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Now Back to a More Traditional Package : Abu Garcia's Gen 4 Revo S


Date: 2/5/19
Tackle Type: Reel
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.00 - GREAT

With the introduction of their new entry level Revo model, the X, Abu Garcia must have realized sales of their former entry level Revo, the S, were bound to slow down. But just what are the differences between the S and the X and is the S still a good value at $30 more than the X? Let's take a closer look.


Abu Garcia Revo4 S Specifications

Line Capacity - Rated 12/145
Line Capacity - Spool Volume 12.6 cm3
Retrieve Ratio
Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
12 - 26
13.5 - 29
Weight 7.9 oz
Spool Weight 20 g
Handle Length 90 mm
Bearings 8SS+1
Bearings per Knob 1 bearing, 1 bushing
Levelwind Bearings 2 bushing
Rated Max Drag 20lbs (standard Carbon Matrix)
Braking System MagTrax (magnetic)
Origin Made in Korea
MSRP $129.99

Abu Garcia's gen 4 Revo S from the outside appears little different than the gen 3 model

Impressions: Abu Garcia's gen 4 Revo S from the outside appears little different than the gen 3 model. It has the same black frame with white sideplate finish as the previous generation, but now, instead of centrifugal brakes, the gen 4 model comes with a magnetic system, MagTrax - same as that found on the X. The S features a ninety millimeter (90mm) handle and is available in two retrieve ratios, 6.6 and 7.3 to one.


Spooled and ready to go.

Real World Tests: For our real world tests, I spooled the gen 4 Revo S with ten pound (10lb) Sunline Super Natural nylon monofilament and mounted it on an ARK Rods Sniper SNP70MXC casting rod.

Abu Garcia's MagTrax braking system

Casting: The cast control system on the new Revo S consists of a bank of magnets nestled in a frame within the non-handle sideplate.

There's just something very reassuring about magnetic brakes. They're simple, easy to adjust, and just plain work.

This frame moves towards and away from the reel's spool via an external dial on that same sideplate. Adjusting that dial towards "Max" on the dial moves the magnets closer to the spool while turning the dial to "Min" moves the magnets away.

Adjustable via this external dial.

Next Section: Dial in that cast control...









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