You may be asking yourself, “Self, how on earth can Bushnell possibly be marketing 10 different golf laser rangefinders at the same time?” And if your self knows the answer, please drop us a line. Either the Bushnell marketing department is broken, their website is broken, their production estimates were way off base and they have tons of old product available, or they believe that you can segment the population of prospective laser rangefinder customers into a minimum of 10 distinct groups.
The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope is new in 2016 to Bushnell’s current assortment of lasers, though it sports the same specs as the Bushnell Tour v3 Slope. Aside from a new body and the use of a capital “V” in V4, it includes PinSeeker with JOLT (making the device vibrate when locked on to a target), 5x magnification with accuracy to 1 yard and range from 5 to 1,000 yards (400+ to a flag). Other benefits that are less noticeable are a slightly smaller body along with a weight that is 1 ounce less. There is a claimed speed of providing distances that is twice as fast as the prior generation, which the average user will be hard-pressed to notice.
The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope is held vertically, like all Bushnell’s with the exception of the X7s. The body has a textured rubber grip at the top and bottom, easy-to-twist adjustable eyepiece to get the LCD nice and clear, and threaded battery door (included is a 3-volt CR2). The laser is water resistant (not waterproof), and includes a 2-year warranty. The device is average in size, at 3.11 x 1.57 x 4 in and 5.6 oz, and a carry case is included.
So why spring for the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope versus the Bushnell Tour V4? Elevation-compensated distances, that’s why. Distances are shown to the target, along with the angle of slope to the target and the adjusted distance based on the incline/decline. Are you worried about getting booted from your tournament for having the device? Worry not! The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope is legal for tournament play when Slope Mode is disabled (even so, never hurts to confirm with the tournament committee before hitting the course).