Review: Leupold GX-4i2 Rangefinder
The Leupold GX-4i2 has 2 major changes in this new model. I already mentioned the new Smart Key faceplate; Yellow is non-conforming, silver is conforming. They now have more power, or more disabling power than the previous one. The other new addition is the PinHunter technology is improved. While I have been impressed by the previous PinHunter tech, the advances are impressive. The one knock on laser rangefinders, especially Leupolds has been the shaky hand. Because of the smaller size of the rangefinder and typical one-handed use, someone with shaky hands would often miss the pin or have trouble getting an accurate reading of their desired target. PinHunter2 technology is legit good. I could get really accurate readings even as I was shivering in the cold this spring. I rarely shot twice and never a 3rd time because I got a correct reading on the first shot. If there was ever a prism it beeped instantly.
The rest of the Leupold GX-4i2 hasn’t changed from previous models. The size is the same, the OLED red display are the same, the 6x mag is the same, the crystal clear optics are the same, the prism lock beep is the same and all the slope features remain the same. . Just looking at it and using it for a short time probably wouldn’t make the new features stick out, but on the course, even just one round, the PinHunter2 was very noticeable. While Leupolds have always been fast, this one is faster and more accurate.
One feature that has been included before is TGR (True Golf Range) which helps you figure out exactly what club you’ll need to hit for your skills and the adjusted yardage. It can be set to account for your normal distances, plus altitude, temperature and slope. It is pretty impressive to tune the rangefinder for your game. It takes a little time setting things up, but I was pretty impressed by how accurate it was to what I needed for certain shots. The only thing it can’t account for is wind. I would see this feature extremely useful for a beginning golfer if they are honest when they put in their yardages during set up.
Leupold rangefinders have been my go to rangefinder for at least 6 years. The GX-4i2 now allows me to have the best of both worlds. I can install the yellow smart key faceplate and get all the bells and whistles during practice rounds, and then switch over to the silver faceplate and be USGA conforming for more competitive rounds. Being conforming is one of the biggest selling points, but the new PinHunter2 technology is really good too for even the shakiest of hands. Those two features make it the best rangefinder with slope + USGA approved
For more information: golf.leupold.com
+USGA conforming w/ silver faceplate
+Full slope features w/ yellow faceplate
+Compact and rugged
+PinHunter2 technology is faster and more accurate
+Excellent OLED red display
–Getting up there in cost