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Shimano Stradic Ci4 Spinning Reel with Front Drag

Review Last Updated: March 2024
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
  • G Free Body


  • 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 FB 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 a fight or before casting, this reel shimano might be the right candidate for you. Shimano Stradic ci4 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 shimano also has a feature which is incredibly smooth reeling experience, and it is made of high-quality Ci4 carbon, making it extremely light and durable. The G-Free Body design places the center of gravity closer to the rod, which makes this a great reel. The Shimano Stradic CI4+ utilizes a Super Stopper II anti-reverse roller bearing but does not have an anti-reverse switch.

Aero Wrap II is utilizing a patented worm gear design, this two-speed oscillation system lays the line onto the spindle in an X pattern that lowers line-on-line rubbing as well as increase casting distance. Additionally incorporating exciting concepts like 6 S A-RB shielded stainless steel ball bearings, Hagane Gear, G-Free Body, CI4+, X-Ship, CoreProtect, and the new magnumlite rotor allows the super light feel when you turn the handle. With amazing strength and durability, the Cold-forged aluminum HAGANE Gear is at the very heart of the reel.

This review would not be complete without mentions of the most obvious component of the Propulsion Line Management System is the new Propulsion spool lip design. With tens of thousands of casting tests as well as computer system simulations, it has actually been figured out that this brand-new spool lip layout offers longer spreading ranges than a common spindle lip style while stopping reactions as well as wind knots from developing.

In contrast with the other Shimano that we reviewed, Shimano Stradic ci4 can be used in saltwater due to the materials that are used to construct the reel. Shimano Stradic ci4 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 of 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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