September 3, 2015

Abu Garcia REVO SX Gen 3 Review

The Revo SX is probably the best selling of all of the Revo reels and I have heard many great things about them. After fishing one for the past three months I do like it. While not on the same level as the Revo MGX and some of my other Abu reels, it is an excellent reel for half the cost (or less). In the price range it is, its’ quality compares with anything else I have found from other brands. It is a very dependable reel for anglers looking to make that jump to a quality reel, yet still good enough for the experienced angler used to higher priced models.  

The following is my review of the reel, good and bad and what I have found to be the best thing about it; the price. There are so many reels on the market to choose from that it can be overwhelming. A look at any tackle store and you will see many options, especially in the mid priced range (approx $160). This is where the Revo SX sits and it belongs in this range and is ahead of the pack in some categories and a little behind in others. 

Here is more info from

The Abu Garcia Revo SX Generation-3 Casting Reels dropped by over 2 ounces compared to the previous model, taking lightweight design to the next level and reducing the weight by 25%. A more powerful D2 Gear System, the next generation of Duragear, provides enhanced efficiency and precision when the water, and as with all new Revo low profile reels, the new X2-Craftic alloy provides the most advanced corrosion protection. The Abu Garcia Revo SX Generation-3 Casting Reels’ MagTrax brake system also provides smooth, consistent brake pressure for casting precision like no other. 


  • 9 stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth operation 
  • X2-Craftic alloy frame for increased corrosion resistance 
  • C6 carbon handle sideplate provides significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength and durability 
  • Carbon Matrix drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range 
  • D2 Gear Design provides a more efficient gear system while improving gear durability
  •  MagTrax brake system gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast 
  • Infini II spool design for extended castability and extreme loads 
  • Compact bent handle and star provide a more ergonomic design 
  • Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability

One thing I like about the Revo family of reels is they are generally ready to go right out of the box with few modifications. I usually set the magnetic cast control to about a 3 setting (out of 10) and start fishing. That ease of use is great and it does well with a variety of lures without having to make major changes to knobs and brakes. Another thing that I like about the Revo lineup is they are very low profile, fit well on all brands of rods (even though they are even better on Abu rods) and the fact that they are lightweight. I have used this reel on everything from a 6’8” medium topwater rod to a 7’10 deep diving crankbait rod and it was performed well for everything in between. The cost is another in the “pro” category. Sure, $160 or so is a bigger purchase for many, but the reel is built to last and performs like some of the more expensive reels I have from other brans. 

Honestly, there are not too many here. I guess maybe the “smooth factor”. While it is not rough by any means, it doesn’t have the fluidity of others right away. If it is going to be like my other Revos it will maintain the "smoothness", while some others feel smooth right away and then like gravel a year later. 

It is available for $159.99 at

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