Bushnell Tour Z6 Review
You might assume that the Bushnell Tour Z6 golf rangefinder is essentially the same as the previous generation Tour V2. If you did, you’d be selling this item significantly short. The Bushnell Tour Z6 features higher magnification (6x), Bushnell’s new Vivid Display Technology (which can also be found on the Bushnell Pro 1M and Bushnell Pro 1M Slope models), faster readings from 5 up to 125 yards with ½ yard accuracy and distances displayed down to 1/10 yard, and also a waterproof shell. All of this, together with a much better-looking design, for a mere addition of $50 over the original price of the Tour V2. Not too shabby, is it? And we really dare say that it can be considered the best golf rangefinder you can find among that price range.
The Bushnell Tour Z6 reads distances from 5 up to 1,300 yards (in particular, 900 yards to trees and over 450 yards to flagsticks), and has a wider view field than the Tour V2 and a number of other devices available on the market – a nice pros that Bushnell doesn’t really state in any of its marketing materials.
The one drawback that will stand out to professional and seasoned laser rangefinder users is that this unit is not outfitted with an “automatic scan” mode, a feature that enables users to press and hold the power/firing button, swing the device across multiple points and receive distances to whatever is targeted right away (Bushnell seems to have decided to get rid of “automatic scan” in 2012’s product feature lists). Since the Tour Z6 is always on “PinSeeker” mode, users can only get updated readings for an incredibly brief period of time, and even only when continuing to pan to sequentially closer targets.
- New screen display with red aiming circle and yardage display
- Can read up to 1/10th of a yard at under 125 yards
- Wide field of view
- Come with a 2-year warranty
- Firing button needs a very firm press to activate
- Limited ability to scan across multiple targets and get updated distances
The Bushnell Tour Z6 is retailed at $399, which is just an average among laser rangefinders without slope. In its own kind, it does have some direct (and fairly stiff) competition from the Leupold devices (less so from the Laser Link Red Hot items) at the equal price point. It has the feature set needed to go head-to-head with these devices, and we suppose that your decision will most likely come down to whether you prefer the Bushnell new display, its always-on PinSeeker mode, and newly well-thought design.
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