Review: Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder

Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder

Bushnell is a brand most people look for when it comes to rangefinders. It’s not hard to see why when you see some of the products in its lineup. We shall be studying one of those more closely here for its virtues and drawbacks: the Bushnell Tour V3.

This rangefinder is among the most commonly referenced rangefinders when people list the top units for non-professional yet serious golfers, and we aim to find out why this is as well as whether or not the recommendation is justified.

The Bushnell Tour V3 is a tournament-legal rangefinder designed for single-handed vertical operation. It’s one of Bushnell’s rangefinders to sport Pin Seeker technology, which has a jolt vibration feature when operating.

This technology is intended to make spotting a flag easier, as the vibration confirms the laser’s discovery of the target. The ranging performance is at 5 to 1,000 yards (in optimal conditions), and the rangefinder is promised to have instantaneous measurements in yards and meters. Accuracy is within the 1-yard range and optical magnification is set at 5x.

Features:

  • Pin Seeker with jolt vibration technology
  • 5 – 1,000 yards ranging ability
  • 5x magnification
  • Weatherproof construction with posi-thread battery door for security
  • Ergonomic design with single-handed operation
  • Accuracy to within 1 yard of the target
  • Legal for tournaments

Pros:

  • Pin Seeker technology is extremely helpful
  • Simple to use
  • Quick to lock on a pin
  • Very quick to deliver readouts

Cons:

  • Pin Seeker technology requires two-handed operation of the rangefinder for distances on the extreme end of its range
  • May be considered a little bit on the pricy side (even for the standard)
  • Standard edition does not offer secondary distance readouts (for that, you need to purchase the more expensive Slope Edition of the V3)

Verdict

Just one round of using the V3 reveals why it is such a favorite among golfers. This is a fairly compact, decent-looking package that’s short on frills and long on efficiency. If you like your rangefinders to have a dozen modes—and few golfers do—this isn’t the best selection, but if what you want is something easy to use and straight to the point, this is your unit.

You won’t need to spend a long time reading the manual to learn how to operate it, it doesn’t make you wait long to find your flag, and it even tells you when the flag’s been sighted by giving a little hum in your hand.

In short, it’s efficient, convenient, and just what most golfers need.

Comparison

It seems only right that we take a look first at the other edition of the V3 too. After all, if comparisons must be made with a view to finding out which is the better buy, it seems most sensible to make them with reference to something often regarded as “the upgrade” to the V3 Standard.

Furthermore, both the V3 Standard and V3 Slope Edition come in Patriot Packs—product packages from Bushnell that bundle in a few other useful products (for these, 1 carry case and 1 rangefinder skin) and for which part of the proceeds go to scholastic funding of the families of deceased military personnel.

To put it simply, the Slope Edition of the Rangefinder is more expensive than the Standard because it can do more. Specifically, it has the ability to provide a more accurate range readout thanks to its compensation for slope and terrain.

That is the only difference between the two, spec-wise.

Does that ability make a difference in actual usage? Yes, it does give it greater consistency. However, that consistency may not be enough to cause most people to spring for the more expensive Slope Edition.

This is because the two rangefinders perform so well that they actually regularly return readouts that are just a few yards off each other. In some cases, the difference in measurement may even be less than a full yard!

That said, the rangefinders’ performance all comes down to the circumstances. On most regular courses it does not make enough of a difference to be considered a dramatic improvement if you use the Slope Edition instead of the Standard for a readout.

On some other courses, though, the improvement in readout is in fact dramatic. This is most often seen when you are trying to work on courses with a lot of big slopes. Little wonder, considering this is actually called the Slope Edition.

Conclusion

While the Slope Edition is undoubtedly superior, not everyone will be willing to pay for the extra accuracy, especially considering how much more the Slope Edition costs over the Standard. Most golfers perform very well with the Standard, so at their list prices, it appears to make more sense to choose the more affordable unit.

Both are excellent, easy-to-use laser rangefinders though, so you cannot really go wrong with either one at the end of the day.

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