Shimano Unveils Vanford F Spinning Reel Series with CI4+ Body and MGL Rotor
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
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
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
The black and red styling makes the reel look like it was
created with Shimano's latest Expride and Poison Adrena rods in mind
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.
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.
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
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
a CI4+ reel seat and hollow Monocoque grip.