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Leupold GX-5i3 Laser Rangefinder Review (NEW to 2017)

Leupold GX-5i3

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2022 @ 8:42 pm

Yard Range: 6-800 reflective
Magnification: 6X22 mm objective diameter
Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.0 x 1.4 inches, 7.3 ounces
Display Type: LED/Red
Tournament Legal: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance and Slope Compensation
Waterproof: Yes

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Leupold GX-5i3 Review – New to 2017

Trust Leupold to come out with an all-in-one rangefinder to really lower your scores and get around the course faster. No more fiddle-farting around with face plates on this unit. It has everything you could ever want to maximize your stroke and your game while also having the ability to be a tournament legal unit at the press of a button.

The two-in-one rangefinder is more than just a two-in-one unit. Leupold recently upgraded their already advanced DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine to get you closer than ever – 1/10 of a yard closer!

With the new and advanced PinHunter 3 Laser Technology, you have an increased pulse rate for faster and powerful laser emissions to truly lock onto the flag. No matter the distance or the shake in your hands, PinHunter 3 will eliminate all user and weather error to quickly and precisely identify the flag and lock on for ultimate target acquisition!

With True Golf Range, Club Selector, Scan Mode, Prism Lock Technology, and an OLED Plus Point reticle, you won’t ever have to mess with GPS again! Welcome to the new era of the GX series!

  • PinHunter 3 Laser Technology
  • DNA engine
  • 1/10th yard accuracy
  • True Golf Range
  • Club Selector
  • Price


Leupold GX-5i3 Rangefinder Q&A

Does the Leupold 5i3 have Slope Compensation?

Yes! The True Golf Range feature enables golfers to compensate for long distances on uphill shots and short distances on downhill shots. This feature can also be disabled to be permissible for tournament play use.


Can the Rangefinder Suggest Clubs for Play?

Not only does this sweet rangefinder suggest recommended clubs for play, it also suggests the clubs you should use for slope compensation, weather conditions, and personal hitting strength. With TGR and the Club Selector features, you have ultimate customization in the palm of your hand.


Does a Flapping Flag Affect Distance Readings?

While a flag flying around in the wind has been known to affect distance readings by a few tenths of a yard, the Leupold GX-5i3 eliminates these errors with every feature that’s loaded into the unit. Furthermore, if you’re playing a course with prisms, the Prism Lock Technology will lock onto the prisms versus the flag for extreme accuracy.


Is this a Compact Rangefinder?

The GX-5i3 is one of Leupold’s smallest rangefinders, second only to the PinCaddie 2. It’s smaller than the earlier GX models but measures in the same as the GX-3i2 and GX-4i2. It has a 22 objective lens, is 3.8 inches long, 3.0 inches in height, and 1.4 inches wide. If you are looking for something a bit bigger you can check out this page for a lot more options.


Is the GX-5i3 Lightweight?

The Leupold golf rangefinder is very lightweight at only 7.3 ounces. Although it has the same dimension specs as its GX siblings, it’s a few ounces lighter making it more comfortable to wield and hold while on the green.


How does this Rangefinder Stand up to Weather?

This is a lightweight beast that has been built with Leupold’s renown ruggedness, and it can withstand and endure even the worst weather conditions. It’s completely waterproof and has a built-in Fog Mode to cut through mist for impressive accuracy.


Why Choose the GX Rangefinder over a Golf GPS Unit?

While conventional GPS devices can only determine triangulated distances on the front, center, and back of the green, the GX can find the pin with extreme accuracy no matter where it is on the course. With a GPS unit, you’re dependent upon satellite calculated distances. With the GX series, you have the ability to incorporate elevation changes, atmospheric conditions, and hitting strength for a true distance to the flag.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Upgraded and advanced DNA Technology for faster and more accurate distance readings
  • New PinHunter 3 Technology for rapid target acquisition
  • One-Touch Scan Mode for faster readings while sweeping the course
  • Prism-Lock Technology for audible tones and faster “locking on” automatic readings
  • Club Selector feature to ensure you use the right club every single shot
  • Fully multi-coated lens with red OLED display for brighter, clearer, and scratch-proof images
  • TGR feature to compensate for uphill and downhill shots
  • Can determine hitting strength, atmospheric conditions, and elevation changes in one!
  • Waterproof and Fog Mode enable play in any type of weather
  • Lightweight, compact, and rugged for all golf play and conditions


Our Verdict on the GX 5i3

To ping up the strokes, the Leupold GX-5i3 is a beaut of a machine. It can’t get any simpler to go between legal games and practice rounds with the ability to disable the slope and club suggestions.

While the GX-5i3 is well above budgets for many golfers, the GX-4i2 is a great option for a cheaper price.

However, Bushnell has streamlined their rangefinders with something new, the Pro X2 that can go between legal and slope measurements with a push of a button. Now, that’s something for the Leupold to vie with. Oh, did we mention it’s cheaper too – check it out here.

But, if Leupold has always been the name of your game, then there’s nothing better that they have to offer than the GX-5i3!

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