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Reel Review


Let's Talk About SX, Revo4 SX


Date: 11/22/18
Tackle Type: Reel
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.92 - GOOD

There's a magical price point in bass fishing circles where value meets high end. At TackleTour, we refer to this as the shadeline. Like a shadeline, this price point can move, and is different depending on the product (body of water), sun angle (state of the economy), and depth you are fishing (your own personal budget), but with low profile baitcasters, this line is typically from $150 - $175. Each manufacturer has a product within this range and anglers searching for a workhorse reel typically fish within this area. Abu Garcia's workhorse was refreshed for 2018. Here now is our look at the Revo Gen4 SX low profile baitcasting reel.


Abu Garcia refreshes their workhorse for 2018, here's the Revo4 SX.


Abu Garcia Revo4 SX 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 7.8 oz
Spool Weight 21 g
Handle Length 90 mm
Bearings 9SS + 1
Bearings per Knob 1 bearing
Levelwind Bearings 1 bearing
Rated Max Drag 24lbs
Braking System Infini (magnetic + centrifugal)
Origin Made in Korea
MSRP $159.99

The Revo SX features 10 total bearings.

Impressions: For refresh number three or generation number four, the Revo SX maintains its black and red color scheme only this time around the black is more glossy where the former SX's finish was matte. Overall the reel's profile is the same, but like the previously reviewed Winch, the SX has a refined shape at the front that makes the reel appear more narrow than before. The gen 4 reel also weighs 1.1 ounces more than the gen 3. Otherwise, there's very little on the outside of the reel to reveal its internal improvements.


Spooled and ready to go.

Real World Tests: To test the gen 4 Revo SX's upgrades, we of course, took it to our testing waters. I spooled the SX with some fifty pound Daiwa JBraid, topped it with a leader of ten pound Sunline Sniper and matched it with a new Fenwick HMG 70MH-FC.

The Revo SX now features Abu Garcia's Infini brake system.

Casting: The former Revo SX was equipped with Abu Garcia's basic, but reliable MagTrax, magnetic braking system.

This generation has been upgraded to the Infini braking system which consists of both magnetic and centrifugal brakes. In the past, I've expressed sentiment that I find this braking system a bit overkill and I still do, but it certainly gets the job done.

The centrifugal brakes are set on the spool, and the magnetic brakes are set via this external dial.

The SX is capable of casting anything from about a three eighths ounce jig and up very well and pitching performance is spot on too though I found it best to back off on all magnetic brakes when pitching.

The Revo SX has very comfy knobs.

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