the new Chronarch CI4+ baitcaster with SVS Infinity Cast Control
||Las Vegas, NV
Shimano was one of the
first reel companies to embrace carbon composites in their high performance
reels and this year they kicked it up a notch with the introduction of the new
Chronarch CI4+ which leverages a new frame material and a new cast control
system called the SVS Infinity braking system.
Shimano's Chronarch CI4+ took home Best of Show
in the Freshwater Reel category today at ICAST
Designed for precision
casting and finesse techniques the new reel features the same aggressive profile
as the 2013 JDM Metanium but with a carbon composite frame versus magnesium. The
new series includes the Chronarch CH150CI4+ and left-hand retrieve CH-151CI4+
with 6.2:1 gear ratios, and the CH-150CI4+HG and 151CI4+HG with 7.6:1 gear
This new reel features an aggressive profile that
is comfortable to palm and feels light
The HG versions are
capable of winding 32-inches of line per crank to come tight quick when fishing
worms and jigs with a brisk 7.6:1 gear ratio. The 6.2:1 gear ratio models can
provide more versatile use including jigs, small crankbaits, jerkbaits and
swimbaits, while retrieving 26-inches of line per crank.
The reel features both internal and external cast
control with the SVS Infinity brake system
For improved cast control
the new Chronarch’s SVS Infinity brake system controls spool speed with “inner
friction” for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. And
external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the
conditions or when you switch baits. At the show the reels felt smooth and
connected and the Shimano team made sure to highlight the inclusion of X-Ship
design which eliminates “tilt” for more efficient gear engagement, something we
have seen on the company’s spinning reels in the past.
A look under the sideplate
The use of the carbon in
the reel’s frame makes for a very rigid yet lightweight platform, and one that
will not corrode, which makes the reel a good option for inshore applications.
To further combat the elements the reel features seven S-ARB anti-rust bearings.
The reels will handle from 150 yards of 20-pound test to 105 yards of 40-pound
test PowerPro – or 145 yards of 10-pound to 90 yards of 14-pound mono.
The spool is equipped with four brakes that can
be locked out
So what will all this cost
you? The MSRP for all the new Chronarch CI4+ reels is $269.99 which is
significantly lower than the Core MG reels. Part of the benefit of using the
carbon composite is the ability to deliver a lightweight yet refined reel at a
more aggressive price point.
The Chronarch CI4+ will be made in Japan
Cal has been fishing the
new Metanium which utilizes the new cast control system and has found it to be
superior in just about every way from VBS. Interestingly the Chronarch CI4 has a
similar but differentiated system with less but easier to adjust brakes. It will
be interesting to see how this reel performs in the field.
Robby Gant with Shimano's Global Product
Development team shows us the new Chronarch CI4+
In terms of new
baitcasters the new Chronarch CI4+ is definitely one of the more exciting reels
being unveiled this ICAST and took home a victory with a Best of Show in the
ICAST New Product Showcase – Freshwater Reel category.