Shimano has a long history of consistently improving upon its already very good reels to bring to market a top-of-the-line product. That’s exactly what the company did with the introduction of the new Sustain FG series of spinning reels. The five reels in this line are offered with Shimano’s X-Ship feature, which is also found in the award-winning Stella FE reels. But one of the coolest features is an innovative ‘kickstand’ that folks out to keep the reel from laying on its side. The kickstand will keep the reel from getting damaged and looking good.
A spinning reel with a kickstand may be a first, but you’ll find it here on the Sustain and it’s a pretty cool idea. The kickstand is located opposite the handle side — it can easily be screwed in to either side depending on whether an angler wants a right-hand or left-hand retrieve. “When the reel lays on a boat deck, the kickstand keeps the reel propped up so that the bail wire won’t get bent, and also protects the reel from scratches,” said Kenichi Iida, who heads up Shimano American Corp.’s reel development efforts.
The reel is also light and smooth. “Anglers will also notice that we use our proprietary CI4 material in the rotor construction to help reduce weight — the rotor now only weighs 0.4-ounces, plus it also contributes to making the handle rotation smoother and lighter,” Iida says.
Shimano’s X-Ship system utilizes a double bearing supported pinion gear to give anglers increased gearing efficiency and power for virtually effortless cranking of the handle. By supporting the pinion gear with two A-RB ball bearings, X-Ship eliminates the pinion gear twist and rotor flex that can be a common problem with spinning reels when fighting a fish. X-Ship takes the Sustain series to a new level of spinning reel performance, providing anglers with out-of-the-box smoothness for the life of the reel.
The new Sustain FG reels include a long-list of proven Shimano features, from Propulsion Line Management System to virtually eliminate any line twist and increase casting distance, Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, a durable, cold-forged aluminum drive gear, SR Concept, Aerowrap II, Dyna-Balance and Super Stopper II. With the exception of the SA-1000FG with seven shielded A-RB ball bearings, the other Sustain reels all have eight S A-RB bearings, and all models feature a roller bearing to eliminate any handle backplay.
Each reel comes with a 6:1 gear ratio. The SA-1000A has the spool capacity to handle 2- to 6-pound mono or 10- to 20-pound PowerPro braid and will retrieve 30 inches of line per crank, while the SA-2500FG is built for 6- to 10-pound test mono or 10- to 30-pound PowerPro and pulls in 34 inches. The SA-3000FG, is for 6- to 10-pound test mono or 10- to 40-pound PowerPro and cranks in 35 inches. With 6.2:1 gear ratios, the SA-4000FG retrieves 39 inches of line crank and can handle 8- to 12-pound mono or 15- to 50-pound PowerPro. The SA-50000FG, for 10- to 14-pound test mono or 20- to 50-pound test PowerPro, pulls in 41 inches.
All the Sustain FG reels feature oversized, high-density EVA grips for added comfort, along with a cold-forged ‘Rapid Fire’ drag knob for precise, quick drag adjustments while fighting a fish.
“Spinning reel enthusiasts are going to really appreciate X-Ship and the smooth performance, plus the cool features like the kickstand, our EVA grips and quick adjusting drag,” Iida said.
The SA-1000FG, 2500FG and 3000FG retail for $329.99 while the SA-4000FG costs $349.99 and the SA-5000FG goes for $359.99.
For more information, visit fish.shimano.com.
- New “Magnumlite CI4 Rotor” (1000-4000)
- Aluminum Sideplate
- Rapid Fire Drag
- New “Reel Stand”
- Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
- Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III.
- Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
- Aero Wrap II Oscillation
- SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
- S A-RB (Shielded A-RB) Ball Bearings
- Aluminum Spool
- S-Concept: S Rotor, S Guard, S Arm Cam
- New Machined Aluminum Handle
- Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread in Handle Attachment)
- EVA Handle Knob
- WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
- Maintenance Port
- Fluidrive II
- Floating Shaft
- Super Stopper II
- Repairable Clicker
- Approved for use in Saltwater
- Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines