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Leupold GX-4i2

The Leupold GX-4i2 has an aluminum body, a red OLED readout, and provides distances adjusted for slope, temperature and altitude, and club recommendations, all in a quality form factor. The best news about the latest top-of-the-line Leupold laser rangefinder that can measure slope? That the USGA has historically ruled (with local rules in effect) that it conforms to USGA Rule 14-3 when the chrome faceplate is attached (which restricts the device to only providing line of sight distance, without the additional features mentioned above). So if you own a Leupold GX-4i, you may want to consider this if you are playing tourneys. In May 2015, the USGA and R&A ruled that a physical faceplate is not required, but rather that the device conforms simply provided that the functionality is turned off, which can be handled via software versus hardware.

Other modifications in the Leupold GX-4i2 are slight, including a minimally different size (larger by fractions of an inch), 50% more actuations (up to >6K before a new battery is needed), and an improved pin-seeking capability (“Pinhunter 2”) which Leupold markets as even better at picking up flagsticks and filtering out background objects. The prior version Leupold GX-4i already performed well in picking out targets, so improvement in this area will be difficult for the average player to notice – just know that the functionality remains high.

Distance readings are up to 800 yards, and flagstick range to 450 yards at +/- six inches. The Leupold GX-3i2 can provides distances while panning, and also lock on to flagsticks equipped with prisms via its “Prism Lock” technology (it will emit an audible beep if you like). There are still 3 aiming reticles to select from as well. Other features consistent with the prior version include Fog Mode, distances in yards/meters, and 6x magnification.

It carries a blisteringly high retail price of $625, though it can be found on Amazon (link below) for significantly less. The device continues the tradition of high quality laser rangefinders from Leupold, and players will see more of the same with this device. The Leupold GX-4i2 comes with a 2-year warranty.

Retail: $624.99 (though significantly less from Amazon)

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Ed. note: scoring based on our review of the Leupold GX-4i



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