Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
BassProAddict

Abu REVO survey

30 posts in this topic

There are currently several Abu Garcia REVO models.Each has its own characteristics and of course, price tag.

There are the SX,STX,SC,Premier,Toro,Winch and the Skeet Reese.

I want to buy one.But which one??? I'm willing to go up to $200 but do I have to? If it depends on the prupose of the reel, let me just put it this way...I'm looking for a good all around REVO reel but will mostly be used for cranking and deep cranking.

Anybody have REVO experiences?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a Revo S I use for chatterbaits and X Raps for eyes and so far like it. I have a Shimano Curado 300 DSV muskie reel though if their smaller reels are like my 300 and I have more uses for a small baitcaster thats what I would have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have heard good things about the Revo S as a good all around reel. If you were doing mostly cranking i would recommend a reel that has a 5:1 Gear ratio. The Revos do not have that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually... I just found out that Revo has a new reel... The winch. It is specifically made for cranks and is already out in some areas. It has an oversized handle to make the cranking easier. Thats probably a good choice if you are looking at revos.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The 5:1 is for burning them cranks huh? What about slow cranking and for deep cranking?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quickie here...why is a low gear ratio real such as the Abu Revo Winch (5.4:1) suited to cranking? Don't you need a faster reel to bring a crank deeper and faster?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

5:1 is slower, the spool spins five times for each complete crank on the handle. 7:1 is faster, again, the spool spins 7 times for each crank of the handle. For deep cranking a 5:1 is probably your best bet.

I think 7:1 is overkill for any cranks even shallow but thats just me...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lower gear ratio's are beneficial for cranking because it takes less effort to crank a low ratio reel. As you know, there is a lot of torque on a crank bait, specifically deep divers. Lower ratior reels is just easier on a guy doing it all day.

Speed is affected of course, but anyone can speed up or slow down a reel of any ratio, so that's not the main reason.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I run a Curado 200B38 which is a 3.8:1 ratio reel for crankin anything over 4' or so. It is nice to have a slow ratio reel for them as Fluker said cause a deep crank will wear you out using 6.3 or higher. If you can find a 5.0 or lower, they are ideal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a revo s......all I can say is it's SMOOTH! Never given me a problem, drag is quiet and tight, and it is very small....great for palming. I use it for cranks and plastics. I also use a shimano core...but its a bit too much crank for finesse fishing. Its a great bang for the buck reel!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am looking at adding/upgrading my current baitcasting reel inventory. This is my first year using them and it has been a lot of fun learning to use them.

I like the small size of the revo's and they seem to be getting good reviews. Don't have any personal experience with them but if I get one I am leaning towards the SX or STX - I like the external mag break adjustment (kind wish it had more visual queues on the setting, just shows min/max).

I'm debating on holding off because I would like to check out the new Shimano and Quantam reels when they are available, and possibly the Pflueger Patriarch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

at 24 pounds of drag, i'm looking at adding a revo to my collection for flipping, pitching, and frogging

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does having the gear ratio at 5.something restrict it to cranking? I'm looking for a crankbait reel as I mentioned but I'd also like to use it for spinners and poppers.

I'm starting to lean towards the REVO Winch.Is this way too specialized aka restrictive?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I picked up a revo s this spring and love it. I j=have curados and pfluegers and the revo is the best reel I have owned. I am looking at getting another.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Smallie - What pflueger baitcasters do you have that you are comparing it to. I have a President and was curious for comparison.

I think the Revo S uses a centrafuge brake system (pins), instead of the external magnetic brake adjustment. How does it work for avoiding back lash (especialy with wind) & casting distance? If I go the Revo route, I am trying to figure if it is worth the extra expense to go to the sx or stx.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not on their staff, but our college bass team is sponsored by Pure Fishing. The benefits have been pretty good so far and now they want to really start promoting some of their newer products through our team which should be pretty fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Same here...except that I'm also willing to go premier or winch.

You might want to go to the tackletour HSOforum they give a nice breakdown of the new revo reels. There pretty hard to find in stores, but I was just at Joe's and they have the new Skeeter Reese and Winch reels.

If you are looking for a 6.4 speed reel, and have the money, the Skeeter reel may be the one to go. Based on the Premier so it is very light, but has more bearing. Also has a larger crank that feels pretty nice. If you are looking for 5.1 speed then the Winch is the option to go with.

Let us know which reel you end up with and your comments. Good Luck!

Recommend you stop at Joe's to check them out in person. From most reviews I have read, it looks like most of the Revo's have had good feedback, especially if you are looking at the higher end models.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks NCLaker...you think the Winch is TOO specialized coz of the low gear ratio thereby making it less versatile?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BPAddict - check out the recent post exchanges with Dietz - http://www.fishingminnesota.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1419696/2/Casting_Crank_Rod

He comments specifically on using the 5.x vs 6.x speed reels. Based on his comments I will be looking to go with 7' MH Compre TC4 crankbait rod with a 6.x reel (I don't typically do a lot of deep cranking). My budget for a reel is $200 or less - If I had to make a choice today I would probably go with the Revo STX (Skeeter/Premier out of my price range).

For now I will be using one of my old reels on the new rod. I plan to look at and check out reviews on the new Curado and new Quantum Energy PT before I make my final choice. I think these reels seem to be similar class reel, new design looks to be similar in size to the Revo's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

NC for plueger i have 2 purists. They are alright for the money. Last year I took them apart and when I put them back together the drag wasn't right and I had to make a washer to shim it out. The revo I couldn't figure out how to get to the 6 pin. I have not even moved them just used the side control with all types of lure weights. A guy at work bought a s after I told him about it. Then he went back and also got a sx. I am not sure if the sx and stx are worth the extra money.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Why would they bother cutting a measly 8 to 10 trillion from the debt?   And why would they consult with a kook like Rand Paul?      
    • First, I am Christian and I'm not ashamed of it.  Second, the 1st amendment to our US Constitution guarantees that the government shall not make any laws respecting the establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof.    This means that the government is not permitted to endorse or decide for the people what religion, if any, the people will follow. At the same time, there is nothing in the law that declares that we the people are restricted from expressing our personal religious views or beliefs. Therefore, it is well within my rights to share my Christian views whenever I wish except I cannot use government property or my position as a representative of the government as a forum to do so.
    • Drum roll please................. The clear cut winner was the sinking radish seed by a 4-1 margin over the floaters. I even gave the floaters an extra day to pop up but they didn’t. I know come planting time I am going to check my radish seed this way. I also hear this works for tomato seed so that may be my next experiment but not till I am ready to start growing my tomatoes. Peppers come to mind as another seed to try out.   Now the radish I have seeded will not go to waste I saw a program where a guy plants radish and lets it grow to about three inches then cuts the top two and half inches off. He sells the tops to restaurants who use it on plates and also in sandwiches. You are suppose to be able to eat the tops at this stage and it tastes like radish... Kind of like eating sprouts but only eating the top of the new growth not the bottom...
    • Yep, I have noticed that too. That is a good thing to have in your back pocket in playoffs and you get caught in your zone for an icing or who knows what reason where you cannot switch lines OR just to have flexibility with matchups line vs line, but faceoff on one side vs the other.
    • Meh, his exacts words were " I tried to set myself on fire."   Setting yourself a blaze is fairly simple and effective if you want to be on fire.   I'll put him in the bat poop crazy, drama queen Zoloft category along with a former girlfriend.   You know, the one that chokes down a handful of Bayer and chases it with a fifth of vodka then proceeds to call 911 right after. Then everyone has to listen why, all the while there was no real danger.   
    • To be honest, I think of the cross as representing a burial site of a fallen soldier.  I don't necessarily even think religion when I look at the thing. In my opinion it is not even a religious symbol in that context. But that's just me.
    • The reversible plank is what they were carrying when I picked it up.  I've just been calling it carsiding because it's what most people are more familiar with.    I have that all stained and polyurethaned on the smooth side.  To me the bead side looks kind of dated.
    • Something else to keep in mind. When I was bow hunting I learned judging distance is not as easy as one might think. The bow I used was not super fast so judging a deer to be at 30 yards when it was really 40 yards would mean missing.    In my experience, we over-estimate distance sometimes by quite a lot on open areas such as open fields or on a lake. On an open area one doesn't have anything to provide a size reference so we tend to think objects are closer than they really are. Sometimes we can be off by quite a bit.   It works just the opposite in the forest where we have lots of references for size. Most of the time when a guy says he shot his deer from 50 yards it is probably a good bet that it was not quite that far. Personally, I don't like to get too close to anyone else. When on open water I rarely fish where others are. This can sometimes work against me as there is probably a reason for them being there. When ice fishing I try to stay 50 yards or more away from others. At the very least, I don't want to be close enough that our lines could become crossed when handling fish. 
    • Exactly.     We don't need to compete with Christians and their War on Xmas for the King Crybaby award.
    • Unfortunately he is still in the gene pool. He suffered non-life threatening 3rd degree burns to his back. 
  • Our Sponsors