Gear Review: Abu Garcia Revo SX

Today I’ve got another gear review for all of you. This one comes due to an unfortunate event last year where all my fishing equipment was stolen out of the trunk of my car. In the past I had always used the classic Abu Garcia Reels, and they had always performed just fine. However, the one area they severely lack in is casting light weights. When I was shopping around I knew I wanted a low profile reel to be able to cast a light weight, but it still had to be able to withstand the beating of a 40+lb salmon.

The reel I ended up purchasing was the Abu Garcia Revo SX. Here’s the spec’s on the reel…

  • 10 Ultrasmooth ball bearings
  • Fast 6.4:1 or 7.1:1 gear ratio
  • Oversized brass main gear
  • Carbon Matrix™ Drag System for smoothness 
  • Left-hand retrieve available

Here’s what I like:

  • Casting Distance and Smoothness – This reel far out did my expectations, especially when it comes to casting light weights. I can cast a size 3 spinner or a 1/4oz weight all the way across the river. With the Abu Garcia C3’s I’ve had in the past that just wasn’t possible. You could barely cast that light of a weight.
  • Drag Smoothness – Once again it far out performs the classic reels. I’m yet to have the drag hiccup even once through the springer season. It’s been put to the test against some line peeling chrome springers and hasn’t faltered yet.
  • High Speed Retrieve – The high speed retrieve is very nice for catching up to a fish that is running straight towards you. It also allows you to get many more casts in a day by spending less time retrieving.
A pair of springers landed with the Abu Garcia Revo SX

What I didn’t like:

  • Price – The price is fairly steep when compared to the classic Abu Garcia’s. At $160 vs $90 it can put a big dent in your wallet. It is however, similary priced to the Shimano Curado

Overall, I have fell in love with this reel. I can’t compare it to any of the Shimano reels, as I’ve never fished with one, but compared to the classic Abu Garcia’s it’s absolutely amazing. During the low water of winter I was able to cast weights 1/4oz and less with out problem, and then come spring I was landing 20lb springers without problem. I highly recommend this reel for anyone in the market.

Disclamer: Southern Oregon Fishing was in no way compensated for this review of the Abu Garcia Revo SX, nor are we in any way affiliated with Abu Garcia. The opinions in this review are mine and mine alone. If a product sucks I will let you know. In this economy a lot of people are on a tight budget and I don’t want to have anyone waste their money on an inferior product.  

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4 thoughts on “Gear Review: Abu Garcia Revo SX

  1. @Geojour – If you can wait for shipping Cabela’s usually has deals for purchases over $150 so it will most likely be even cheaper for you.

    But if you’re like me you probably can’t wait and need it now.

  2. Found you searching for info on this very reel.

    There is a place out here, right off the Grapefruit Tunnel Trail (in Fayetteville, Arkansas) that has these for sale, but the cost is $20 MORE than what you have listed…

    Glad I checked, but to be honest, I think I still might buy it, EVEN THOUGH I am getting ripped off.

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