Is the Revo MGX the New Lightweight King?
Total Score: 8.33 - GREAT
Recently on both our discussion forum and Facebook fan page, we published a list of reels in line for a review and asked readers to vote on which reels they'd like to see written up first. Similar to the stir created at ICAST 2011, the winner was a little unexpected - at least to us. Abu Garcia's Revo MGX won both polls running away so here now is our detailed look into the new magnesium baitcaster from Abu.
Abu Garcia Revo MGX SHS L Specifications
|Rated Line Capacity
||16lb (.33mm)/ 100m
|Tested Line Capacity
||50 Suffix 832 Braid / 65yds
|Inches Per Turn (IPT) tested
||30" at full spool
|| 5.4 ounces / 154 grams
|Number of Bearings
||10 (2 bearings per handle knob)
||3x10x4 (sideplate) : 5x11x4 (spool)
|Micro Click Adjustments
||Spool Tension & Drag
||IVCB (variation of centrifugal brakes)
|External Brake Adjustment?
Impressions: Those familiar with the Abu Garcia Revo low profile baitcaster profile will enjoy this reel. Its shape and fit are very reminiscent of its Revo brethren but the big difference of course is the reel's weight. Measuring in at 5.4 ounces, this reel is lighter than a stock Daiwa Steez 103 (tested at 5.5 ounces) and a stock Pixy PX68/68L (tested at 5.6 ounces)!!
the Revo MGX SHS.
Cosmetically speaking the MGX is all about stealth. Back in 2009, in my review of the Revo SX high speed, I talked about how the Revo line reminds me of the Daiwa Alphas/Sol line. The MGX shares the same proportions, but with its silver dimpled highlights set against its black aluminum parts, this reel is borrowing from yet another reel in the Daiwa lineup - the Steez. Of course, at roughly half the price of the Daiwa Steez, what kind of punch does the MGX carry? Let's find out.
breaks the 6 ounce threshold with the 5.4 ounce MGX!
Field Tests: In North America, the Revo MGX is currently only available in right hand retrieve. However, over in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), this same reel can be found in left hand retrieve. I tapped into my network of contacts in Japan and managed to procure a lefty during the fall of 2011.
This is a
left hand retrieve model, currently only available in Japan.
Casting: Though not really marketed as such, the Revo MGX is intended as a finesse baitcaster. Here at TackleTour, the term “finesse baitcaster” means we expect this reel to be able and present lures below one quarter of an ounce in overall weight. Our benchmark for finesse baitcasters, of course, is the Daiwa Pixy.
A look at
the IVCB brakes - a variation on centrifugal brakes.
And a look
outside at the external dial for adjusting the brakes.
First stop for the MGX was a showdown with both the Daiwa Pixy PX68 and the Pixy SPR at TackleTour Headquarters. I pulled out two rods with which to conduct these tests, a Phenix Recon PHX-C683ML and an Evergreen International's TDC-66MLBF-Pro Stingray 66.
The SHS is
a features a super fast 7.9:1 gear ratio that translates to 30 inches of
line retrieved per turn of the handle (measured at full spool).
We rigged a series of baits ranging in total bait range from one eight ounce on up to one quarter ounce, switched each reel from one rod to the other and tested each reel's ability to both cast and pitch the pre-selected lures. Tests were conducted at TackleTour Headquarters so we could more easily estimate casting distances. Lastly, each reel was spooled with 5lb Sunline Shooter Invisible Metan fluorocarbon.
say full spool, we mean right to that lip where the black and white meet...
at this height on the spool, we measured 28 inches per turn of the handle.
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