Shimano Exsence Spinning Reels

Shimano Exsence Spinning Reels

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2011+17.1$539.99 USD
2411+18.6$549.99 USD

Loaded with Shimano’s flagship features and technology, Shimano Exsence Spinning Reels provide light tackle inshore and bass anglers a featherweight tool to tackle whatever their target species may be. The saltwater-safe magnesium Hagane body offers extreme rigidity while also shaving weight for all day comfort. The extremely smooth operation of the Shimano Exsence is made possible by the combination of advanced technologies such as Micromodule Gearing, Hagane Gear, and Shimano’s lightweight and balanced MGL Rotor.

Anglers fishing light inshore applications will appreciate the use of X-Protect, which combines a water-repellent coating and a specially designed labyrinth construction to provide advanced protection from water intrusion and internal damage without sacrificing the reel’s light feel and smooth rotation. From fishing finesse techniques for bass to casting topwaters to backwater redfish, the Shimano Exsence is more than up to handling the task.

Shimano Technology Found In Exsence Reels :
  • G-Free Body - G-Free Body technology enables the reel’s center of gravity to be moved closer to the center of the reel seat, and therefore the anglers hand position. This shift in weight and balance helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to it’s stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An angler’s actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. It’s efficiency through strength.
  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • MGL Rotor - The Magnumlight Rotor is 25% lighter and allows for better balance and requires 22% less inertia, which makes it easier to start and stop the retrieve for a smoother feel.
  • Micro Module Gear - State-of-the-art gear design makes use of smaller gear teeth and more of them, which results in a more efficient gear train and much smoother retrieve.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano’s A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing’s rotation.
  • X-Protect - By combining a water repellant coating and a specially designed water channeling labyrinth construction, X-Protect provides high-level water resistance without adding weight or sacrificing light rotor rotation.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
5 Stars based on 15 reviews
By Christian C.
Tinton Falls, NJ
One of the Smoothest, Strongest Reels in its Class on the Market...
April 25, 2019
The Exsence is an absolutely fantastic reel on all fronts. It has everything you could want in a high performance machine: looks, technology, feel and (perceived) durability/longevity. It handles fish with ease and makes fishing inspiring and an absolute joy. There is nothing like having a piece of gear that takes you to the next level. This reel accomplishes this and more. I will definitely be buying another.
  • Rugged and sleek looking: The matte black looks fantastic. The reel is exceptionally smooth and has a fantastic drag system. I have it paired with an NRX 852S JWR and it may be the best spinning combination I've ever used. The biggest bass I've caught on it thus far is a 3.5 lb largemouth and it handled the fight with ease. It's a great reel to fish with all day because of its size, weight and effortless cranking ability.
  • None from a performance standpoint thus far. I ordered this at the same time as my NRX 852S JWR from Tackledirect. The rod shipped via USPS and the reel shipped via UPS. I found this slightly strange so I emailed TD simply to ask them if this was standard protocol. I received only an automated response saying that my order had shipped. I had the order sent to my work so there would be no issue with missing a shipment. The USPS package arrived without any issue. The UPS package arrived at the end of the day and didn't have my name on the package... only the company address. It took me an hour to sort through all the packages and come to this realization. In the future, if I ever order again from TD after what happened with my NRX (read my review of the NRX 852S JWR on this site), I would like to have better communication as well as have an order with multiple packages ship from the same courier to alleviate unnecessary confusion.
By Phil
Pleasantville P.A.
May 8, 2022
Hands down my favorite spinning reel for Bass. I can't speak for the New EXSENCE A model but this reel beats down my Stradic fl, Vanford and YES, even my Stella FJ. Don't get me wrong, the reels I mentioned are excellent reels but the EXSENCE, IMO is next level.
  • Light, smooth, casts great, drag is precise and strong and the blacked out look puts it over the top. I happen to love the low capacity spool, especially when using braid. Who really needs 200 yards of line when their Bass fishing?
  • Price, but on the bright side I can sell a few reels that the EXSENCE can do better. I'll keep my Stella though.
By Dan
A Bit Delicate
May 21, 2021
Fantastic power and incredibly smooth but the magnesium frame areas are subject to denting and scratching so you're going to want to keep this guy away from rocks or from being rolled around with other equipment. A definite luxury item.
Lake Ontario,St Lawrence River
best ever!
October 1, 2020
Recently purchased my second Exsence spinning reel,I had just bought a new steez,ml7ft,and needed to put a spinning reel on it.After using my other Exsence this season there were no other options, too smooth, too light,and yes when you buy light high end rods ounces count.A solid sealed tight reel.The best
  • buttery smooth, great drag, light but strong, looks great
  • pricy but worth it
By Alex
Favorite Reel
April 5, 2020
Casts a mile. Smooth retrieve. Drag feels great. Sturdy and tight. Black looks nice. Favorite reel I've owned. Would buy these for all my friends and family if I could afford it.
By Scott
San Antonio, Texas
Amazing finesse spinning real
March 30, 2020
This Shimano EXSC3000MHG Exsence Spinning Reel is so smooth I paired it up a G-Loomis GLX 822 drop shot rod. The casting of this is real is quiet and effortless with a great drag set up for an easy fight these south Texas slot reds. I should have spent the money years ago and purchased this real.
  • Too many to list
  • Expensive
By Outback w.
Old Dominion
Nice reel
February 19, 2020
Very smooth, sharp-looking in matte black. I like it so much I bought the 3000. I have this reel team with Stcroix Legend Elite. Hey it's a Shimano second to the Stella, and made in Japan, needs more to say
  • expensive
By Skyraider
Eastern shore
Nice reel
February 8, 2020
Very nice reel... smooth and sleek looking! I like it so much I bought the 4000 !
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By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
This is one baaad dude
November 19, 2019
It’s insanely smooth! I love how it feels in the hand. Such a piece of engineering not to mention its pleasing black out
By NEntv58
Amazing peice of engineering
November 10, 2019
Never have plunked down so much dough for a spinning reel - didn't go the Stella route; seemed over the top in every way - but very glad i did. It is so incredibly smooth, subtle and stealthily tough. Use in the surf with an inshore St Croix and nothing but pure joy. Truly an amazing tool. Can't recommend enough if you're ready for a the best. And half the price of Stella.
  • Build quality
  • Smoothness
  • Drag
  • Bail
  • Design
  • Looks
  • Expensive
  • Line capacity is limited
By Cyaco
Upstate NY
One of the Best Striper reel in the U.S.
March 6, 2019
2017 Shimano Exsence actually performs better than JDM 2016 Shimano Vanquish, 2017 Shimano TwinPower XD, and 2014 Shimano Stella FI.

1. HAGANE body - Aluminium / Magnesium mixed material
2. MicroModuble - Gear makes much smoother retrieve, less noise from gear, increased sensitivity
3. X Protect - better than Core Protect

buy this reel if you are looking at Stella FJ, Exsence has lighter retrieve feeling and more sensitive. MicroModuble II vs. MicroModuble, I can't tell and feel the difference.

Also, I see and hear more issues with Stella FJ.
TwinPower XD ----- If you pay that much, don't you wanna get MicroModuble gear???
Stay with Sustain FI if you wanna buy TwinPower XD. Only differences are: Around pinion gear, the extra ball bearing in handle knob, Hybrid HAGANE body. REALLY you are paying extra $170 for those......

My recommendations are 17 Sustain, 15 Stradic CI4+, 17 Exsence

By Albert
Shimano Exsence Spinning Reel Amazing
February 24, 2019
I bought this Exsence 3000 and paired it up with a NRX 852S. This is my dedicated ultra finesse setup and I could not be happier with the weight and sensitivity. Worth every penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ultra sensitive
  • Ultra expensive
By Rene
Edmonds, WA
Worth it!
December 19, 2018
I’ve been lusting after this reel for a long time, I finally broke down during Tackle Direct’s Black Friday sale. I’m glad I did! Besides looking really sharp on my home built salmon rod in all black finish, it is extremely smooth and light. The drag rating is higher than one expects on a spinning reel this light and I’m looking forward to tryinng it out on Kenai Silvers this fall. The fact that it is impervious to salt water is a bonus that will allow me to use the same setup to chase silvers in the salt around Seward.
  • All black finish looks cool, extremely light, good drag, solid Shimano engineering
  • None so far
By Luis
Incredible spinning reel
January 12, 2018
I saw a few reviews on this reel and couldn't wait to get it. This reel is on par with any high end reel out there. Smooth as silk and it lays the braid on the spool so evenly it's incredible. This reel had now become my favorite fishing reel.
Keep up the great work Shimano and thanks Tackledirect for having it in stock and getting in to me in a timely manner.
By Logan
Nashville, TN
Great reel for Inshore shallow water
August 25, 2017
I bought the 4000 series and first impression was - what a great looking reel. Blacked-out look really is easy on the eyes.

Second thought was - weight. This reel is light for a 4000 series. The lightest I have used in this size. It is only .3 Oz more than my Twin Power XD with 20% more drag.

Bearing system seems smooth and the mag body is well balanced.

It should work well for anything from smaller specks to medium/larger bull reds.

Reel case is well made and seems durable.

  • Smooth retrieve.
  • Blacked out look is eye-catching.
  • Reel bag/cover included.
6 Questions & 6 Answers
from Central NJ asked:
April 22, 2019
Would the 4000 version of this reel, spooled up with 17 lb braid, have enough line capacity for fighting NJ/NY (i.e. not monster NC-sized) false albacore? 
1 Answer
At 24 pounds of drag the reel can handle the fight no problem and at 17 pounds of braid you should be fine with that line test. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 22, 2019

from Florida asked:
June 5, 2022
Would the 4000 pair well with a 611 MH Moderate Fast Shimano Poison Adrena? Also are the spools on these interchangeable if you want a bigger spool for the C3000?
1 Answer
Hi Michael, The Exsense in the 4000 size will fit well with the 6ft 11in Poison Adrena Rod. We do not recommend buying spools of a different size for the reel. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with! Tight lines!
Submitted by: Huy - TackleDirect Customer Service on June 8, 2022

from NC asked:
March 4, 2021
Whst rod would you recommend for the 3000 for bass fishing
1 Answer
I would go with the G-Loomis E6X 852S JWR Jig and Worm Spinning Rod.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on March 5, 2021

from Houston, TX asked:
November 28, 2020
Can this reel be used  salt water fishing?
1 Answer
Yes this reel is design with both freshwater and inshore fisherman in mind. This reel boasts a lot of the same corrosion and water resistant features found in there inshore reel models
Submitted by: Alex T on November 30, 2020

from Fairbanks Alaska asked:
September 24, 2018
Is this reel made in Japan?
1 Answer
Yes, this reel is made in Japan.
Submitted by: Rebecca on September 25, 2018

from New Orleans, Louisiana asked:
November 26, 2017
What rod would you recommend pairing with the 4000 size for inshore fishing the gulf coast
1 Answer
The St. Croix VIS70MF Avid Inshore Spinning Rod - 7 ft. would be a great match pairing it with the Shimano EXS4000MXG Exsence Spinning Reel.
Submitted by: Donald on November 27, 2017


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