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Abu Garcia Revo SX30 review

By John DurrantNZ Fishing World
Abu Garcia Revo SX30 review

The new ABu Garcia Revo SX spin reel is a little featherweight pocket rocket with a carbon body that just might be impressive enough for you to tell your fishing buddy about it.

Abu Garcia gear always seems to be reliable, well priced and fun to use. There are rarely surprises with Abu – it never leaves you disappointed.

It’s good gear that does its job well – and do you really want or need any more than that?

The new Revo SX spin reel is a little featherweight pocket rocket with a carbon body that just might be impressive enough for you to tell your fishing buddy about it.

This tester used it all day on a recent softbaiting and slowjigging trip and catching good-sized snapper around Waiheke Island and it was a little beaut.

Twinned with the Abu Garcia Velocity (tested by this magazine last year), it was the kind of combo that you wanted to use all day.

Carbon reels don’t float everyone’s boat. Some fishos still harbour the misplaced view that they’re not strong or sturdy enough for the harshness of New Zealand sea fishing.

The new Revo SX certainly doesn’t feel flimsy. True, at 251g it barely nudges the scales but don’t dare think that it’s not built to last.

Indeed, Abu Garcia has utilized a number of engineering points in this model specifically to prolong its life. One such feature is the Everlast bail system.

It also boasts eight corrosion resistant bearings, one roller bearing and a stainless steel main shaft.

As well as that, the Revo SX has an alloy frame to further enhance its durability.

Yes, it’s fair to say that the fellas at Abu Garcia have definitely put their heads together to make sure this little piece can handle the rough.

It’s small, it’s light but it’s definitely not a soft touch.

As you’d expect from Abu, the drag showed off its quality with some bigger fish and with 5.5kg at your disposal, it has reasonable stopping power for a small spin reel.

One little gripe was the handle. The flat EVA knob was a bit slippery at times and this tester lost the grip once or twice when fighting fish. It certainly wasn’t a major problem though.

Small lightweight reels like this are never going to grab everyone’s attention but those who do give them a chance will discover the benefits quickly.

The next time that someone tells you that carbon reels are flimsy, put a Revo into their hand and see what they say.

Specifications

Abu Garcia Revo SX30


Gear ratio: 5.8:1

Bearings: 8 + 1

Weight: 251g

Drag: 5.5kg

Retrieve per crank: 82.5cm

Line capacity (braid): 125 yards/10lb

RRP: $279.99

Liked

Lightweight but tough

Lots of features

Built to last

Not So Much

Not completely happy with handle

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