Need To Know
When it comes to laser rangefinders, you'll struggle to find a better brand than Bushnell. So it is that when the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift arrived, we were very excited to put it through its paces. Suffice to say, it's one of the best laser rangefinders we've ever tested.
If you're someone who favours a laser over the use of a handheld GPS or watch, you want it to be quick, simple to use and extremely accurate. The Bushnell Tour V5 Shift is packed full of useful features powered by the very latest rangefinder technologies.
As well as providing top-level accuracy, it is a heavy and robust product which is also durable.
£359.00 is at the top of the pricetag leaderboard in this market, but the Bushnell Tour V5 golf rangefinder is well-equipped to serve your game better than most other rangefinder lasers.
There's a reason Bushnell is the most popular golf rangefinder brand on the PGA Tour.
GolfMagic Equipment Editor Alex Lodge assessed the performance of this Bushnell rangefinder to discover if it can serve your game as well as it does for the top Tour players.
WATCH OUR BUSHNELL TOUR V5 SHIFT RANGEFINDER REVIEW:
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift rangefinder - Key Features
- 1300 yards max range
- x6 magnification
- PinSeeker with Visual JOLT Technology
- Slope Compensation
- BITE magnetic mount
- Accurate to within 1 yard
- Advised to replace batteries every 6 months
- LCD Display
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift rangefinder - Design and Build
The Tour V5 Shift is compact but reassuringly weighty, measuring in at 11.43 x 3.81 x 7.62cm and a shade over 450g. The grey and red colour scheme is unfussy, durable and, most crucially of all, rainproof.
It has a clear, easy-to-read display that shows the measured distance in yards or meters, depending on the user's preference. It also has a 6x magnification lens, and a mode button on the side that allows the user to switch between slope and tournament modes.
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift rangefinder - Performance
JOLT has been taken to the next level with the all-new PinSeeker with Visual JOLT Technology. A red ring now flashes as JOLT vibrates to give the golfer even greater feedback and confidence to know they have locked onto the flag.
Once the laser has pinpointed the flag, the device vibrates and a red ring flashes in the scope so you know you're locked on with the correct yardage.
Slope-Switch Technology is extremely useful and can be turned on and off at your preference, but knowing how much distance the slopes are adding or taking away on certain holes is fantastic knowledge to have at hand
The BITE magnetic mount allows the laser rangefinder to be secured to a golf buggy without the need for any aftermarket accessories. With 7lbs. of pull strength, golfers can be assured their rangefinder will stay put.
It's perfect for when you're sharing a cart with your friend as you don't need to keep putting the device back in the case.
We were also impressed with other features g of thisolf rangefinder, such as the three-volt battery and the rainproof design. A rainproof golf rangefinder is extremely important when playing in harsh conditions.
This golf rangefinder is accurate to within one yard and we found this to be the case on the golf course. We were impressed by the accuracy of the device, which is a factor that certainly contributes to the price.
Should you buy the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift rangefinder?
As rangefinders go, the V5 Tour Shift is yet another impressive product from Bushnell. It's not quite as fully featured as the Bushnell Pro XE but it's not far off and comes at a cheaper price point.
At a price point of £359 you're getting one of the most technologically advanced rangefinders on the market today. Some people prefer the use of a watch or handheld GPS, but if you place a premium on accuracy then it's a rangefinder you need.