When it comes to higher-tier reels, most anglers consider Abu Garcia to be the better gear manufacturer, as their models generally have better performance, strength, and material quality. KastKing’s lower-tier reels, on the other hand, are a popular choice among beginners.
While both Shimano and Abu Garcia are trendy gear choices for anglers, most consider Shimano the better reel brand. Many of their reel series are smaller and more lightweight and offer more value for the price than most Abu Garcia reel models.
Today, most of Abu Garcia’s reel models are made in Asia. However, the C3 and C4 4000-6000 series of their classic round baitcaster reel, the Ambassadeur, are still manufactured in the original Abu Garcia factory in the Swedish city of Svangsta.