Abu Garcia Revo SX: Baitcaster Review

Abu Garcia has done an excellent job in recent years defining itself as a leader in the low profile baitcaster market. Further, they offer a wide range of products that can fit a variety of budgets and fishing styles. I recently picked up a Revo SX, played around with it for a few weeks in a variety of conditions and have the following thoughts on it. 

First the specs: the reel weighs in at 6.7 ounces, offers 9 + 1 ball bearings, has a max drag of 10 lbs, is offered in either a 6.4:1 or 7.1:1 retrieve ratio, and has an MSRP of $159.99. 

Aesthetically the reel is very sharp looking with tight tolerances. It is a pleasure to hold and will look sharp on a variety of rods with its matte black modern look. Ergonomically it feels light enough in the hand and palmed well for me. 

Performance: I used this reel up north fishing for large pike and also here in Kansas for bass. In testing I  used a variety of crankbaits, frogs, spinnerbaits, and buck tails. Overall I was moderately happy with the results in how it handled the retrieve of these baits but did notice it seemed to be lacking some force when it came to deep-diving crankbaits and double bladed buck tails, nothing terrible but for larger baits one would appreciate something with a little more backbone in her gears. Casting was as expected. Nothing extraordinary nor disappointing either. Braking System: Unlike the STX, the SX only has magnetic brakes instead of a dual system. However, they are easily adjustable, seemed quite responsive, and it was easy to dial it in to get the results I wanted. 

Conclusion: A good mid-range reel from a very reputable company. I enjoy fishing this baitcaster and it  didn't break the bank. Anglers wanting to throw oversized baits or win a casting competition should look elsewhere. That said I have no doubt this reel will serve me well for several years to come and bring many bass to hand. It is an excellent reel for general purpose fishing and for me will fit the niche of a frog/spinnerbait reel.


The Garcia reel has to be the best baitcasting reel I have ever used--all other can't begin to compare--thanks for sharing

Juan said...

Looks like a good reel. Great review!

CARF said...

I've been in the market for a new baitcaster ever since I've been running into bigger fish, who seem to have a way with my drag...or lack there of.

This is one of the reels I've been eyeballing.

Atlas said...

Justin, it is a great reel no doubt. The drag works great on bigger fish, as I noted in the review the only issue I had with it was it didn't handle big lures especially well, if you are going to throw big stuff it would be worth upgrading to the STX. But for general application, you will be very happy with it.

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Unknown said...

The Revo SX is an effective caster. Reason,

· The Revo SX is available in two different retrieve ratios 6.4:1 and 7.1:1
· Power
· Gear Ratios
· The reel weighs in at 6.7 ounces
· Revo SX has a max drag of 10 lbs and can save for a couple of unexplained dips in pressure of near 40%
· Ball Bearings: offers 9 + 1 ball bearings

But, we don't expect to use it as a finesse reel, it's not made for that.
Whatsoever, thanks for a brief article full of information!