Leupold GX-5i3 Rangefinder Review

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The Leupold GX-5i3 rangefinder is the most advanced rangefinder on the market.  Unbelievably fast, great display.  TGR is amazing.

Introduction

In every industry, leading companies create flagship products.  Think of a car like the Mercedes S Class.  These aren’t products that everyone is meant to own; they’re demonstrations of the company’s prowess at pushing the envelope of performance.  Leupold’s new GX-5i3 rangefinder is that kind of product.  While many companies push out budget lasers, Leupold is choosing to show how much technology it can pack into a few ounces.

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Setup & Ease of Use

Just like any other modern rangefinder, the GX-5i3 is simple to use.  Push the button to turn it on, aim it, push the button again, and the distance pops up.

Unlocking the full potential of the GX-5i3 takes a little more work, though not nearly as much as you might think.  Hold down the Mode button for a second and you enter the menus.  With the two button interface, you can quickly and easily toggle Slope and TGR on and off or enter in temperature and altitude.  Even for a first-timer, setting up TGR shouldn’t take more than two minutes.

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Accuracy & Performance

One thing that I can’t overemphasize is how fast the GX-5i3 is.  After using the GX-5i3 for a little while, using my older laser felt like waiting for a caddie to pace off the yardage.

In its basic operation, yardages are displayed simply and accurately to the tenth of a yard.  You can also level up and turn on slope to let the GX-5i3 calculate how much the grade adds or subtracts from the shot.  TGR is where Leupold pulls out all the stops factoring in slope, temperature, and altitude and recommending a club based on your distances.

Finally, one of the aspects of a rangefinders that’s often overlooked is the way the data is displayed.  Especially in lasers that display more than one number, the way those numbers are displayed can seriously impact its usability.  The Leupold GX-5i3 does a great job by putting the key data – the yardage – in the center of the display.  It’s also worth mentioning that the GX-5i3 has Leupold’s red display which is extremely easy to read, particularly in darker conditions.

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Value

The Leupold GX-5i3 can be purchased for around $550 (support PluggedInGolf, buy it HERE).  If it’s not the most expensive rangefinder, it’s very close.  This is obviously not a laser that you’re buying to save a few bucks, it’s the one you buy because you want every feature under the sun.  If that’s what you want, this is money well spent.

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Conclusion

If you want to buy the most advanced laser rangefinder in golf, the Leupold GX-5i3 is it.  TGR is amazing, the yardages are spot-on, and the display is perfectly laid out.  The GX-5i3 does everything you can ask a rangefinder to do, and it does it well.

Buy the Leupold GX-5i3 HERE

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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4 Comments

  1. I have the 3ix2 and I have to agree with the red display being great. No issues when it is bright out, but its real advantage is when playing at dawn or dusk, when most of my golf is played. Can really see the display very well, while other rangefinders you cannot.

  2. Bill Gaddis

    Advancement in technology? Try Nikon 80 VR rangefinders with vibration reduction. This one, along with Bushnell’s new model is just last years model re-packaged so you don’t have to exchange the faceplate to obtain slope mode.

  3. Pingback: Leupold GX-2i3 Rangefinder Review - Plugged In Golf

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