Leupold GX 2i3 Rangefinder Review

Leupold 2017 GX-2i3 Digital Golf RangefinderThe aim of the Rangefinder is to provide players with the distance between their standing point and the designated target.

Although that would serve the purpose of aiming, Leupold GX 2I3 offers more than just a straight line aim option.

To be a good golf player, aiming and shooting aren’t the only factors that you’d need to keep in mind during the game. You’d also need to consider the slope, weather, distance, and a few more factors to get a good shot.

The Leupold Rangefinder calculates several factors to help you choose the right club for the specified shot.

If you’re wondering if it’s the right one for you, stick around. In this article, I’ll be reviewing the Leupold GX 2i3 in-depth to help you decide.

Let’s jump right in!

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Leupold GX 2i3 Rangefinder Features

The Leupold GX 2i3 offers fantastic features from club selection to different modes depending on game style and the person playing. That’s not all that makes it stand out among other rangefinders, let’s find out more.

Size and Design

When you first open your Leupold rangefinder, you’ll notice how relatively compact it is. You can literally carry it in your pockets with ease.

If you’re to compare this model to other Leupold models, you’ll find that this model is much smaller and lighter than previous models.

It comes with larger buttons, though, compared to older versions. It features two buttons. The first is the power buttons and it’s located on top.

The other is the mode button that allows you to switch between different modes with ease. The mode button is on the left side of the rangefinder.

This Leupold model comes with a black display, unlike their other model, the GX 5i3, that comes with a red display.

The most significant difference between the Leupold GX 2i3 and previous models is the laser’s body. It’s more accurate and more simply designed.

Leupold advises to adjust the eyepiece before turning the device on. Simply turn the eyepiece to the right or left until you get a clear view. Once that’s done, turn your device on.

In many models, the yardage is displayed in the middle, which could be a bit distracting to some people. In the GX 2i3 model, the yardage is displayed near the top.

● Weight: 7 ounces
● Dimensions: 4”L x 1.3” W x 2.5” H
● Twilight Factor High: 12
● Angular FOV Low: 2.50 degrees
● Eye Relief Hight: 14
● Angular FOV High: 6 degrees
● Minimum Range: 6 yards
● Measuring Accuracy under 100 Yards: 5 yards
● Maximum Reflective Range: 865 yards
● Maximum Tree Range: 800 yards
● Maximum Golf Flag Range: 400 yards


In the Leupold GX series, accuracy is enhanced with Digitally Enhanced Accuracy ‘DNA’. This gives you a more precise reading with a resolution within 1/10 of a yard.

It works with all types of background colors and textures, making your golfing experience more accurate and faster than before.

Leupold GX 2i3 gives fast and accurate readings of up to 800 yards. It also has a 6X magnifying option, slope measurements, and true golf range.

Keep in mind that when the True Gold Range mode is activated, the readings won’t be as quick as when you have the regular ‘Pinhunter’ mode on.

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Different Mode Options
There are a few modes that you could choose from to get the best shot and accuracy readings. To choose between the different modes, you’d need to hold the mode button for 2 seconds, and the menu will open up.

To go through the modes, press once on each mode you go through. To choose the targeted mode, press on the power button while the mode you want is highlighted. The same goes for deactivating a mode.

Prism Lock Technology
More commonly now, the flags on the golf course have a built-in prisms option. Leupold GX detects those prisms and locks the target faster than any other model.

Once the device locks, you’ll hear a beep, and you’ll get your distance readings in seconds. This feature speeds up your playtime significantly.

Pin Locating or the ‘Pinhunter’ Mode
Pin locating is the commonly used option that you’d most likely find in other rangefinders. You’ll find them with different names, though, depending on the model. In the Leupold GX 2i3 it’s called the ‘Pinhunter’.

The Pinhunter determines the distance of your specified targets like the flags on the golf course. Leupold has an automatic filtration, though.

This feature blocks out big objects like trees or poles, so your reading measurements don’t get messed up by them.

Hold your device and place your target within the crosshairs of the screen. In just a few seconds you’ll get fast and accurate readings.

You can scan the area at any given time without having to worry about switching between modes every now and then like other brands.

Every time you scan the surrounding, your readings will be updated. You just need to hold the power button and scan the area around you and the targets.

This option is also useful when it comes to determining which target is the closest to you.

Fog Mode
Although it might be a bit hard to play golf on a rainy day, Leupold made it almost possible.

This mode gives you clear readings during rainy and foggy days while blocking out any false targets. This option was in older models as well, but in the GX 2i3, I definitely see an improvement.

It’s a good idea to turn this mode off when the weather is clear, though. If it’s left on, it might interfere with your readings.

● True Golf Range Option
● Club Selection
● Waterproof
● Quick and accurate readings
● Reads up to 800 yards
● 5-year warranty
● Lightweight and sturdy
● Fast scan option
● Case and Batteries included
● Altitude and temperature isn’t detected automatically

Leupold GX 2i3 vs. GX 5i3
Although there are some similarities between both models, the GX 5i3 is a bit more advanced.

For starters, the GX 5i3 is a lot more expensive. However, it gives you more yardage distance. It goes up to 1,000 yards, which most rangefinder brands can’t do.

Both models have an inclinometer that measures the angles of the slopes, thus making your readings even more accurate.

When it comes to battery life, the GX 2i3 has 7,000 actuation while the GX 5i3 has 4,000 actuation. The GX 5i3 weighs a bit more than the GX 2i3.

So if you’re looking for something that’ll measure longer yards then I’d go with the GX 5i3.

If you’re more concerned with the battery life and the distance isn’t as important then I’d recommend the GX 2i3. It’s also an excellent option for those on a tighter budget.

Besides that, there isn’t a significant difference especially that both models offer the same mode options.

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Leupold GX 2i3 Unique Features
In my opinion, I think the True Golf Range Mode makes this rangefinder unique.

This option studies your surroundings well by eliminating the surrounding nature or any other obstacle aside from your target. Then, it’ll give you the exact distance between you and your target.

It then takes it a step further. Let’s say you have 2 different clubs at hand, the 8-iron, and the 7-iron. How do you know which one is more suitable for the shot?

You’d simply enter the yardage of the clubs and the GX 2i3 will tell you which club to use for the specified distance.

Let’s take it a step further. If the player is to enter the altitude, their personal information, slope, and temperature, the device will make an even better calculation customized for that player.

Of course, that’ll differ if another player was to take a shot.

This is an excellent option to have especially for those who don’t want to calculate shots every time. With a simple push of a button, you’ll make your shots in no time.

What we didn’t find so great, though, is having to input the temperature and altitude manually. If it was automated, it would definitely be faster and smoother.

The bright side is that your input will be saved even if your device goes into idle mode. As long as you’re playing at the same altitude, you’ll get accurate readings.
If that was to change though, you’d need to remember to change it in the TGR setting so that your readings are adjusted to the new location.

The Final Verdict

After reviewing the Leupold GX 2i3, I have to say I was quite impressed. It can definitely up your game and it’s budget-friendly compared to other models that offer the same features.

The GX 2i3 will help you choose the right club for the shot depending on a few factors.

It’s also waterproof so you’d be able to use it on rainy days. Because it’s lightweight, it’s comfortable to use and control.