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'16 Stradic CI4+ and Stradic FK comparison pics

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I received my '16 Stradic CI4+ 2500HGS today.  The reel feels solid...pretty close to my Stradik FK.  It definitely feels lighter than the FK.  It looks like a few of the parts may be identical.  I should be able to give it a shot this weekend.  Here are a couple picture of the new Stradic since I have not seen many...with the FK for reference.

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Almost kissin' cousins!

Except for the color...the weight...but
everything else is good! :) 

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So can someone school me on the big differences between these two reels? I have a 2500 Ci4 that's few years old and love it, but I'm looking to get a new 1000 size reel for small river smallies. 

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6 hours ago, smr913 said:

So can someone school me on the big differences between these two reels? I have a 2500 Ci4 that's few years old and love it, but I'm looking to get a new 1000 size reel for small river smallies. 

The biggest difference is weight due to the CI4+ material.  The CI4+ 185g and the FK is 230.  The older CI4+ was 195g.  I had one of the last generation CI4+ and I sold it because it did not feel solid like my FK.  This one is much closer to the FK in the feel department.  The new CI4+ also has Magnum Light Rotor.

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I have what I would consider a smooth FK.  I bought a previous generation ci4+ and sold it because it did not feel as solid.  This new ci4+ feels just as solid as the FK and actually noticeably smoother.  I got out for a few hour sunday and am really impressed with it.  Unfortunate, not big fish, so I can't comment on the power or drag.  As long as these are as expected, it is definitely a keeper.

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Looks nice but I'm disappointed they changed the knobs. I really like the round foam on the older ci4+ and sustain. Might need to pick up and older one on sale it see if they can be swapped out. 

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After using the new '16 ci4+ for about two months now, I am comfortable saying it is the best Stradic I have ever used.  It is smoother, lighter, and more powerful than either the older ci4+ or FK.  It actually seems to have gotten smoother with time.  The only thing I did not care for was the handle knob.  I changed it out for a EVA knob similar to the older ci4+. 

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