Bushnell Tour V2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
Cumualtive Review Score: 89(52)
There was no shortage of useful reviews for the Bushnell Tour V2 golf laser rangefinder. Its small size and compact design was appreciated by its owners, who liked the ability to carry this rangefinder on them while playing. Bushnell's Pinseeker technology was also highly praised by reviewers. Other positive comments on the Tour V2 were its ease of operation, and value. On the downside, users had a tough time holding this unit steady, which is the flip side of a lightweight, compact design. However, most felt that the Pinseeker technology allowed them to over come the shakiness and lock onto the pin with little difficulty. A few users of the Bushnell V2 reported short battery life; however, even more users commented on the expense and availability of this units 3 volt battery. Most reviewers that mentioned the issue of shakiness realized this was a tradeoff for having such a small, lightweight rangefinder. Finally, a couple users had problems with the yardage display not working properly, as in not all digits displaying properly. Obviously these users were not happy, and rightly so, however, these defective units brought the score down from the mid 90's to high 80's. So even though the score of 89 for this units doesn't seem that high, those that did not receive defective units were generally quite happy with the Tour V2.
In some ways the Bushnell Tour V2 laser rangefinder is a lot like the Bushnell Medalist in that they are both simple to use, basic feature golf rangefinders that feature Bushnell's much loved Pinseeker technology and not a lot of other gadgets. However, the Tour V2 rangefinder is also quite different from the Medalist rangefinder in that it is held vertically instead of horizontally and the Tour V2 has a 5x magnification instead of the 4x magnification of the Medalist. Also, the Tour V2 is slightly smaller and weighs a little less than the Medalist, partially because its compact design utilizes a less common, but smaller 3 volt lithium battery compared to a heavier but more common 9 volt battery found in the Medalist. The manual was actually a quick read as there are not a lot of modes, settings, or other features.
The Tour V2 rangefinder doesn't have all the available features of some higher end Bushnell golf range finders; however, this makes it legal for tournament play. While it didn't score a high as its Slope edition counterpart (in large part due to 3 defective units in the reviews) it is still a compact, handy rangefinder that can be kept on you at all times. The Bushnell Tour V2 edition is probably most a home on a golfer's belt, who wants the convenience of a compact laser rangefinder that is tournament legal and easy to operate.
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