I posted this on another site, but thought there might be some value to sharing it here. I am new to this forum, so time for a test spin.
Well I am in the market for a new bow (my wifes anniversary present to me for 20 years of saying yes dear) and have been out shooting a number of different bows. Since the 2008 Mathews line has come out, I have been searching for some reviews of what people thought after shooting them with not much luck. So I thought I would put down my opinion in case other people are serching for the same information.
I went to the local shop today and shot the DXT against the Drenalin. Both were in a bare bow condition with D loops, WB rests, 29" DL and 70 lbs.
First impression on seeing the bows is that they are well made like I expected. The DXT looked way to small and unforgiving on first sight. Both are light compared to the MQ1 that I now shoot.
They both have a very similar draw cycle and I could not feel a significant difference between the two. The wall was solid on both bows. I also could not tell a difference in the speed of the bows (no chrono). The DXT is just a tad bit quieter to my ear. I am surprised that the hand shock was noticiably less on the DXT than the Drenalin. The Drenalin has almost none, so the DXT really shines there.
The grip on the DXT is different than past Mathews bows. It is a bit narrower and feels better than the past Mathews grips. I liked that quite a bit.
I was very impressed with the DXT. Overall it shoots better than the Drenalin.
The only down side I found with the DXT was the sharp string angle caused by the shorter axle to axle length. I did not like that very much. Made me wonder how I would need to alter my peep sight location and anchor site. I also drew both bows and then let them down. The DXT would walk the arrows more off the string when I did this.
I really wanted a chance to shoot the S2 against both of these two bows, but this dealer did not have one in stock and he said he was not planning to carry them. Guess I will have to go to a differnt place to do this. If any of you have shot these bows, I would like to know what you think.
Overall I think that Mathews has a winner with the DXT if you can work with the sharp string angle. For me, I think I will have to pass. I need a bow with just a bit more axle to axle length.