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Laser Rangefinder with Slope Reviews - Overall Ranking

Summer 2017 – 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.

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Laser Rangefinders with Slope

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+


Bushnell Pro X2

Bushnell Pro X2

Bushnell, one of the last laser manufacturers to still offer a horizontal form-factor, makes the switch to all vertical offerings with their new Bushnell Pro X2. The Pro X2 offers all the features of their most recent prior top-end devices, including 6x magnification, the ability to toggle between vivid red and green text and images in the display, and slope-compensated distance readings when needed, though now available at the flip of a switch. There is JOLT (vibrations) when you lock onto a pin, range now up to 1,300 yards, and accuracy down to 1/2 increments. There isn’t much more a player could want, really. Read on for more about the Bushnell Pro X2.
Retail: $499.99
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Bushnell Tour V4 Shift

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift

Bushnell makes a slight shift (literally) with the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, offering a small update from the prior generation Bushnell Tour V4 Slope. The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift allows for the player to quickly toggle between distance readings with slope compensated distances using a hard switch (versus having to navigate software menus), and the USGA-conforming mode of providing line-of-sight distances only. Other that that, all features remain the same as on the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope. Read on for more about the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift.
Retail: $399.99
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Laser Link SLOPE

Laser Link SLOPE

Laser Link continues to adopt the more standard rangefinder form factor with their second non-pistol shaped rangefinder. While that wasn’t surprising, we were surprised to see the release of a rangefinder that provides slope-adjusted yardage displays, and keeping the with 6x magnification, +/- 0.5 yard accuracy, and the ability to scan across multiple targets for distances (reflective prism not required on flagsticks) of it’s brother, the Laser Link XL1000. Now the question is whether a lower-powered device will be able to compete in the crowded rangefinder market. At least price won’t be a hurdle… Read more details on the Laser Link SLOPE.
Retail price: $199.00
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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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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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