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The Dependable Abu Garcia Revo4 S Spinning Reel (continued)

Drag: The S30's drag stack is pretty traditional at least compared to what the manufacturer is offering in their casting reels. It consists of three metal washers (one keyed), one felt washer, and one carbon washer. The result is a very smooth and consistent drag - a very important characteristic when using light line.

There are 8 total bearings in this reel.

Power: Power is a bit of a misnomer in a reel like this that I personally use for finesse fishing. What's important to me in a reel like this is the afore mentioned smooth drag and smoothness of operation in the gears not necessarily the power you can generate with the reel because I'm only using 8lb test line. What is available on this reel, and not always on all spinning reels, is that switch that enables back reeling so you can fish your drag nearly locked down, yet still have a quick and easy method to let line out while still keeping tension on the line as you fight the fish.

The spools lip is ported - a design to possibly reduce wind/air resistance as the line is coming off the spool?

Bail Operation: The S30's bail snaps back with a very reassuring "click" and has an internal trip to kick the bail back over when you turn the handle to engage the spool. My preference is to actually close the bail by hand and in that operation, it really doesn't take much to get the bail to snap back over to retrieve position. The mechanics of the reel's bail worked flawlessly for me.

Line twist was minimal.

Line Twist: When you do snap that bail over and begin your retrieve, you'll be happy to know there is a bearing supporting the line guide on the bail to help with the smooth lay of the line back on the spool and minimize twist. As with all spinning reels, it is bound to eventually happen, but I took the S30 out on at least three trips with intermittent use and quite a few fish with no line twist issues.

Thanks to the bearing supported line guide.

Design & Ergonomics: The Revo S30 is what I consider a pretty typical size. It weighs 8.4 ounces which sounds like a lot, but is more average than heavy for a spinning reel and that extra weight as compared to a casting reel, placed underneath the rod, for some reason is rarely an issue. The distance from the reel foot to the spool is easy to reach with your index finger if you're one to feather the spool.

Line comes off the spool smoothly.

Price & Applications: Like its "S" counterpart in the casting lineup, the Revo S spinning reel is offered at the affordable price point of $129.99. As mentioned earlier, there are four different sizes, so finding the right combination in size and line capacity to suit your application is pretty easy. That's a great thing about spinning reels in general.

Retail on the Revo S30 is $129.99.


Abu Garcia Revo4 S30 Spinning Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Clean build with an attractive pearl white finish 8
Performance Very solid in all departments 8
Price Reasonably priced 8
Features Braid ready spool, comfortable PVC handle knob, carbon drag, corrosion resistant bearings 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Attractive color scheme, comfortable weight, good reel foot to spool distance 7
Application Spinning reels are always very versatile 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Flawless bail operation - No shallow spool option
+ Smooth drag  
+ Comfortable handle knob  

Abu Garcia has proven their REVO reels are very dependable and the S spinning reels are no different

Conclusion: Abu Garcia's suite of REVO reels offers anglers of all levels something to help them complete the reel side of their fishing journey. Their "S" lineups in both spinning and casting are value driven propositions, yet are very worthy in terms of performance. Our S30 reel was super solid throughout its tests with features like a bearing supported line winder and a robust drag stack that are sometimes missing in other reels at the same price point. Abu Garcia has proven their REVO reels are very dependable and the S spinning reels are no different.


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