2009 ICAST Coverage
Abu Garcia Upgrades the Revos and Introduces New Reels
Introduction: When Abu Garcia first introduced their Revo series of low
profile reels the reception from consumers was phenomenal and the popularity of this series of reels continues to this day. One would think these already great reels make would make it tough for the team at Abu Garcia
to up their ante year after year but that is exactly what they manage to do, and this year is no exception.
Introducing the new Revo Toro
Winch, buff like the Toro and powerful like the Winch
Revo Toro Winch Casting Reel:
What do you get when you combine the Revo Toro and the Revo Winch... a Revo Toro
Winch casting reel. The new Abu Garcia Revo Toro Winch low profile reel is
exactly what the name suggests, it has a high line capacity spool like the Toro and the
powerful low gear ratio of the Winch but at an even lower speed of 4.6:1. Anglers are able to utilize the Toro Winch to
battle big game fish such as muskie, striped bass, rockfish, and halibut, and they can even use
it to toss oversized swimbaits for largemouth bass.
The Revo Toro Winch will use a new Pitch
Centrifugal Brake system that consists of six brake blocks, three that are
spring loaded for spool control at the beginning of a cast disengaging as your bait is in flight to maxmize casting distance, and three non-spring
loaded for assistance through the entire cast increasing accuracy.
The Toro Winch uses Abu's new
Pitch Centrifugal Brake System
The Revo Toro Winch frame and side plate is made
of X-Craftic Alloy. Housed inside this rugged reel is a Carbon Matrix Drag
System that produces a hefty 22 pounds of drag force that's smooth throughout
the entire range. It also has 6 HPCR (High Performance Corrosion Resistant)
bearings and an anti-reverse bearing. Duragear brass gears are used to drive the
reel's 4.6:1 powerful torque, and when the spool is spinning the synchronized
TiN coated levelwind provides an even line lay or line control when a fish runs.
Like the Toro, the Toro Winch will be available in right and left handed
versions and come with both a Power Handle and an Extended Throw Paddle Handle.
4.6:1 powerful gear ratio
The Toro Winch is a low profile reel with the line
capacity of the traditional round reel. The 10.3-ounce Toro Winch 50 can hold
200 yards of 14-pound test monofilament. That’s well over 100 yards more than
the typical Revo reel holds. The 10.8-ounce Model 60 can be spooled with 250
yards of 14-pound test. MSRP for the 50/51 model will be $269.95 while the
larger size 60/61 reel will retail for $279.95. The new Revo Toro Winch will be
available September 2009.
Revo Premier Casting Reel:
As mentioned earlier the Revo series is getting upgraded. The Revo Premier low
profile reel gets a facelift with added gold highlights throughout the reel and
a new swept handle design with flat EVA knobs. Feature wise there are a few upgrades to the new
Premier. Anglers previously complained that the reel didn't produce a hefty drag
force, so now Abu Garcia is ensuring 20 pounds of max drag when buttoned down.
To further the reel's smoothness, Abu Garcia added 3 more HPCR bearings making it a total
of 9+1 bearing count reel.
The reworked Revo Premier gets
upgrades and a new look
What's completely new to the reel is the Infini
Brake system, pretty much taken from Pflueger's design of dual cast control
after the companies merged. The Infini Brake combines a sealed centrifugal brake
with the original linear magnetic brake allowing better control during short or
long casts. With the added bearings and cast control weight was added to the reel. The new 2010 Revo Premier is now 6.7 ounces instead of
6.35 ounces, a slight increase and probably well worth the trade off of new
features. The Premier also has a slight price increase and will retail for
$279.95 when it's available in October 2009.
Upgrades to the Revo STX
Revo STX Casting Reel:
There aren't many changes here to the Revo STX. It did get an upgraded cast
control system same as the Revo Premier, incorporating the Infini Brake system
which uses both centrifugal and magnetic brakes. It also received a swept handle
and drag star design but retains the original knobs. For the STX there is no change
in price either with the upgraded features. The new casting reel, retailing for
$199.99, will be available in October 2009.
STX now uses the Infini Brake
System very much like what Pflueger uses
Revo SX Casting Reel:
Many of the features from the current SX model still exist in the 2010 Revo SX
but let's find out what's new with this popular affordable model. The reel
receives an upgrade to the Infini II™ spool design. With Infini II the spool
glides on special bearings for a smoother operation and longer casts.
Next the linear brake has been reconfigured for enhanced performance. The
magnetic linear brake on the Revo SX is now stronger with more power providing
the angler with improved cast control.
The Revo SX also gets upgraded
performance features including the sweep handle design that's on all of the
The Revo SX is available in right or left hand versions and in two retrieve
speeds of 6.4:1 and 7.1:1. The reel also is outfitted with a redesigned bent or
swept profile handle and star, for a more compact feel and look. The upgraded
reel, weighing 8.89 ounces, will retail for $169.95 which is the same as the
previous model. The new model will be at retailers in October 2009.
Great color combination with red
Revo S Casting Reel:
Not only are the higher end Revos get upgraded but the Revo S as well. The low
profile S get's the new Pitch Centrifugal Brake System. The new brake design
provides better cast control reducing backlashes whether pitching, flipping, or
on long casts. How it works is that the cast control system uses six brake
blocks, three that are spring loaded and three that aren't, working
independently for different types of casts. The new improved Revo S will still retail for the
same price of $129.95 and will be at stores in October 2009.
of Abu Garcia shows Team TT the new reels
New Casting, Spinning, and Round Reels