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This small handheld device packs a bag full of technological wonders on par with the more expensive brand name rangefinders.
It is actually lot cheaper than the Bushnell brand rangefinder. That is the reason why this wonderful gizmo is often ignored.
Yes, you get what you pay for, but there are surprises from time to time. Price wise, the Coolshot 20 GII is a very nice surprise for golfers.
Even cooler, this little box is certified for tournament use by the USGA.
Nikon COOLSHOT 20 GII Review:- Features
Nikon Coolshot 20 GII Golf Laser Rangefinder, With Extra Case Kit
- THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE TOP-SELLING COOLSHOT 20, WITH INCREASED RANGE AND SUPERIOR ACCURACY: With a measurement range of 6-800 yards, displaying in 1-yard increments and accurate to 1-yard (under 100 yards), and 2-yard (over 100 yards).
- COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT AND ERGONOMIC DESIGN. This truly pocketable rangefinder is perfect for those who may prefer to walk a few holes or the entire course. Requires less space and weight whether in your bag, in a pocket, or carried in hand.
- ENGINEERED AND BACKED BY NIKON - A 100+ YEAR OLD OPTICS AND TECHNOLOGY LEADER. Industry Leading 5-year . Rainproof (IPx4).
- NIKON OPTICS FOR BOTH THE VIEWER AND THE LASER. Nikon quality 6x optical monocular with multilayer coating for bright, clear images. Eyepiece Focus Diopter to focus to your own exact vision. Long Eye Relief (20mm) for use with sunglasses or eyeglasses.
- ADVANCED PIN IDENTIFICATION AND QUICK MULTI-TARGET MAPPING - Single or Continuous measurement (up to 8 seconds) allows for quick, easy measurements to multiple targets, without the wait for a secondary indicator, such as a vibration or LED.
- Range of measurement: 6-800 yards or 5.48-730 meters
- First Target Priority Mode. Turning this on will instruct the Coolshot G2 to measure the nearest object within a cluster of objects.
- For example, the flag amongst a background of trees.
- Eight second continuous scanning. Simply hold down the power button for 8 seconds and the Coolshot 20 G2 will scan all the objects it can, minimizing hand movements will help a lot.
- Get high quality, bright and clear images with the Coolshot’s 6x monocular with multilayer coating.
- See a bright view of the field thanks to higher light transmission.
- The eye lens is 8 mm. Big enough for comfortable viewing.
- 5 degree field of view
- LED backlights for dark conditions, illuminating the display for easy reading.
- Both the outer casing and battery doors are waterproofed but should not be submerged in water.
In addition, the Coolshot 20 GII is tolerant of temperatures ranging from -10C to 50C. Quite a good buy for a small and cheaper package.
Underneath its basic white, weather proofed exterior, the Coolshot 20 G2 delivers a host of functionalities that will really surprise every golfer. People never expected David to win against Goliath.
In the same way, people never expected the Coolshot G2 to have almost the same specifications of similar models from other brands; not with the retail price attached to it. The Coolshot G2 has become a dark horse of sorts.
The smaller size of the Coolshot GII requires steadier hands. Unlike the Bushnell model, which will latch onto an object with ease, the Coolshot GII needs more delicate handling.
Aside from that, there aren’t that many negatives. One reviewer commented on how the more expensive brands were more accurate. If the Bushnell could be accurate to a yard, then the Coolshot 20 GII is accurate to two yards after 100 yards.
The greatest selling point of the Coolshot 20 G2 is its retail price. It’s lot cheaper than Bushnell, but it contains almost all the same features.
A par 5 hole would usually measure 600 to 700 yards on average. One of the longest holes is a double dog leg 1007 yards.
So unless you get a hole of over a thousand yards without any curves or doglegs, you won’t be needing the thousand yard range.
It would be cool to have it, sure, but you will most likely not get to use it anyway.
As one reviewer said, if all you need is to measure the distance from shot to shot, or from tee to flag, then the Coolshot GII does its job. Quite the practical advice from a golfer like you.
The Coolshot 20 GII also has something similar to the Pin Seeker feature. The little gizmo is capable of locking on to a flag.
But, there are those complaints mentioned above. Most reviewers contend that you need a steadier hand to get a pin lock.
Amusingly enough, other golfers say that it reads the pin instantly. Maybe they already have steady hands?
Finally, the Coolshot 20 GII is an award winning product. That means that there’s something underneath that cheap veneer.
- 4” x 1.5” x 2.8” Dimensions
- 6x sharp Magnification
- 9 ounces Weight
- 18 mm Lens (Objective)
- Range: 5.48-730 meters or 6-800 yards
- CR2 type Lithium battery
- Unique Pin Technology feature
Nikon COOLSHOT 20 GII Review:- Pros & Cons
- Certified for tournament use by the USGA.
- First Target Priority Mode allows for easy range finding amidst a cluttered background.
- 18 mm ocular lens gives a wide measurement range.
- LED backlight for easy reading in dark conditions.
- Batteries included.
- Temperature tolerance from -10C to 50C
- Clearer viewing with focus control.
- Golfers with prescription glasses will find it more comfortable to use with the longer eye relief design.
- 5 Years Warranty.
- The small, compact design, means a smaller LED display and smaller letters
- It is rain-proofed, but not submersible
- Does not come with Slope.
Nikon COOLSHOT 20 GII Review :- Conclusion
The Nikon COOLSHOT 20 GII Golf Laser Rangefinder packs a hell of a lot of value for its price.
You may be getting one at retail, but consider yourself to have gotten a bargain.
Its functions are comparable to most rangefinders of the same caliber. Admittedly, it has some shortcomings such as a shorter maximum range and the need for steadier hands, but that does not detract from its overall functionality.
It can lock on to pins and find the range of a flag even when the background is a cluster of trees; just like the more expensive models.
The wider lens of the rangefinder also churns out a wider display. This is Nikon’s advantage over most other rangefinder brands. Unfortunately, the compact size of the little gizmo reduces the size of the LED display.
And because it is smaller, it requires a bit more delicate and steady handling.
But, again, the best statement about the Nikon was written down by a reviewer. If all you needed to do was to measure the range for your next shot, then the Coolshot 20 GII does its job well.