Product Comparison: Shimano Sedona FI (SE4000XGFI) vs Shimano Sahara FI (4000XG)

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General Specifications
About the Product
The iconic Shimano Sedona has quite literally stepped up a gear with the FI series. In the pursuit of further engineering excellence, Shimano has incorporated the Hagane Gear into this eight reel series.
The new Sahara is a powerful spinning reel with unparalleled durability at its price point. Incorporating X-Ship and HGN Gearing in its G-Free Body, and available in sizes from 2000 through 5000, it offers performance and value that will appeal to novice and experienced anglers alike.
Sedona FI (SE4000XGFI)
Sahara FI (4000XG)
Key Specs
Braid Line Capacity
205/20, 170/30, 150/50
280/15, 170/30, 150/50
Reel Size
3 + 1
4 + 1
Mono Line Capacity
240/8, 200/10, 160/12
240/8, 200/10, 160/12
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Shimano Sedona FI (SE4000XGFI) Freshwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Sedona conforms to their core principals: light weight, quality materials, and competitive pricing/value.
  • Good solid reel. Use it on a 7'' Medium action Fenwick Eagle. Caught a few Reds on it.
  • This thing is beautiful! Well made and reels like butter, smooth and quiet.
  • Nice reel for the price. Very smooth cranking. Always love Shimano products.
  • I liked everything about this reel EXCEPT the fact that it has no reverse-direction switch.
Shimano Sahara FI (4000XG) Spinning Fishing Reel, Hagane Gear, Model 2017
  • Reel is nice, spins freely. No good for ice fishing outside with braid.
  • Works great and smooth.
  • One of the best reels i ever had.
  • No complains, nice and smooth reel, got 4000 size. Quality seems to be good.
  • Casting distance is good with no problems.
Size & Weight
6.5 in.
6.2 in.
10.4 oz.
10.4 oz.
5.2 in.
5.1 in.
3.8 in.
3.5 in.
Max Drag
24 lb.
24 lb.
Drag Type
Front Drag
Front Drag
Drag Adjustment
Drag Material
What customers say about "Drag"
Shimano Sedona FI (SE4000XGFI) Freshwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • The drag feels smooth, as with all of shimano reels.
  • Smooth reel, drag holds its setting, no wind knots.
  • This is a great " bang for your buck " reel. Super smooth, durable, and plenty of drag.
  • Nice drag, only time will tell as to the durability.
  • It worked well the one time I fished with it but when I got home and went to put it on the rod rack I discovered the drag had failed.
Shimano Sahara FI (4000XG) Spinning Fishing Reel, Hagane Gear, Model 2017
  • My favorite reels. Shimano makes a great product and this was a great price!
  • I'm so glad I went with this reel, it's unbelievably smooth, the drag is top notch, the fit and finish is beautiful, and it casts a mile!
  • The drag is smooth and easy to dial in fine increments.
  • Most $200 reels cant handle that much drag stripping action.
Gear Ratio
6.2 : 1
6.2 : 1
Retrieve Rate
39 in.
39 in.
Anti-Reverse Feature
Type Of Crank
Reel Handle Position
Left / Right
Left / Right
Hagane Gear, X-Ship, AR-C Spool, G Free Body
X-Ship, Hagane Gear, G Free Body, AR-C Spool, VariSpeed II
What customers say about "Features"
Shimano Sedona FI (SE4000XGFI) Freshwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Large spool capacity and very smooth. Can't beat it for the price.
  • I have six of these reels. I fish about two weeks a month in salt water. Never had a problem.
  • Light weight, the gear has smooth feeling, price is about right.
  • Smooth but handle snapped in half on second use.
  • Needs a hard crank of the handle to get it closed. I'm hoping this will loosen up after time.
Shimano Sahara FI (4000XG) Spinning Fishing Reel, Hagane Gear, Model 2017
  • The angle is much sharper then other reels. But it does accomplish being more compact. But I would choose comfort over size.
  • The construction is solid, with the construction of the bail being the one that impresses me the most.
  • I have used this reel for the past three years as my primary false albacore reel and have loved it!
  • This product is great to use with croaker.
  • Its very smooth and can take severe abuse and misshandeling.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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