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Nikon Coolshot Laser Rangefinder Reviews

There are a couple new additions to the Nikon Coolshot laser rangefinder line up for 2015. New models include the Cooshot 40i model equipped with Nikon's ID technology which gives true horizontal range to the target, and a tournament legal version called the Coolshot 40. While not specifically stated these new entries into the Nikon lineup appear to be replacements for the Nikon Coolshot AS and standard Coolshot models.

Nikon Golf Rangefinder Comparison Chart

Model Nikon
Coolshot 40i

Coolshot 40

Coolshot 20
Est. Price $299 $249 $169
Power 6x 6x 6x
Display Black (LCD) Black (LCD) Black (LCD)
Weight 5.6oz 5.6oz 4.4oz
LxWxH 4.4 x 1.4 x 2.8 4.4 x 1.4 x 2.8 3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9
Max. Distance 650 yards 650 yards 550 yards
Max. Flag 450 yards 450 yards 250 yards
Angle Comp. Yes No No
Rainproof Yes Yes Yes
Model # 16202 16201 16200


Nikon Coolshot 40i

Nikon Coolshot 40i Golf Rangefinder- Incline/Decline for Horizontal Distance


- Non Tournament Model


- Rainproof


- First and Last Target Priority


- Online Average $299


Compared to the previous Coolshot AS model the Coolshot 40i has many similarities but also some noticeable differences. First, they both are equipped with 6x magnification, feature, ID technology, have both first and last target priority modes, and are not legal for tournament play. On the plus side, the new Cooshot 40i is about $50 cheaper, rated for an additional 50 yards of maximum distance, and has the new Hyper Read technology. On the down side, the Coolshot 40i is rated as rainproof vs. the waterproof rating of the Coolshot AS, and also lacks the LED backlighting of the AS model.

Nikon Coolshot 40

Nikon Coolshot 40 Golf Rangefinder- Tournament Legal


- Hyper Read Technology


- First Target Priority


- Measures in Yards or Meters


-Online Average $249


The Coolshot 40 appears to be replacing the standard Coolshot model in the Nikon golf rangefinder lineup; and while similar in features to the Standard Coolshot it is a little cheaper has an additional 50 yards of max range; but is listed as rainproof instead of waterproof like the original Coolshot, and lacks LED backlighting like the original. The Coolshot does come with a first target priority setting which is the one you want for ranging a skinny flag stick against a tree or building covered background. Also, since this unit doesn't have the ID feature for measuring horizontal distance it is approved for tournament use.


Nikon Coolshot 20

Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf Rangefinder- Ultra Compact


- Lightweight 4.4oz


- Ideal for Pocket Carry


- Affordable


- Online Average $199


The Coolshot 20 is a basic/entry level golf rangefinder. While not much for bells and whistles, this rangefinder is equipped with a first target priority mode, and a scan feature both of which are useful on a golf rangefinder. Besides being one of the more affordable options, what really causes the Coolshot to stand out is its compact size and lightweight; weighing only 4.4oz (without the battery), and measuring 3.6" x 1.5" x 2.9" this is a very small unit and a good candidate for those wishing to carry their rangefinder in a pocket.


Nikon Features Explained


ID (Incline/Decline): Nikon's version of Slope, the ID technology gives the horizontal distance to the pin found on the Coolshot 40i, not legal for tournament play.
Hyper Read: A data processing feature found on the Coolshot 40i and Coolshot 40 that allows for quicker and consistent readings.
Other Common Features: All 2015 Nikon golf rangefinders feature a 6x maginification, measure in both yards or meters, and feature an 8 second scan mode for constant range updates which can be useful when targeting the pin against a clustered back drop.
The Bottom Line

While the new Coolshot 40i and 40 do add some freshness to the Nikon Coolshot rangefinder line, such as reduced cost and slightly more range; they also give up the LED backlighting option, and waterproof rating of the previous version Coolshot AS and standard Coolshot models. Furthermore, these two new models still lag behind both Leupold and Bushnell in more advanced features like Leupold's Prism Lock, or Bushnell's Jolt; not to mention both these competing companies now have a model in their lineups that is equipped with non tournament features that can be deactivated for tournament play. The one bright spot in the Nikon golf rangefinder line up is the ultra compact Coolshot 20 whose small size and sub $200 price tag put it in close competition with the Leupold Pincaddie 2 for a good basic no frills compact budget/entry level rangefinder.


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