Nikon Coolshot 80 VR Golf Laser Rangefinder Review

The Nikon Coolshot 80 VR Golf Laser Rangefinder covers measurements of up to 1.000 yards. This brings the best out of Nikon as at these long distance ranges, vibrations can interfere with a comfortable reading. Nikon uses its Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to stabilize the reading. In real life, this means the target can remain stable while the laser is also stabilized. The rangefinder also features the Locked ON technology. Together with the First Target Priority Mode, these technologies ensure you get an exact reading even on overlapping subjects.


  • VR technology
  • 1000 yards range
  • Waterproof
  • Locked-ON technology


  • No angle compensation


The compact rangefinder comes with long distance capacity of up to 1.000 yards. It combines Vibration Reduction technologies to stabilize images at such great distances as it comes with 6X magnification. The long distance capacity is enhanced by the Locked ON technology. It basically allows the golfer to lock targets such as flags or pins, even with overlapping subjects. So you can actually lock the pin against a forest background. The VR technologies means the rangefinder is heavier than non-VR Nikon products, weighing 7.1 oz.


In terms of performance, the rangefinder will cater to intermediate and advanced players. The advanced features such as the long distance capabilities and the Vibration Reduction will be a great asset both in training days and on tournaments.

Other technologies include the 8 seconds measurement which works continuously to get accurate measurements. It can measure the distance to multiple objects. You can use it to determine the distance to pins, flags, trees etc. You can thus find out all the necessary data as you approach the green. This is done through the 6X magnification monocular which is bright and easy on the eye.


The rangefinder comes with the base Nikon design plus a textured outer layer. It is modernly designed and will not be outdated even when the warranty period ends. The rangefinder can be handled with just one hand and replacing the CR2 Lithium Battery is an easy process.  The viewfinder is bright and easy on the eye and it comes with data display in meters and yards. With a height of just 3” the rangefinder manages to deliver solid performance in a compact design.


The Nikon Coolshot 80 VR Golf Laser Rangefinder combines some of the popular Nikon technologies with impressive 1.000 yards coverage. It comes with VR technology to stabilize images and the Lock ON feature at these greater distances. These features make it a good option for serious players which need the extra range and the comfort of a compact design.

The rangefinder is waterproof which means you’ll be able to use it in any weather conditions and with 6X magnification it will prove to be a solid performer. As long as you don’t mind the lack of slope compensation adjustments, the rangefinder is a top performer for intermediate and advanced players both in training and on tournaments.

Compare this to the Nikon Coolshot 80i VR Review here.

Nikon Coolshot 80 VR Golf Laser Rangefinder Review
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