NEW Shimano Vanford 2020

The new Vanford is the latest addition to Shimano’s spinning category with this series being designed to become the ultimate finesse fishing reel with a super-fast start up.

The Vanford series replaces the iconic Stradic Ci4+ and is equipped with a range of technology upgrades that sets the Vanford apart. A lighter and more balanced new MGL rotor makes the reel 48% lighter to turn when compared to a standard rotor design.

When combined with the Ci4+ body material, the Vanford is up to 9% lighter in some models. Now anglers will have an improved ability to finesse casts more accurately and transition to working the lure with ease.

Micromodule Gear II and Silent Drive is featured in the new Vanford and ensures the gears align and perform with nominal resistance and minimal reel noise. Additionally, the Hagane Gear has been upgraded for added strength.

By combining Shimano’s water-repellent coating and specially designed water channelling construction, X-Protect provides high-level water resistance without sacrificing light gear and rotor rotation. This has increased the durability of the Vanford’s roller clutch and line roller to an IPX8 standard. By incorporating the new Long Stroke Spool design, casting performance has also been improved.

Felt drag washers are fitted to the 1000 to C3000 models for smoothness and Cross Carbon drag washers are fitted to the 4000 and 5000 models for added power. Featuring a classy matte black body with red trimmings, the Vanford stands out and matches perfectly with rods from the Zodias range. RRP: $359 to $399 (depending on size).

Vanford Models

  • Vanford 1000

    A finesse reel, designed for light lure casting for bream, bass and trout using fluorocarbon or braid. Weighing 155g, the Vanford 1000 matches perfectly with a 1-2kg or 1-3kg responsive graphite rod. Featuring 7+1 bearings and a smooth felt drag system with 3kg of power.
    RRP: $359.00






  • Vanford 2500 HG

    A great all-around size for estuary and river fishing that suits a braided line from 6lb to 10lb depending on the target species. Weighing 180g, the Vanford 2500 matches perfectly with a 2-4kg, 2-5kg and 3-5kg responsive graphite rod. Featuring 7+1 bearings, 6.0:1 gear ratio and a smooth felt drag system with 9kg of power.
    RRP: $369.00




  • Vanford Compact 3000 HG

    The Compact 3000 sizes feature the same body design as the 2500 size, however, the reel possesses a larger line capacity making it ideal to fish both estuary and inshore environments. Weighing 180g, the Vanford C 3000 matches perfectly with a range of rod ratings from 2-4kg to 3-6kg. Featuring 7+1 bearings, 6.0:1 gear ratio and a felt drag system with 9kg of power.
    RRP: $379.00




  • Vanford 4000

    The Vanford 4000 size is ideal for a range of estuary and inshore environments and great for targeting jewfish right through to snapper. Weighing in at 215g and suited to using braided line from 15lb to 20lb, it is designed to match rods in the 3-6kg up to 4-8kg line class. Featuring 7+1 bearings, a 6.2:1 gear ratio and an upgraded Cross Carbon Drag system with 11kg of power.
    RRP: $389.00


  • Vanford Compact 5000 XG

    The Vanford Compact 5000 size features the same body design as the 4000 size but with a deeper spool to provide larger line capacity and a power handle knob for targeting hard fighting species in the estuary and inshore waters. Weighing 220g, the Vanford C 5000 matches perfectly with a range of rod ratings from 4-8kg to 5-10kg and can be spooled with up to 30lb braid. Featuring 7+1 bearings, 6.2:1 gear ratio, and an upgraded Cross Carbon drag system with 11kg of power.
    RRP: $399.00



  • Stradic Ci4+ Vs New Vanford

    Key feature comparison between the previous Stradic Ci4+ and the new Vanford 2020 upgrades.







    The Magnumlight Rotor is lighter, offering better balance and requiring 48% less effort to turn the reel. Made from lightweight carbon material, this gives it a fast start-up and retrieve for an overall smoother feel




    Hagane Gear has become the cornerstone of many of Shimano’s finest spinning reels. With Shimano’s own precision cold forging technology, the new Stradic, has improved gear durability and is equipped with a newly designed Hagane gear with equivalent strength to the upper model.




    Micromodule gear II has evolved with the most advanced tooth surface design to create the ideal gear tooth shape. This reduces noise and creates smooth reeling.







    X-Protect is a water-resistant technology that combines water repellent treatments and a labyrinth type structure to suppress the entry of water. The line roller assembly is now 10X more durable with this system in place.




    The long stroke spool design improves casting performance when compared to the previous model due to the improved line flow from the spool.



  • Ci4+ Body

    A carbon material incorporated into the Vanfords's body and rotor to make them lighter, rigid and more durable.