PSE Bow Madness 3G Review
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Editors' reviewThe PSE Bowmadness 3g is an amazing single cam speed bow utilizing a lot of useful technologies for a great shooting rig. For shooters interested in a bow that can truly be a multipurpose rig the Bowmadness 3g could be a great option. Shooters interested in a single cam speed bow understand they will be getting a little more aggressive draw cycle to help with the speed. Although the bow may be a little more aggressive than some, the draw is still extremely smooth and hump-free. The best news is that the bow still has a 7-inch brace height and a relatively long riser for increased stability and forgivability. The specifications for this bow make it look great on paper, and it feels great in the hand as well.
FinishThe Bowmadness 3g is available in four finish options, which are all a result of a dipping process. PSE has been finished in Mossy Oak camo patterns for a few years, and the Bowmadness is no exception. Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity is the pattern of choice for this year. Shooters have the option for the entire bow to be finished in camo, or for the limbs to be Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity and the riser to be Black. The third finishing option is PSE's own unique Skullworks Camo. The new for this year camo option is a black base with different big game animal skulls in a European mount look. This will replace the former Skullz camo pattern from the last few years. The fourth option is an all black rig. Regardless of which option shooters choose, the finish will be flawless and look great.
RiserThe third generation Bowmadness has a 33 1/8 inch axel-to-axel measurement with the riser being close to the same dimension. The machined aluminum riser has strategic cutouts designed to lighten the overall mass of the bow while maintaining strength and stability. With such a long riser, shooters are going to love the stability this bow provides while holding on target. Target shooters have been taking advantage of longer risers for a while now, and the Bowmadess 3g fully utilizes this theory. PSE also considers the riser to be a "low-flex" riser meaning it will not twist under pressure and after the shot. The riser is designed to move forward and backwards instead of side ways. This design allows for a more repeatable shot. Attached to the riser is a rear mounting Vibracheck sting suppressor. Directly in line with the factory-installed string suppressor is a front mounting suppressor hole for shooters wanting counter weight. Another option available on the bow is a tuning mark on the riser shelf to align the arrow with when setting the bow up. This makes setting the rest up and tuning the bow an easier task.
GripPSE grips are known for being slim grips, and this year's Raptor grip is no different. The Bowmadness 3g grip is part of the riser with a red rubber grip on both sides. The grip is mostly unchanged from last year other than the red color, which looks great against all of the camo options. The Raptor grip is very slim and designed for a repeatable, non-torque grip on the bow. Although it takes some getting used to, the slim grip is sure to be the new preference for anyone shooting it.
LimbsThe limbs on the PSE Bowmadness 3g are split limb construction and highly stressed both at rest and more so at full draw. The layered composite material is extremely strong and durable. The split limb construction allows the limbs to be highly pre-stressed and still strong enough to last shooters a very long time. Limbs are available in ten-pound increments and are available in maximum draw weights of 50, 60, and 70 pounds. The limbs connect to the riser through a black plastic composite material. There is also a pivoting tab off set a little ways toward the cams that pull the limbs toward the centerline of the bow. Again, this helps with performance and consistency with a more repeatable motion. The limbs are finished with red stickers adding to the overall look of the bow as well.
Eccentric SystemThe Bowmadness 3g is powered by the Madness Pro (MP) single cam. PSE advertises this as their "highest performance and highest efficiency single cam ever." It also features the 2nd generation Posi Loc Inner Cam. This allows shooters to change the draw length of their bow without using a bow press or having to buy modules. The Madness Pro cam is capable of adjusting in half-inch increments from 25-30 inches, and also features a 75% let off. The cam is made of high strength aluminum, sealed ball bearings, and a rubber stop. Tuning marks are engraved on the cam as well for a quick reference. The MP cam is extremely fast and shoots an achievable 330 feet per second.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityShooters interested in a single cam speed bow often sacrifice a harsh draw cycle for additional speed. Shooters will be excited to hear that the Bowmadness 3g has smooth transitions, a very nice valley, and an extremely solid back wall. Although shooters may find an easier drawing single cam bow, it would be difficult to find one combined with the speed of the 3g without lowering the brace height. The best part of the bow comes after the shot. The bow is completely shock free after releasing the arrow. There is no residual vibration felt in the hand and it is extremely quiet as well. Shooters wanting speed combined with a smooth transitioning draw cycle will be happy with the PSE Bowmadness 3g.
Silencing PackagePSE bows come equipped with Vibracheck dampening accessories. The rear mounting string stop system stops the strings forward movement after the arrow has been released. When the string hits the rubber dampener, vibration resulting in noise and hand shock is eliminated or transferred to the front mounting stabilizer. The limbs also come from the factory equipped with an installed limb hush kit as well as a dampener on the cable guard. All of the dampeners, in combination with the long riser, do a great job eliminating vibration and noise after the arrow is released. The Bowmadness 3g is virtually shock free and is one of the quietest PSE models available.
PSE Bowmadness 3g vs. PSE Bowmadness XS
The Bowmadness 3g and the Bowmadness XS share the same Madness Pro cam. The PSE Bow Madness XS offers an inch longer brace height and is about 4 inches shorter axel to axel. Both bows have a similar feel and fast speeds. The real decision lies with the intended use of the bow. Typically speaking, hunting bows have a relatively short axel-to-axel measurement. Those interested in hunting only bow may find the shorter XS a better fit. However, the longer riser and more speed of the 3g may be what other shooters are interested in. The decision will have to be made after shooting each bow to make the best decision.