The Bushnell Tour V3 was an award-winning PinSeeker and one of the first rangefinders with JOLT technology. Although this amazing piece of technology is no longer in production, you can still find this helpful gear on the market.
You might wonder why anyone would look into the V3 when the V5 exists. But there are many amazing qualities in the V3 that shouldn’t be ignored.
If you manage to find one of these well-loved helpers, you need to know what you’re getting involved with.
The V3 comes in two editions, the Standard and the Slope. In the first part of this review we will be focusing on the Standard alone.
The Standard V3 has the amazing PinSeeker technology combined with JOLT to eliminate any worries or doubts about your delivery.
When you are on the fairway, you can feel confident about every stroke. You can use the Standard to a range of up to 1,000 yards with immense accuracy.
The lenses are multi-coated, which means they are well protected against rain, fog and overall wear and tear.
The biggest risk to a rangefinder is a scratch on the lens. You can feel confident that this will not happen with the V3.
You can also use the 5 time magnification feature to really zoom in on your area of interest.
With each update to the Tour line, you receive better and more accurate information for your swing. The Tour V3 with the first in the line to add in the JOLT technology, but it wasn’t the last.
When it first came out, this model received a lot of well deserved attention and even though the V5 now exists, you will still receive a fantastic boost from this earlier model.
The Slope is very similar to the V3 Standard, however, it has added technology in the lens.
With the Slope, you can expect more detail about the declines and inclines on those unforgiving courses.
Not only will you be able to tackle tough terrain shots, but you will also be confident in hitting long shots.
Again you will get a multi-coated lens to create a clear image from between 400 yards to 1,000 yards.
It also has the same 5 times magnification technology to make the whole fairway visible to you.
As you can tell from this description, the V3 Standard and V3 Slope are basically the same. In all honesty, there is just one difference between the two V3s.
The Slope has an angle calculator; the Standard does not. This calculator does the maths for you, helping you figure out the exact distances and gradients of your unusual shots.
The perfect combination of size, speed, accuracy, JOLT and Slope. Slope-Switch Technology lets the golfer easily toggle in and out of Bushnell’s patented Slope function.
PinSeeker with JOLT Technology provides the golfer with short vibrating bursts to reinforce the laser has locked onto the flag.
The Tour V4 Shift is legal for tournament play when Slope Mode is disabled.
Current Manufacturing Status
The Bushnell Tour V3 Standard and Slope were discontinued in 2018 when the V4 came out. The V4 is still in production, however, the V5 was released in 2021 and is the latest version of this rangefinder.
As you can expect with any upgrade, these newer versions have given your clear magnification, longer range, and even more accuracy.
For both versions of the Tour V3, you can expect the below specifications.
5-1000/5-400 To Flag. This should be more than enough distance for a standard golf course.
5 Times 24 MM. This means that you can zoom in 5 times closer than the naked eye. With this technology, you should be able to calculate the distance with even more accuracy.
Size And Dimensions
Length 4.3 inches, width 2.8 inches, height 1.6 inches, and overall weight 6.6 oz. The V3 is a lightweight machine that can easily fit in your golf bag.
Usable In A Tournament
The V3 Standard is usable in tournaments; however, the V3 Slope is not. This is due to the additional technology, which is not yet approved by the tournament authorities.
No – Neither rangefinder is completely waterproof. However, both are rain-resistant.
You can switch between Yards and Metres. When using the V3 Standard, you can only measure distance. However, the Slope edition measures both distance and slope.
Noteworthy Features of Bushnell Tour V3
The general specifications are features that you would expect on any rangefinder, however, these features are unique to the Bushnell Tour V3s.
- Accurate to -/+1 yards.
- 2 Year Bushnell Warranty – If bought through a corresponding vendor.
- Built-In Accessory Mount.
- JOLT Technology – Gives confirmation of target lock through vibrations.
- Multi-Coated Lens for clarity.
- Slope Technology – gives angle calculations but is only available in the Slope Edition.
- PinSeeker Technology – For accurate close target direction.
Pros and Cons of Bushnell V3
- Accurate to -/+1 Yards
- JOLT Technology
- PinSeeker Technology
- Slope Technology
- Discontinued – this means the warranty may be void. Confirm this before purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the JOLT technology is on all the time. However, it can be switched off if required. The JOLT feature is designed to send short vibrations through your club. These vibrations are sent off when the V3 locks onto the flagstick.
If you are not a fan of this feature, the “turn off” method can be a little fiddly. Press and hold the power button while looking through the viewfinder. Keep holding until you see the mode “w/jolt” come up. When it appears, release the power button to remove the feature.
There isn’t a scan mode on the Bushnell Tour V3 rangefinder, however, the scanning feature is always on. To scan, you need to move your rangefinder along the area you are scanning. While you are panning in this fashion, you need to press the laser button down.
No. The V3 can only target flagsticks. The technology is designed to easily locate these flagsticks and lock on to the target. The target can be up to 1,000 yards away, but it has to be a flagstick.
No. The rangefinder is rainproof and fogproof though.
The Tour V3 was released in February 2013. The most recent Bushnell Tour was released in 2021 and is named the V5.