Nikon COOLSHOT AS Laser Rangefinder with Slope (RETIRED)

coolshot-asYard Range: 0-600 yards
Magnification: 6X21 mm objective diameter
Display Type: LED/Red
Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.5 x 2.8 inches, 6.2 ounces
Tournament Legal: No
Measurement System: Yards/Meters
Measurement Distance: Distance and Slope Compensation
Waterproof: Yes

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Nikon COOLSHOT AS Review

The Nikon COOLSHOT AS golf rangefinder can get you distances all the way out to 600 yards while displaying it in .5 yard increments. No distance is beyond your reach with Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) Technology, Pin-Locking and 8-Second Continuous Scan mode, and Tru Target Technology to go between First and Distant Target Modes.

This rangefinder is quite the likable, little unit. It’s got a decent horde of admirers who have given it a very good rating with a decent number giving their seal of approval.

For the many different features, fully waterproof capabilities, and the handsome, compact design, the roughly $350 price tag is worth it.

Update - 2017.06.21The COOLSHOT AS has been retired from the game. Although you can still purchase refurbished units, you might want to consider one of its successors the COOLSHOT 40i or new 80i VR, both of which utilize Nikon’s ID Technology for slope compensation.
  • Price
  • TruTarget Technology
  • Waterproof
  • Compact
  • Nikon ID
  • Suspect to shakiness


COOLSHOT AS Slope Rangefinder Q&A:

This rangefinder has TruTarget Technology, what is that?

This rangefinder is the only golf rangefinder in the Nikon line that has the Tru Target Technology feature. This gives you the ability to toggle between First Target Priority Mode and Distant Target Priority Mode when you want, wherever you want.

There will be no bunker, no tree, no flagstick, and sand trap that can possibly stop you now.

How many measuring modes are there on the Nikon rangefinder?

The AS rangefinder is loaded with features that take all the guesswork out of the game, which leaves you with four intuitive modes to use at touch of a button.

You have Actual Distance and Height Mode which displays the actual distance to the target and the height difference between you and the target.

The Horizontal Distance and Height Mode displays the straight line distance to the target without taking into account any elevation changes, but it does display in the bottom right of the viewfinder the height variation.

The Golf Mode is the ID Technology that gives you the angle compensated distance. The Actual Distance Mode provides you with the simple and actual distance from you to the target.

With all these super helpful modes, including the Tru Target Technology, it could get pretty tedious having to switch between them all. Although it may seem a little “too done-up”, the COOLSHOT AS is still a very easy to use unit.

How long does the battery last?

The COOLSHOT AS uses a CR2 lithium ion battery which is typical for a modern laser rangefinder. Of course, the battery use depends on a lot of factors. How often you use it and what features you use can all affect battery power.

According to Nikon, it’s supposed to last 13,000 cycles before you need to change the battery. I wouldn’t know if this is true or not since that’s a ton of finger action to keep count of.

Can this rangefinder survive submersion?

Yes, the Nikon slope laser rangefinder is fully waterproof and can absolutely survive submersion. Finally, a Nikon golf unit that can stand up to more than just sprinkling rain.

It’s submersible for up to three feet and can be in the water for no longer than 10 minutes. The battery compartment is only water-resistant, just like all other rangefinders.

Even though you can finally appreciate the fully waterproof qualities, if it’s going to take you longer than 10 minutes to retrieve from the pond, I suggest your aim the unit for the sand trap instead during your temper tantrum.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Tru Target Technology to toggle between First and Distant Target Priority Modes
  • Golf Mode with Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) Technology to get you the angle compensated distance to make your club selection and shot
  • Intuitive and easy to use continuous eight second panning mode
  • Extremely small, light-weight, and compact

Our Verdict

To ping up the strokes, the Coolshot AS is a nifty, little unit. It’s got everything you need in one, compact design. While it might not be the best for those with shaky hands, it’s fast, accurate, and right on mark.

If you’re really concerned about steadiness, the Leupold GX-5i3 has Pinhunter 3 Technology that eliminates all error due to this issue. It’s a tad more expensive, but you can’t put a price on this feature when you have the shakes.

However, Nikon does offer a rangefinder addressing the shakes with the Coolshot VR Series. It’ll be the best option for you to eliminate hand shaking concerns, slope math, and finding the flag. No matter what your requirements are, Nikon has a unit just for you!

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