I broke down and purchased the new 3rd Gen Revo S and put it through the paces this past weekend. Being the owner of many of the Abu Garcia reels (last count 14) I am totally impressed.
I was totally surprised at the smoothness of the reel. I expected it to be noisier like my Skeet Reese and Lew's. (both good reels) But found it to cast smoother and reel with ease. No backlashes although I usually start out tight at first. As I loosened it up a bit the distance increased and still no backlash problems. I give it a "5" for Smoothness for sure.
Next although not fair, I compared it side by side with my MGX. Well, similar like going from the Olds to Caddy. The MGX outshone the "S", but hey, over twice the money...it better. "5" for price effectiveness.
And... the color match to my Veritas rod was impressive. I also like something that looks good too. "5" for appealability.
Would I recommend it to my friends... well... NO... I would have to say you won't be happy until you have 2 of them with different setups/line weights etc.
Thank you Abu Garcia for your quick response to the inquiry to a manual. Great people to work with.
Overall.. 100% a Happy Camper. FOR LIFE!