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Leupold GX-3i2 Golf Rangefinder (Ultra Durable Design)

Last Updated: Mar 4, 2019 @ 7:01 pm

Yard Range: 6-800 reflective/6-450 to flaggx-3i2-rangefinder
Magnification: 6X22 mm objective diameter
Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.0 x 1.4 inches, 7.8 ounces
Display Type: OLED/Red
Tournament Legal: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance only
Waterproof: Yes

Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

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Leupold GX-3i2 Rangefinder Review

The Leupold GX-3i2 Rangefinder has every feature you could need from a Leupold with PinHunter Laser Technology, Prism Lock Technology, and Fog Mode. Impressed? It also has fully multi-coated lenses, Digitally Enhanced Accuracy (DNA) Golf, and an illuminated OLED Plus Point display. This GX-3i2 is easily a grand unit you’d be proud to have at your side on the green.

It is a pricier rangefinder, but you’re getting the OLED display and the super-durable construction which could be worth it to most users.

Even though it’s just as popular as its predecessor, it’s the latest, souped-up version of the GX-3i with longer battery life and the most up-to-date PinHunter 2 Technology.

For its price and features, it falls in the higher end of the mid-level rangefinders in the market. With several dozen reviewers offering their opinion, the 3i2 is holding an excellent rating.

  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Advanced OLED Technology
  • 3 reticles
  • Prism Lock Technology
  • Fog Mode
  • No slope
  • Price


Leupold GX-3i2 Rangefinder Q&A:

Is the GX-3i2 durable and will it survive accidental drops?

Unlike the GX1i2, this model and the GX4i2 is made with Aerospace Grade Aluminium. Sounds fancy right? Well it is. If you’re going to drop this in a puddle or play with it in tornado weather, this is the unit you want.

Its construction is extremely high-grade and it’s made to withstand the harshest conditions you can possibly play a round through. This puts a whole new meaning on “for better or for worse”…


Does the device have the smart Fog Mode feature?

Yes it does, and so does all of the new GX rangefinders. The Fog Mode will be a really nifty feature for those times when the fog rolls in, it decides to rain, or even if those pretty but pesky little snowflakes start to fall.

As the group ahead and behind you regrettably start making their way off the course, you can keep playing thanks to the touch of a button. By activating the smart feature, instead of laser reflections bouncing off fog or rain particles, the rangefinder will head right past all these distractions and look for the pin.

Disappointingly to your playing companion, the game is still on unless he’s willing to admit defeat.


How is the GX-3i2 different from the GX-1i2?

First of all, when you have this rangefinder in hand you’ll notice a slight difference in size. Its smaller than the GX-1i2 and still even smaller than its predecessor the GX-3i. Its dimensions are 3.8 x 3.0 x 1.4 inches. It has three different reticles to offer which is still three times more than what other rangefinders have, but still less than the GX1i2.

But, one of the most biggest feature differences would be the OLED display that the GX3i2 has. With its red readings and reticle, you’ll be able to see and use the rangefinder despite the lighting or weather conditions of the day.


Is the battery compartment secure and sealed off well?

The 3i2 rangefinder has a great and unique battery compartment lid design that hasn’t been used before… yet. There are many complaints of other rangefinders lids easily coming off and not staying put, and this can compromise the integrity of the electrical components and the entire unit itself.

The Leupold battery lid actually has a screw top design. This ensures that you know it’s secure and will come off and on when you want it to. With this screw design and waterproof, rugged construction, I’d say it’s about sealed off as much as it can be.


Can the Prism Lock Technology be turned off on the GX-3i2?

Unfortunately, the Prism Lock Technology is always on. The concept is, it’ll be that extra aid when you’ve got prism-mounted flagsticks available or it’s simply not going to “lock” onto a flagstick and beep if it doesn’t.

Despite that, it still would be nice to turn it off if you wanted to.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Revamped DNA technology for even more precise and faster readings
  • PinHunter 2 and Prism Lock Technology for zeroing in and locking onto the flag
  • Fog Mode to range through the toughest weather
  • Scan Mode available
  • 3 different reticles to choose from
  • Scratch-proof lens with low glare for clear and bright images


Our Verdict on the GX 3i2

To ping up the strokes, the Leupold GX-3i2 is a precise, tournament-legal unit that’s made for every round. It’s a tad pricier for the OLED display, but it’s still a reliable companion for accuracy.

If slope adjustments are what you’re after, then you should consider Leupold’s GX-4i2 that has change-out face plates. You might even drool over the new GX-5i3 that also accounts for club suggestions for each stroke.

However, if variety is the name of your game, then the Bushnell Pro X2 is worthy competition. You will pay quite a bit more than you will for the GX, but you’re getting a lot more features with the Pro X2. Expect Jolt and Slope-Switch technologies when you need distance confirmation and slope adjustments.

If you’re a loyal Leupold buyer, then you already know it’s a zero-miss guarantee when you go with lu-lu-Leupold

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