Shimano Nasci Review 2018: Pros, Cons, Comparison & Alternatives

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Shimano has been developing reels having Shimano’s high-end features at a very affordable price. Shimano Nasci series released in 2016 has replaced the Shimano Symetre reels. It offers more advanced features making it one of the most popular reels in Shimano.

This under $100 reel is available in the five most popular reel sizes among North American anglers for just about any freshwater action and inshore/coastal saltwater situations.

If you are looking at a more mid-advanced reel from an entry-level one, then you will surely notice the improvement in performance that the Shimano Nasci provides. You quickly learn to trust the reel when spinning lures and soft plastics.

Features

shimano nasci review

Ball Bearings: 4

Roller Bearings: 1

Maximum Drag: 7 – 24 (lb)

Front Drag

Retrieve Per Crank Range: 26 – 41 (in)

Key Features: Hagane Gear, Core Protect

Nasci features Hagane Gear that is a cold forged aluminum drive gear and 165-percent stronger than the zinc casting gears. CoreProtect feature in Nasci provides water resistance with sacrificing rotation lightness reel body and anti-reverse bearing (roller clutch).

Moreover, NASCI also offers G-Free Body design so the center of gravity is closer to the rod to reduce fatigue. It also features a thicker, more durable bail wire, and Shimano’s X-Ship technology where bearings support the pinion gear to efficiently transmit feeling power.

Additional features include a rigid aluminum cold forged handle for added durability, and an easy to adjust large front drag knob.

In 1000 – 4000 sizes, NASCI reels use felt drag washers that perform best for the fishing situation when you use under 10 pounds of drag pressure.

NASCI C5000reel has CrossCarbon drag washer to better handle the higher drag pressure needed in coastal/inshore fishing situations.

Anti-reverse feature is permanent with no switch to manually reverse retrieve. This can be a con and pro as well depending on where and what type of fishing you do.

What size suits you?

The NASCI line-up includes 1000, 2500, C3000HG, 4000XG and C5000XG.

ModelBody SizePower Line CapMono Line CapWeight
(Oz.)
Max DragLine
Retrieve
Gear RatioPrices
NAS1000FB100010/95
15/85
20/65
2/270
4/140
6/110
7.67265.0:1 Check Price
NAS2500FB250010/150
15/145
30/100
6/200
8/140
10/120
8.820295.0:1 Check Price
NASC3000HGFB250010/200
20/140
40/105
6/230
8/170
10/140
8.820366.2:1 Check Price
NAS4000XGFB400015/230
20/205
50/120
8/240
10/200
12/160
10.424396.2:1 Check Price
NASC5000XGFB400020/220
30/200
40/160
10/240
12/195
14/165
10.624416.2:1 Check Price

All five reels feature five ball bearings plus Shimano’s one-way bearing Power Roller. 

The NAS1000 and NAS2500 have 5.0:1 gear ratios. Nasci 1000 takes in 31-inches of line per crank, and 2500 takes in 29-inches per crank. The size 1000 has the capacity for 85 yards of 15-pound test PowerPro or 140 yards of 4-pound test monofilament/fluorocarbon. While 2500 can handle 145 yards of 15-pound test PowerPro or 140 years of eight-pound mono/fluoro;

Shimano C3000 has the same size as of 3000. So what’s the difference?

Shimano Nasci 2500 vs 3000

Although designed with the same body size as 2500, C3000 has a large capacity spool, take in 36-inches. It has narrower spool arbor and deeper spool to hold a little more line. Hence, C3000HG holds 140 yards of 20-pound PowerPro or 170 yards of 8-pound mono/fluoro. Moreover, It has the T shaped knob over the single paddle style.

With a powerful 6.2:1 gear ratio, the 4000XG pulls in 39-inches and the C5000 (same body size as 4000) takes in 41-inches per crank with a 6.2:1 gear ratio.

170 yards of 30-pound PowerPro or 200 yards of 10-pound test mono/fluoro fills the 4000XG. With the large spool capacity with 4000 body size, C5000XG can take 200 yards of 30-pound PowerPro or 195 yards of 12-pound test mono/fluoro.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Holds up great in saltwater
  • Strong drag & Silky smooth
  • Picks up line quickly
  • A great price point for this quality
  • Composite body
  • Lightweight
  • Hagane precision cold forged gear drives
Cons
  • No reel-reverse switch
  • Strong drag learning curve
  • Problems with the drag clicking mechanism
  • Not a fully sealed reel
  • Spool is not braid ready

Alternatives

Shimano Nasci vs Stradic

Shimano Stradic features Aluminium body as compared to graphite of Nasci. Although, Stradic comes in a price almost double of that of Nasci, the extra features, durability and performance it offers is unmatchable. Stradic has A-RB bearings. The knob and handle of the stradic has a much better design. The handle screws into the main gear instead of a pass through and secure on the other side scheme.

Although the body of the FK is not sealed, there is a seal on both sides of the handle, above the one-way anti-reverse bearing and around the rotor nut. More extra features include:

  • Worm gear design to move the spool upward quickly and downward slowly to wind the line in a precise pattern. It reduces friction and gives a smoother, longer casting ability.
  • Anti-reverse to instant hook setting power.
  • The gear is not going to show any wear, even if used heavily.
  • With all these features, It is still super lighter than Nasci.

If you want to go to the next level with performance and looking for a responsive and a very light reel, Shimano Stradic is for you.

Read the full review of Shimano stradic FK & CI4+ here

Shimano Nasci vs Daiwa BG

Daiwa BG reels come in 10 models that give you more flexibility of size options. Both have a very competitive price. Compared to Nasci, Daiwa BG has smoother drag, a metallic body, and great gears.

Moreover, Daiwa has 6 high-end ball bearings as compared to 4 of Nasci. Daiwa BG has better line retrieve rate but Nasci has better gear ratio than Daiwa except for 2500 size. Nasci is a little lighter in weight and has better max drag.

These affordable Daiwa BG reels have shown that great quality can be achieved at low cost. Overall, You can use the Daiwas BG for heavier setups, the Nasci on your lighter setups.

Read the full review of Daiwa BG Series here

Shimano Nasci vs Sahara

Sahara is about $20 cheaper than Nasci. Both cast as far and feels as equally smooth during the retrieve. Sahara does not have core protect, hence lacks water protection.

 

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