The Shimano Stradic CI4+ is the workhorse of the Shimano spinning reel lineup. The Stradic line has always been renowned for its quality and this latest version is no different. The reel is lighter, and easier to use than previous Stradics while still being tough and long-lasting. It also looks absolutely beautiful and fits into your hand like it is a missing piece of your body. That has made this reel very popular among amateur and professional anglers alike. Along with its overall great performance, the Shimano Stradic CI4+ comes packed with all of the technology you expect from a top-end Shimano fishing reel. The Shimano Stradic CI4+ has so much technology and research driving its design that there is simply not enough space on this page to fit it all in. So we have had to cut the list down to the highlights.
Specs for the Stradic Ci4+:
- 7 Bearings
- Hagane Gears
- G Freee Body
- Core Protect
- Magnumlite Rotor
- Super Stopper 2
- Retrieve range 31-39 (in)
- 5.6-8.1 weight range (oz)
- Front drag
- 7-24 (lb) drag power range
There are 7 bearings which make the reeling action smoother than butter on a hot day. This also helps prevent wear or damage from an unbalanced mechanism. The number of bearings has always been a clue to the level of quality for a reel and this definitely rings true for the CI4+.
The reel has cold-forged Hagane Gears. These gears are made by applying immense pressure to the blanks rather than heat. The result is an incredibly precise gearing with remarkably strong teeth and the torque to fight just about anything you can coax into biting a lure.
The Stradic CI4+ also utilises the G Free Body system. This shifts the reels centre of gravity closer to the rod. That may not sound like much but it actually improves casting comfort and helps eliminate fatigue even when you are fishing all day long. By moving the shaft mechanism from the bottom of the reel to the top they have been able to make casting feel even better.
Another technical improvement added to the Shimano CI4+ reel is X-SHIP. This incorporates a larger drive gear and some other tweaks to improve reeling power by 20%. It also adds rigidity to the system. That means you can haul in bigger fish easier without having to worry about damaging your reel.
Along with making the reel easier to use, Shimano have made the CI4+ more rugged with Core Protect. This system seals key areas in the body, clutch roller and line roller. That helps prevent things like sand, mud and grime from getting into the workings of the reel even when you mistreat it. All this means you do not have to fork out for a new spinning reel when you accidentally drop that shiny new Shimano in the creek.
Finally, there is the Magnumlite Rotor. This reduces the weight of the reel by 14%, which lowers fatigue while improving balance. This makes the reel feel quick and responsive so you can fish all day and pick up even the lightest and fastest bites.
If you are looking for a fishing reel that will look great, last for years and perform well even when you abuse it, the Stradic CI4+ should be your first choice.
Package Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.2 x 3.6 inches