The Leupold GX-3i series digital golf rangefinder of Leupold, is a high end product of the brand. Despite the similarity to GX-1i in terms of technology used, the Leupold GX-3i golf rangefinder stands out because of its OLED display, speed, accuracy and the rugged aluminium body. Though all the GX series of Leupold, powered by Digitally Enhanced Accuracy (DNA) engines boost of high speed and accuracy, however only Leupold GX-3i is USGA 14-3 compliant offering line-of-sight distance measurement, thus making it legal for tournament play.
Leupold GX – 3i digital golf rangefinder is equipped with various useful features such as PinHunter, prism lock, scan mode and fog mode that make targeting the pin easier. The PinHunter technology improves the focusing of the device to precisely target any particular object without including the background objects. Prism lock feature ensures its directly connects flagstick with the prism reflector saving time of the player in locking the target. For best use of prism lock, the scan mode should be used to range a course feature. This result in the device producing a beep sounds to confirm the user about the target locking and displays the distance measurement. Leupold GX-3i is fully waterproof and also features a fog mode which enables getting fast and accurate measurements even during foggy conditions.
Well-known for its durable making, Leupold has further improvised the make of its product by using Aerospace Grade aluminium for the body of GX-3i. Moreover, the rubber exterior on the aluminium body helps for better griping of the vertical device. Comparing dimensions,GX-3i is the smallest measuring 3.7x29x1 inches and weighing 7.8 ounces. The device is equipped with a CR-2 lithium battery which delivers a battery life of more than 4000 actuations.
The best feature in Leupold GX – 3i series digital golf rangefinder is its red OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display which makes it easier to read the measurements even against dark backgrounds or bright targets. And moreover the distances appear below the crosshair beside the battery life indicator. The device also offers the users to choose from three selectable aiming reticules:
- plus point,
- bracket circle and
- bracket circle duplex.
The maximum range coverage, like the other Leupold GX series products, depends on the target object. The maximum range for a pin is 400 yards, for the trees which show stronger signal strength is 600 yards and for targets with prism reflector the maximum range is up to 800 yards. The device also delivers a ranging accuracy of +/- 0.5 yard/meter, which makes much more accurate than the rangefinders in the market which usually have an accuracy of +/- 1 yard. Leupold GX-3i digital golf rangefinder has a magnification of 6x and objective aperture of 22mm allows clear display of the target.
The key selling point of Leupold GX – 3i is it OLED display and speed. Most of the users buying Leupold GX- 3i prefer it over other similar range models like Bushnell due to its display feature, accuracy, speed and the guaranteed durability of Leupold models. However, players wishing to have additional features like club selector and inclinometer would go for Leupold GX-4i which also has a OLED display. But GX-4i model cannot be used for tournament play which gives GX-3i an advantage as players, and pro golfers using the device for tours would prefer Leupold GX-3i.
Quick Recap of the Features:
PinHunter with prism lock technology
Scan and Fog Mode
Selectable Aiming Reticules – 3
Ranging Accuracy: +/- 0.5 yards
Coverage/Range: 5 – 800
Size: 3.7×2.9×1.3 inches
Weight: 7.8 ounces.
Trusted brand – Military and law enforcement trust Leupold
FAST – Really fast
Most accurate compared to others
Too many options and sometimes difficult for some people to use.
What should be included:
Leupold GX-3i series Digital Golf Rangefinder
Battery – CR-2 lithium battery
Two year Warranty
N/B: The manufactures of this product has discontinued the production of this product but now have similar product called the Leupold GX-3i2 (They are pretty the same). Some claim that it’s because the product is complete and without issues that is why it was recalled. However many people are still going for this version because of its nice review. I still recommend this products from my experience using other brand this is arguably the best now in terms of accuracy, speed of targeting or giving result. You will still find this product in the market on amazon and other market places.