- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.9 x 3 inches ; 7.7 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
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- ASIN: B01LXGP586
- Item model number: 16205
- Batteries 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,824 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Nikon Golf Coolshot 80i VR Golf Slope Laser Rangefinder
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- 8-Second continuous measurement allows you to Scan an area to find multiple distance measurements
- ID technology displays slope-adjusted distance (horizontal distance height), enabling you to Select the proper club for uphill or downhill shots
- Nikon locked on technology provides an indicator when the closest target among a group is being measured, ensuring that the reading is the distance to the flagstick
- Class 1 laser product, power output not exceeding .0975 milliwatts
- Measurement range (actual distance) :7.5-915m/8-1,000 yd.
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Ranging the flagstick just got a whole lot easier
The Coolshot 80i VR represents a major step in golfing technology by helping alleviate the effects that cold, wind, unbalanced position, physical exertion or just plain-old tournament pressure can have on you while golfing. Nikon’s optical VR technology reduces external vibrations caused by inadvertent hand movements while ranging objects. For you, this means the target mark on the rangefinder remains stable, even when the body of the rangefinder is being moved. Not only does this provide you with a steady image, it also stabilizes the activated laser, allowing it to maintain greater alignment for unequaled measurement performance.
World's First Optical Vibration Reduction Golf Laser Rangefinder*
Rock solid confidence for every shot
Nikon’s Optical Vibration Reduction Technology.
Coolshot 80i VR gives you exact distance readings to virtually everywhere on the course—from 8-1000 yards—and in 0.5-yard increments. The heart of this new laser rangefinder is Nikon’s optical VR (Vibration Reduction) system, designed to reduce vibrations of the viewed image caused by hand movements while simultaneously aligning the image with the activated laser beam. Combined with Nikon's Hyper Read ranging technology, Coolshot 80i VR speeds each distance measurement back to your eye in less than one-half second, regardless of how far you are from the target.
*The effect of Vibration Reduction: Vibrations of the image in the viewfinder caused by hand movement (sinusoidal waves) are reduced to approx. 1/5 or less. (Based on Nikon's measurement standards.)
8-Seconds of continuous forgiveness
Plan your shots quickly and effortlessly.
Press and hold the power button and Coolshot 80i VR will continuously measure the range for a total of eight seconds. This is valuable when you want measurements of multiple or very small or thin objects, allowing you to know the distances to hazards, pins, mounds, and trees. With Coolshot 80i VR's 8-second continuous ranging feature—combined with its generous field of view, long eye relief and bright 6-power optics—you have the ability to get on target faster and with the knowledge you need as you approach the green, and target the cup.
Slope-adjusted distances made simple
Selectable ID Technology eliminates guessing.
Coolshot 80i VR features Nikon's ID (Incline/Decline) Technology to compensate for uphill or downhill slope—assuring you know just how far uphill or downhill a shot will play. With ID Technology, the Coolshot 80i VR displays slope-adjusted distance (horizontal distance +/- height), as well as to-the-target distance, enabling you to select the proper club for uphill or downhill shots.
This feature can also be disabled to become USGA compliant for tournament use.
Know when you've nailed the flag
With Nikon’s new Locked On Technology you'll have even greater confidence when measuring overlapping subjects such as a flagstick with trees or other objects in the background. When the Locked On circle appears in the center of the reticle, you know it's the flag that you're measuring.
For example, an approach shot to a green with woods in the background makes it difficult to know whether the measured distance is to the flagstick or to the trees behind it. Coolshot 80i VR simply displays the distance to the closest selected subject, the flagstick, and a circle in the viewfinder reticle confirms it
The COOLSHOT 80I VR represents a Major step in golfing technology by helping alleviate the effects that cold, wind, unbalanced position, physical exertion or just plain-old tournament pressure can have on a golfer. Nikon optical VR technology reduces external vibrations caused by inadvertent hand movements while ranging objects. For golfers, this means the target mark on the rangefinder remains stable, even when the body of the rangefinder is being moved. Not only does this provide the user with a steady image, it also stabilizes the activated laser, allowing it to maintain greater alignment for enhanced measurement performance.
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Now to this rangefinder: I remember the first Image-Stabilized Binocular I tried, at the EAA Oshkosh airshow several years ago. My friend put it in my hands and then shook my arm while I was using it. It was amazing. Despite the arm shaking, the image in the binoculars was rock-solid and clearer than I could have ever hand-held, even without his added movement.
This VR golf rangefinder is just as amazing. When I push the button, the vision through the viewfinder is instantly still/solid/stable. I know exactly what I am measuring to, as I can hold the crosshairs EXACTLY on the target. I played last weekend in 15 mph gusting winds. The conditions were not great however there was never any difficulty in hitting exactly what I was targeting. And although it is image-stabilized, it does not prevent you from moving from one subject to the next (of course). If you move more than the field-of-view/stabilization range, the stabilizer will “slide” over to your new target area and keep stabilizing the image of the new target.
I must admit that I have become very spoiled by this rangefinder. I have played six 18-hole rounds with it, and now I just expect that hitting the target has always been this easy. During the same round this past weekend, my car companion was on the other side of fairway looking for a lost ball, so I borrowed another model/brand rangefinder from our group in the cart next to where I had hit. I was immediately reminded of how difficult it can be to hold the crosshairs on the pin long enough to know for a certainty that you have hit the pin and not the background.
• Accuracy of the targeting – the VR Image Stabilization really works and boosts my confidence that I have the true distance and can choose the right club.
- I am confident that I hit my chosen target.
- It is so easy and accurate that I can even measure to different parts of the flagstick: bottom, middle, or top of the flagstick/limp flag. Can make a difference on short approaches with high slope changes.
• Speed - I have found that the speed to confirm my distance is 2-3 times faster than with any other rangefinder I have ever used. My pace of play has comfortably increased as a result.
• Flagstick confirmation - When the target is in front of a background (pin in front of trees), a circle appears around the target (Locked-On) to confirm that you have measured to the pin instead of trees.
• Distance – The specifications state that it has an 8 to 1,000 yard laser. I never need it for more than about 250 to 350 yards, but I have measured to a utility building across a gully behind my house. It is 916 yards to the building and a drop of 9 yards.
• Size and ergonomics. It feels great in my hand – I wear a M/L golf glove. Even with the VR stabilization, it is still smaller than many of the rangefinders on the market. And it feels solid and well built.
• 8-Second continuous measuring. Hold the button down and it will continuously measure for up to 8 seconds. Measure to the flagstick, to the bunker on the left, to the tree on the right, and back to the flagstick without “pumping” the button or even having to push it a second time.
• Waterproof – not just rainproof. I hope I never need it. The manual also says because of the waterproof seals it can be used in conditions of high humidity and dust.
• Nitrogen filled to prevent internal fogging (the manual also says it prevents internal mold growth).
• Clarity of 6x optics – sharp and clear with a diopter adjustment to focus it to your own eyesight.
• The slope information/adjustments can be turned off for use in a locally sanctioned USGA tournament. There are also 3 modes of slope information to choose from: Actual distance plus playing (horizontal) distance (default), Actual Distance plus +/- for the slope correction, Horizontal (playing) distance plus +/- for the slope correction.
• Diopter adjustment ring (back of the viewfinder) can be tight to adjust (“settles in”). I like this because it stays where it is adjusted to, but if you didn’t know that you could adjust/focus it, (didn’t read the manual), you might never discover it because it is so stiff. Mine came out of the box with the diopter adjusted all the way in – it was out of focus to my eyesight until I adjusted it.
• The Slope Modes can be difficult to change, and the manual is not entirely clear on this point. I contacted Nikon customer service and they talked me through it. Now it is easy:
1 – Press and release the main on/ranging button. The rangefinder must be on but not measuring. You will see the crosshairs in the viewfinder but none of them are flashing.
2 – Hold the “mode” button on the side in, until F1 appears in the viewfinder, then release the mode button.
3 – Press the “mode” button again but this time just press it and release it. F2 should then appear in the viewfinder.
4 – Press the main on/ranging button and with each press the different slope modes, including slope-off, will cycle through. When you have the one you want do nothing and it will shortly go-to-sleep and that will be your new slope setting.
5 – Check to make sure that you did not accidentally change the measurement from yards to meters. This is changed with the mode button only.
Once you have done this a couple of times, you can change the mode in less than 15-30 seconds.
• Battery life - Like almost all rangefinders, it uses a CR-2 Lithium Battery. The owner’s manual says it should last 3,300 actuations. Time will tell.
Overall the Image Stabilization / Vibration Reduction makes this rangefinder one of the most amazing optical devices I have ever used, just like the $2,000 Image-Stabilized Binoculars I first tried at EAA Oshkosh. The first 5 friends I showed this rangefinder to, all uttered the same word the first time they used it: “WOW”. I cannot imagine ever owning a rangefinder without this new technology. It is a spoiler.
Add a really powerful laser (1,000 yards), the Locked-On pin confirmation, and the small size and fit, and this appears to be the new “Best” / “top-of-the-line” / “reference-standard” in golf laser rangefinders.