Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel
Please Note: This item is not available for order outside of the United States.
Over a decade of engineering advancements have gone into making the Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel! This reel is designed with Shimano’s G Free Body, which allows the reel to sit closer to the rod, moving its center of gravity and your hand’s positions. This helps reduce fatigue and enhance your comfort! The durable body of this reel is coated in the X-Shield coating, to help this reel resist corrosion. Shimano’s X-Protect keeps water from entering the essential parts of the reel. The X-Protect is a water-repellent coating specifically designed labyrinth that is made to channel water.
The Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel has a Cross Carbon Drag system that provides you with a wider range of drag settings, all within one of the smoothest drag performances on the market today! The spool features the Propulsion Line Management System, which is a new design to the lip that helps extend your casts and helps to prevent knots and backlashes. To maintain the superior quality, Shimano has included their Silent Drive, which has eliminated any gaps or wobbles to reduce friction and create one of the most tolerant, sturdy reels to ever hit the market! If you’re looking for one of the most state of the art reels available today, you need to check out the Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel!
- Aero Wrap II
- This two-speed oscillation system layers the line onto the spool in a crisscross pattern that reduces line-to-line friction for longer casts. AeroWrap reels utilize a patented worm gear design to move the spool upward quickly and downward slowly to wind the line in a precise pattern, reducing friction, and giving smoother, longer casting ability.
- CI4+ is an advanced version of the original CI4. This highly technical carbon material maintains 2.5 times more rigidity than CI4. While improving lightness and rigidity, the body and rotor are further reduced in size and weight.
- Cross Carbon Drag
- This drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
- G Free Body
- G Free Body technology has been developed to shift the reel's center of gravity closer to the rod. By moving the center of gravity closer to anglers hand positions, the G Free Body helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
- Micro Module Gear II
- State-of-the-art, gear tooth surface design and MicroModule Gear II, are further advanced through Shimano's exclusive manufacturing technology. The surfaces of the drive gear and pinion gear have been analyzed and updated from the ground up in pursuit of perfection.
- Propulsion Line Management System
- The most obvious component of the Propulsion Line Management System is the new Propulsion spool lip design. Through tens of thousands of casting tests and computer simulations it has been determined that this new spool lip design provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming.
- S A-RB
- These bearings have been through the same process as Shimano's A-RB bearings, but feature shields on both sides of the bearings that reduce the possibility of salt or sand inhibiting the bearing's rotation.
- Silent Drive
- From the fundamental, whole-body design to the most intricate parts of the drive train, including the drive gear, wormshaft, wormshaft pin, and wormshaft gear, every piece has been carefully reviewed, and the smallest clearance gaps and wobbles have been eliminated to the highest tolerances.
- By combining water repellent coating and specially designed, water channeling, labyrinth construction, X Protect provides high-level water resistance without sacrificing light gear and rotor rotation.
- X-Shield & X-Protect combine to provide extreme water resistance in the harshest conditions.
- Waterproof Drag
- With the use of rubber gaskets the drag is sealed against intrusion of the elements such as water and dust.
Ratings & Reviews
I was able to test out a 2500HG Vanford on a G Loomis 7'1 NRX medium spinning rod for a week in N Michigan catching trophy smallies, walleye, etc. Being a diehard Ci4 fan, I was initially shocked when Shimano moved to the Vanford. However, after a week of heavy use, I feel the Vanford is an improvement (Ci4 is still great!). The Vanford is lighter, casts further, somehow is even smoother and should hold up as well or better than the Ci4. I don't plan on immediately upgrading reels, but when needed, I won't hesitate to add another Vanford to the mix.
Best Reel I've Ever Owned
by Jig It
This is the lightest reel that I've ever owned and is great for any jigging application. The drag is as smooth as silk. I've been fishing this reel for about two months and I'll be picking a few more of these up. Shimano knocked it out of the park on this one.
Best Reel I've Ever Owned
I've been fishing the 2500 size Vanford for steelhead for about a month now. The drag on this reel is nothing short of incredible. I've owned several Shimano stradic reels and I think stradics have great drags. The Vanford drag system is better and smooth as silk. I've had Steelhead rip 40ft of drag in seconds and the drag doesn't "skip" or "stick" it's ridiculously smooth. I also like how light it is and it will be great for jigging applications when I fish for Walleye or Smallmouth. Yesterday I fished this reel in below freezing temperatures and did not have any issues at all. I highly recommend this reel. The Shimano Vanford spinning reel rocks!
Worth Every Cent
I got the 500 model for a 5' St Croix ultra lite rod. Anything else is too heavy for the rod, but this one, at 4.9oz., is perfectly balanced. I use this rod for both small stream and kayak fishing, so I haven't used the combo yet - stream season is still closed and my favorite lakes are still iced over. But I can say this right up front: I have a Stradic Ci4 (1000) and this little reel is a step up. They say that the 500 can't fit the same gear assembly as the larger models and isn't as smooth or responsive - based on how great this one is, those reels must be amazing! Another plus for this petite reel is that the 500 Vanford only loses 1 pound of drag compared to the 1000 Stradic Ci4