Mathews Drenalin Review

Mathews Drenalin

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Mathews Drenalin Review4.856 out of 6 user reviews

Pros

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

Cons

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

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Editors' review

The Mathews Drenalin is yet another innovative solution from Mathews engineers. It's a lightweight and high-performance bow with good stability and great wall at full draw.

Limbs

To achieve such characteristics, Mathews engineers completely re-designed the limbs that are now more narrow, very tough, and durable. With the width of 1.1 inches the limbs are about half as wide as typical bow limbs, which contributes significantly to the Drenalin's trim appearance. According to Mathews, SlimLimbs last over twice as long as conventional limbs.

Limb pocket system

To complement the new limbs, Mathews came up with a new and compact limb-pocket system. The limb pockets are secure and thin making this bow even lighter.

Eccentric system

Many hunters and archers agree that the Drenalin cam system is exceptional. This is a fast bow with a smooth draw cycle and a solid back wall. While being a bit faster than Mathews Switchback XT it is as fast as the standard Mathews Switchback. Many hunters who shoot this bow say its StraightLine Perimeter-Weighted Cam system allows for a very smooth draw and let-off. After testing this bow some shooters even say it feels a few pounds lighter in draw weight compared to the setup. They also notice that the Drenalin is a high-performance bow.

To achieve high performance, the Mathews design team engineered a non-adjustable eccentrics system. Keep this in mind when buying this bow - make sure a proper cam is installed to match your draw length.

Silencing system / Quietness and vibration

This bow is equipped with Mathews Six-Point Harmonic Damping System integrated into its riser, cable guard, and string suppressors. All these dampers are designed to eliminate noise and vibration. However we noticed that some archers do say this bow has more vibration and hand shock because it's so light. At the same time others claim it is as good as Mathews Switchback. When testing this bow ensure it's fully loaded to make your own judgment on how stable it is.

Other recommendations

When it comes to quietness some hunters like to compare this bow with the Mathews Switchback XT. They say that the Drenalin is almost as quiet as the Switchback. We shouldn't forget though, that the Drenalin is 5 fps faster.

If you are a longer draw shooter have a look at Mathews Drenalin LD which is specifically designed for archers with longer draw length.
Bow Mathews Drenalin Mathews Switchback XT Mathews Drenalin LD
Version 2009 2008 2010
Picture Mathews Drenalin Mathews Switchback XT Mathews Drenalin LD
Brace Height 7 " 7.5 " 7 "
AtA Length 33 " 31 " 37 "
Draw Length 25 " - 30 " 25 " - 30 " 26 " - 31 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 320 fps 315 fps 315 fps
Weight 3.85 lbs 4.25 lbs 4.15 lbs
Let-Off 65% or 80% 65% or 80% 65% or 80%
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Summary

To conclude, the Mathews Drenalin is a lightweight yet high-performance bow with a great draw cycle. It weighs over one pound less than its main competitors but at the same time it doesn't lose in speed. This lightweight technology makes the Drenalin a great choice for mountain hunters or anyone thinking about carrying a lightweight and fully loaded package.
Mathews Drenalin Review4.856



User Reviews

  • 6 reviews
  • ( out of 6 reviews for all versions)
  1. For a light bow, it is a wonderful bow.

    Version: 2007 Mathews Drenalin

    Rating:  

    Pros: Holds well in the hand. Very accurate. One of the quietest bows I have ever had. With a meanv string suppressor on mine it was as dead in the hand as the bowtech general I had. And more accurate.

    Cons: It will take a little time to get used to as to the weight compared to heavier bows. Floats more on the target than heavier bows.

    Full review:
    One of my favorite mathews bows. I would place it behind the switchback and switchback XT. A great bow for stalking game or walking a considerable distance on a hunt. One of those bows that I regretted trading afterwards.

  2. Nice bow, lots of bang for the buck

    Version: 2007 Mathews Drenalin

    Rating:  

    Pros: Quite
    Smooth draw
    Light

    Cons: Grip
    Finish wears rather fast

    Full review:
    The Drenalin is one bow that I will regret selling for a long time. It was accurate, quiet, very smooth drawing, and very easy to shoot well.

    The Drenalin is Mathews first bow with slim limbs. I haven’t shot too many older Mathews with the wider limbs, but I find the slim limbs very nice. The riser is nice, but if you have large hands you may find that on older Drenalins that your thumb rubs on the inside edge in front of the grip. The grip is a standard Mathews wood grip.

    The draw cycle is very smooth, but has a little drop into the valley. I found the wall spongy while shooting back tension.

    The bow balances very well and shot tight groups for me out to 60yds(farthest I tested to). The speed isn’t blistering fast, but it is more than enough to kill any animal in North America.

    The finish is very nice, but tends to wear down to the base coat around the grip and on the limb edges.

  3. Bow to be reckoned with!

    Version: 2009 Mathews Drenalin

    Rating:  

    Pros: Smooth draw, stable, lightweight, easier to tune

    Cons: Harmonic dampeners – replaced with Harmonic Stabilizers in riser

    Full review:
    Shooting 65#, 29" DL. Was flinging through whisker biscuit Deadshot like a breeze going 285 FPS with 370 grains Gold Tip Pro Hunter arrows. It did have some vibration when it had Harmonic Dampeners in the riser. Decided to replace them with Harmonic Stabilizers top and bottom. Then added Limbsaver Enhancer 2000 2" stabilizer. Boom there it is! Quiet, quiet but deadly bow. Accurate and very balanced bow. I’ve put in 100 shots in the bow so far. Dead-on 20, 30 and 40 yards. Ready to go bowhunting this fall with my beloved Drenalin. Too bad that Mathews have had to rename this bow to DR2. Still the specs remained the same!

  4. By far the best bow I have ever owned/shot or touched, mathews really nailed it with this one.

    Version: 2009 Mathews Drenalin

    Rating:  

    Pros: Smooth, light weight, short overall length, fast, quiet with perfect balance

    Cons: other than getting used to shooting I have no complaints. If other bow companies could provide this perfection, then I wouldnt have had any cons on the mathews.

    Full review:
    I have owned pse, hoyt.. etc! But the mathews drenalin is by far #1 on the market if you ask me. From the time I purchased the drenalin I have used many different combos but even with trying out different arrows, sights, broadheads, I have never drawn on a deer without either dropping it on the spot or at worse it running 20 yds and tipping over dead. I now have my drenalin dialed in, I shoot maxima blue streak 350’s with the 100gr rage 2 (2 blade, 2" cut) these animals stand to chance. I am shooting large adult whitetail from 10-70yds and they drop dead in there tracks, and yes even at 70yds Its on film and I can provide proof. Get one, buy one or borrow one from your buddy, I sware you will never shoot anyother brand again.

  5. An awesome bow that could be called the ultimate middle class person’s bow.

    Version: 2007 Mathews Drenalin

    Rating:  

    Pros: Quiet, speed, accuracy

    Cons: The cam needs to be replaced for different draw lengths.

    Full review:
    This was my first bow and I couldn’t have been more impressed. I shot other friends’ and family members’ bows of makes and models before I got mine and this one was a no brainer when I came upon it on eBay used. This bow seems to be the best bang for your buck, and IMO you get probably more bang for the money. Granted its not a HeliM or Z7, but it’s a damn good bow. I think this will stick around like the Switchback as one of those Mathews bows that is just hard to beat all around. Once you get it dialed in, you shouldn’t have problems shooting upwards of 60 yards if you’re a consistent archer. If you youtube anything on a Drenalin, don’t let the PSE lovers try and ruin this bow’s awesomeness. Everyone tries to put up a speedbow comparison to a Drenalin for whatever reason and make their bow look so blistering badass. If you want a speedbow get a Mathews Monster to compare to others, which would probably paint a different picture of others’ awesomeness. If you want a consistent, well rounded bow for a decent price then get a Drenalin. If you wanna spend $900-$1200 on a new, naked Mathews then get a Z7 or HeliM. As for me I’m gonna shoot this bow till the limbs fall off….and then get new limbs : )

  6. it will be a long time before i even think about upgrading this bow

    Version: 2008 Mathews Drenalin

    Rating:  

    Pros: -Butter smooth draw
    -Fast with no recoil in the hand
    -Great used price range
    -Lighweight

    Cons: Have to change cams to change drawlength (just be sure to buy the right length)

    Full review:
    Drawing 68 lbs and have more than enough power and speed to satisfy me.Ultra smooth and quiet with minimal vibration. I recomend the string dead stop, just because it is a great product that works. All in all i will keep this bow a long long time. It will still be relevent in a few years when my kids are strong enough to fling arrows at deer.


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