Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

Are you searching for a durable spinning reel?

Then look no further as the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is the reel of your dreams. It received some significant updates from its predecessor, which further improved its attributes and features.

Throughout this article, we will further explore this model to highlight its best and worst attributes.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ comes in four different models, which are 1000, 2500, 3000 and 4000. These four models differ in their line retrieve, gear ratio, monofilament line capacity, braided line capacity, maximum drag, ball bearings and finally their weight.

Its slick and compact design make it very comfortable to hold and use. Moreover, it is packed with amazing features that will compel any angler to purchase it. We will now explore these fantastic features.

Shimano's X-Ship

This fantastic addition was not available in the previous versions such as the Shimano Stradic Ci4. This technology provides the reel with a double bearing supported pinion gear. This, in turn, provides you with much more control during your retrieval process. The added control is handy, especially if you are retrieving a heavy load.

Magnumlite Rotor

This rotor is 25% lighter than any previous rotor. Thus, it has better balance, which will make it easier for you to start and stop your process of retrieval. This means that you will spend less inertia and less energy during retrievals, Moreover, it creates more balance and you will have very smooth retrievals, which Shimano reels are famous for.

G-Free Body Design

This is a design-related feature, but it is an important feature nonetheless. This feature is present in pricier models such as the Shimano Stella and the Shimano Stradic FK. It allows you to acquire a better grip and a better feel for when you strike and when you battle the fish. This occurs due to the reel's centre of gravity being moved closer to the rod.

Advanced CoreProtect Water Resistance

This feature is concerned with the product's durability. It provides you with 360-degree protection from almost anything. Therefore, you will no longer have to be worried about rain damaging your reel or if accidentally drop your reel into the water. The Coreprotect practically makes your reel invincible.

Super-light, Strong CI4+ Carbon Body

This reel is very durable, light and strong all thanks to its amazingly constructed carbon body. It was built with durability in mind. The creators went to great extents to make this model as durable and as reliable as it as can be. Therefore, you do not need to worry about it being damaged or ruined, as it will stay in its best condition for long periods.

X-Ship Pinion Gear Support System

It works by positioning the pinion gear close to the centre line of the large diameter drive gear, thus giving more power to the rotor and providing you with more efficiency. It also has minimum pinion gear twist and rotor deflection due to it being supported by two Shimano A-RB roller bearings.

We will now talk about each model and the differences between them. We will start with the 1000 or the STCI41000HGFB. This model has a 31 (in) line retrieve, a 6:0:1 gear ratio, a 2/270, 4/140 and 6/110 monofilament line capacity, a 10/95, 15/85 and 20/65 braided line capacity, a 7 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing  and weighs 5.6 (oz.).

The 2500 model or the STCI42500HGFB has a 35 (in) line retrieve, a 6:0:1 gear ratio, a 6/200, 8/140 and 10/120 monofilament line capacity, a 10/150, 15/145 and 30/100 braided line capacity, a 20 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing and weighs 6.7 (oz.).

The 3000 model or the STCI4C3000HGFB has a 35 (in) line retrieve, a 6.0:1 gear ratio, a 6/230, 8/170 and 10/140 monofilament line capacity, a 10/200,20/140 and 40/105 braided line capacity, a 20 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing and weighs 6.7 (oz.).

The 4000 model or the STCI44000XGFB has a 39 (in) line retrieve, a 6:2:1 gear ratio, an 8/240, 10/200 and 12/160 monofilament line capacity, a 15/280, 30/170 and 50/150 braided line capacity, a 24 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing and weighs 8.1 (oz.).

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Water-Resistant

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Thoughts

This is an amazing reel for both professional and amateur anglers. Despite its high price, you will be getting fantastic features that will turn your fishing experience into an unforgettable time.