Gear Review: Shimano Vanford

What is it?

Shimano Vanford

What sets it apart?

Although Shimano’s “Carbon Interfusion” process was first developed with the purpose of making the company’s higher-end bicycle components lighter and more durable, the CI4+ technology has been effectively applied to reel design. The Shimano Vanford embodies the benefits of a comfortable reel that doesn’t skimp on the power. Central to its performance is the cold-forged HAGANE Gear with a new MagnumLite Rotor, which reduces rotational inertia by 48%, compared to traditional rotor construction, and allows for quicker response.

How do I use it?

The Vanford includes the MicroModule II gear system (precisely shaped gear teeth) and Shimano’s SilentDrive, which work to reduce vibration and noise for smoother performance. The Long Stroke Spool technology increases casting distance and ensures a smoother line lay during retrieval, while the reel’s X-Protect technology and water-channeling construction enhance overall durability. Ideal for largemouth and smallmouth bass, the Vanford 2500HG and C3000XG weigh 6.3-ounces and offer up to 20 pounds of max drag pressure.

How much?

$229.99-$239.99

More Information:

Shimano.com

Angler’s insight:

When it’s time to break out the spinning gear, that often means a response to finicky fish and/or ultra-spooky dispositions. In such moments, we’re not expecting those arm-jarring bites; rather, it’s usually a barely perceptible nibble. Even when the fish are fairly aggressive, we often need extreme sensitivity to discern the legit bites (think Great Lakes gobies vs. smallmouth). The Vanford’s lightweight build, coupled with that easy startup should offer the right balance to suit these needs.

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