Elite XLR Review
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Editors' reviewThe XLR is a big person's bow. With the draw length limited between 29-32-inches, it is one of the few offerings available for archers over 30-inches. The 37-inch axel-to-axel measurement makes this bow a bit longer than other offerings on the market. Combine the stabilization from a longer riser with decent speeds and a brace height of 8.5-inches, and you have the recipe for one of the most forgiving bow available. The Rev cams could be a bit faster, but many shooters are willing to trade in a bit of speed for the smooth draw. Backed by a fully transferrable lifetime warranty, the XLR is a wonderful option for longer draw shooters in the market for a new bow.
FinishThe finish on the XLR is done very well. It is smooth to the touch, and looks a bit glossy, but not so much animals in the woods would see it. Shooters can choose between the AT edition, which is a black and camo mix, or choose solid black or solid camo. It would be nice for other offerings to be available, but the lack of finish choices should not be a reason for shooters not to choose Elite.
RiserThe XLR sports a machined aluminum riser, which is quite a bit longer than what some may be used to. The overall axel-to-axel measurement of the XLR is a long 37-inches, which means the riser is longer as well. The machining is done very well, and adds a unique look to the XLR, while still looking like over offerings in the Elite lineups. The rear mounting string stop system works very well to deaden the forward moving string while transferring the energy away from the shooters hand. For those interested, there is a front mounting stabilizer hole as well.
GripThe laminated wooden side plated grip has a really great feel and look. The wood helps add a high-end feel to the appearance of the bow, but the functionality of the grip is fantastic as well. The grip features a slight curve, which allows for a torque less grip that is repeatable shot after shot. Many shooters feel the Elite grip is one of the best available from any manufacturer.
LimbsSimilar to other Elite models, the XLR is outfitted with a laminated solid limb, which is manufactured in three layers for increased strength and stability. Even though the axel-to-axel measurement is a bit longer, the limbs still do a nice job of cancelling out the vibration caused after the arrow has been released. The XLR limbs are offered in a 50-pound weight range, with maximum weights available in 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 pounds. Each set of limbs is adjustable by ten-pounds below its maximum range. Although the bow is limited to longer draw shooters, those shooters have tons of options to choose from in terms of which weight will be suit each shooters individual needs.
Eccentric SystemThe Rev cam is a module based draw length cam system, which is adjustable between 29-32-inches in half-inch increments. The Rev cam, which is also featured on the GT 500 is known for being decently smooth with reasonable IBO speeds. With two slightly adjustable draw stops contacting each limb, and a let off close to 80%.
The Rev cam is an engineered two-track binary cam system, which is designed to help eliminate cam lean. While the bow is drawn, one track stores the string, while the other handles the cables. Theoretically, the pull on each limb tip is more balanced and the cam is able to stay more centered, without twisting or leaning to the weak side. Like other binary cam systems, tuning is everything. A good tune will make a huge difference in how the XLR performs from a speed and accuracy standpoint.