Shimano® Saros FA Series Spinning Reels
- X-Ship technology for increased cranking efficiency and more power
- Lightweight XT-7 frame/rotor/sideplate
- Rapid Fire Drag adjustment
- Six-Bearing system
Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 6 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by doddauto Most uncomfortable reel ever! I have been a loyal Shimano spinning reel user for 25 years. I recently got the new Saros 2500FA, I'm Very disappointed with how the reel feels on the rod. The arm (or the leg that attaches the reel foot to the reel body) has been altered from earlier spinning reels. The angle is to sharp and it pinches my knuckles. I have tried on both Shimano rods and others. If you look at the pictures below of earlier reels and the new Saros you will see what I mean. I have tried using for the last month and will have to either go back to earlier reels or go to another brand. Its a real shame the ergonomics is so bad because otherwise the reel feels solid with dependable drag. May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrKnifeFanatic Best reel I've owned Me and a friend are currently collecting Shimano reels (or so it seems lately!) Currently, we have the Sedona, Sahara, Symetre, Saros, and Stradic Ci4. Each reel has noticeable improvement as you move up. The Saros 4000 is incredible. The gear system is a step up from the Symetre, and you can feel the difference. Although every single Shimano is as smooth as silk over glass, you can feel little difference as you tension the handles and put them under load. The retrieve on even the Sedona is incredible. The Saros is even smoother, if that's at all possible, and maintains every single ounce of that smoothness even under heavy load. The Symetre maintains very good composure under load as well, but again, the Saros acts as if nothing was happening at all no matter how much you tighten that drag knob. Waterproof drag: dropped in muddy water, and she laughed it off. The graphite frame is very stiff and there is no flex at all in this reel. With Shimano, you are getting what you pay for. I love other brands as well (Penn, Daiwa, Abu), and am not partial. If I were buying a rod strictly for surf fishing in the sand, I'd go with a new spinfisher. But this reel is so much lighter, easy to cast, plenty of power, good line capacity, and perfect balance. If you are kayak fishing or casting all day in-shore fishing, this is your Cadillac. Redfish and trout don't stand a chance. May 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SD123 Good Purchase Quality product again...drag is quite smooth...bearing system works well...weight is a plus when matching with light rod April 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheReelBubba another winner quality is top notch, looks are incredible. drag is silent. long story short. i have have over 100 reels and as far as freshwater this is as good as it gets. worth every penny. the only thing id wish for would be this reel in a 500 size. for now all my 4'6 rods im using 500 size reels. this reel i bought a 5 ft to mount on. i like it so much ive ordered another one. just buy this tool. you will love it! March 4, 2013
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Details:Just upgraded from a Sahara 1000 to this 2500 Saros and was wondering if the bail should be hitting the drag knob when the spool is up? I've only fished smaller reels so I don't know if this is typical. Regardless it is a pain.
A:Yes, Saros is the first tier to start offering the waterproof drag. The Symetre, which is 1 tier under, does not. Both the Symetre and Saros share the same great spool though, which takes braided line like a champ. The gear system on the Saros is smoother while under load.
A:Yes, this reel is saltwater approved. It has a sealed drag system as well as having extra corrosion resistant bearings. If it ever gets dropped in saltwater, you simply need rinse it with fresh water. Even the Symetre will take some saltwater abuse, although it may not be saltwater rated. (Assuming you rinse it with fresh water after use as well)
A:yes but rinse it off alot and keep it oiled
A:Yes, of course with the proper washing and cleaning. Salt is hard on any product
Top 500 Contributor
A:Yes. I have all Shimano spinning reels down to the Spirex models and even those are saltwater safe.
One of the reasons I went with Shimano spinning reels is they're for both salt and fresh water applications.
Just rinse in freshwater when you're done and you should be good to go.
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