Shimano Sustain Inshore Spinning Reel Review [Top Pros & Cons]

By: Joseph Simonds on June 18, 2020
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It’s spinning reel review time!

Today we’re sharing everything you need to know about the Shimano Sustain.

This is one of Shimano’s higher-end spinning reels and there’s a lot to like about it.

But of course, it’s not perfect, so if you’re thinking about getting this reel, check out this video first.

You’ll learn:

  • The pros and cons of this reel
  • Who it’s best for
  • What’s unique about it
  • And much more

If you’re looking to get a new spinning reel, or just want to learn more about fishing reels in general, you’re going to love this video.

Shimano Sustain Review [VIDEO]

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Here are some of the pros and cons of this reel.


  • Very light
  • Smooth – one of the best gears in the industry
  • Very saltwater-resistant


  • Expensive (around $300)
  • Bearing system (sometimes the line roller system will squeal)


shimano sustain review

The Shimano Sustain is a light, smooth reel that’s perfect for the angler who likes to throw artificial lures all day.

But although there’s a lot to like about this reel, there are likely better, cheaper options for you out there when it comes to spinning reels.

Have any questions about this reel?

Have you used it before?

Let us know in the comments below.

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16 days ago

I have purchased two shimano Stradic ci4+ and both felt drag washers had to be replaced with car on tech washers. Want to know if this sustain reel 2500 uses carbon tech drag washers or the felt paper thin washers?

Last edited 16 days ago by Oscar Alvarado
Mark Goodson
15 days ago
Reply to  Oscar

Yes, they use a cross carbon fiber drag system.Most reels are going that way now

David Ulgenalp
16 days ago

Nice review! The Sustain is my favorite Shimano reel for the money. I have been fishing them for years and currently own four 3000 and three 4000 models (including at least one of the current models of each). I find them to be much more durable (including the roller guide bearing) and resistant to saltwater intrusion than any of their less expensive models, including the Stradic and Ci4 and worth the extra money. That being said, if I do have an issue, it’s usually the roller guide bearing going bad. I also have a couple of 3000 Twin Power reels and absolutely love them, but I’m not sure they’re worth the extra $150 to $200.

Mark Goodson
15 days ago
Reply to  David Ulgenalp

It certainly is a fine product!!!