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Tuned for Big Baits - Abu Garcia's REVO Beast X Casting Reel (continued)

Power: The Beast X's main gear is slightly smaller than that of the other Beast reels, but had good power pulling that Husky Hasuzzy swimbait through the water. It became a bit of a challenge once I hooked onto a bass crazy enough to bite that bait as the resistance of that bait in the fish's mouth, together with the fish trying to pull away from me made it quite the challenge to bring the fish in. Nevertheless I was successful. The Beast X has sufficient power, but it's not entirely overpowering as its name might suggest.


The Beast X's main gear is oversized, but not quite as large as the standard REVO Beasts's gearing

Drag: Out on the water, the Beast X's drag performed with perfectly smooth and consistent resistance to those crazy hits I got with the Husky Hasuzzy. When I opened the reel up I expected to see an upsized version of the Revo X's Carbon Matrix Hybrid stack. This is, afterall, a more budget friendly big bait reel. Instead, to my surprise, the Beast X features a downsized version of Abu's more extensive Power Stack Carbon Matrix drag featuring a total of three drag washers inside the main gear instead of five. Despite the shorter stack, the Beast X comes with the same 24lb max drag rating as the Beast Rocket.


This Carbon Matrix Hybrid Drag is essentially a scaled down version of Abu's Power Stack Carbon Matrix drag

Design & Ergonomics: I touched upon pretty much all of the Revo X's design and ergonomics points throughout the review including the one I'm most pleased about which is the reel's right-sized and shaped knobs. Manufacturers tend to overthink this feature a lot lately spoiling the overall feel on what should otherwise be a given. Abu got it right with the Beast X keeping it simple, sensible, and most of all, comfortable.


Like its pricier siblings, the Beast X sports a deep spool

Price & Applications: Where the Beast X is more Beast, and less X is in its overall price. The REVO X is priced at a very budget friendly $99. The REVO Beast is $279.99. The Beast X, at $179.95 almost splits the difference but is certainly significantly more than the standard X, though quite a bit more affordable than the standard Beast. It is only available in one retrieve ratio, but that ratio is a good, general purpose rate of retrieve if maybe a tad on the fast side for big baits.


Abu Garcia's Beast X retails for $179.95

Ratings:

Abu Garcia Revo Beast X Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Solid, clean overall build 9
Performance Budget price, but not performance 9
Price Not quite as surprising as the original Revo X, but still very good for a reel of this makeup 8
Features An abbreviated Power Stack Carbon Matrix, brass gears 8
Design (Ergonomics) An oversized REVO without the oversized knobs. The reel is tactical looking but also one of the most subdued in styling in the Revo lineup 8
Application A very capable big bait reel but being available in only one gear ratio does limit applications a bit. Good for big baits and power applications that do not require speed. Luckily there are plenty of other Revo variants out there to also select from if higher speed ratios are required 7

Total Score

8.16
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:

Plus

Minus
+ A value priced reel for big baits - Only one option for retrieve ratio
+ Stout drag system - Subdued styling may not appeal to everyone
+ Plenty of line capacity for big baits  
+ Normal sized knobs  


Abu Garcia's Beast X has quickly become one of my favorite reels for big baits.

Conclusion: It probably would have helped matters if I read this reel's specifications more closely before diving into its review. Had I done that, I wouldn't have been surprised to find that abbreviated Power Stack Carbon Matrix drag system Abu Garcia is referring to as their Carbon Matrix Hybrid Drag.

 

As it stands the Beast X is a bit more than just an oversized REVO X and a reel worthy of Abu's designation of Beast. It is robust in the right places, normal sized in others (like the knobs), and comes together in a more than capable package that has quickly become one of my favorite reels for big baits.

 

It's not very fancy, but sometimes, function is more important than form. Like its smaller siblings, the Beast X is definitely worth checking out, especially if plenty of power in a compact profile is high on your list of priorities.

 

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