What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Nicola Slater brings you the low down on the new Bushnell Tour V6 laser
Bushnell is renowned for their great quality and best-selling rangefinders. I took the new Bushnell V6 out on the course to see how it performed.
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Bushnell Tour V6 laser review: NCG Summary
Bushnell is the premium brand for laser rangefinders and the new V6 doesn’t disappoint.
The upgraded pinseeker technology means that you can now have even more confidence in the fact you’ve locked in the flag.
- Excellent quality
- Added confidence with pinseeker technology
- Sleek design and feel
- Secure case
- Heavier than previous models
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Many shops sell cheaper versions of products such as ketchup, but the much-loved brand is Heniz. For me, Bushnell is like Heniz. It’s the premium brand, and it’s loved. So much so I find myself saying “Did you Bushnell that?” rather than saying “Did you laser that?” as that’s just what I automatically say.
I currently use a Bushnell Tour V4 slope edition which I’ve had for roughly four years. The first thing I noticed about the V6 was how much heavier it seemed compared to mine. I actually weighed them both just to check, and the V6 is 69 grams heavier. The quality of the V6 is excellent and feels like it’s made of better quality materials than the plastic bodies V4, which is where I think the added weight has come from. Both devices hold the same CR2 battery, and the V6 actually came with a new Duracell battery, which was very handy. Through the lens, you can also see how much power is left in the battery so it doesn’t unexpectedly run out on you mid-round.
The Bushnell V6, like all of their new products, has the bite magnetic mount. One side of the laser has a very strong magnet meaning that it can be stuck to your clubs or a cart for ease.
I’ve taken the V6 out on the course quite a few times over the last week. One of the things I noticed was that the case was a more secure fasten than my current Bushnell, but it was also a little more fiddly.
The Tour V6 only has two buttons, both on the top. The orange button is what you press to lock in and laser a target and the other allows you to change between yards and metres.
I really liked how the V6 sat in my hand. There is a textured, rubber area where your thumb sits that helps with grip. That area is molded so your hand sits nicely when holding the laser. This is great as it allows for a more stable hand when trying to lock in flags.
The V6 has improved pinseeker accuracy. Just like previous models, there is vibration feedback when you lock in a flag. The V6 offers additional feedback as the outer circle of the lens flashes red. At first, this scared me as I wasn’t expecting it but once I got used to it, it was just like it always happened. I found all of the numbers to be very similar to my current Bushnell as well as the Bushnell Phantom 2 Slope that I was also testing at the time.
This is also Bushnell’s longest range, laser now being able to pick up between 5-1,300 yards. I’m not sure the yardage needed upping from 999 yards, as who needs to know those sorts of distances? But, I suppose you could have a giggle and see how far the group behind you is.
Another great feature that the Tour V6 has, is that you can adjust the lens focus. This means that you can strengthen the lens to help you see better through it.
Bushnell Tour V6 laser review: Final thoughts
As you can tell I do love Bushnell lasers, but as a product that only provides distance and doesn’t even include slope, the V6 is a very pricey investment. There are a lot of other great range finders that do the same job for a fraction of the price but if you’re loyal to the Bushnell brand, the V6 is another great quality product.
Bushnell Tour V6 laser review: The Details
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