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Leupold GX Golf Rangefinder Reviews - 2018

Leupold added two new models to their GX golf rangefinder line for 2018. The new Leupold GX-4i3 and GX-3i3 are both updated versions of their previous i2 generation rangefinders. It is also worth noting, the Leupold golf rangefinder line now includes five i3 models and one updated Pincaddie model, which currently is the most total model options available for golfers from any major laser rangefinder manufacture.
 

Leupold GX Rangefinder Comparison Chart

Model Leupold
GX-5i3
Leupold
GX-4i3
Leupold
GX-3i3
Leupold
GX-2i3
Leupold
GX-1i3
Leupold
PinCaddie 2
Picture Leupold GX-5i3 RangefinderBuy Now Leupold GX-4i3 RangefinderBuy Now Leupold GX-3i3 RangefinderBuy Now Leupold GX-2i3 RangefinderBuy Now Leupold GX-1i3 RangefinderBuy Now Leupold PinCaddie 2 RangefinderBuy Now
Est. Price $549 $499 $409 $349 $299 $199
Power 6x 6x 6x 6x 6x 6x
Display Red - OLED Red - OLED Red - OLED Black - LCD Black - LCD Black - LCD
Weight 7.8 oz 7.9 oz 7.8 oz 6.8 oz 6.8 oz 6.3 oz
LxWxH 3.8 x 1.4 x 3 4.2 x 1.4 x 3 3.8 x 1.4 x 3 4 x 1.5 x 2.5 4 x 1.5 x 2.5 3.6 x 1.4 x 2.9
Max Distance 800 yards 800 yards 800 yards 700 yards 700 yards 650 yards
Flag Distance 450 yards 450 yards 450 yards 400 yards 400 yards 300 yards
True Golf Range Yes Yes* No Yes No No
Club Selector Yes Yes* No Yes No No

 


Leupold GX-5i3

Leupold GX-5i3- Red OLED Display

 

- True Golf Range (actual distance)

 

- Club Selector

 

- 5 Year Warranty

 

- Online Average $549

 

Now the premium model in the Leupold golf rangefinder lineup; the GX-5i3 has all the bells and whistles available from Leupold such as True Golf Range and Club Selector. These non tournament features can simply be disabled from the menu for tournament play when rangefinders are allowed, no separate faceplate required. Also, of note is the user is now able to manually enter the temperature and altitude for more precise club selection in relation to current conditions.  


Leupold GX-4i3 - New

Leupold GX-4i3- True Range and Club Selector

 

- Yellow Faceplate Unlocks Above

 

- Aluminum Housing

 

- High end red OLED display

 

-Online Average $499

 

For a while the GX-4i line of rangefinders was probably the most sought after golf rangefinder on the market as it provided the user a full featured rangefinder for practice that was also legal for tournament play with the simple swapping of a special faceplate that disabled the non tournament legal features. However, with recent updates to the USGA Rule 14-3 that governs distance measuring devices more rangefinders are now capable of being used in tournament play when rangefinders are allowed.

 


Leupold GX-3i3 - New

Leupold GX-3i3- 3 reticle options

 

- Pinhunter 3

 

- Prism Lock

 

- Waterproof

 

- Online Average $409

 

Like the previous two models, the GX-3i features an aluminum housing and red OLED display. The GX-3i3 is a line of sight model meaning that is does not factor into account the angle of the shot when returning the yardage to the flag. Like all Leupold GX rangefinder models GX-3i3 is waterproof, and can measure in yards or meters.


Leupold GX 2i3

Leupold GX-2i3- True Golf Range

 

- Club Selector

 

- Scan Mode

 

- Yards or Meters

 

- Online Average $349

 

Think of the GX-2i3 and the smaller and more budget friendly version of the top of the line GX-5i3 model; as these two models both have the advanced club selector and True Golf Range features. The savings on the GX-2i3 primarily come from using a polymer housing and black LCD display as opposed to the aluminum housing and red OLED display found on the GX-5i3 series. However, these changes result in about a $200 savings over the GX-5i3.


 

Leupold GX 1i3

Leupold GX-1i3- Prism Lock

 

- Black LCD Display

 

- Scan Mode

 

- Waterproof

 

- Online Average $299

 

The budget counterpart to the GX-3i3 series; the Leupold GX-1i3 series is a basic rangefinder and is not equipped with angle compensating technology or a club selector feature. Once again the savings (around a $100 compared to the GX-3i3) come from using a polymer housing and black LCD display instead. Worth mentioning is that the GX-1i3 and GX-2i3 both come with seven different selectable reticle (crosshair) options, while the higher end GX models only come with three reticle options.


 

Leupold PinCaddie 2

Leupold Pincaddie 2- Budget/Entry Model

 

- Yards or Meters

 

- Scan Mode

 

- Unique Red Styling

 

- Online Average $199

 

The Pincaddie 2 Leupold's budget rangefinder for those that want a golf rangefinder but prefer saving money over extra features. However, this model still includeds the most important features of a golf rangefinder in that it features Pinhunter (a first target priority) and a scan mode which is helpful when trying to hit the flagstick from a great distance. The Pincaddie is made from a polymer housing and uses a black LCD display like the GX-1i2 but does not feature the selectable reticles, Prism Lock feature, or the new Pinhunter 2 technology; while these features can be nice to have they aren't essential. Bottom line saving money is more important to you than extra features you can save about $100 by going with the Leupold PinCaddie 2 instead of the GX-1i.


 

 

Rangefinder Features Explained
PinHunter 3: The GX model rangefinders feature Leupold’s newest version of first target priority called the Pinhunter 3. If the unit reads the pin and an object like a tree in the background it will report the closer of the two, which should be the pin unless you’re having a real bad day on the course. 
 
Prism Lock: Is a technology that when being used in scan mode will automatically beep and display the yardage to the pin when it locks on a flag with a prism reflector. Also many courses now equip certain hazards with these prism reflectors for easier targeting with a rangefinder.
 
Customizable Reticles: Leupold GX golf range finders let you choose which reticle you want to use for aiming the device. The GX-1i3, and GX-2i3 have seven options, while the GX-3i3, GX-4i3, and GX-5i3 have three reticle choices.
 
TGR (True Golf Range): Leupold’s system of accounting for the angle of the shot; TGR is an advanced angle compensation feature, as it will not only accounts for the shot angle, but can also factors in temperature and altitude as well.
 
Club Selector: Within the TGR mode, there is also a feature that allows the unit to recommend which club to use. These recommendations can be based on factory settings or customized to your hitting distances by inputting how far you hit certain clubs.
 
Other Common Features: All 2018 Leupold golf rangefinders use a CR-2 lithium battery, have a 6x magnification, are of a vertical design, and range in yards or meters.
 

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