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Reel Review

The ultimate saltwater low profile baitcast reel, the Abu Garcia Revo Inshore

Date: 11/25/07
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: JIP

Total Score: 9.0 + EDITORS CHOICE!

Building off of the popularity of the Revo STX that was introduced about a year ago, Abu Garcia releases the highly anticipated Revo Inshore. This low profile baitcasting reel has a familiar profile, but packs much more muscle into a tougher frame with corrosion resistant components.


Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 12/175
Gear Ratio 6.4:1
Weight 8.68 oz (9.1 oz with Power Handle)
Weight measured 8.5 oz
Bearings 6 + 1
Additional Features X-Craftic alloy frame and sideplate, stainless steel HPCR bearings, stainless steel crankshaft, Duragear brass gears, centrifugal brake system, Carbon Matrix Drag, Infinity II spool design, two handles – Extended Throw and Power Handles
MSRP $229.95


Introducing the Abu Garcia Revo Inshore


Impressions: Like the freshwater Revo, Abu Garcia’s Revo Inshore is a stunning reel, one that just a few seasons ago anglers would have never expected from a company best known for their traditional round reels. The sleek profile of this reel is the same as the freshwater series but a metallic blue deep spool has been added for inshore applications.


A deep spool on the Revo Inshore holds 175 yards of 12 pound line


The Inshore was specifically made for the saltwater environments with corrosion resistant components such as an X-craftic alloy frame and sideplate, stainless steel HPCR bearings, and a stainless steel crankshaft.


The Inshore comes with two handles. Pictured above is the Power Handle


Abu Garcia really wanted to satisfy all inshore anglers with this new introduction as is evidenced by the inclusion of two handles. One is the standard Extended Throw handle with double knobs good for freshwater applications. The other is a Power Handle having a single large knob for an easy and powerful grip for applications requiring more leverage. With these two handle options, anglers can use either to battle their favorite inshore game.


Complete Rig for Revo Inshore Tests




Abu Garcia Revo Inshore

Line 50 lb Spiderwire Ultracast Invisi-braid


A low profile saltwater worthy baitcast reel


Field Tests: The Abu Garcia Revo Inshore was designed for inshore anglers especially for the growing Redfish tour. Though that might be its primary market we’ve seen what this baitcast reel is capable of on the internet with reports of both the Revo STX and Inshore being used to target and land large sailfish.


Let's see how the Revo Inshore performed against these monsters


Our adventures were not quite as exotic, but we were able to put this Abu Garcia reel up against the striped bass population of the California Delta and along the Pacific coast for rockcod and large, mean lingcod, a mixture of formidable hitting and hard pulling fish with the added abuse of a corrosive environment.

Let's see what this reel can really do









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