Mathews Drenalin LD Review

Mathews Drenalin LD

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  • very lightweight yet fast and stable
  • smooth and quiet
  • solid wall at full draw


  • non-adjustable cam system (cam needs to be replaced for individual draw lengths)


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Editors' review

The Drenalin LD is very similar to the ever-popular standard Drenalin. Its limbs, cams, dampers, and string suppressors are all the same. If you want to find out more details about the internals of this bow, just read our Mathews Drenalin review review.

Drenalin LD vs. standard Drenalin

When it comes to differences this bow's riser is designed to be longer to better spread the bow's mass and make it more forgiving and stable. The increased axle to axle length better accommodates shooters with longer draw lengths. Once the standard Drenalin hit the markets long-draw hunters and archers began dreaming about trying this new SlimLimb technology. Unfortunately, the standard Drenalin wouldn't work well for them due to its limited draw lengths range. Simply put it didn't feel great because the axle to axle length was too short for them. That is why the new Drenalin LD was born - to meet the demands of those shooters who prefer longer axle compound bows with longer draw lengths.With the brace height of approximately 7 inches, this bow doesn't give up much performance for added stability. It has an advertised IBO speed of 315 fps, only 5 fps slower than its 33-inch brother.
BowMathews Drenalin LDMathews Drenalin
Version 20102009
PictureMathews Drenalin LDMathews Drenalin
Brace Height7 "7 "
AtA Length37 "33 "
Draw Length26 " - 31 "25 " - 30 "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 70 lbs40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed315 fps320 fps
Weight4.15 lbs3.85 lbs
Let-Off65% or 80% 65% or 80%
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Many archers say that the recoil is very low and that this bow has great shooting characteristics even though it's much lighter than its competitors. They also agree that while the LD is very similar to its shorter 33" brother (standard Drenalin) it's also more stable. If you prefer a shorter axle-to-axle bow or simply want a more compact bow with similar characteristics, you may want to consider the standard Mathews Drenalin which could be a better choice in this case.


To summarize, the Mathews Drenalin LD is a very lightweight, high-performing, and stable compound bow specifically designed to accommodate the needs of those archers with longer draw lengths. Due to its reduced weight, it is a nice bow for mountain hunting.

User Reviews

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Great all purpose bow

Version: 2009 Mathews Drenalin LD


Pros: Silky smooth draw with a smooth valley and negligible hump at the end. Firm back wall but definitely not solid. Well balanced bow that it's light considering it'd dimensions

Cons: Okay for treestand but can be problematic in a blind situation. 2x4 grip

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I use this bow for hunting, 3D and indoor spots and it is a great performer at all. I shoot 70lb limbs (maxed out at 73lb) with a 30" draw and was getting in the ballpark of the advertised IBO. I switched to grip for a Van Handle Pro Comp and it feels good now.

Doesnt get much better than this

Version: 2010 Mathews Drenalin LD


Pros: Perfect for bigger guys like myself and it fit me perfectly i have it set at 31" draw and maxed out at 74 lb i have never had a problem with it and it has always shot perfect for me and my groups have never been better.

Cons: It has a lot of vibration if you do not have a string stop on it.

Full review:

perfect, smooth, and forgiving i love this bow for hunting shooting and competitions i have the tactical version and i havent found a better looking bow it is all black with orange string and orange dampers also it pairs perfectly with the QAD drop away rest and the HHA site

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