Lightweight and super-smooth, the Ultegra Ci4+ offers big-pit performance in a compact outfit.

I don’t think we have ever had a bad thing to say about a Shimano reel… and we’re not about to start with this one.

The Ultegra range has become hugely popular, coupling performance with affordability. With the lightweight Ci4+ body used it instantly reduces weight of the rod and reel setup, allowing you to achieve fast hand speed, a must when distance casting. With 5500 and 14000 versions available in the range you can choose your reel dependent on its application. If big pits and long casts are your bag then the 14000 is the one for the job. If you fish a mixture of both, or mainly smaller waters, the more compact 5500 is perfect.

Don’t be confused into thinking such a compact package is lacking in features. Slow oscillation provides excellent line lay, while the AR-C spool reduces friction from spool lip on the cast, improving casting. As you would expect, the reel is smooth as silk and will remain that way, thanks to the high-quality materials that go into it. A sure-fire winner whatever your angling demands.

THE VERDICT: Lightweight high-performance reels; would you expect anything less from Shimano?

Price: From £219.99


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