Leupold GX-2i2 Rangefinder Review

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    Leupold GX-2i2 Rangefinder Review

Leupold certainly have a winning formula when it comes to rangefinders, and the GX product line is a classic example of continually improving the wheel, rather than reinventing it. Each time, the features get better and better, and it’s thus no surprise to see that they have such a loyal legion of followers.

Aside from leading the way in pioneering state-of-the-art technology, they pride themselves in delivering rangefinders which are customized to the needs of golfers of all abilities and ambitions. So, does the GX-2i2 fit the bill? We’d certainly say so.

We reviewed the Leupold GX-2i2 Rangefinder as part of our Best Golf Rangefinders 2017 Review. You can see how it faired against it’s competitors in the side-side comparison table below.

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Our Assessment

8.6 Total Score
Great (B+)

When it comes to optics and precision, you know you’re in the best possible ball park with Leupold, and the GX-2i2, as expected, certainly doesn’t disappoint. In short, it seems to have cherry picked all the best and most important features of its family members, and piled it all into a solid, middle-of-the-range, er, rangefinder. No prizes for guessing that value is going to be this device’s main selling point, but focusing too much on this would be to do it a great disservice. It encompasses just about all the virtues of the GX-4i2, yet costs up to $150 less. So, have they inadvertently stuck the 4i2 away? Let’s not be too hasty. But this rangefinder gets a firm stamp of approval from us, and we think many will see it the same way.

Build Quality & Features
9
Size & Weight
8.5
Ease of Use
8.5
Value for Money
8.5
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • In terms of features, it’s a one stop shop. Slope, temperature, altitude, club recommendation – it’s all there
  • It’s compact, sleek and lightweight
  • All things considered, it’s really decent value
  • It’s accurate to – wait for it – 1/10th of a yard!

CONS:
  • We had a (tiny) bit of trouble with the distance display against dark backgrounds #nitpicking

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Detailed Review

Build Quality & Features

The body is made of Polymer, rather than the aluminum used for the 4i2, but it still creates an equal mix of durability and ergonomic design excellence. It’s one of the foundations of Leupold’s fine reputation. I suppose the one area where the 2i2 actually trumps the 4i2 is that there isn’t the need for the separate yellow faceplate to add the slope functionality – it’s all in there.

In terms of optics, it’s bright, clear, low glare and with a scratchproof lens. You’ve got Fog Mode to deal with any elements, not to mention the fact that the device is waterproof. The Pinhunter2 technology works brilliantly with the prism lock in order to get a quick and definitive fix on your target too.

But really, it’s all about the True Golf Range (TGR) feature. Here you can tuck into a feast of fun features which adjust distances for altitude, slope and temperature. Then of course there is the club selector function. Man, did we have fun with this! It even tells you when you are between clubs, and I can assure you that in 9 holes of golf, with plenty of practice and test shots in between, it was on the money with its recommendation just about every time.

Honestly, my heart goes out to caddies. A rangefinder like this renders them, quite simply, as little more than bag carriers from now on.

Size and Weight

We’re always conscious of the fact that people have varying opinions on the ideal size and weight when it comes to rangefinders, and some find overly lightweight devices annoying to hold steady in the wind. But honestly, we just can’t see how you can knock the GX-2i2 in this regard.

In fact, given how lightning quick it is at locking down targets, you shouldn’t have any problems keeping it sufficiently still – even if you’ve had a couple of beers the night before. It’s the smallest of all the GX rangefinders, and although it weighs the same as the 1i2, it has an appreciably sleeker look and feel to it.

Ease of Use

It also has two modes, namely the basic, tournament-legal mode and TGR. With the former, it’s just a case of hitting the power button to activate one of the seven aiming reticles, pinning the target down in the middle, and then pressing the button to get the distance. And it all happens in a blink of an eye thanks to the Pinhunter2 technology.
Again, like the 4i2, you need to do a bit of an initial setup with TGR.

As a once off, you’ll need to input your normal yardage for your 4, 6 and 8 iron to enjoy the club selection tool, while if you want to take advantage of things like temperature and altitude adjustments, you’ll need to input these figures at the start of each round. But it’s just a case of juggling the Power and Mode buttons, and following the Quick Set Menu – it really only takes a minute or two.

Probably the only niggle here is that the black LCD display may mean you need to squint to pick out the measurements if you’re against a dark background. But we can’t fault it otherwise.

Value for Money

This is the real good news bit. At $350-$400, you’d say it’s in the upper echelons of the mid-range price bracket. But in return, you’re getting a rangefinder that delivers high-end features and unsurpassed performance. Its accuracy is jaw-dropping, if not overkill, while it gives you readings exceptionally quickly.

It’s well made, well built and stylish to boot – and you get all of this for a very competitive price. Leupold, and hopefully you as well, could be onto a real winner here.

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Side-by-Side Comparison

Here is our side-by-side comparison of all the golf rangefinders we reviewed in our assessment. You can see our detailed overview of the best golf rangefinders here.

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Key Facts

Product Details Leupold GX-2i2 Rangefinder Review
Launch RRP From $399.00
Zoom Level 6x
Distance Range Up to 800 yards (300 yards for Flagstick)
Size 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.4 inches
Weight 6.8 oz
USGA Approved Yes (Without TGR activated)
Manufacturers Website Leupold

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Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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