Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Rangefinder Review

bushnell tour v4 review

There are two different versions of the Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder: just the V4, and the V4 Slope. The Slope is a little more expensive than the V4, but it is also easier to find in stores. The Slope has the additional Slope technology.

This rangefinder is also nicely compact and lightweight, and also affordable. It’s not only stylish, but also highly accurate, with some nicely detailed features and is arguably the best rangefinder bushnell offers. 

The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Rangefinder has been designed with advanced slope technology, which can be useful when you’re on a course with a lot of hills and slopes that may perplex your average rangefinder.

The Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinders provide for a nice balance of being simple to use, with accurate distance and range measurements, and crystal clear focus. They are also accurate within one yard, so you won’t have to worry about being out by ten yards, such as can happen with other great rangefinders.

Update: There is now also a Bushnell Tour V4 Shift edition which makes it easier to switch from normal mode and slope mode. When you slide the button up the words slope edition appear on the rangefinder to show you are in slope mode as shown in the picture below. 

bushnell tour v4 shift review

Pros

  • Compact rangefinder fits nicely in the pocket.
  • Lightweight and easy to hold in the hands.
  • V4 Slope includes great slope technology.
  • Super-fast focusing technology.
  • Great overall design with one button operation.
  • Easy to use.

Cons

  • Water-resistant but not 100% waterproof.
  • Could have done better than 5x magnification.
  • A bit pricey if you choose the V4 Shift.

Best Features of the Bushnell Tour V4

Pinseeker with Jolt Technology: This is a basic feature of the Bushnell brand that you’ll soon discover you can’t go without, keeping you loyal to the brand. This tech will allow the golfer to focus on a flag, rather than picking something else up in the background, such as a tree, fence, or rock. This is something that Bushnell has recently been incorporating into their rangefinders, and will be in every Bushnell Rangefinder from now on.

Besides focussing on the proper target, the JOLT tech will provide short vibrating bursts to help the golfer to know that the exact target has been isolated.

bushnell tour v4 slope edition

High Quality Construction: This rangefinder is an improvement on past Bushnell rangefinders that had some issues. Fortunately, they have fixed some of the earlier ones that had problems with readings and locking down the measurements to flagsticks. So, don’t be afraid to purchase the Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder as it has resolved all of these past issues. You’ll discover that it has an impressive design and features.

The rangefinder also has a simplistic build with no removable parts or attachments. It’s small, compact, and lightweight. It will fit nicely in your hand. This is a nice upgrade from the Bushnell V3 Rangefinder. Bushnell has made the claim that this rangefinder weighs less than six ounces.

One Button Play: This rangefinder only needs to work with the press of one button. Some golfers may not like this, but it certainly makes it simple to use. You use this one button to turn it on and off, and to switch between normal and slope mode in the V4 Shift version.

bushnell tour v4 slope review

Slope Technology: The slope technology is only on the V4 Slope, and doesn’t make the rangefinder legal for tournament play, but it can certainly help you to win the game, especially on hilly courses. It’s also accurate to within one yard. It has a built-in inclinometer that utilizes an algorithm that measures distance, elevation, and trajectory, to calculate a distance for your next shot. It will display a “plays-like” distance. For example, a 150 yard shot uphill may play more like 160 yards, while a downhill shot may play more like 140 yards.

If you are playing in a tournament, the slope technology can easily be turned off in order to comply with the tournament’s rules, if allowed. Otherwise, you might have to use a different one or nothing at all.

The slope technology is also handy to have for golfers who play on different types of golf courses during the year.

Water-Resistant: Water-resistant is a handy feature to have when it’s lightly snowing or raining, however, don’t drop your rangefinder in the pond, as it’s not 100% waterproof.

Final Thoughts on the Bushnell Tour V4 Review

You may find the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Rangefinder at the upper end of the rangefinder price range, but with good reason. You’ll be paying another £80 for the Slope tech. If you don’t need that, get just the V4 for £80 less.

But it’s not the most expensive rangefinder that Bushnell puts out either, so it would be a good compromise. This is the type of rangefinder that is going to appeal to the average golfer.



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  • Last modified: September 14, 2017