It’s a bold move by Shimano who this week released the New Shimano Vanford 2020 spin reel and retired an old Aussie favourite. That’s right the new Shimano Vanford spin reels will replace the popular Stradic Ci4+ reels. The Vanford has taken the look and feel of the iconic Stradic Ci4+ and added some performance improvements with a newly designed rotor and gears. This news comes as Shimano release a new range of Zodias rods. Suggesting that the new Zodias rods and Vanford reels are a match made in heaven. But how will this reel be received by the public? Stradic reels are a synonymous household name.

I have many fishing mates and their fishing skills vary with beginners, weekend warriors, serious fishos and tournament anglers. One thing many of them have in common is Shimano stradic Ci4+ reels. Which they have paired with Zodias, Jewel, Maikuro, Catana, or Raider fishing rods depending on there experience and budget. So its a very bold move to ditch one of the most popular reels in the market which has a reputation on name alone. On first glance, we appreciate some of the new performance improvements. However, we are sceptical about several things.

Visually the new reels do not look as appealing or sharp as the latest Stradic models. Were also a little baffled at why they would stick with the same colour palette for a new reel series. But most importantly if you’re going to change the name of an iconic product then make a statement vanford is a name that has us scratching our heads at the Shimano marketing genius. Maybe there is more to it than what we initially realize.

What’s new Shimano Vanford spin reel

The New Shimano Vanford 2020 is designed to become the ultimate finesse fishing reel with a super-fast start-up. Replacing the iconic Stradic Ci4+, this reel is equipped with a range of technology upgrades that sets the Vanford apart. Still drawing upon a lightweight Ci4+ body construction.

A new MGL rotor makes the reel 48% lighter to turn when compared to a standard rotor design.

Micromodule Gear II and Silent Drive are featured in the new Vanford and the Hagane Gear has been upgraded for added strength.

X-Protect provides high-level water resistance without sacrificing light gear and rotor rotation. This has increased the durability of the Vanford’s roller clutch and line roller to an IPX8 standard.

By incorporating the new Long Stroke Spool design, casting performance has also been improved.

Shimano Vanford reel sizes and features

5 different sizes will be made available in 1000, 2500, 3000, 4000 and 5000. All with a 10 year warranty with Shimano. The drag washers fitted to the 1000 to C3000 models and Cross Carbon Drag washers are fitted to the 4000 and 5000 models.

  • MGL ROTOR FOR FAST ROTATION
  • CI4+ BODY MATERIAL
  • COLD FORGED HAGANE GEARS FOR EXTREME DURABILITY
  • MICROMODULE II FOR LIGHT AND SMOOTH REELING
  • IPX8 WATER RESISTANT LINE ROLLER AND ROLLER CLUTCH
  • LONG STROKE SPOOL FOR IMPROVED CASTING PERFORMANCE

Shimano Vanford Specs

MODEL BEARINGS MAX DRAG (KG) GEAR RATIO CAPACITY (KG/M) WEIGHT PRICE
VF1000F

7+1

3 5.5:1 1/250 155

359

VF2500HGF

7+1

9 6.0:1 3/180 180

369

VFC3000HGF

7+1

9 6.4:1 4/150 180

379

VF4000F

7+1

11 6.2:1 6/160 215

389

VFC5000XGF 7+1 11 6.2:1 6/200 220

399

 

Vanford availability and price

It’s expected that these new Vanford reels will be widely available in September 2020. Most tackle stores will stock this product as soon as they are available. With a starting RRP price of $359 it will be very interesting to watch the uptake especially when main competitor Daiwa has done a lot on this space showcasing Daiwa 2020 product range of new rods and reels this week as well.

Additions or corrections

Thanks for reading this New Shimano Vanford 2020 spin reel. You can see more about these rods on Shimano’s website. You can purchase these rods at all good fishing tackle stores. You can also see many fishing videos around Melbourne and Victoria. If you have any questions, corrections or additions then please direct them to enquiries@fishingmad.com.au and we will get back to you as soon as we can.