Abu Garcia Revo S Baitcast Reel
7.8 ounces of heaven
Every so often there comes a product that you purchase and after using it, all you want to do is tell everyone how great it is and show it off. The new Revo S by Abu Garcia is just that product.
My new Revo S arrived earlier this week from Bass Pro. As with all reels, they were shipped over lubed in just about every area. After a good bearing flushing, cleaning and lubing back up I was ready to go. Don't be worried about your reel being over lubed. Most if not all reels from the factory are lubed this way as most people will never oil or lube them. Flushing the bearings will give you just a slight better increase in distance at best.
I have several other Abu reels, but never used the Revo S with pitch/centrifugal breaking system. The owners manual was really no help at all. Its the same manual that they put in every Abu reel. Going to their website or a simple You Tube search, will give you all the help you need. After adjusting the spool control knob to the correct setting, I decided on going for distance by turning all 3 pitch brakes off and just two of the magnetic breaks on. After getting it dialed in just right I was having a blast. The Revo comes in a 6.4:1 gear ratio and has 26 inches per turn. The 6.4:1 is a great all around ratio for plastics and jigs. Also this reel has 20 pounds of drag. The Carbon drag system is very smooth and very strong. 8 ball bearings makes this a very smooth reel to operate.
I have this reel paired with my Abu Veritas 7' medium/fast micro guide rod. I am using 30# braid. A lot of times, braid can rob you of distance during a cast, but with a small 2.5" popr, it throws it a mile! I barely have to use my thumb during a cast. I am so impressed with this reel. I have noticed that its somewhat noisier than my other Abu reels during a cast, but I can't see how it affects operation at all. The new Revo S has an upgraded set of D2 gears. I can't tell a difference in smoothness, but I can tell a difference when winching a bass out of the grass. Feels like it has more power and low end torque. The new Revo's come with wider spools and are super low in profile. They also have bent handles and bent drag stars to put your hand in closer to the reel. This reel being so light weight and low profile is a dream to fish with all day. Working a popr all day can get really tiresome with a heavy combo. I fished over 6 hours for 3 days straight using this and feel no fatigue at all.
This reel is super light weight. I have reel grips and a full spool of braid. The reel weighs in at just 7.8 ounces. That paired with my Micro Guide rod at 4.2 ounces gives me an over all weight of 12 ounces for a complete top water rig.
The look of the reel paired with the black and white Veritas rod is just amazing. Make sure you see the pictures of the rig attached.
I have fished this reel very hard so far and have had no issues at all. Abu quality at its finest. I have two Revo STX Gen 2's and honestly have had more fun fishing my Revo S lately that those two. Give this Revo S a shot. If its your first Abu, it wont be your last.
September 13, 2012
Ok but will break easy
I own two of these reels. The first one I bought worked well for about a year and then the thing that distributes the line evenly got stuck, which was an easy fix. The second one I bought the gears started to grind very badly. I am disappointed in abu garcia.
June 8, 2014
I was very impressed by this Reel. Smooth, powerful compact, light, low profile and comfortable palm side. the Centrifugal breaking system works very well, and the Drag is smooth as silk and tough as nails all at the same time. very nice, very impressive. Under stress the reel remains smooth and fluid. and it is a Solid caster. all in all it is a Solid performer and a great value at the price.
My only complaint is that the Large Gearbox on the reel sits right where my fingers reach under the rod and made it awkward to hold. I had to switch it around on several rods before I found a Diawa Rod that put it into a comfortable position.
June 20, 2013
I wanted to buy another revo , owning a stx and sx already . Revo's are all great reels . I read an article on the revo s how with it's new braking system can cast lighter lures , well thought I'd give it a try . The revo s delivered what it said and more ! I love this reel and am buying another . I can cast small lures , worms without the fear of backlash. Super reel and is my favorite by far , Great reel for the baitcasting beginner. Not often a product lives up to the hype ! but this reel does ! Buy it and you'll want another !
December 25, 2013