Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel Review

Updated on April 28, 2022 by

Revo SX spinning reel made by Abu Garcia is a great option for fishermen with its spectacular engineering, including rocket line management system and HPCR bearings.

I have found this to be extremely smooth during operating, this item is added with durable AM gearing system – this makes the Abu Garcia Revo SX spinning reel extremely durable.

This reel is lighter than the previous generation as Abu Garcia have upgraded their technology through the evolution.

This review is based on my own personal angling experiences and judgments.

Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel

Quantitative Score

Performance – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read more about how our scoring system works.

Abu Garcia Revo SX Reel Overview

Durable Carbon Body

Durability and smooth operating features are the best part of this spinning reel. This reel comes with 9 stainless steel ball bearings and 1 roller bearing. This is right up there with the most premium spinning reels in terms of function and performance.

Along with that, the lightweight of the reel makes it easy to use – even after full days of casting.

The body is made from IM-C6 carbon (Insert Molded) – which is a key reason that it has managed to keep the weight down. The smallest model (1000) weighs only 7.2 oz.

The X2-Craftic allow frame is designed for improved corrosion resistance. I am a big supporter of highly durable equipment that can last for years. There is no better way to get value for money than from keeping a reel operational for decades. And there is nothing worse than picking up a reel after winter and finding it seized solid from saltwater rust. 

The final comment on durability is the trademarked Duragear which is a brass gearing system designed to extend the life of the internal gears.

There are lots of other Abu Garcia technologies built into this reel that are more than marketing hype – they are genuine improvements over previous model iterations.

Rocket Spool Lip Improves Line Capacity 

The line capacity of your reel is a very aspect to me, especially when you are targeting saltwater species that can drag a lot off your spool. This particular product comes with a Rocket Spool Lip feature which allows more line to be stored onto the spool.

This spool can hold 230 yards of 10 lb mono on the largest (4000 model) spinning reel.

Aluminum Spool – Braid Ready

Slippage is another big issue that anglers face, especially when they have a lot of line extended. There are plenty of fisherman who will be used to applying a backing of mono line to their spool before applying their main braid line. That is not required on the Revo SX because of its braid ready aluminum spool.

You can apply braid directly to the spool and it will not slip. This is just one other problem that you don’t have to worry about.

Anti Reverse System 

The Abu Garcia C6 Carbon spinning reel has plenty of outstanding features. Another one of these is the AM gearing system that allows the reel to spin freely. You will genuinely notice a difference when you spin this reel in the store, but also when you turn it under load of a big gamefish.

The handle is equipped with a K-Clutch system for anti-reversing.

Finally, the everlasting stainless steel bail system in the item makes it more durable for a longer lifespan. 

Pros

  • The Main Shaft is made of stainless steel and is very much durable and corrosion resistant
  • 8 Stainless Steel HPCR (High Performance Corrosion Resistant) bearings for improved saltwater resistance
  • IM-C6 Carbon body of this reel makes it more lightweight. It is even lighter than the previous version.
  • The durable AM gearing of the system designed with a computerized configuration makes the reel extremely smooth in operation

Cons

  • The extremely light weight natural of the reel makes it vulnerable to air knots. So, if you are fishing near a big water body, you might find it a little difficult to handle

Specifications

MODEL NUMBERREVO2SX10REVO2SX20REVO2SX30REVO2SX40
BEARING COUNT9999
BRAID CAPACITY M/MM135/0.12155/0.15160/0.17230/0.20
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB150/6175/8180/10250/14
GEAR RATIO6.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:1
MAX DRAG10 lb11 lb11 lb17 lb
MONO CAPACITY M/MM140/0.20110/0.25150/0.28210/0.28
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB110/6120/8175/8230/10
RECOVERY RATE30″33″35″40″
REEL HANDLE POSITIONRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/Left
REEL SIZE10203040
REEL SPOOL MATERIALAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminum
WEIGHT7.2 oz7.3 oz7.9 oz9.2 oz

Abu Garcia Revo SX Video Review

This video review by Bass Pro Shops gives you detailed showcase of the features of the Revo SX:

Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the reel have an auto-reverse function?

There is a switch that will help you to make the spinner run backward. You can switch that off, to stop spinning back and stop reversal. K-Clutch bearing helps the anti-reversal function here. 

How smooth is the reel’s retrieve?

The retrieve is extremely smooth in operation, due to the AM Gearing function and computerized gear design. Aluminum braid spool also helps in the smoother operation of the reel. 

Can I prevent the spool spinning backwards? 

Yes, you can prevent it. K-Clutch is applied in the Abu Garcia SX spinning reel so that you can stop auto-reversing of the spinner. The operation can be functioned with a switch that enables reversal stoppage. 

Conclusion

X-craft gear box and rocket spool lips – these are the two extra things that you will not get in any of the products in the store other than this one. You will not have to get this device for that reason. Excellently hard metallic body and outstanding dragging and casting ability in this item make the device one of the best in the market. You can get a Revo SX and feel yourself to be a professional fisherman instantly. 

If you want to see some alternate options then have a look through our list of other spinning reels available.

Happy fishing!


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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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