't grow as tired cranking away all day long. And a reel that can use to throw cranks, big baits, and even umbrella rigs that isn't overly big and heavy. The Revo Winch is all these things and it's offered in both left and right hand retrieve! Abu Garcia has a winner on its hands with this reel and no where is that more evident than in my saying the Winch is this Editor's Choice.

 

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