Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ – Perhaps you’re familiar with Shimano Stradic fishing reels and the various variations.

What makes Shimano Stradic Ci4+ so different from the Shimano Stradic K?

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ spinning rod was launched in April 2016 and features a few improvements over its predecessor, the Shimano Stradic Ci4 reel.

Most noticeable is Shimano’s X-Ship technology, which has a double bearing supported pinion drive that allows for a smoother retrieve, especially when cranking under heavy loads.

You have found the Shimano C4i+. Many people transpose the “i”, and “4” into the model number.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+, which I refer to as a “finesse reel”, is extremely smooth and lightweight. This is exactly what I’m looking for in an inshore reel.

There are four models available: 1000, 2500 and 3000. They weigh between 5.6 and 8.1 oz. The drag range is between 7 and 24 lbs for the 4000.

It is as smooth as silk, and the micro-click adjustable drag knob allows for a wide range settings. For me there is no question, the Shimano StradicCi4+ is worth the extra $30 over the Stradic FK. Let’s dig a little deeper to discover why.

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Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Features

Let’s get into the details of this reel.

Magnumlite Rotor – Magnumlite or MGL rotors are 25% lighter than the previous designs. The MGL or Magnumlite rotor has a better balance, making it easier to start and stop retrieves. This allows for less inertia and gives you that silky smooth feeling that Shimano is known for.

G-Free Body Design –To improve balance and weight, the center of the reel’s mass has been moved closer towards the rod. This means that you feel the strike more and can fight the fish more effectively.

You will also not feel fatigued after a long day on water. This design was first utilized in the more expensive Shimano Stella and is also available on the Shimano Stradic FK.

Advanced CoreProtect water resistance – Coreprotect offers 360-degree all weather water resistance so that your reel can last a lifetime, provided you take good care of it.

Coreprotect is not able to waterproof reels.

Super-light and strong CI4+ carbon body – The carbon fiber body makes this reel extremely lightweight and almost seems like it isn’t there. This reel is typically only available in higher-end reels like the Shimano Sustain and Shimano Stella.

Spools of cold-forged aluminum – These spools are stronger and more durable than diecast aluminum or graphite.

Extreme-hard Hagane(r), cold-forged drive gears – Hagane precision cold-forged gears offer one of the most smooth retrieve experiences you’ll ever experience, especially when loaded.

X-SHIP is a more precise and robust precision gear system that places a bearing onto the pinion. This difference is not obvious when there is no load on the pinion. However, it becomes noticeable quickly once enough pressure has been applied (a large fish).

X-Ship pinion gear support system –X-Ship is a combination feature that works together to increase efficiency. The pinion gear should be placed close to the middle line of the large diameter drive shaft to transfer more power to the rotor.

Two Shimano ARB roller bearings are used to support the pinion gear. This provides greater stability and reduces pinion gear twist in extreme circumstances.

6 S ARB shielded stainless-steel ball bearings – The legendary Shimano reels are smooth, thanks to the 6 shielded ball bearings.

These bearings are identical to the ARB standard bearings, but they have a shield on both sides to prevent any dirt, salt or water from getting into the bearings and affecting their smoothness.

Super Stopper II anti-reverse bearing –Shimano uses an one-way roller bearing which will enable you to set the hook instantly without any back play on the reel.

Advanced AR-C spool design plus Power Roller –All the marketing talk aside. The Stradic Ci4+ is great at line management thanks to its well-designed spool, which they call the AR–C cold forged. It also includes a grooved power roll. My experience with line twists and wind knots has been very minimal.

The Power Roller’s special groove reduces line twists up to half-way. This reel will be superior to any other spinning reels in terms of line management and reduction of twisting.

Are you looking for a sturdy spinning reel?

Look no further, the Shimano Stradic Zi4+ reel is what you’ve been looking for. This reel has received significant improvements from its predecessor which have further enhanced its features and attributes.

We will continue to explore the model throughout this article in order to highlight its best attributes and worst.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

There are four models of the Shimano Stradic Ci4+: 1000, 2500 and 3000. The four models are different in line retrieve, gear ratios, monofilament line capacity and braided line capacities, as well as their maximum drag, weight, and ball bearings.

The compact and sleek design makes it easy to use and hold. It is also packed with incredible features that will make any angler want to buy it. These amazing features will be explored now.

Shimano’s X-Ship

This amazing addition was not possible in previous versions, such as the Shimano Stradic Ci4. This technology gives the reel a double bearing supported, pinion gear. This technology gives you more control over your retrieval process. This is especially useful if you’re retrieving heavy loads.

Magnumlite Rotor

This rotor weighs 25% less than the previous one. It has a better balance which makes it easier to begin and stop retrieval. It will allow you to retrieve more quickly and with less effort.

G-Free Body Design

Although this is not a design feature, it is still important. This feature is available in the Shimano Stella, Shimano Stradic FK and other more expensive models. This feature allows you to have a better grip on the rod and feel it when fighting with fish. This is due to the center of gravity moving closer to the rod.

Advanced Core Water Resistance

This feature ensures the product’s durability. This feature provides 360-degree protection against almost any type of weather. You no longer need to worry about rain damaging your reel, or accidentally dropping your reel in the water. Your reel is virtually invincible thanks to Core Protect.

Super-light and strong CI4+ carbon body

The carbon body of this reel makes it extremely durable, light and strong. It was designed to last. It was made to be durable and reliable by its creators. It will not be damaged or destroyed, and it will remain in top condition for long periods.

X-Ship Pinion Gear Support System

The pinion gear is placed close to the center line of the large-diameter drive gear to increase power and efficiency. Due to its support by two Shimano ARB roller bearings, it has minimal pinion gear twist or rotor deflection.

Now we will discuss each model and their differences. The 1000 or STCI41000HGFB will be our first model. This model has a 31-in line retrieve, a 6/0:1 gear ratio and a 2/270 and 4/140 monofilament line capacities, a 10/95 and 15/85 braided line capacities, and a 7-lb. Maximum drag, 6 ball bearings, and a roller bearing. It weighs in at 5.6 (oz. .

The STCI42500HGFB model, the 2500, has a 35-in line retrieve, a 6/0:1 gear ratio, and a 10/120, 8/140, and 10/120 monofilament capacity. It also has a 10/150 and 15/145 braided line capacities. It weighs 20 pounds. Maximum drag, 6 ball bearings, and a roller bearing. It weighs in at 6.7 (oz. .

The STCI4C3000HGFB 3000 model has a 35-in line retrieve, a 6.0 to1 gear ratio, and a 6/230 and 8/170 monofilament line capacities, respectively, as well as a 10/200 and 20/140 braided line capacities, and a 20 (lb. Maximum drag, 6 ball bearings, a roller bearing, and weighs in at 6.7 (oz. .

The STCI44000XGFB 4000 model has a 39-in line retrieve, a 6/2:1 gear ratio and a 8/240, 10/200, 12/160 monofilament and 12/160 monofilament line capacities, an 8/240 and 30/170 braided line capacities, and a 24 (lb. Maximum drag, 6 ball bearings, and a roller bearing. It weighs in at 8.1 (oz. .

Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Water-Resistant

Cons

    • Expensive

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Alternatives

The Shimano Stradic FK will retail for $30 less, if you want to stick with Shimano. These reels are different because the Ci4+ is more water-tight and the Ci4+ is 25% lighter.

The Shimano Stradic FK reel is great if weight and water tightness do not concern you. Read the full review of the Shimano Stradic FK HERE.

The Daiwa Fuego LT is half the price of Shimano Stradic Zi4+. It’s very similar in weight and drag. The Fuego LT is a great reel that I fish daily. Read the full Daiwa Fuego LT review HERE.

The Pflueger SupremeXT is lighter than the Stradic Ci4+, but it is still affordable for those with limited budgets. Read the full review of the Pflueger Supreme XT HERE.

In conclusion

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ reel is an amazing reel. It comes from a long history of Stradic predecessors and keeps getting better, in this case with a lighter weight.

Inshore anglers need a light, durable, lightweight retrieving reel with a strong drag system that is nearly waterproof.

This reel retails at $229, which is midrange in price. It will last years if it is well cared for and will not disappoint. This reel is a great choice and I will keep a 2500 attached my St. Croix Mojo Inshore for many years to come.

Lewis
Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.