Round Reel Toughness, Power, and Capacity in the Low Profile
Abu Garcia Revo Toro (continued)
Designed to high tolerance specifications, and making use of quality components such as the seven
High Performance Corrosion Resistant (HPCR) bearings, the retrieve on the Abu
Garcia Revo Toro is outstanding. Its smooth and continues feel this way even after the
reel has been used in freshwater and saltwater environments for more than 6
You get two
handles with the Revo Toro
Retrieves aren't only fluid
but are solid and powerful thanks to the large Duragear. With the 95mm Extended
Throw handle you can get plenty of torque when fishing swimbaits, but if
you need more lifting power, say like when vertical jigging in the ocean, the included
Paddle Handle will provide that added muscle. During tests, I was able to turn
Lingcods away from their holes with little issue using the Toro. Thanks to this reel, I able to fully button down on the drag and pump the rod and reel to pull those feisty beasts out from their hiding places. The Revo Toro has the guts and power to do the same or even more than
what a round reel is capable of doing.
gears are used in the Toro
The drag on this reel is outstanding in terms of start-up force and sustained
operation. I was able to measure 23 pounds completely button down for a start up
pressure. Throughout the drag setting range the Carbon Matrix drag system
produced smooth and consistent drag pressure.
The Toro's Carbon Matrix
drag system produced 23 pounds of force in the lab
If you're looking for lighter weight, get the Revo Inshore which is only 8.7
ounces. The Revo Toro is 10.3 ounces but it actually feels light for its size. The Toro is 0.2 ounces lighter than the Shimano Curado 300E, but both reels
are powerful and neither skimp on components.
Compared to a round reel, the
Toro's low profile design is definitely more ergonomic. During
casts or palming it on retrieves, the Toro is a winner when put against
comparable round reels.
This review is for the Revo
Toro 50 size but we did try the 60 size as well. The 60 size is way too large
for bass anglers but good for saltwater anglers, and although it is low profile,
it's wider than a round reel.
line up from left to right - Revo Inshore, Revo Toro 50, and gargantuan Revo Toro 60
Like the Revo Inshore, the Toro is absolutely solid in this category. The Revo
Toro is larger than the Inshore but shares a similar construction
that make both of these low profile reels as durable as they are. The X-Craftic frame is an aluminum alloy that is lightweight yet rock
solid. The handle side plate, which gets the majority of the stress, is
fabricated out of this same aluminum alloy. Like many other low profile reels the non-handle side plate is made from a
graphite reinforced polymer since that side
does not endure much or any load.
The Toro is very well
constructed and can be fished in both fresh and saltwater
Like their other top of the
line Revo reels, the Toro also utilizes Abu Garcia's High Performance Corrosion
Resistant bearings, seven to be exact. These HPCR bearings are tight in
tolerance, durable, and resist corrosion, and they are comparable to Shimano's
A-RB and Daiwa's CRBB bearings.