Yard Range: 5-1000/5-400 to flag
Magnification: 5X24 mm objective diameter
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches, 6.6 oz
Tournament Legal: Yes (standard)/No (slope)
Waterproof: No. Rain-resistant
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance (Standard Edition), Distance & Slope Compensation (Slope Edition)
Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Standard Edition Review
The Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Standard Edition is a classic golf rangefinder that has PinSeeker Technology with JOLT Technology to really affirm your confidence while out on the green. You have the flexibility of ranging out to 1000 yards and 400 yards to the flag. With multi-coated lenses, 5X magnification, and tournament legal status, the Tour V3 will serve you well on the green.
The Tour V3 Jolt is a very popular rangefinder and is an improved version of the Tour V2 with its addition of the Jolt feature.
Even though it’s a new model, it’s raked in a ton of the golfing crowd with a fantastic rating online. It has hundreds and hundreds of reviewers, with a large amount of them giving it a perfect rating.
If your next rangefinder buy is going to be based off reviewer remarks, then the Tour V3 is your next credit card purchase.
Bushnell Tour V3 Slope Edition Review
This Bushnell Tour V3 Slope goes a step further with Slope Technology for those inevitable inclines and declines on a refreshing unpredictable course. And, with the standard Bushnell PinSeeker and JOLT technologies behind your back, no distance will be beyond you.
With multi-coated optics, 1000 yard distances, 400 yard distances to the flag, and 5X magnification, you’ll be a pro golfer by the end of the day.
The Tour V3 Slope rangefinder is exactly the same as the Tour V3 Standard in design, specs, and construction. The only difference in the Slope version is the built-in angle compensation calculator that allows you to get distances with angle values whether it’s uphill or downhill shots.
With the slope feature, you can accurately adjust your swing and correctly select the right club to make the shot. For a relatively reasonable price of about $50 more, you can have this extremely well rated and well reviewed rangefinder with slope.
- Slope adjustments (Slope Edition)
- Multi-coated lens
- 2-year warranty
- Reports of battery issues
Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Q&A:
The V3 Jolt rangefinder has PinSeeker technology that can find and lock onto a flagstick up to 400 yards. It can even range and lock onto other targets up to 1000 yards.
Say, the bunker faces, mounds, and perhaps the caddy of the group in front of you that just happens to be wearing a bullseye…
Although the Jolt feature is the crowd pleasing aspect of the Tour V3, it can be turned off if you don’t like it or if you find it somewhat distracting.
The short interval of vibrations are actually just an additional confirmation that the rangefinder has locked onto the target. Even without the vibrations, you’ll know the rangefinder has successfully attained target acquisition when you receive a distance reading.
Other than the fact that an accurate reading is confirmation of target acquisition, the Jolt also provides another visual confirmation in the form of a small flag icon with a circle around it.
When this icon is displayed on the screen, it means the rangefinder successfully locked onto the target with PinSeeker technology. You should note here, the icon isn’t target discriminatory, meaning, it will show up when the unit locks onto any target, not just a flagstick.
This rangefinder doesn’t have an official scan mode. Don’t be so critical just yet.
Although it’s technically not listed as a feature on the actual Bushnell website, there’s an automatic scan mode that’s always on.
As you pan the course while you fire the laser by keeping the button depressed, distances will intermittently update for about three to five seconds until it locks onto the target. PinSeeker will give you the distance of the nearest target which is usually the flag. So, your “scan mode” has limited efficiency.
Since PinSeeker is always turned on, you’re not going to be able to get a further distance than your target unless you re-fire the laser button. Only then can you pan the course and distances will intermittently be displayed until it locks onto a target again.
It’s pretty inconvenient, but Bushnell has done away with scan mode in some of their latest products to the market.
The Tour V3 isn’t considered waterproof or submersible. Although the battery compartment is sealed off with a Posi-Thread battery door, it’s still only rain-proof or water-resistant.
Some Bushnell golf rangefinder reviews have people swearing up and down that it works just as well in the rain as it does in dry weather. That may be good enough for you, but I’d say you might want to make sure you have a towel or case close by for when those rain clouds are dark and menacing.
- PinSeeker Technology for closest target acquisition
- Jolt Technology confirms target acquisition with short vibrations
- Slope Technology for angle compensated values (Slope Edition only)
- Accurate to -/+1 yard
- Multi-coated lens for enhanced brightness and contrast
- Built-in Accessory Mount
- 2 Year Bushnell Warranty
Our Verdict on the Tour V3
To ping up the strokes, the Bushnell Tour V3 Standard and Slope editions are excellent laser rangefinders for on the off the green. However, battery issues seem to leave people in the dark. Make sure you have spare power with you for those moments you need it most.
The Bushnell Tour X offers both tournament legal and slope adjustments with Bushnell’s Exchange technology. It offers much more in the way of functional features such as the HD optics and E.S.P 2 technology. And then there is the Tour V4 to consider which is the upgraded version of the V3.
The Leupold GX-3i2 is darn close to the Tour V3 in terms of features and functions. It finds the flag, locks onto the flag, and has an OLED display. It sure is nice
But, Bushnell is a worthy in their own right of being a competitor in the golf laser rangefinder market. Just aim, ping, and feel the jolt!