The TRUGLO Deadenator Xs Stabilizer is an entry level and budget option for reducing vibrations and providing a small amount of balance. Some would argue that due to its short length and light weight that it is not a “true” stabilizer. That, of course, is a matter of preference and will depend largely on what you as an archer need for your current bow setup. It might be just enough forward weight to balance out a light compound bow. A larger and heavier bow may require a longer and heavier stabilizer. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in vibration dampening and reduces the shock and noise while shooting.
TRUGLO Deadenator Details
This rubber molded stabilizer comes in seven color options, including multiple popular licensed camo patterns as well as solid black and even a pink camo pattern. The rubber fins jutting out from the body of the stabilizer increases the overall surface area and help to control the vibration from the bow. But the fins also create a unique and aggressive jagged look that will add flair to any bow. TRUGLO specifically engineered this stabilizer for performance hunting bows and has coated the product with their special TRU-TOUCH soft-feel technical coating. Their efforts paid off, as the Deadenator was crowned Bowhunt America’s “Gear of the Year” winner in 2013.
The TRUGLO Deadenator Xs measures just shy of 5 inches in length, coming to only 4.6 inches. It also only weighs a mere 4 ounces. The performance results are mixed among archers. Some recommend it primarily for dampening vibrations and others say they have seen clear increase in their accuracy and have tightened up groupings. This variance in opinion can be attributed to the difference in bows being used.
TRUGLO Deadenator Stabilizer Review Conclusion
Ultimately, the Deadenator is a simple stabilizer that many would agree is nice but nothing special. It brings no options for customization, no adjustable weight, and only comes in one small size. However, it is a champ at reducing vibration and noise and will cause the bow to go “dead” in your hand. It is a cheap and cost effective option that will add rugged appeal to your hunting bow. You get what you pay for, and in this case you get a no frills basic yet effective stabilizer.