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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Leupold GX-3i2

The Leupold GX-3i2 has an aluminum body and a red OLED readout, all in a great form factor. Enhancements in the latest model are slight (so if you have the highly rated Leupold GX-3i we wouldn’t recommend an upgrade) include a slightly different size (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. Already operating at a high level with the Leupold GX-3i, if there are improvements in this area, they are slight.

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.

At $500 the Leupold GX-3i2 ain’t cheap, but Leupold has consistently provided exceptionally well-made devices and comes with a 2-year warranty.

Retail price: $499.99
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Ed note: scoring based on our review of the Leupold 3-Xi