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Laser Rangefinder with Slope Reviews - Overall Ranking

Winter 2016 – Reviews, ratings and rankings of the best slope-adjusted golf laser rangefinders. Our editors test and compare the latest golf laser rangefinders (with slope) head-to-head to help you determine which golf laser rangefinder is best.  Rangefinders tested include offerings from Bushnell, Leupold, Callaway and Opti-Logic.

How We Test

Laser Rangefinders with Slope

Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT Slope

Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT Slope

The Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT Slope takes its place in 2014 as the top-of-the-line laser rangefinder from Bushnell, replacing the Bushnell Pro 1M Slope. The Bushnell Pro X7 retains all the capabilities of the Pro 1M, and adds Bushnell’s “JOLT” feature that provides vibrating bursts to indicate the X7 has locked onto a target. The Pro X7 Slope, of course, returns slope-adjusted distances, and offers the next generation E.S.P. that purports to provide yardages faster and more accurately than before. It remains the largest and heaviest laser rangefinder, with a price tag that will make some reconsider. But if you are looking for 7x magnification, this is the (only) way to go. Read more about the Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT Slope.
Retail price: $599.00
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT Slope

Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT Slope

REVIEW (OVERALL RATING: 89; GRADE: B+). The Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT Slope builds upon the prior generation Bushnell Tour V2 Slope, with the same magnification (5x), range performance (5-1,000 yards) with accuracy to within 1 yard, and slope compensated distance information. The Tour v3 JOLT Slope Edition utilizes Bushnell’s new JOLT Technology, providing short bursts of vibration to reinforce that its PinSeeker technology has locked on to the distance. At $399, it is one of the least expensive golf laser devices that provides slope compensated distances tested.
Retail: $399
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Score

89

Grade

B+


Leupold GX-4i2

Leupold GX-4i<sup>2</sup>

The Leupold GX-4i2 has an aluminum body, a red OLED readout, and provides distances adjusted for slope, temperature and altitude, and club recommendations. Enhancements in this model include faster distance readings and flagstick range to 400 yards at +/- six inches. The best news about the latest Leupold laser that can measure slope? That the USGA has ruled (with local rules) that it conforms to USGA Rule 14-3 (pg. 6-7) when the chrome faceplate is attached (which keeps the device from providing additional information on slope, temperature, altitude and club recommendations). Read on for more details on the Leupold GX-4i2 review.
Retail: $624.99 (though significantly less from Amazon, link below
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Leupold GX-2i2

Leupold GX-2i<sup>2</sup>

Leupold no longer has to have a separate clip-on faceplate to enable slope-adjusted distance readings in order to abide by the USGA Rules. With a rule update, as long as the DMD (that would be ‘Distance Measuring Device’) has the ability to turn off the ability to provide slope and/or slope-compensated distance readings, the player can use the devices for tournament play. Where permitted, of course. Tack on to that 6x magnification in a lightweight device that, for Leupold, provides the same slope information for less than their GX-4i2, and you’re ready to go. Read on for more about the Leupold GX-22
Retail: $429.99 (but more commonly found under $340)
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Bushnell Tour V4 Slope

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope

Bushnell keeps plodding along, adding the V4 family of devices to its already packed lineup of laser rangefinders, which all seem to live on. And on. And on. The V4 shaves just a bit in size from the v3, and still provides the same 5x magnification. The kicker with the “Slope” family from Bushnell is the elevation compensated distances available for the player. Read on for more about the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope.
Retail: $399.99
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Bushnell Tour X

Bushnell Tour X

The Bushnell Tour X rangefinder replaces the Bushnell Tour v3 Jolt Slope. The Bushnell Tour X has everything the Tour v3 offers plus more, with the TourX offering 6x magnification (versus 5x on the v3), and a switchable faceplace (ala Leupold) that allows the user to switch between a USGA-conforming device, and one that offers slope-adjusted distance readings. In addition, new “Dual Display” technology allows a user to toggle between Bushnell’s “Vivid Display” (think red text/numbers) and black display based as desired. Read more about the Bushnell Tour X
Retail price: $499.00
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Nikon COOLSHOT 40i

Nikon COOLSHOT 40i

The Nikon COOLSHOT 40i was released concurrently with the Nikon COOLSHOT 40, and is the latest top-of-the-line golf laser rangefinder, including slope adjusted distances. The COOLSHOT 40i offers a different color scheme than the 40, a darker color (maybe to imply that you are receiving, ahem, assistance?), 6x magnification and scanning for up to 8 seconds. Distance accuracy is an excellent 0.5 yard and range up to 650 yards, and the device is rainproof too. If you are looking for Nikon optics plus slope adjusted distances, here it is. Read more about the Nikon COOLSHOT 40i.
Retail price: $399.99
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