Kastking Speed Demon vs Abu Garcia Revo Rocket
I purchased the Speed Demon to compare it to my Revo Rocket on it's merit only not fit/finish or legacy brand to a relative new brand, etc. I liked the specs found online for the Demon and found that they compared relatively well to the Rocket and at a fourth the price. This is not an exhaustive review of all the differences between the two reels but just my thoughts on the salient points that matter to me most, which are price, weight (of both reel and rod) and ease of use.
I had come from a Pflueger Supreme 1000H low profile (14+ years) which was a relatively heavy reel built like a tank and worked amazingly well and still does I just wanted to go to a lighter reel so I retired it in favor of new technology. I had been chasing the Revo Rocket for about a month and finally found one in stock bought it and began using it. However, in my research I ran into the Speed Demon and at the price point after getting the Rocket I still had an itch for an affordable, light weight high speed reel (that could be my backup reel if something happened to my Revo Rocket while fishing at the lake, like birdsnest that would require to much time to pick at and/or fight with), so decided to purchase one to compare and see how they stacked up.
This is not a paid review, I have not been given a reel to review from either manufacturers. I did my own research and purchased both reels out of pocket and wanted to share my thoughts since what I love most is value. My definition of value is highest quality at the lowest price.
Abu Garcia Revo Rocket
I've been using the Rocket for the past few weeks, I paired the Rocket (6.7 oz) to a high modulus (4 oz) rod. This is an amazingly light setup and awesome for twitching topwater all day (not that I would but I could). I'm still getting used to the Infinibrake system touted by Abu Garcia which is a fancy word for dual braking system (6 pin centrifugal and magnetic braking). I don't necessary like the thumbscrew release for the side cover on this reel since it requires both hands (and could be tightened to require a tool to assist in unscrewing it) to remove the side cover to adjust the 6 pin centrifugal brake. Quite inconvenient while at the lake and I'm always afraid that I can drop the side cover in the water when twisting and turning the reel to manipulate the centrifugal pins.
Kastking Speed Demon
I paired the Demon (8.3 oz) to an IM-8 (4.7 oz) rod. This is of course heavier than my Rocket/HM rod combo. It's also great for twitching all day but I prefer the Rocket for this purpose. The Demon only has magnetic braking and I'm fine with that since you only have to adjust 2 things prior to casting (magnetic and the tension knob) when changing significantly different weight lures. So, there's no opening the side cover to adjust the centrifugal brakes as in the Rocket, less chance of dropping the side cover in the water. On a side note, the button lever to remove the side cover on the Demon is more conveniently placed and more useful to me than the same on the Rocket. Of course there is no real reason to remove the side cover of the Demon while on the water either. Casting distance; I find it much easier to adjust the magnetic brake and tension knob to allow for farther casting on the Demon after changing lures. So, I find the Demon much easier to use in this regards. (Side note, when casting the Demon and other Kastking products apparently it makes a whining noise when the spool runs the line out, like a high pitched squeal.)
Given a second chance and divested of my need to have top of the line brand name products. The Kastking Speed Demon is the better value in this regard. I don't know how the Kastking will survive the test of time (14+ years like my Pflueger) vs the Abu Garcia so I can't speak to durablity/longevity and life of use. Will the Revo Rocket last longer vs the Speed Demon? Well, I have both now, so I'll be able to see first hand. I anticipate as I work with the Abu Garcia Revo Rocket more, I'll come to love it most mainly due to the lighter weight and still fast retrieve rate. However, would I purchase the Kastking Speed Demon and be confident using it as my primary reel at this price point? Yes! I would make the purchase again and should I want a lighter reel which would compare to the Revo Rocket in weight (not retrieve rate) I would purchase the Kastking Assassin without hesitation.
- Item Weight: 11.4 ounces
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- Item model number: KK-Speed demon-R
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