Shimano Saros FA Series Spinning Reel
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
Great new reel
Received the 3000FA as a gift and love it. The bail and drag system are remarkable. The smoothness of the reel is as good as it gets. Love the line capacity. I have caught 20 lbs. (plus) redfish in current with this reel and have had "0" problems..Get you one....
December 24, 2012
I've been waiting for this to get to the stores and yesterday I got a chance to go by my local BassPro. I will NOT be buying the NEW Saros. I have last year's model and I love it. So I really wanted to get another one for a bigger rod. Can't do it. Every time I turn the handle I get knuckle bang from the bail. This is a real shame since it looks like it was a really great reel otherwise. Guy at the counter said other patrons had said the same thing. Wish I could find a place to get last year's model.
December 7, 2012
After falling in love with the feel of this reel while shopping for the stradic fj and ci4+ I purchased it. I should have read a few more reviews. Upon pairing it with multiple rods it was obvious that the angle this reel rests on is awful. My knuckles get destroyed. Didnt even get line on it and knew I had to return it. I went with the abu garcia revo sx and am glad I did. Much lighter and comparable to the $200+ reels I was looking at for only $10 more than the saros. I cant tell you how upset I am that this reel is not comfortable because it was very smooth and beautiful to the eye as well. Do not buy this unless you hold your rod at the butt and not near the bail for leverage.
September 17, 2013