Shimano Sustain FG Spinning Reels feature new technology from Shimano:
X-Ship provides rigidity, increased gearing efficiency and tremendous amount of cranking power.
Magnumlite CI4 Rotor is lighter and reduces resistance on rotation.
Rapid Fire Drag allows anglers to quickly adjust drag to ideal setting during the fight.
Shimano Sustain FG Features
X-Ship By using a large diameter drive gear, moving the pinion gear closer to the center of the drive gear to provide 20% more power, and by supporting the pinion gear with two A-RB ball bearings, X-Ship provides a smooth, effortless retrieve, and also virtually eliminates the pinion gear twist and rotor flex common with most spinning reels when fighting a fish.
Magnumlite CI4 Rotor (1000-4000 sizes) Shimano's new Magnumlite Rotor is made out of new CI4 material which is lighter and stronger than 1st generation CI4. It provides effortless handle rotation by reducing the weight dramatically.
Rapid Fire Drag Shimano?s new Rapid Fire Drag allows Anglers to quickly adjust Drag to ideal setting during the fight.
New ''Reel Stand''
Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement Using a special cold forged aluminum drive gear and a hardened brass pinion gear (Stainless Steel pinion gear on Stella SW), reels equipped with the Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement will retain their out-of-the-box smoothness much longer than before. In fact, testing has shown that this combination of metals is more durable than an all-stainless steel drivetrain while maintaining the smoothness that Shimano is famous for.
Propulsion Line Management System The most obvious component of the Propulsion Line Management System is the new Propulsion spool lip design. Through tens of thousands of casting tests and computer simulations it has been determined that this new spool lip design provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming. It also allows the line to flow off of the spool in smaller loops during the cast which means less slap on the stripper guide. This means longer casts with less friction. The Propulsion spool also utilizes a long stroke design to further enhance the casting distance. Furthermore, there is less bouncing of the line on the spool lip like on a standard spinning spool. Because of the unique shape of the Propulsion spool, the line flows consistently off of the spool. So, with a standard spool, friction alternates from heavy to light as the line slaps the spool lip. This causes backlash and inconsistent line speeds. The Propulsion spool lip provides consistently light friction to overcome these situations.
Aero Wrap II Oscillation Aero Wrap II is a worm gear oscillation system with a specially designed pitch to create optimal oscillation speeds for the Propulsion Spool Lip design. It provides uniform line lay and winding shape to prevent loss of energy during the cast while providing longer casts than other oscillation systems. So, casting distance increases with less effort required.
SR-3D Gear This oversized drive gear was designed with three-dimensional analysis. This allows the surface of each tooth to be contoured exactly to the tooth shape of the pinion gear. The result is more tooth surface of the drive gear is in contact with the tooth surface of the pinion gear. Smoothness, torque, efficiency and durability are all increased.
SR Handle This handle screws directly into the drive gear, resulting in zero play between the handle and gear. The 1000 size handle is a very thin solid shank, while the larger sizes use a hollow handle shank, that reduces weight while maintaining extremely strong and durable properties.
SR One-Piece Bail Wire This one-piece bail wire has no gap for line to snag on during normal operation. Made of stainless steel, it reduces friction and allows the line to get onto the line roller quicker.
S A-RB Ball Bearings These bearings have been through the same process as Shimano's A-RB bearings, but feature shields on both sides of the bearings that reduce the possibility of salt or sand inhibiting the bearing's rotation.
S-Rotor This high precision rotor is compact and lightweight. Designed with 3-D surface modeling software, the S-Rotor ensures a comfortable retrieve.
S-Guard These guards are designed to prevent impact damage to the frame and rotor. Certain guards, depending on location, also feature weep holes to prevent water accumulation within the reel.
S-Arm Cam Line slack around the line roller is the main cause of line trouble during casting and retrieving. The S-Arm Cam has a protruding lower surface on the bail arm that helps prevent slack that would lead to line cuts or tangles.
New Machined Aluminum Handle
Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In attachment) The drive gear is directly attached to the handle, which means power is transmitted more efficiently with less vibration while increasing durability.
EVA Handle Knob
WP Drag (Waterproof Drag) With the use of rubber gaskets, the drag is protected against intrusion of the elements, such as water or sand.
Maintenance Port The maintenance port is an easily accessed hole strategically located for easy maintenance of the reel. Using a slot-head screwdriver, the rubber sealed plug can be removed from the reel. One drop of lightweight oil or grease can be applied to the drivetrain to prevent corrosion and to protect the smooth retrieve of the reel. Be sure to not over-lubricate the reel as excessive lubrication can cause the reel to become sluggish.
Fluidrive II Building upon the successes of Fluidrive, which provides extremely tight tolerances and control in the cutting process, Fluidrive II polishes the gear surface to maximize tooth contact. This increases the efficiency of the retrieve for more power with less effort.
Floating Shaft With this feature, using a bearing or bushing, friction is reduced between the pinion gear and spool shaft for increased smoothness and durability.
Dyna-Balance This feature eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counter balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness. By using computer balancing, an approach similar to car tire balancing, Shimano is able to redistribute the rotor weight to create smooth rotation and eliminate vibrations caused by the reel.
Super Stopper II Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way bearing that eliminates backplay. This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power. In some reels, the Super Stopper II can be turned off to allow backreeling for special techniques and situations.
Approved for use in Saltwater
Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
Iâ€;™;ve had this reel for multiple years now and it has been my best reel in my arsenal still. Itâ€;™;s strong, smooth and as always reliable.
ProsGreat drag, smooth, reliable
ConsSo far none
September 25, 2018
Use caution purchasing this real. I'm a huge Shimano reel fan, but the drag on this reel is unreliable. Have used it for two years and lost several fish due to the drag locking up. Once, it locked up so tight that pliers were required to loosen the drag knob which now bears permanent scars. There is considerable forum information about this known issue. Having said all that, with extra care to free up the drag and set it prior to each use the reel is smooth problem free otherwise. Still not a good investment.
September 29, 2017
The sustain is a very good reel that balances well and is very smooth and casts very far.
ProsVery smooth, nice drag, very light
ConsPrice is a little high but you get what you pay for.
High End Reel
March 1, 2016
This reel is a great overall reel. Very smooth and powerful. Used it for jigging off of Boca Raton in Florida, perfect for such angling.
Prossuper smooth, strong, durable, powerful.
July 22, 2015
My husband has been looking at this reel for along time asking friends, people he has seen fishing with this reel every question that you would imagine if it was any good. I finally decided to buy him one he loves it. It's smooth reeling,drag strong,holds braided line of 30 pounds just right for the type of fishing he uses for I would recommend this real.
Unbelievable Spinning Reel
May 19, 2015
When I first received this reel, i could not believe how smooth it was. It is very powerful and the drag is the one of the best i have ever used. I highly recommend this reel.
Boynton Beach, FL
April 28, 2015
Really good drag overall solid reel
Extraordinary Reel for lake fishing!
April 25, 2015
By far my favorite freshwater reel. I fish on a lake next to my house and there are Crappie, bass and pike. I catch them with ease with my Sustain!
Lake worth, FL
April 23, 2015
this reel is awesome for really anytype of saltwater fishing that you wanna try to do
March 12, 2015
I have 2 of these reels that I use for stripers, blues, albies and bonito. Very light but they have held up well. The drag is smooth and sensitive. I highly recommend these reels.
Virginia Bch, VA
March 3, 2015
A smooth operator. Casts great and puts a hurting on the fish. extremely happy with this reel
November 20, 2014
I bought this reel for fishing striper. Its a pretty light weight reel. I can hold the rod for half day without feeling tire on the hands. Its a awsome reel you should have.
September 21, 2014
My third Sustain in the FG line. So far I have used this reel for bass ponds, whiting in the near surf, specks and redfish. It has not been a disappointment. Very smooth action and reliable drag. Handles over-slot reds easily.
ProsSmooth. Great drag. Very versatile.
WORTH THE FEW EXTRA BUCKS
June 10, 2014
I PURCHASED THE 10000 MODEL FOR GROUPER FISHING AND POPPING FOR KINGS IN CENTRAL FL. I HAVE IT MATCHED WITH A TEREZ , IT IS A POWERHOUSE COMBO THAT IM PROUD TO OWN, BUT EVEN BETTER THEY WORK. LIGHT WEIGHT VERY VERY SMOOTH REELS, THEY HANDLE KINGFISH ,GROUPER , SHARKS, RAYS, AND EVEN GOLIATH GROUPER ! THE DRAG IS PRETTY DARN SMOOTH TOO. I HAVE MINE LOADED WITH 80# DIAWA SALTIGA BRAID. THIS SET UP IS PERFECT FOR MY TYPE OF FISHING. ONCE YOU USE THIS REEL A STELLA DOESNT SEEM AS IMPORTANT ANYMORE IMO.
ProsLIGHT , SMALL , SMOOTH DRAG, EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE TO WORK WITH
Best Reel I have
June 10, 2014
I bought this reel two months ago and it has absolutely no flaws, amazing retrieve and casting experience I would recommend it to anyone.
I just bought the Teramar SE 8' 17-40 Lbs spinning rod. Would you recommend the sustain 6000 or Saragossa 6000? I'll be thowing big swim baits, savage sandeels and ronz's. I was thinking 6000 size should balance well but what about 8000?
I would recommend using the Shimano Saragossa 6000 if you plan on using big swimbaits along with Ronz lures and sand eels.
I'm looking to pair a shimano sustain FG with a St. Croix TIS76MHF3 Tidemaster Inshore Spinning Travel Rod. Which model would be best? 4000 or 5000. For fishing in saltwater : stripped bass, flat fish,
For a smaller, lighter setup, I would recommend using the 4000 size of that reel.