Abu Garcia Revo S Reel Review

By Robert Johnson | Reels

Abu Garcia Revo S

abu garcia revo s

Rating: 4.0/5

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- It has a very attractive look.

- Very compact design and lightweight fishing reel.

- The drag performance is amazingly powerful, much more than one would expect at a spinning reel.

- Reliable and affordable reel.


- The drag can make a bit of noise when subjected to heavy loads.

- It doesn’t come with a spare spool.



Following the great success of the Abu Garcia Revo’s baitcasting reels since their release at 2006, the company has took another step further in 2010 and released the first Revo spinning reel. While covering different levels in performance and pricing, the Revo family is enjoying great levels of popularity among anglers.

The Abu Garcia Revo S spinning reel features a 5.1:1 gear ratio, weighs 8.5 ounces, has seven stainless steel ball bearings, a Carbon Matrix hybrid drag system, a lightweight graphite rotor and a stainless steel main shaft and components.


This fishing reel combines a smooth performance with a compact and lightweight design. You will find it hard to believe how light this feels on your rod, while at the same time providing a lot of strength and making your casts and retrieves incredibly smooth.

This reel is so versatile that you will find yourself fishing from small pan fish to big striped bass with no problems whatsoever.

After using the Abu Garcia Revo S spinning reel for the first few times, it becomes clear to see why this is considered to be one of the best reels that Abu Garcia have ever done for the money.

Main Usage

The Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel can be used to cast a wide variety of fish. The drag of this fishing reel is so good that it will allow you to catch fish of all sizes.

Since the Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel uses HPCR bearings (High Performance Corrosion Resistant) and one roller bearing that helps to maintain the smoothness and to fight the harshness of saltwater, this fishing reel is perfectly suitable for saltwater as it is for fresh water.


The Abu Garcia Revo S is a spinning fishing reel. These types of fishing reels are the most common among anglers, particularly for catching small or medium species, such as bass, crappie and redfish. Spinning fishing reels contain a spool under the rod, while the line is drawn out by the weight of the lure, tackle or bait.

The main advantage of spinning reels is their versatility. They are particularly good for light tackles and bait, due to the fact that they just need to pull the fishing line’s weight.

When compared to baitcasting reels, it can be concluded that spinning reels are easier to use, so they always are the best options for starters. On the other hand, baitcasting reels may provide more accuracy, while also being a better option for heavy lures.

Product Features

Reel Body/Housing/Frame:

The Abu Garcia Revo S shares the same black and white color design that its baitcasting partner has. It comes with a stainless steel main shaft and components that ensure great corrosion resistance.


This reel also features a graphite stem and polymeric rotor, collaborating with the light weight of the reel itself. It also features a braid ready spool that allows the possibility of tying the braid to the spool directly without suffering from any slips.

There is no doubt that the build quality of this fishing reel is top of its class, while also looking very appealing.

Drag System:

The Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel features a Carbon Matrix Hybrid drag system, which is one of the highlights of this fishing reel. This system provides a very strong performance and is extremely smooth.

The maximum drag pressure is approximately 16 lb., which is way more than what is usually required, and make this spinning reel as one that can has enough drag to handle most of the most common fish out there.

The drag system at the Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning reel is very sensitive and performs smoothly throughout the entire range every time.


The Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel features an aluminum-made braid ready spool that will allow very long distance casting capabilities. It allows tying the braid directly to the spool, since it has a hole that serves this purpose.

This system is made to prevent line slipping on the spool, without the need of using tape to secure the braid. It also implies that the spool itself is stronger.

The spool at the Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel differs from the spool of the Revo SX (next-level-up) in that it is deeper for increased capacity. No matter the difference in spools, the Revo S still casts amazingly.


Ball Bearings:

The Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel has seven stainless steel HPCR (High Performance Corrosion Resistant) bearings, plus one roller bearing which provides increased protection to corrosion. This system will make your casts and retrieves to stay incredibly smooth over time from the day you bought the reel.

Ball bearings on fishing reels reduce friction between the different moving parts, helping the reel to move freely and smooth under loads resulting from the wind and from your drag. The 7+1 ball bearings provided by the Revo S spinning reel guarantee nice and smooth movements for the reel.


In summary, Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel is another proof that most of the materials and technologies that are being used for building modern fishing reels nowadays work really well. It is a solid reel that does its job amazingly well.

The gears of this fishing reel are so good that you won’t find any problems using it for 8 to 12 hours a day, for more than 20 days a month.

Another thing that stands out in the Abu Garcia Revo S Spinning Reel is its light weight. It makes it extremely comfortable and easy to use, reducing fatigue in a way that will allow you to fish consistently for hours.

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