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Shimano Baitrunner Ci4 XTR-A Longcast Reel (Medium)
This medium sized Baitrunner CI4 XTR-A Longcast is the smaller brother of the Big Baitrunner. Its slightly smaller size makes it perfect for all medium to long distance carp fishing and for many carp anglers this is the reel of dreams.
CI4 is Shimano’s latest innovation in weight reduction. Borne out of the Shimano cycling division, CI4 is a carbon interfusion material which is not only incredibly lightweight but also fantastically robust. The introduction of this material has enabled Shimano to create this reel with a line capacity of 424yrds (with 10lb line) yet it weights a mere 505g. This breathtaking statistic ensures that the reel feels almost weightless on your rod, whilst still allowing you to punch out to the distances you require to catch the biggest of carp.
An AR-C spool ensures that you can reach those distances with ease, as its angled spool lip reduces friction on the line and allows it to spill from your spool in tight spirals. Aero Wrap II combined with two-speed super slow oscillation also works to further reduce line friction – this is a reel that will empower your fishing rather than encumber it. However it isn’t just on the cast that this reel performs like a dream and the retrieve is equally as powerful. X-Ship engineering maximises power in the hypergear system – placing the pinion gear on the centre line of the drive gear ensuring that the power you put in from the handle goes directly into the drive system. This enables you to retrieve 105cm of line per handle turn: a gear ratio of 5.3:1.
If the specifications on the reel aren’t enough to make your mouth water then the cosmetics will be. In a carpy matt black this reel is understated and powerful. The Shimano Baitrunner CI4 XTR-A Longcast Medium really is the Shimano reelof dreams.