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Abu Garcia Begins the Countdown to Liftoff with the 10.1:1 Revo4 Rocket


Date: 7/24/19
Tackle Type: Reel
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

The race for highest speed, low profile baitcasting reel has accelerated since ratios crested 6.6:1. For a year or two, we had incremental increases above 7.1:1, then after engineering allowed manufacturers to crest 8.0:1, the count up has accelerated another notch. Today, we're here to discuss the very first 10.1:1 low profile baitcasting reel on the market. Here's our look at Abu Garcia's Revo4 Rocket.


Abu Garcia Revo4 Rocket Specifications

Line Capacity - Rated 12/145
Line Capacity - Spool Volume 12.6 cm3
Retrieve Ratio
Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
19 - 40
Weight 7.3 oz
Spool Weight 19 g
Handle Length 90 mm
Bearings 10HPCR + 1 roller bearing
Rated Max Drag 18lbs
Braking System Infini (magnetic + centrifugal)
Bearings per Knob 2 bearings
Levelwind Bearings 2 bearings
Origin Made in Korea
MSRP $299.99


Impressions: Those familiar with Abu Garcia's line of Revo, low profile baitcasting reels know the manufacturer essentially uses the same frame and sideplate design throughout the lineup and simply swaps components (most notably the braking system and drag stack) to achieve different levels of performance at different price points to define the suite. It's quite obvious and if you didn't know that before, you do now. I bring this up here to simply point out the Revo4 Rocket is a very familiar shape and profile.


Introducing the 10.1:1 retrieve ratio Abu Garcia Revo4 Rocket


The Revo Rocket made its debut during the Gen 3 iteration of Abu Garcia's Revo Suite. At the time, it was the very first low profile baitcasting reel to crest eight point whatever, and featured a 9.0:1 retrieve ratio. It was essentially an STX with a souped up transmission, so when I first laid my greedy little enthusiast paws on the new Rocket, I was excited, expecting it to have the same upgrades as the Revo4 STX.

The Rocket is essentially a Revo with a souped up transmission

The one upgrade I was hoping for the most was the incorporation of the manufacturer's IVCB-6L braking system in the Rocket. Unfortunately, the Revo4 Rocket comes with the same Infini (magnetic + centrifugal) braking system as the previous generation and now offered in the SX lineup.

Spooled with some Sunline Sniper BMS for our tests

Real World Tests: I'm a little late with this review only because I've been enjoying my time with this reel too much. For the majority of its tests, I was fishing it spooled with some 14lb Sunline Sniper BMS Fluorocarbon and mounted on Edge Rod's original Black Widow 705-1.

Flip this lever in back to open the non-handle sideplate and access the spool

Casting: Why did I feel it unfortunate that the Revo4 Rocket comes with the same braking system as the previous generation? Abu Garcia's Infini braking system is a hybrid giving you both magnetic and centrifugal braking. Depending on the implementation, magnets offer you consistent braking force throughout your cast. This is usually accomplished by installing an array of magnets within the non handle sideplate that can be moved towards or away from the reel's spool via a dial. Daiwa is the one manufacturer that carries magnetic brakes to a different level. Abu Garcia's Infini braking system features this basic design.

Centrifugal brake adjustments are made right on the spool

Next Section: Rocket powered braking...









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