Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review – A Great Shimano Ultralight Reel

Shimano Stradic CI4+ Review

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s Magnumlite (MGL) rotor makes it 25% lighter than its predecessors.

 You’ll need less inertia to operate your reel as you can easily start or stop your retrieve. This makes your overall experience smoother.

The center of gravity of the reel has been cleverly moved nearer to the rod, and consequently your hand’s position.

This gives you more comfort and lessens the fatigue and strain of your wrist thanks to the G-Free body design.

Furthermore, it emphasizes your feeling of the strike as well as your fight against your catch.

Check out our guide for Shimano ultralight reels.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ In-Depth Review

Your Shimano Stradic Ci4+ will withstand all kinds of weather and situations thanks to its advanced CoreProtect 360-degree water resistance.

This extends the longevity of the reel and makes it a lot more durable.

Moreover, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s carbon fiber body is super light. At just 6.7 ounces, it can only be compared to higher-end and more expensive reels.

Its gear ratio is 6:1, retrieves 35 inches of line per crank and can handle drags up to 20 pounds.

Both the aluminum spool and super-hard Hagane drive gears are cold forged.

This makes the spool is more powerful and beats the die-cast aluminum or graphite ones while it makes the drive gears smoother and more fluid, especially when under bigger loads.

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is provided with an X-ship combination of features that work together on maximizing the efficiency of the reel.

X-ship delivers a more accurate and smoother gear system that positions a bearing on the pinion.

This exclusively unique addition proves very helpful when you’re in tough situations or if you’re fighting bigger fish.

Moreover, there’s a pinion gear near the center line of the large diameter drive gear which ensures more power going to the rotor instead of the handle.

The pinion gear is supported by 2 Shimano A-RB roller bearings that make the performance of the reel more stable while reducing the pinion gear twist and the deflection of the rotor.

The 6 S A-RB shielded stainless steel ball bearings minimize the chances of any salt, dirt, or water penetrating your reel and messing with its smoothness.

The Super Stopper II anti-reverse utilized on the Stradic Ci4+ allows you to set your hook instantly with no back play in the reel.

It would have been better if the anti-reverse bearing was a little bigger, but it still does an incredible job anyway.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+’s spool has an improved AR-C design and a power roller. These features help reduce the line twists and wind knots as well as reduce line twist to about half the amount.

As promised, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ has one of the best line management on any spinning reel you can find on the market.


  • Drag is very quick
  • Almost complete water resistance
  • Very smooth operation
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Superb line management


  • A little less affordable than other rivals
  • The anti-reverse switch could use some enlargement

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Summary

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is an overall great real that gives you value for your money. It has all the features you could seek: lightness, smoothness, strength, and durability at a mid-range price.

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