Shimano Vanford Spinning Reels

Shimano Vanford Spinning Reels

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6lb4.9oz$239.99 USD
7lb5.3oz$239.99 USD
7lb5.3oz$239.99 USD
20lb6.3oz$239.99 USD
20lb6.3oz$249.99 USD
24lb7.6oz$249.99 USD
24lb7.8oz$249.99 USD

Born from Shimano's long cultivation of advanced engineering and design, the Shimano Vanford Spinning Reels are here to test the boundaries of spinning reel technology. Aiming to be the ultimate lightweight, precision spinning reel, the Vanford is built on the renowned CI4+ body and is equipped with a MagnumLite (MGL) Rotor to provide a feather-light feel with dependable rigidity. By having 48% less rotational inertia than traditionally constructed rotors, the MGL Rotor allows for extremely responsive operability in critical situations. The Vanford features Shimano's cold forged HAGANE Gear with MicroModule II Technology for an exceptionally smooth retrieve that remains so throughout the life of the reel. Borrowing features like SilentDrive from flagship level reels like the Stella FJ, the Vanford offers and extremely fine-tuned, low tolerance feel that makes any fishing experience that much more enjoyable. Anglers can expect line management that is second to none thanks to the Long Stroke Spool that allows for a more efficient line lay, resulting in smoother, longer casts. To protect this precision fishing machine from the elements, the X-Protect water-repellent coating and water-channeling construction solidify the Vanford as approved for saltwater inshore environments. With a size range that covers applications ranging from ultra-light and ice fishing to freshwater bass and inshore flats fishing, the Vanford leaves little to be desired for even the most discerning tackle enthusiast.

Shimano Technology Found In Vanford Spinning Reels:

  • CI4+ Body - An enhanced version of the original CI4 material, this highly technical carbon material is 2.5 times stiffer than the original and is used to create weight savings on the reel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Micro Module II Gear - State-of-the-art gear design makes use of smaller gear teeth and more of them, which results in a more efficient gear train and much smoother retrieve.
  • SilentDrive - A long list of fine-tuned internal micro adjustments and enhancements that reduce any handle play and noise from moving parts.
  • X-Protect - By combining a water repellant coating and a specially designed water channeling labyrinth construction, X-Protect provides high-level water resistance without adding weight or sacrificing light rotor rotation.
  • G-Free Body - G-Free Body technology enables the reel’s center of gravity to be moved closer to the center of the reel seat, and therefore the anglers hand position. This shift in weight and balance helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
  • 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.
  • Long Stroke Spool - By increasing the height of the spool, the line is able to be laid on the spool without the spool having to fully oscillate as frequently. This results in the line having to change direction while coming off the spool fewer times during a cast, resulting is less turbulence going through the guides for a smoother and longer cast.
  • Propulsion Line Management System - The most obvious component of this system is the Propulsion spool lip design, which has been proven through tens of thousands of casting tests and computer simulations to provide longer casts while preventing backlashes and wind knots.
  • 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.
  • Cross Carbon Drag (C3000-C5000) - Allows for a wider range of drag settings, enhanced drag washer durability, and the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
  • Water-Resistant Drag - With the use of rubber gaskets the drag is sealed against intrusion of the elements such as water and dust.
  • One-Piece Bail - One-Piece Bail allows the line to travel unimpeded to the line roller. Its seamless design reduces friction and the change of tangles or cuts to the bail arm.
  • 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.
5 Stars based on 52 reviews
By Erez
Miami, FL
Vanford 3000XG
August 13, 2022
Already had a vanford 2500HG and decided to buy another one to pair it with my St. Croix ES76MF2 Legend Elite.
  • Lightweight
By Harold
Westfield, NJ
Vanford 3000
July 12, 2022
Just arrived today. Paired with a 6ft9in ardent edge spinning rod. Spooled with 10 lb suffix 832 braid. Can't wait to catch some fluke!
  • Light weight.
By Dave
Great upgrade over original Stradic CI4
June 24, 2022
Upgraded my stradic ci4 (original none plus model) to the the Vanford. The improvements they have made to this reel continue to make this model an excellent choice for ultralight fishing.

I purchased the 2500 model due to versatility as the felt drag on this model is smooth to run on low drag, and can be cranked high depending on rod used and application it is used for. Planing on getting the 2000 model in future.
By Frank
Lords Valley, PA
VF500F - Great Little Real
June 6, 2022
Using this real on a 4'6" Fenwick pole for small stream trout fishing and it does everything right getting a spinner moving quickly. Very smooth and pleasant to cast and retrieve.
By Lew
Great reel
May 31, 2022
As with all the Vanford line, this reel is smooth, light, and built strong! I loved the fighting handle, and the amazing quality just like my Vanford 4000's that I use for bass fishing, so I bought this one for inshore fishing. Unfortunately, and the reason for just 4 stars, this reel isn't akin to other 5000 size reels. It's actually just the 4000 frame but with a higher line capacity spool and a fighting handle. It's definitely a great reel, but I was hoping it would be a little bigger...
  • Extremely light weight, super smooth drag, built like tank...
  • Not a typical 5000 frame, too small for what you might be looking for if you want a beefier reel.
By Marc
Dandridge, TN
Awesome reel
May 22, 2022
Great Shimano product. Very light and durable. I own 2 right now. No issues.
By Jason C.
Park City, Utah
Better than Stradic C4i
May 15, 2022
Love this reel so much that I bought four of them… enough said 😜
  • Smooth as warm butter
  • NONE
By Pedro E.
Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Falcon, Venezuela
The money best spent
May 12, 2022
I have only used it once, fishing inshore, next to my shimano catana, I put a braid line of 40 lb and a monkey leader of 40 lb, it is incredible how it responds and how light it is, the daiwa are very good reels but they are very heavy, in this shimano stands out
  • shimano
  • light
  • a larger model to have more line
By David L.
Port St.Lucie Fl.
Yes and lighters little spinning outfit I’ve ever owned
May 6, 2022
My Vanford is paired with a Dobbins fury series FR702SF which is a 7 foot one medium light fast action perfect combination light weight I can cast it all day long and the retrieve is super smooth
  • The retrieve is the smooth as I ever experienced on a spinning reel light weight very good drag Hit a spoold with 10 pound Berkeley 9X and with a 6 pound liter line
  • I haven’t found any cons yet and with my experience with Shimano I don’t think I will
By Harry
New Jersey
Amazing reel
April 13, 2022
I purchased the 4000 size reel last year and it’s been my preferred reel for fluke fishing. It’s super light so you can cast all day. Can’t go wrong with this reel. All the high performance you need and at a reasonable price.
  • Light
  • Quality material and construction
By Taro
Great reel
March 21, 2022
Lightweight, sturdy, smooth.
What else can you ask for.
  • Light weight
  • Smooth
  • Great build quality
  • Handle is a bit small had to upgrade.
By Rodney
Nw ark
Best reel I've ever had
February 25, 2022
Got the 2500 on a mid/light Zodias love the setup for finesse fishing
By Philip
Pleasantville P.A.
Vanford 2000
February 10, 2022
This reel is perfect for UL-Med. applications. Love Shimano's 2000 size reels.
  • Casts a mile, smooth as BUTTER and light as a feather. I also love the clicking/precise drag. From Trout to Panfish to small/med Bass this reel can't be beat!
  • Wish I had a spare spool. I don't know why Shimano did away with that option, especially with everyone throwing mono, braid and fluorocarbon.
By Adam l.
February 6, 2022
Fast shipping great reel
By James L.
As good as you think it will be!
December 29, 2021
The biggest difference I noticed with this reel was the weight! It is VERY light and you will definitely notice it. Excellent reel, you will not be dissapointed.
15 Questions & 15 Answers
from East moriches New York asked:
July 17, 2022
What size shimano vanford would pair wel with my 6 st croix triumph spinning rod I usually fish for large mouth bass and chain pickerel  
1 Answer
Hi Jim, We recommend going with the Shimano Vanford in the 2500 to pair with your St. Croix Triumph. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with!
Submitted by: Huy - TackleDirect Customer Service on July 19, 2022

from Kansas asked:
May 31, 2022
What size reel should I consider if I am going primarily for Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Pike? Also what rod would you suggest for a setup?
1 Answer

2500 size is ideal. If you want the extra line capacity the 3000 would work. 

Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on June 1, 2022

from Kansas asked:
May 30, 2022
Which rod would pair well with a 4000 for larger freshwater fish? 
1 Answer

What size and species of fish are you targeting? Are you fishing with lures or bait? A St Croix Premier 7' Heavy would be a good rod to pair with a 4000 Vanford for larger fish. 


Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 31, 2022

John Prudhomme
from FL asked:
May 20, 2022
What after market sight would have round handle like the CI4?
1 Answer
Hi John, I would recommend contacting Gomexus for your Shimano handle upgrade. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 20, 2022

from Ny asked:
May 14, 2022
Is the Vanfors retrieve reversible between right and left handed?
1 Answer
Hi Rich, The Shimano Vanford Spinning Reels do have interchangeable handles that can switch from either Left Hand or Right Hand retrieve. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 16, 2022

from CO asked:
March 1, 2022
I just purchased vanford 2500hd at Christmas 2021.

Is there a newer version of the 2500hd..

1 Answer
Robert, there has only been a single version of Vanford so far. This is the same model as purchased in December of 2021. Please let us know if we can assist with anything else.
Submitted by: Brian - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 1, 2022

from Pa asked:
October 24, 2021
I just purchased a Shimano Vanford 4000 XG and would like to buy an extra spool. Where can I purchase one. 
1 Answer
Hi Wayne, We do not sell extra spools for the Shimano Vanford Spinning Reels. I would recommend contacting Shimano in order to obtain a extra spool assembly for your Vanford 4000 XG. Part #RD21262. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 26, 2021

from Massachusetts asked:
October 17, 2021
What size reel would you recommend for kayak fishing cape cod for striper and albies. Will be paired to st croix avid 7'6m
1 Answer

Hi Tim, from the Shimano Vanford Series I would recommend a 5000 Shimano Vanford series reel. There isn't much difference in weight between the Vanford 4000 and 5000 size and you get a little more line capacity with the 5000 size as well. Keep in mind that these are meant for inshore light tackle scenarios. Another great option would be the Shimano Stradic FL 5000 size. The Stradic is made for saltwater use and has a more durable and water resistant frame. Let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.

Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 20, 2021

Big T
from South Jersey asked:
October 12, 2021
I have a couple of Vanford 2500s and 3000. I was wondering if I could upsize the reel handle or maybe the reel handle grip. I absolutely love these reels but 40 years of construction has abused these hands some. Buy the end of the day they can start to hurt. Im thinking if the grip was larger it might be a little easier on them. 
1 Answer
Big T,

We currently do not offer a Shimano handle grip upgrade for the Vanford spinning reels. You may still be able to get an upgrade that is aftermarket by another vendor. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 19, 2021

Heather McPherson
from Oklahoma asked:
September 29, 2021
Putting together a gift for my Marine husband for bass fishing. Wanting him to go from freshwater to bay fishing. I bought a rain shadow 7'2" medium light rod. I need to know if the 5000 is just to much reel for this rod?
1 Answer

The 7'2" medium light rod will pair nicely with the Shimano Vanford 5000 spinning reel if you are going to use it for inshore / bay fishing situations.  If the rod is going to be only used for bass fishing / freshwater then the Vanford 3000 would be the recommendation.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 29, 2021

from Lowell, MA asked:
September 22, 2021
I have a 64 st croix trout series rod and going back and forth between the 1000/2000/2500 sized reels. This setup will be mainly for  trout fishing in lakes/rivers. Which size reel would be ideal for my application?
1 Answer

To go with your 6'4" StCroix rod the Shinamo Vanford 2000 would be the recommended reel to target trout in lakes and rivers.  It's a very light reel with a higher speed gear ratio and retrieval rate.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 22, 2021

Gordon Olsen
from Hampton Beach, NH asked:
April 28, 2021
What size reel is best paired with 7ft G Loomis E6X MHF?
1 Answer
Depending on what kind of fish you plan on targetting, i would pair that rod with either a 3000 size or 4000 size Vanford
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on May 8, 2021

from Lancaster, CA asked:
March 13, 2021
Which model would model would pair well with a Lamiglass Carbon Surf 9' M rod? Fishing So Cal surf
1 Answer
The 4000 and 5000 sizes would pair well with a 9' surf rod. Both are similar in weight and size, if you want to throw braid heavier than 20 lb I would suggest the 5000. 
Submitted by: William Larkin on March 22, 2021

from Lakewood New Jersey asked:
January 21, 2021
Is this reel good for salt water use
1 Answer
Yes, this reel would be perfect for light tackle, inshore scenarios. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 22, 2021

from Ridgeland South Carolina asked:
November 27, 2020
whats the differnce  between the 2500HGF and the 3000XGF ? I just purchased a Teramar XX ML and trying to which it pair better with .
1 Answer
The only difference between the two is the 3000 model has a higher gear ratio at 6.4:1 and a larger spool diameter for increased line capacity.

I  would say the 3000 size would be ideal for any inshore fishing application. 

Submitted by: Alex T on November 28, 2020


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