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Shimano Sustain FI Spinning Reels

Shimano Sustain FI Spinning Reels

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Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
PowerPro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight
208+18.3$299.99 USD
208+17.9$299.99 USD
248+110.1$309.99 USD
248+110.1$309.99 USD
The Shimano Sustain FI Spinning Reels are ideal for bass to small billfish. It's designed to handle a variety of fishing challenges that you can throw at it. They are known for light rotation and refinement. These reels combine water-repellent coating and specially designed water channeling.
4 Stars based on 5 reviews
By Don
November 26, 2018
Quality reel and favorite Shimano reel
Tough and great lookin reel. It's a step above the stradics but should be. Never heard a negative comment
By SnookSlayerFL
South Florida
August 6, 2018
Shimano is not doing something right
So I dont know what happend to shimano but after the black ci4 stradics, now all the 4000s and 5000s (Sustain, Stradic, even Stella) are way too tight retrieve under load. In the store when not under load they feel fine, but as soon as you're retrieving a lure it's too tight. But it's not just Shimano, even Penn is starting to feel like that too. Have Cabos and they are nice and effortless retrieve, as well as a Daiwa ballistic LT. The SW shimanos (saragosa, spheros, twin power sw, stella sw, even the cheaper sw's) all have effortless retrieve. But these new compact non SW models are way too tight and forearm tiring on the retrieve.
ProsThey look good They feel good when nothing is tied on
ConsThe retrieve is way too tight. Older models have much more effortless retrieve.
By John
Providence RI
March 12, 2018
Great reel by Shimano
I purchase this real to fish for false abbies in Rhode Island. it's smooth operating lays down the braid nicely when reeling in.
ProsWell balance on a 9' St Croix.
ConsThe spool isn't braid ready.
By Doug
Ocean City, NJ
February 22, 2018
Amazing Reel
Fish two 4000s and they are great. Use them for striper and mahi.
ProsLight and strong
By Mark C.
La Habra, CA
January 5, 2018
This reel is very light and strong enough to catch anything inshore to small tuna.
11 Questions & 11 Answers
Michael J.
from Norman, OK asked:
December 9, 2017
Is the drag knob metal or plastic?
1 Answers
The drag knob on the Sustain is plastic.
on December 11, 2017

from Chicago asked:
October 26, 2017
Does it have the same gearing as the FG model? including the plastic idle gear?
1 Answers
The FG and F1 both utilize the X-ship gear feature while the f1 has the Hagan gear the FG does not.
on November 1, 2017

from Tulsa, Oklahoma asked:
July 26, 2017
Is the 4000 and 5000 really 10.1 oz?
1 Answers
According to the Shimano site the 4000 and the 5000 are only 10.1 oz.
on July 27, 2017

from Champaign, Illinois asked:
March 29, 2018
Will the Sustain FI be made in a 1000 series?
1 Answers
There isn't any word yet on Shimano releasing a 1000 size Sustain FI model being introduced in the near future. Once there is the info will be posted on our site.
on March 30, 2018

John Kim
from Houston, Texas asked:
January 23, 2018
Would the 5000 model be a good surf reel?
1 Answers
The Shimano Sustain 5000 would be too light in my opinion fishing from the surf. I would recommend using the Shimano Ultegra XTD models or the Shimano Saragossa models for surf fishing.
on January 24, 2018

from Mary Esther, FL asked:
January 2, 2018
Which reel is ideal for freshwater? The FG or the FI?
1 Answers
Either reel model could be used in freshwater. The 2500 and 3000 sizes would be the best options for freshwater use.
on January 3, 2018

from Bremen Germany asked:
November 26, 2017
Hello Guys, is the c3000 version smaller (smaller body) than the 2500 size version? Or is there another specific reason for the different weights. Cheers
1 Answers
The C3000 is the same body size as the 2500. The C3000 simply has a larger spool and a different handle style.
on November 28, 2017

Aaron Basillote
from Bahrain asked:
November 9, 2017
Does this model have the maintenance port?
1 Answers
The Shimano Sustain FI series reels do not have a maintenance port.
on November 9, 2017

from Hobart Tasmania asked:
November 8, 2017
I would like to purchase a 4000 but the small handle is putting me off... Can the handle off a 5000 be used on a 4000?
1 Answers
Talking with Shimano directly, they verified that handles and even spools are interchangeable between the 4000 and 5000 models.
on November 9, 2017

from Pittston, PA asked:
July 24, 2017
Is this reel made in Japan?
1 Answers
The Shimano Sustain FI reels are made in Malaysia.
on July 26, 2017

Dan Hutchison
from Shreveport, Louisiana asked:
July 20, 2017
What is the color of this reel? Is it dark blue or black?
1 Answers
The new Sustain is black and silver.
on July 21, 2017


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