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Shimano Stradic C14

By John DurrantNZ Fishing World
Shimano Stradic C14

New Stradic ticks the boxes

Many mid and higher-end spin reels seem to be getting so advanced and offering such top-class performance that it would be hard to find ways to improve them.

Shimano’s trusty Stradic is one of those reels – the performance is exceptional, it’s loaded with features and it offers the build quality that we come to expect from Shimano.

Properly cared for, it will give years of service. It’s a classy reel and Kiwi fishos love it.

So when it was revealed that the fullas at Shimano had upgraded the model, the logical question was, how?

As we’ve come to expect from Shimano, there was a logical answer and the biggest one, was to make it lighter.

Using high-tech C14 carbon-infused material, this new Stradic falls into the ultra lightweight category.

In fact, the C14 Stradic is up to 25 per cent lighter than similar-sized reels in the category.

Given the importance put on lightweight rods these days, lightweight reels are the way forward.

It’s not all about weight though. As with its predecessor, the Stradic C14+ is packed full of features and they’re all designed to improve the performance and durability of the reel.

Features include Shimano’s Paladin gear durability enhancement, the Propulsion Line Management System, Aerowrap II oscillation, a waterproof drag and a machined direct-drive handle with EVA grip.

During the test, the Stradic was pretty much flawless. That lightweight chassis looked great and performed admirably in every way, whether casting, fighting fish and retrieving.

The test reel was the 4000 size and this lends itself perfectly to softbaiting and slowjigging for snapper and other inshore species.

Of course, with 9kg of drag at your disposal, this little spin reel would be quite happy doing battle with decent kingfish too if called into action.

The test rod that the Stradic C14+ was matched up with was another one from Shimano’s Ocea series and it was a nice fit for the reel.

The two-piece 2.21m option offered a fast action and performed well when loaded up.

The star of the show was the new Stradic though and it’s one of those reels that fishos will be clambering to get their hands on.

Once again Shimano has proved that you can improve on something, no matter how good it already is.

Specifications

Shimano Stradic C14+ 4000FA


Max drag: 9kg

Bearings: 6 + 1

Ratio: 5.8:1

Max line capacity: 265 yards of 15lb braid

Weight: 255g

Shimano Ocea two-piece

Line weight: 20 – 40lb

Blank type: TC4

Guide type: Fuji K series

Grip assembly: Custom Eva

Reel seat: Alps

Liked

Ultra lightweight

Excellent performance

Great looks

Packed with features

Rod was nicely weighted

Not So Much

Hard to find anything we didn’t like!

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