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The Re-REVOlution Begins, First Look at the 2013 Revo Casting Reels

 

Date: 6/12/12
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: JIP






 

 

Introduction: Oh how time flies when you are fishing. It has been six seasons ago since we first news of a new casting reel that was about to REVO-lutionize the low profile market. It is no secret that these reels have found great success from both the media and anglers. These reels have been such a success that they effectively put Abu Garcia in the spotlight for more than just their popular conventional round reels. Looking to build on that solid foundation Abu Garcia is poised to re-REVOlutionize the market yet again with newly redesigned Revo casting reels which will be available Fall 2012.

 

 

Revo Premier Casting: The current generation of Revo Premier reels are already a hallmark of performance and ergonomics when it comes to a non-magnesium based ultralight reel, weighing in at only 6.7 ounces. The new 2013 Revo Premier pushes the envelope even further and the team at Abu Garcia shaved almost a full ounce off of the reel making it only 5.87 ounces. The new reel is more compact and thanks to the use of the advanced C6 carbon sideplates and carbon fiber handle with EVA knobs, Abu is able to produce a reel below 6 ounces without making performance sacrifices.

 

 

Additional features include a new wider Infini II spool for improved casting performance without increasing the width of the reel, an X2-Craftic allow frame for better corrosion resistance and rigidness, a new next generation Duragear called D2 Gear System for better power and efficiency, and an upgraded braking system called the Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Break (IVCB-IV) which is the same system used on the awesome Revo MGX.

 

Model

Gear Ratio

IPT

Line Cap (mono)

Line Cap (braid)

Weight (oz)

Handle

Max Drag (lbs)

Revo Premier

RV03PRM

6.4:1

26

12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

5.87 Right

20

RV03PRM-L

6.4:1

26

12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

5.87 Left

20

 

One thing that we are glad they didn't change is the drag system. This new reel still uses the Carbon Matrix drag system with multiple discs for a strong yet smooth drag performance. The new Revo Premier, available in right and left hand retrieve, will have a retail price of $299.95 in the Fall of 2012.

 

 

Revo STX Casting: Every Revo reel is getting lighter in this next generation series and the new Revo STX sees a weight reduction of over 2.5 ounces, a 29% weight shavings compared to the previous model. You can attribute the weight reduction to the similar design features as what is being implemented in the Revo Premier.

 

 

The Revo STX has the same set of features as the Premier such as the EVA knobs but with a metal handle versus the carbon fiber one you would find on the Premier, same number of HPCR bearings (10), X2-Craftic alloy frame, C6 carbon sideplates, D2 Gear Design, Infini II spool design, but when it comes to cast control it uses Infini brakes which is a combination of magnetic and centrifugal brake systems.

 

Model

Gear Ratio

IPT

Line Cap (mono)

Line Cap (braid)

Weight (oz)

Handle

Max Drag (lbs)

Revo STX

RV03STX 6.4:1 26 12 lbs/145 yds 30 lbs/140 yds 6.35 Right 20
RV03STX-L 6.4:1 26 12 lbs/145 yds 30 lbs/140 yds 6.35 Left 20
RV03STX-HS 7.1:1 29 12 lbs/145 yds 30 lbs/140 yds 6.35 Right 20

RV03STX-HS-L

7.1:1 29 12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

6.35 Left

20

RV03STX-SHS

8.0:1

33

12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

5.87 Right

20

 

The Revo STX is offered in a wide range of gear ratios, 6.4:1, 7.1:1, and super high speed 8.0:1. The new Revo STX will be sold for a retail price of $199.95.

 

  

Revo SX Casting: Again, using a similar design, the new Revo SX will also receive a weight reduction of over 2 ounces. It uses the same X2-Craftic alloy frame design, D2 Gear Design, and the durable but lightweight C6 carbon sideplates.

 

 

The stealthy looking Revo SX gets an all magnetic braking system called the MagTrax. The MagTrax system allows you to externally adjust the braking power needed by moving the magnets closer or further away from the spool. This mainstream workhorse will retail for $159.95.

 

Model

Gear Ratio

IPT

Line Cap (mono)

Line Cap (braid)

Weight (oz)

Handle

Max Drag (lbs)

Revo SX

RV03SX 6.4:1 26 12 lbs/145 yds 30 lbs/140 yds 6.66 Right 20
RV03SX-L 6.4:1 26 12 lbs/145 yds 30 lbs/140 yds 6.66 Left 20
RV03SX-HS 7.1:1 29 12 lbs/145 yds 30 lbs/140 yds 6.66 Right 20

RV03SX-HS-L

7.1:1 29 12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

6.66 Left

20

 

 

Revo S Casting: The improved design is shared even with the lowest of the Revo series giving it a 15% weight reduction from the previous model. The Revo S which retails for only $129.95 gets the X2-Craftic alloy frame and D2 Gear Design. The difference is that this aggressively priced Revo uses 7 stainless steel ball bearings plus 1 roller bearing, graphite sideplates, and the "Pitch" centrifugal brake system which uses 6 brake blocks (3 spring loaded and 3 non spring loaded). The spring loaded brake blocks act only when the spool is under high revolution (1st part of the cast) and will then disengage to give maximum distance. The non spring loaded brake blocks act on the entire cast to give maximum control throughout the cast.

 

Model

Gear Ratio

IPT

Line Cap (mono)

Line Cap (braid)

Weight (oz)

Handle

Max Drag (lbs)

Revo S

RV03S

6.4:1

26

12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

7.44 Right

20

RV03S-L

6.4:1

26

12 lbs/145 yds

30 lbs/140 yds

7.44 Left

20

 

 

Revo Winch Casting: One of my favorite reels when I need sheer power is the "Winch" Revo Series which is great for deep cranking or tossing large high resistant baits thanks to the low 5.4:1 gear ratio. Like the Revo siblings this reel will benefit from all the good traits such as the D2 Gear Design, X2-Craftic alloy frame, C6 carbon sideplates, and the Carbon Matrix drag system resulting in a weight reduction of 19% over the previous Winch.

 

 

Anglers will find a longer handle with larger EVA knobs for improved power and comfort and the new Revo Winch will utilize the Infini brake system which is composed of both centrifugal and magnetic brake systems. Eight stainless steel ball bearings are used for this powerful reel and unfortunately anglers will have to wait all the way until December 2012 for the Winch and it will retail for $199.95.

 

Model

Gear Ratio

IPT

Line Cap (mono)

Line Cap (braid)

Weight (oz)

Handle

Max Drag (lbs)

Revo Winch

RV03WNCH

5.4:1

22

12 lbs/180 yds

30 lbs/180 yds

6.91 Right

20

RV03WNCH-L

5.4:1

22

12 lbs/180 yds

30 lbs/180 yds

6.91 Left

20

 

Revo Inshore Casting: The Revo Inshore is designed to be the perfect crossover reel capable of fishing for bass or inshore saltwater. This corrosion resistant reel has all the new components including X2-Craftic alloy frame, D2 Gear Design, C6 carbon sideplates, Carbon Matrix drag, and HPCR ball bearings.

 

 

The new Revo Inshore also has the larger handle and EVA knobs like the Winch and the Pitch Centrifugal braking system like the Revo S. And because of the new design, you have a more compact body but still able to gain more line capacity than the previous model which is crucial for saltwater vertical jigging or simply fighting larger species. Most impressive is the weight reduction on this bad boy. From 8.5 ounces to only 6.73 ounces! Available in December of this year, this new Inshore reel will sell for $249.95.

 

Model

Gear Ratio

IPT

Line Cap (mono)

Line Cap (braid)

Weight (oz)

Handle

Max Drag (lbs)

Revo Inshore

RV03INS

7.1:1

29

12 lbs/180 yds

30 lbs/180 yds

6.73 Right

20

 

Conclusion: It has been six seasons since Abu Garcia brought us the first series of Revo reels. It was an introduction that took competitors surprise and the market by storm. No longer was Abu just that round reel maker, overnight they became a contender in the low profile baitcaster market. Over the years the line was further refined and the Revo Series is now known for performance, refinement and excellent ergonomics. This time around Abu Garcia could be doing it once again with a re-REVOlution of the entire Revo series of reels from the Premier to Inshore. Most of the reels get a major weight reduction thanks to the use for durable C6 carbon sideplates and X2-Craftic alloy framing material. Further performance enhancements come from the use of their new D2 Gear Design and leveraging the vertical braking system already used on the high-end Revo MGX. Abu Garcia gets things kicked off this season in advance of ICAST, let the reel REVOlution begin!



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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