First Look: Abu Garcia MGX Spinning Reel
July 23, 2015
Game & Fish/Sportsman editorsÂ gotÂ to takeÂ a first look at Abu Garcia's newÂ $300Â RevoÂ spinning reel.
Until now, the Premier wasÂ Revo'sÂ top-of-the-line spinning reel. Now, like theirÂ baitcasters, Abu Garcia has upped the quality and price of the top-shelf spinning reel, and they call it the MGX.
We were impressed by the smooth gear systemÂ right off the bat. We had recently published a spinning-rod and -reel review, so we took out thoseÂ 2014Â reels to compare. The MGX was the smoothest of the bunch — by far — and extremely light compared to the others.
"That's the difference you feel when you're turning the handle," said Andrew Wheeler, product manager for Abu Garcia.Â "The precision gearing is cut by CNC machine as opposed to being stamped like othersÂ do."
That may not seem like a great reason to drop'¦gulp'¦$299.99 on a spinning reel. But it's just one of aÂ severalÂ features that make this reel tough to pass up.
After our first impressions, we took it out on the water to fish for pre-spawn smallmouth bass at Sturgeon Bay.
The drags gave up line in a consistent way when a bigÂ smallieÂ refused to come to the boat. Even when tightened down, line didn't come off herky-jerky.
The reel also has a redesigned spool lip and a new bail angler for farther casting.
Even the handle, a slick, stout carbon-fiber number, screams quality and style.
If you are still wary about a nearly $300 price range, Abu made it easy to back off on a few features but still get a lot of quality in their former flagship,Â theÂ Premier. The reel has been updated for 2015Â withÂ featuresÂ nearlyÂ identicalÂ to the MGXÂ not as light (6.8 ounces versus 7.2 ounces for 30-sizes reels). The PremierÂ will sell for about $249.Â RevoÂ will also offer others,Â down toÂ theÂ basicÂ RevoÂ SX,Â whichÂ will have aÂ street price ofÂ less thanÂ $150.
The styling MGX might not be the reel you'd buy if you occasionally use a spinning reel in your fishing arsenal. But if you do a lot of finesse fishing, cast-and-retrieve from dawn to dusk and value the latest technology, then the MGX is worth a spin.Â — John Geiger