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Rev up your fishing with Abu Garcia's Revo SX20 Spinning Reel

 

Date: 11/19/14
Tackle type: Reel
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Wolbugger






Total Score: 7.32 - GOOD

Introduction:
If you do any kind of finesse fishing, there's a high probability that you own at least one spinning outfit. Sure, a lightweight baitcasting setup can work well for many light-duty applications, but often times a spinning combo is the superior choice. Since I am a very confident finesse angler, a minimum of one spinning outfit accompanies me on most bass fishing ventures. In my eyes, it is the most precise and productive way to probe deeper waters with the smallest offerings.

 

Abu Garcia Revo SX20 Spinning Reel Specifications

Line Capacity

Mono: 135 yards of 4 pound
Braid:  125 yards of 8 pound

Retrieve Ratio

5.1:1

Inches Per Turn (IPT) tested

27

Weight

8.2 ounces

Handle length

50 millimeters

Bearings

8+1

Bearings Per Knob

2 bushings 0 bearings

Roller Guide Bearings

1

Origin

China

MSRP

$159.95


There's no arguing that this is an attractive reel.
 

Impressions and Quality: Abu Garcia's moderately-priced Revo SX20 is a pleasing reel to look at. The first obvious resemblance that came to mind is that it looks similar to my Shimano Stradic Ci4+. The body is comprised of an X-Craftic alloy frame and C6 carbon body for reduced weight and added corrosion protection. Its red and black color scheme looks up-to-date and matches nicely on a variety of rods, especially those with carbon fiber or foam grips. Own a Veracity or Vendetta2 rod? This is your reel.


The body is a mixture of both matte and shiny surfaces and exhibited very little flex.

Quality with this reel is satisfying enough. There is seemingly nothing to gripe about until an extremely close inspection is performed; then a few very minor and hard-to-notice things pop up. Some of the lettering and machining is not as crisp as I'd like to see, and there's a bit of discoloration in one small section of the anodizing on the handle. A few of the tolerances could be slightly tweaked as well.

 
I like the chunky bail arm and braid-friendly spool.

Quality Ratings for Abu Garcia Revo SX20 Spinning Reel


Finish (1-5)


Construction Tolerances(1-5)


Handle Tolerance(1-5)

 
Knob Tolerance (1-5)


Total


P
ossible


Rating (=Tot/Poss * 10)

3

3

4

5

15

20

7.5


Fishing with Capt. Steve Dall of Poseidon's Choice charters.

Performance: My testing areas included local waters here in South Florida targeting largemouth bass and snook. Since the line capacity of the SX20 is pretty low with mono, I used the reel strictly with 20 pound braid mounted on a Daiwa Steez SVF spinning rod.


The thin, compact body keeps the reel looking nice and streamlined.

Casting: I found the SX20 to be an excellent reel in regards to casting. The arbor on the machined aluminum spool is extremely thick and cuts down on annoying line memory. The spool lip also has a bit of an angle to it which helps line flow off more freely. If your fishing involves casting light baits this reel is a fine choice.


A
snook comes to hand while tossing plugs in a Southwest Florida canal.

Retrieve: Although this Revo feels good when turning the handle, it's not completely butter smooth. Utilizing a brass main gear and one piece gear box design, there's still a very slight “geary” feel apparent within the reel—far from being a deal breaker—but it's there. Besides that minor gripe, it does feel quite solid and lacks any kind of loose or wobbly characteristics. Hook setting power is excellent, with no handle back play.


The drag knob flange could be a bit taller for easier adjustments.

Sweet Drag Performance for Abu Garcia Revo SX20 Spinning Reel

Turns backed off from locked drag>>

 

.5

 

.75

 

1

 

1.25

 

1.5

 

 

Avg % Change

Start-up

3.8

3

3

2.4

2.3

Sustained

3.6

3.1

2.9

2.3

2

Lowest Value

3.5

2.9

2.7

2.1

1.9

Change in Start-up vs. Sustained

 

5.4%

 

4.1%

 

3.5%

 

4.4%

 

8.8%

 

5.2%

Biggest Drop From Sustained

 

4.7%

 

8.7%

 

6.6%

 

7.1%

 

10%

 

7.4%

To measure the drag on this reel, the drag star was fully tightened, then backed off half a turn and strapped to the machine for the first test. With each successive test, the drag was backed off another quarter turn.


The sweet drag performance chart above shows the level of consistency of the SX20 spinning reel.

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