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Please note: These descriptions apply to the new Ci4 models only.
Shimano was one of the first reel companies to embrace carbon composites in our high performance reels, and this year we 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
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. 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 new series includes the Chronarch CH150CI4+ with 6.2:1 gear ratios, and the CH-150CI4+HG with 7.6:1 gear ratios.
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 users claimed that the reels felt smooth & connected, and we made sure to highlight the inclusion of X-Ship design which eliminates "tilt" for more efficient gear engagement, a concept which we have tried and tested on some of our spinning reels in the past.
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
A real winner, Shimanos Chronarch CI4+ took home Best of Show in the Freshwater Reel category at ICAST 2013.