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Shimano Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reels

Shimano Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reels

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PowerPro Line Capacity
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Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Price
76 S A-RB+1RB5.6$229.99 USD
206 S A-RB+1RB6.7$229.99 USD
206 S A-RB+1RB6.7$229.99 USD
246 S A-RB+1RB8.1$239.99 USD

Back and updated with some of Shimano’s newest technologies, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ spinning reel delivers top-level performance in a lighter and more durable platform than ever before. By decreasing overall weight, adding the new lightweight MGL Rotor, and incorporating G-Free Body, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is the lightest and most comfortable Stradic ever made. Don’t let this reel’s light weight fool you however; the use of cold-forged Hagane Gearing, CoreProtect, and X-Ship technology ensures the Stradic Ci4+ is up to taking the abuse for years of dependable operation.

From Largemouth Bass and Walleye to Striped Bass and Snook, Shimano’s Stradic Ci4+ Spinning Reels delivers all the features and power needed to tame a wide variety of freshwater and inshore species.

Shimano Technology Found In Stradic Ci4+ Reels :
  • Aero Wrap II - Utilizing a patented worm gear design, this two-speed oscillation system lays the line onto the spool in a X pattern that reduces line-on-line friction and helps to increase casting distance.
  • CoreProtect - The concept of CoreProtect is simple – to provide exceptional water resistance without creating any additional rotational resistance on the retrieve. The reel is treated at key areas such as the roller clutch, body, and line roller to resist water intrusion.
  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • MGL Rotor - The Magnumlight Rotor is 25% lighter and allows for better balance and requires 22% less inertia, which makes it easier to start and stop the retrieve for a smoother feel.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano’s A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing’s rotation.
  • Super Stopper - Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing to eliminate back-play in the reel and provide the angler with instant power when setting the hook.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
4.5 Stars based on 35 reviews
By Kenneth
Cary, IL
Stradic's do it again!!!
September 15, 2017
I have many Shimano Stradic reels. Why, because they never fail me. This new C-14 is no exception. The main reasons have to do with castability. They cast like a dream and lay line like a smooth sheet w/o digging in and a great retrieve ratio. My friends think I'm crazy to use them in saltwater but I recently wrestled a nice snook from the mangroves as well as caught bluefish and spanish mackerel from the surf in Florida with these reels. I have several sizes, and each is soooo balanced by the incredible lightness per size ratio, making it effortless to cast endlessly w/o fatigue or reel/rod balance issues. Love these guys, and just gifted one to a friend!!!
ConsUnsealed bearings.
By Christopher
Great Reel
September 30, 2019
I have the 3500 series I love the reel does well in fresh and saltwater, great for bass fishing. I have no bad things to say about the reel.
By James
Great Neck, NY
Probably the best inshore fishing reel money can buy
May 22, 2019
The drag is butter smooth and the crank is so easy flowing. Also feels like a super premium product and very very lightweight
By Philthy
Staten Island, New York
Mini me of a classic
May 10, 2019
I bought this reel to pair up with my light st.croix 7 rod throwing small jigs and Gulp from the shore. Awesome combo.
ProsKiller reel, smooth cast and retrieve
ConsPricey for a small reel
By Aldis
Great Reel!!
April 2, 2019
This is really nice reel. This is really nice reel.
ProsFantastic light and powerful!
By Dave
Nice !
March 23, 2019
Very lightweight, smooth cranking spinning reel.... compliments my Ultralight perfectly !
By Thomas
Lumberton, NC
Great lightweight reel!
March 18, 2019
This reel performs great! It is very smooth and lightweight. Highly recommended.
ProsLight Smooth
By Dob
Shimanos best reel in that price range. Diawa ballistic man but this reel is hard to beat
February 11, 2019
Great shimano reel and have used stradic reels from the fi,fj etc. ci4+ is the best bet to throw lures all day. The fk series is nice as well n prob would go to it on reels above 3000.
By Joe g.
Super light reel
February 7, 2019
Fantastically light and powerful
By jon
oceanport, NJ
CI4 is the best
January 30, 2019
super light and still has a ton of power. By far my favorite reel for inshore fishing.
Prosextremely light
Conshaven't had any!
By Charles P.
Gulf Breeze, FL
Smooth and light
January 30, 2019
Super smooth light weight reel. The 2500 is the perfect flats trout and redfish reel. Super smooth drag.
ProsSmooth, light,
By Casper P.
Upper Chichester PA
Great Reel
January 27, 2019
So far I love this reel super smooth drag.
By Gerry
Not so great
January 19, 2019
Although very smooth, lightweight and powerful I’ve had several issues with this reel the one year I’ve owned it... I use is pretty much exclusively in salt water for jigging blackfish. Anti reverse fails under load fairly frequently, chrome bail spring covers are corroding, reel handle stem is rusting out at the knuckle. I spray this reel each time after use with freshwater.

This is something you might expect if you were using a freshwater reel in the salt or if it were one of Shimanos less expensive reel lines but @ $239 I expect more...

I’m also not the only one with the anti reverse issue either... I know 3 people who had to have their reels repaired for the same reason...

Shipped it back to Shimano and hope they can fix or make good on it..
ProsLightweight year vert powerful
ConsAnti reverse fails under load and does not seem to hold up too well in saltwater
By Don
Like the 1000 ci4 a lot . Good reel
December 30, 2018
Well built reel and like a 1000 on 6'6 star seagis for using plastics.
By Jerry
Shalimar Fl
C4I 1000 get real at a great price
November 8, 2018
Awesome reel second C4I I own.
ProsLight weight great drag.
19 Questions & 19 Answers
from GALVESTON ,tEXAS asked:
May 31, 2019

1 Answer
Weight wise of these reels they are very versatile and can match up very well with a multitude of rods. The big difference is the line capacity when going up in size. The 2500 would pair well with with the 7 foot medium power mojo inshore 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 31, 2019

from Jupiter, FL asked:
April 2, 2019

look at the Shimano Stradic CI4 Hg Fb (mostly likely the 2500). Heading to Northern Minnesota this summer fishing for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and Pike. Mostly vertical jigging with some casting. Looking for a great all around reel for all species....have I found it in the CI4 2500?

1 Answer
The reel size is great for bass,walleye and some similar size species but for pike you may want to go up a size 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 3, 2019

Max Isenhower
from 27948 asked:
May 30, 2018
what does the letters CI stand for ?
1 Answer
CI4 stands for Carbon Interfusion with the 4 referring to the number of electrons in the Carbon atom. Ultimately, this means CI4 is reinforced Carbon Fiber. The new CI4+ is the next generation of Shimano's CI4 material and 250% stronger. It is over one and a half times stronger than Shimano's normal XT-7 graphite and is over 20% lighter. Because it does not contain metal, it is also impervious to rust. So, as a result of its strength and weight, it allows Shimano to create an extremely lightweight reel with very precise tolerances.
Submitted by: Tyler on May 30, 2018

from Chino Hills, California asked:
January 22, 2018
Can I use the Stradic CIF Plus for surf fishing
1 Answer
Maybe the 4000 model, in my opinion the reel itself may be to small for any surf fishing applications.
Submitted by: Bernie on January 24, 2018

from San Francisco asked:
November 20, 2017
What size reel is ideal for trout and bass fishing? And Maybe small stripers
1 Answer
4000 would probably be your all around reel for multi species fishing.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 22, 2017

from Israel asked:
November 20, 2017
Stradic CI4 3000 can fit to ultralight rod ? if so to which rod recommended? And which medium fast action rod recommended?(for salt water)
1 Answer
Hello Jacob, That reel can be paired with a 6 foot 4' Tsunami Slim Wave Rod for a ultralight setup.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 20, 2017

from Houston, Texas asked:
May 14, 2019

I plan to buy the Stradic CI4 Plus 4000 to fish in the Gulf of Mexico (Texas) and try to match with a G.Loomis E6X Inshore rod. Is the G.Loomis 7' 12-25lb Mag-Mod Heavy ok to use? Any good  if match with 7'6" or even 8'? Ballance issues?

Aim for Sheephead, Smack, Speckled Trout, Red, Black. Thank you.

1 Answer
The 4000 will balance better with the 7' or 7'6, but will work fine on the 8' E6X. Good combo. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on May 27, 2019

from Central Pennsylvania asked:
April 18, 2019
Would the 1000 series compliment a 6 ft. St. Croix Avid ultralight rod for trout? 
1 Answer
Absolutely, the 1000 size Ci4 would not only balance well but pair very well with the Avid Ultralight.  
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on April 22, 2019

from Tennessee asked:
July 1, 2018
Have 3 Shimano Stradic CI4 2500 paired with St Croix 7'6" ML Avid series rods. Use them for Bass, Specs and Reds. They handle reds, have not caught any Reds bigger than about 7 or 8 lbs, they handled that pretty good. But will be fishing in LA shortly for Reds and specs where the possibility of getting hooked up Bull reds increases, 10-30 lb range. Thinking of Shimano CI4 4000 series with St Croix Legend Tournament 7'6" Med action. Your thoughts on this combination with 30 LB Power Pro Slick 8
1 Answer
This setup will work well for the fish and size of fish you are targeting.
Submitted by: Ricky on July 5, 2018

raymond powanda
from asked:
May 29, 2018
Looking for a reel to match with either a St. Croix avid surf 7 ft or a St. Croix tidemaster 7 ft both with lure ratings up to 1 1/2oz. This will be for light tackle fluke and black sea bass. Would you recommend this reel or fk. And in what size
1 Answer
I would recommend either the 3000 or 4000 depending on the pound line you decide to fish with.
Submitted by: Ricky on May 29, 2018

Dale thomas
from Va asked:
March 6, 2018
Would you recommend the 3000 or 4000 reel for use on the st croix legend tournament inshore medium action,also would you choose 7' or 7'6" rod for inshore trout fishing
1 Answer
For inshore trout fishing the 7'6'' rod paired with the 4000 Stradic would be a great combo for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 8, 2018

from FL asked:
June 3, 2017
does it come with 2 spools?
1 Answer
Submitted by: Donald on June 3, 2017

from Miami, FL asked:
May 22, 2017
What's the difference between the 2016 and 2017 model?
1 Answer
The 2017 model cut down on weight by adjusting the positioning and size of the counterbalance on the rotor. They have also removed the anti-reverse switch that was included on the older Ci4+ model.
Submitted by: Devon on May 26, 2017

from Canada asked:
May 22, 2017
Which real would be the best for Bass fishing in Ontario.
1 Answer
If you are referring to Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, a 2500 or 3000 size reel is the perfect size.
Submitted by: Devon on May 26, 2017

from Florida asked:
April 15, 2017
Is this reel rated for saltwater use?
1 Answer
Yes it is.
Submitted by: Devon on April 17, 2017

from wichita,ks asked:
March 26, 2017
What's the different between the 4000FA and 4000Xg ?
1 Answer
The XG is the most recent model of the Stradic. It is lighter weight and features an updated counter balanced rotor than the previous model (Stradic FA).
Submitted by: Devon on March 28, 2017

from Chicago illinois asked:
March 10, 2017
The Country of Origin: Imported?
1 Answer
The Stradic Ci4+ is manufactured in Malaysia.
Submitted by: Devon on March 10, 2017

from Qatar asked:
January 7, 2017
which one is more preferable for saltwater fishing or is resistance against saltwater , Stradic FK or Stradic Cl4+ ?
1 Answer
Th Shimano FK would be a better fit for saltwater fishing.
Submitted by: Donald on January 7, 2017

from San Francisco, CA asked:
January 5, 2017
What are the biggest features & differences between the Stradic FK & CI4 models.
1 Answer
The CI4 are lighter and the stradic FK does not have the CI4 technology which makes the reel lighter and stronger at the same time.
Submitted by: Donald on January 5, 2017


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