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This updated version of the popular Shimano Stradic CI4 is more advanced and significantly lighter than the original.  The 2500 model we tested came in at just 6.7 ounces.  Shimano shaved the weight by using a Magnumlite rotor, which also improves retrieval performance and line lay. The reel packs seven bearings, making for an incredibly smooth retrieve, aided by a knob material that feels great. The Stradic CI4+ had the most responsive drag of any reel we tested, and aesthetics and ergonomics were spot on.

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is an awesome reel that comes from a long line of predecessors in the Stradic family and just keeps getting better and in this case lighter weight.  For most of us inshore anglers a lightweight, smooth retrieving reels with a strong and durable drag system that is near waterproof, is just what we want to have in our hands when we head out to the flats or our favorite fishing hole.

Bottom line: If you’re after the best new spinning reel for 2017/18, this is it.

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  • Shimano Stradic CI4+

Posted: 17/08/2018


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