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Reel Review


Big Features in a Budget Package : Daiwa Revros 2500H (continued)

 

Power: One great thing about a reel that's built so solidly is the power you feel when turning the handle and battling a fish. Despite the drag's inconsistent performance on The Machine, I had no issues out on the water battling feisty smallies and spots, and when they were done pulling on the drag, the Revros allowed me to confidently reel in the slack and get the fish to the boat for a photo opportunity and release.


If you look closely, right above the anti-reverse switch, you can see a white ridge just under the rotor. This is the how the Revros's bail trips after a cast.

Bail Operation: The Revros benefits from a mechanical trip mechanism at the front of the reel (opposite the reel foot). It's a ridge located just inside the rotor that pushes the bail serving as an almost fool proof bail trip strategy. Of course, if you fish these types of reels long enough, you pick up the habit of closing the bail by hand anyway, so the bail trip design is almost moot.


The rollerguide does not benefit from a bearing.

Line Twist: One feature every angler who uses a lot of spinning gear worries about is the reel's ability to manage line twist. The Revros does not benefit from a bearing under the roller guide, so line has a greater tendency to twist than those reels equipped with this feature. Even then, after a couple of trips out with the Revros, line twist problems were no more severe than other reels I've fished recently.


But the spool does!

Features: The Revros continues to surprise with features normally reserved for higher end reels - namely bearings under the spool and handle knob! While a seemingly innocuous benefit, these additions greatly add to the reel's overall smooth performance and open up the possibilities for swapping out the handle knob because it's not riveted to the handle.

 

Features Ratings for Daiwa Revros 2500H

Spool Bearing (1-2)
Line Roller Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Water Res Drag(1-2)
Spare Spool (1-2)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
1
3
1
1
1
9
13
6.92

 


A look at the Revros's modest drag stack.

Design & Ergonomics: Normal operation of the Revros together with the ease with which you can break it down all point to good scores in this category. The only limiting factor here is the reel's overall weight which serves as the only real reminder that the Revros is not a top end reel.

 

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Daiwa Revros 2500H

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Feathering (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
4
2
4
17
25
6.8

 


The reel is simple to open up and reveals a lot of plastic and aluminum construction as one would expect from a reel at this price point.

Application: Spinning reels in general are really good all purpose reels with the only difficulty being presentation of big baits and topwater lures. Big baits are just difficult to cast on spinning gear and topwater lures are difficult to work with these more cumbersome combos. The only real limitation I might recommend for this reel is to keep it for freshwater use only. Although it's a solid reel, it's not really sealed well enough for abusive saltwater environments.

 

Application Ratings for Daiwa Revros 2500H

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
5
1
3
19
25
7.6

 

Ratings:

Daiwa Revros 2500H Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A really solid, if unrefined reel 8.0
Performance Surprisingly good 7.2
Price Hard to beat, the Revros delivers much more than you would expect from a spinning reel at this price point 9
Features Bearings where you least expect them on a reel at this price point 6.92
Design (Ergonomics) Our only real complaint is the reel's weight 6.8
Application A good general purpose choice 7.6

Total Score

7.59
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
+ Excellent Value - Weight
+ Bearings under the spool and in the knob  
+ Nice machined handle  


~$50 for a solid performing spinning reel? That's a recipe for TT's Best Value Award!

Conclusion: Out of the box, the Revros does little to impress. It's heavy and the reel's finish is not very refined. But spool it with some line, mount it on a rod and begin fishing with it and it might surprise you. Considering the reel's price point of $49.99, I certainly appreciated the utility this reel represents and it's an easy choice for our Best Value Award!

 

 

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