At only 3.9 lbs and measuring 36 inches from axle to axle, the PSE Bow Madness XL is a very good bow that can be used for both hunting and 3-D shooting. This rig is one of the three bows from the Bow Madness series introduced by PSE Archery and Drury Outdoors in 2009. In terms of specs this is the longest and fastest bow from the series. The other two bows from the series are the standard PSE Bow Madness
and a shorter PSE Bow Madness XS
Many shooters say the new PSE "Biomechanically Ergonomic Slim Throat" (B.E.S.T) grip is thin and comfortable. The grip rubber side panels are positioned in such a way that the grip sits in the hands nicely. However, if you are not a big fan of thin grips it will probably take some time for you to get used to this grip.
PSE powers the Bow Madness XL with a smooth-drawing Madness Cam system (MC Cam), advertised to hit IBO speeds reaching 332 FPS. The MC cam system is smooth and easily adjustable. No bow press is required for adjusting the draw length in 1 inch increments over a range of 25 - 30 inches. The short draw length adjustments (25" to 28") are made on the inner cam module, whereas the long draw lengths are adjusted on the standard cam module (27" to 30"). The let-off is adjustable from 65 to 80%.
Draw cycle and shootability
The Bow Madness XL has received a lot of positive feedback from many archers in regard to its smooth draw cycle for the speed and solid back wall. In addition, a lot of shooters strongly agree that this rig holds extremely well due to its longer AtA length.
Quietness and vibration
No bow is completely quiet and the Madness XL is not an exception. Although hand shock and vibration is there, the bow can be made quieter by installing a stabilizer.
While archers agree the Bow Madness XL is a good quality bow, factory strings could be of better quality. A lot of reviews and tests indicate that the standard factory strings stretch and twist. While this is not a major issue for some shooters, others are keen to replace factory strings with an aftermarket set of better quality. Those who dislike factory strings strongly agree, however, that once the strings are replaced this bow is almost flawless.
Value for money
Many archers agree this rig is a great value for money. With a modest price tag, the Bow Madness XL is as good as some of its more expensive competitors with similar specs.
To conclude, The PSE Bow Madness XL is a quality long bow at an affordable price. With a modest price tag, this rig is as good as some of higher priced competitor bows. At only 3.9 lbs this bow is lightweight, stable, and holds very well. Although it is not completely quiet, the vibration and hand shock can be reduced to the very low levels by installing a stabilizer. Admittedly, the Madness XL is one of the best single cam bows due to its fast, efficient, and easily adjustable eccentric system. As noted by many archers and experts, the draw cycle is smooth for the speed this rig can produce. Overall, this is a quality bow that can be used for both hunting and 3-D shooting.