Leupold GX-5i3 Review

Among the highest performing and most advanced on the market, the Leupold GX-5i3 is a true gem of a laser finder. Clear, fast, and accurate. The Leupold GX-5i3 provides the quickest and most accurate measurements that you can really trust out on the links. Easy to use and precise.

Laser rangefinder manufacturers are no different than other businesses as each of them have their own niche and try to supply the best product for their price point. Some laser rangefinders are going to be budget and bare bones yet functional, while others are going to be high end, high-tech and slightly higher priced.

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The Leupold GX-5i3 is an example of the latter. Sleek, lightweight and compact like many rangefinders, this new Leupold Golf rangefinder is like the Cadillac of its kind in all of the bells and whistles it has to offer as well as its overall quality.

This impressive Leupold Golf rangefinder is loaded with useful features for any golfer and while it is somewhat expensive, it jams as much helpful tech into its tiny frame as it can.

Boasting the unique Digitally eNhanced Accuracy (DNA) system, Leupold Golf’s new engine is designed to give you the most accurate measurements possible.

Pros
  • Smart Digitally eNhanced Accuracy engine
  • Accurate up to .1 yard
  • PinHunter 3 Laser Technology
  • Realistic range, enough for any golfer
  • 6x clear magnification
Cons
  • It is pretty expensive for a rangefinder
  • Getting the pin lock set at first can be somewhat tricky

Features & Benefits

Optics and Display

Possibly the first thing that will jump out to you is the crystal-clear optics and bright, vibrant display that Leupold Golf brought to the table with the GX-5i3. With a crisp and bold OLED display screen, you should have no problem reading the accurate measurements it provides out on the course.

You should have no trouble ranging objects that are smaller or off in the distance with the same amount of accuracy as if it were right there in front of you. The screen is bright and clear and holds up to glare or the bright sun.

The optically pleasing 6x magnification also does wonders to make the Gx-5i3 how accurate it is. No matter how much you punch in and magnify it, you are still going to keep a wide field of view unlike some other rangefinders out there.

If you stack up the optics of the Leupold GX-5i3 vs Bushnell pro x2, a similar competitor, you’ll probably find that the magnification is exactly the same while the GX-5i3 has more clarity and field of view.

Pinhunter

The speed and accuracy of measurements is what makes or breaks a laser rangefinder. One thing that you will come across in most Leupold Golf rangefinder reviews is praise over the speed of their pin locking technology. This Leupold GX-5i3 review is no exception as I find the Pinhunter tech to be the most key feature.

Fast and accurate, Leupold Gol’s Pinhunter technology in the GX-5i3 and previous models is fast, accurate and their best effort yet. An improvement over the GX-1i and GX2i, Leupold Golf upped their game with their Pinhunter tech by measuring the pin up to 450 yards.

This provides more than enough yardage for any golfer on any course, but also gives some of the fastest measurements of any laser rangefinder that I have ever gotten to use.

Club Selector

Another unique and fun feature that Leupold Golf has brought to the table with the GX-5i3 is the Club Selector function. As a golfer, I’m sure you have noticed that many laser rangefinders fall somewhat short in that they are not able to let you choose between clubs even though that should be a no brainer as it makes all the difference.

The GX-5i3 is an exception to this little issue. Leupold Golf added a much welcome Club Selector feature that lets you swap between clubs and make appropriate recommendations and measurements accordingly. With the GX-5i3, you enter your typical shot distances for the 8,6 and 4 irons, then allow Leupold Golf’s tech to do the math and give you accurate recommendations for your other clubs and what to expect out of them.

Prism Lock Technology

What good would a laser rangefinder be if you couldn’t get an accurate lock on the pin, or more importantly, if it doesn’t really let you know when you are locked onto the pin. Part of what makes the Leupold GX-5i3 so user friendly is how it goes about letting you know that you are on target.

The GX-5i3 eliminates the guesswork by giving you an audible feedback when you are locked in eliminating any guesswork that takes you out of the moment. Â Better yet, you’ll see that it freezes the distance on the screen when you have what you need in range.

If you have tried out other laser rangefinders, then you get what I mean when I say that clear, user friendly pin lock technology is the bread and butter of a good rangefinder. The Prism Lock tech that is built into each GX-5i3 is a welcome bonus.

As can be expected with the price point of the GX-5i3, these readings are going to come as quick as possible and, in my experience,, are highly accurate.

Ease of Use

There are several little features in the GX-5i3 that contribute to it being an easy to use, essential rangefinder. Their One Touch Scan Mode which can give you multiple measurements and fast with one touch of the power button keeps you up to date without having to continuously request more info.

Leupold Golf also has done us a favor with the much-appreciated Fog Mode. With the climate around me, I have found Fog Mode invaluable. Fog Mode cuts through inclement weather such as rain and fog and lets you maintain the speed and precision of its measurements.

The fold down rubber eyecups are also comfortable, easy and can be tucked down if you are wearing glasses or shades. Leupold Golf also gives us a little peace of mind knowing that the rubber and aluminum constructed body makes this bad boy resistant to the water.

 

Alternatives

Leupold Golf has a few other rangefinders that are also impressive.

Leupold Gx 5i3
Leupold Gx 2i3
Pin Caddie 2
Yard range
6-8006-8656-650
Magnification6X6X6X
Accuracy0.50 yard0.50 yard1 yard
Slope measurementYesNoNo
Weight13.6 ounces7 ounces6.3 ounces
Dimensions3.8x3.0x1.4 in4.0x2.5x1.5 in3.6x2.9x1.4 in

Leupold Gx 2i3 Rangefinder

The Leupold GX-2i3 is similar to the GX-5i3, but the GX-2i3 can only accurately pin up to 400 yards where the GX-5i3 can pin up to 450 yards.

While the 400 yards that the GX-2i3 offers should be enough for most golfers, the safety net of 450 yards on the GX-5i3 is a nice bonus.

The GX-2i3 is also lighter weighing 7 ounces where the GX-5i3 is 7.8 ounces. Both are quite durable and

  • GX-2i3 can pin up to 350 yards, where GX-5i3 can pin up to 450 yards
  • GX-2i3 weighs 7 ounces, GX-5i3 weighs 7.8 ounces

 

Leupold Pin Caddie 2 Rangefinder

The Leupold Pin Caddie 2 has a nice black LCD screen, while the GX-5i3 has an OLED display.

The Pin Caddie 2 boasts being weatherproof, whereas the GX-5i3 is waterproof.

  • Pin Caddie 2 has LCD (black) screen, GX-5i3 has OLED display
  • Pin Caddie 2 is weatherproof, GX-5i3 is waterproof

FAQs

Q: Are there any Leupold GX-5i3 accessories?

The GX-5i3 comes with a useful cart mount that will come in handy. It also comes with a Cordura carrying case that is sturdy and provides protection for the rangefinder.

Q: Does the Leupold GX-5i3 have a flag lock-on?

Yes, in the form of Leupold golf’s Pinhunter 3 and Prism Lock technology. You can lock onto the flag, or pin, from up to 450 yards away.

Q: Is the GX-5i3 an improvement over past Leupold Golf rangefinders?

Yes, the GX-5i3 has a superior display, better optics and is easier to use all around. It gives measurements quicker and seems to be quite accurate every time. There is a markable upgrade between the Leupold GX-4i3 vs GX-5i3.

Tech Specifications

Yard Range6-1014 reflective and 6-450 to flag
Accuracy+/- 0.5 yard
Magnification6X
Waterproof?Yes
Dimensions6 x 8 x 4 inches
Weight13.6 ounces
Battery typeCR2 battery

Conclusion

At the end of the day, what the Leupold GX-5i3 offers is a top of the line, luxury laser rangefinder that has earned its reputation. What you get with the GX-5i3 is more than just bells and whistles for its price tag, all of the unique and helpful features contribute to an all-around better experience.

For me it has taken care of and eliminated all of the guesswork and helped my game quite a bit. The Prism Lock technology is a life saver and the OLED display make all of the measurements crystal clear and easy to read.

Fog Mode has also been majorly useful for me where I live and is nice to have in general as you never know when bad weather will strike. I highly recommend the Leupold GX-5i3 and think that its pros warrant its price tag.