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Shimano Stradic Ci4 Spinning Reel with Front Drag

Review Last Updated: September 2020
Nancy Perry
Product Review by Nancy Perry


Today we'll be reviewing the Shimano Stradic Ci4 Spinning Reel with Front Drag.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!


  • Suitable for saltwater
  • Great drag adjustment options
  • Made from high-quality carbon


  • Very expensive for a reel
  • Highly specialized, not suitable for children or beginners

Shimano Stradic Ci4 Spinning Reel with Front Drag Product Review

The S.H.I.M.A.N.O. Stradic Ci4 is a spinning reel that is designed with ultra-flexible drag settings in mind. If you are a fisherman that loves to use drag while in fight or before casting, this reel might be the right candidate for you. It comes in multiple sizes and should be considered a highly specialized premium option for fishermen who are very experienced and know what they’re doing with drag settings.

In addition to the extensive drag settings, this reel also has an incredibly smooth reeling experience, and it is made of high-quality Ci4 carbon, making it extremely light and durable.

In contrast with the other Shimano that we reviewed, this reel can be used in saltwater due to the materials that are used to construct the reel. It is resistant to corrosion, has high-quality bearings, and is sealed in all the right places to be an effective and long-lasting saltwater ultralight reel.

One area that this reel falls short in is mass appeal. This reel represents a significant investment and would undoubtedly be best suited for a professional who has years of experience. It wouldn’t be a good purchase for a child who is just learning the basics of spinning reels.

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