It’s tough explaining the feelings of frustration that come along with learning the baitcaster. Spinning reels are simple to cast once you master the technique. So easy in fact, it often dissuades anglers from trying a better reel. Abu Garcia understands why anglers hesitate to learn the baitcasting style. Their introduction of pitch centrifugal casting brakes addresses the difficulty of casting an inline reel. Focus your attention on the casting feature, and so much more in this Abu Garcia Revo S Review.
Abu Garcia Revo S Review – Models & Specifications
This is the third update to the Abu Garcia Revo S baitcasting reels. These 3rd generation baitcasters come in two identical models. The only notable difference is an offering for both left and right handed retrieve. Here’s the two reels by model number:
• RVO3 S • RVO3 S-L
Weight in your hand makes a difference, especially after a couple hours of casting. 3rd generation Revo S baitcasters reduce the weight from previous versions by 15%. The reduction ends up giving a new weight of 7.4 ounces. 7 stainless steel bearings provide smooth retrieve with a fast 6.4:1 gear ratio. A single anti reverse bearing stops the spool from spinning instantly, allowing the transition to a drag with 20 pounds max capacity. Set that drag around 12 or 13 pounds. It’ll provide incredible slowing force with room to spare.
As the title claims, the casting brake is a centrifugal system. It’ll get more attention in just a moment. The Revo S comes with a strong aluminum spool that holds a good amount of line for a low profile baitcaster. On the light end it wraps 177 yards of 10 pound mono. 12 pound mono loses line at 145 yards, and 15# test even more at 102 yards. Adding line strength always means a sacrifice in distance.
Anglers offset line reduction a bit by going with braided line, and the Revo S is braid ready. 20 pound braid gives the most length at 189 yards. Middle ground is 142 yards of 30#, and max strength 50 pound braid will give you 99 yards.
X2-Craftic Alloy Frame
Advancing technology gives reel manufacturers the ability to improve their products. Abu Garcia takes advantage by introducing X2-Craftic. The new metal allow makes the frame for the 3rd generation Revo S baitcaster. It takes credit for the 15% drop in weight while adding a corrosive resistant feature to the reel.
Carbon Matrix Drag
Carbon fiber discs are the usual material in reel drags, but the Revo Matrix system offers an edge. What does the Matrix system do? It ensures you get the amount of drag pressure you set the reel at. Some drags will provide great strength when you have them down tight. Lighten up a bit and all the sudden you have no drag. Abu Garcia’s Matrix drag eliminates such issues.
Pitch Centrifugal Casting Brake
The stand out feature of the Abu Garcia Revo S review! A powerful option to help beginners learn the baitcaster. Pitch Centrifugal Casting Brakes use a system that includes 6 brake blocks. 3 of the blocks have springs and engage at the beginning of the cast. They slow the spool at top speed, then disengage. This leaves the other 3 brake blocks, which also set at the onset of the cast, but keep pressure the entire time. How does this help the beginner? It lets you fish instead of working bird nests out of your spool all day.
D2 Gear Design
Gears on 3rd generation Revo S baitcasters see an improvement on design. Abu Garcia increases their efficiency and durability by adding the D2 gear design. Enhancing the gears definitely aids the 7 stainless steel bearings, creating an even smoother retrieve. Stronger gears also allow you to get down and grind on bigger fish.
Dual Grip Handle
Most anglers prefer two grips on smaller low profile baitcasting reels. When the handle of the reel is the bail, it’s important to start retrieving at second’s notice. Dual handles make it difficult to miss when you need to set the hook from free spool. Handles on Revo S reels are compact and close to the frame. They also use weight reduction holes.
The benefits of the reel show in the description of specs and features. You see them above in this Abu Garcia Revo S review. Beginners draw to this reel because of the casting feature while seasoned anglers appreciate the value. Revo S capabilities are impressive versus the asking price. Improvements Abu Garcia employs also drive value to the Revo S. These 3rd generation models offer more for the buck than heretofore versions.
Abu Garcia Revo S baitcasters are entry level reels. That doesn’t mean they won’t perform well, but constant fishing begs for a more dependable product. For the most part, customer reports are solid and positive. Exceptions address the casting block springs. Anglers state that they may stick. If they stay engaged, that’s definitely an issue. Fishermen that wet a line 100 -150 days a year would be better off looking into other Abu Garcia reels. The Toro Beast and Revo Inshore reels call out to more frequent fishermen.
By all accounts, the Abu Garcia Revo S reel brings value to beginners and seasoned fishermen. User feedback praises the performance of the Revo S baitcaster. For what you get, the price is tough to beat. If learning how to cast has always been a hindrance to using a baitcaster, try the Revo S. It’s cast control system is the perfect intro to the inline spool design anglers know as baitcasters.