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ICAST 2020 Coverage


Shimano Unveils Vanford F Spinning Reel Series with CI4+ Body and MGL Rotor


Date: 7/9/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: Shimano has a number of launches in their portfolio this ICAST including upgrades Saragosa SW reels, PowerPro Depth-Hunter offshore line, and new Zodias rods, but officially kicked things off pre-show by unveiling the new Vanford F series of spinning reels.


Shimano kicks off ICAST with the unveiling of a new CI4+ based spinning reel called the Vanford


Vanford blends technologies: When you first look at the new Vanford it is clear to see that it draws upon designs from previous generation reels like the Stradic CI4+. This new reel is also built on a CI4+ body for light overall weight, rigidity, and corrosion resistance. What is new is the inclusion of a new MagnumLite (MGL) rotor designed to deliver a quicker response with a lighter design that requires less rotational inertia. Previous MGL rotor designs claimed 25% lighter weight requiring 22% less inertia, the Vanford claims 48% less rotational inertia with the new design, and it will be interesting to learn more about how Shimano achieved this and the affect on the feel of the reel when actually fishing it.


“Our spinning reels with CI4+ frames have been the choice for anglers looking for the added sensitivity when finesse tactics are the key for hook-ups,” said Adam Diehl with Shimano’s product development team. “The light CI4+ body with the light rotation from the MGL rotor is the big contributing factor for success in these situations compared to Shimano’s durable, rigid frame found HAGANE body in our Stradic FL spinning reels. They are each better suited for certain fishing situations depending on the techniques and lures being used.”


The Vanford blends design from previous generation reels with the latest Shimano technology including a new MGL rotor and Long Stroke Spool design


Internally the Vanford also benefits form a cold forged main gearing, now branded the "Hagane Gear," where the entire surface of the gear is cold forged versus cut. The result is a gear that is both hard and formed with very tight tolerances, and should deliver plenty of reliability under heavy loads as well as long lasting smoothness.


The black and red styling makes the reel look like it was created with Shimano's latest Expride and Poison Adrena rods in mind


The Vanford is also designed to be a better caster than previous generation reels with the implementation of "Long Stroke Spool" technology. This essentially means that the spool has been designed so that the line lay is optimized during retrieves so that it should flow off the spool smoother, and with less energy, than traditional spools. Note that the 500 sized reel is too small to incorporate this design. 


The reel's frame is made lighter with use of CI4+. The smallest 500 size will weigh in at only 4.9oz.


The Vanford is designed to be a complete Series, meaning it will address applications from trout to top of the food chain species in the salt. Sizes will range from 500 to 5000 and be offered in retrieve ratios from 5.1:1 to 6.4:1.


The smallest Vanford, the VF500F weighs in at only 4.9oz. and looks like a good option for ice fishermen, while bass sized reels like the VF1000F and VF2500HGF weigh in at a very respectable 5.3oz. and 6.3oz. respectively, which makes them even lighter than the current Stradic CI4+ reels.


Shimano has also souped up the drag in the new Vanguard as well and the 2500HG size will deliver 20lbs. of max drag pressure!


A look at the newly redesigned Zodias spinning rod which now features a carbon monocoque design. This rod should pair nicely with the Vanford


Retail price on the Vanford Series are $229 dollars for the 500, 1000, 2000, and 2500 sized reels while the 3000, 4000, and 5000 reels will retail for $239.99 each, and they should all start hitting retail store shelves in August. On the freshwater sized models the black and red coloration on these new reels look like they should pair nicely with the redesigned Zodias rods, which now feature a CI4+ reel seat and hollow Monocoque grip.










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