Martin Blade X4 Review

Martin Blade X4

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  • Large range of draw weight (3570lbs)
  • Adjustable Letoff with limb stop
  • Weighs less than average at 3.75lbs
  • Can change DL without bow press


  • Little bit of hand shock and vibration at the release
  • Less than perfect finish
  • Shy of advertised IBO speed


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Editors' review

Designed with the avid hunter in mind, Martin's Blade X4 is a lot of bow for such a small price tag. This compound is extremely adjustable, whether you need to change the draw length, draw weight, or let-off on the fly. Rated at speeds up to 315 fps, the single cam's performance and smoothness is noticeable throughout the entire draw cycle. Shooters looking for a bow that meets the needs of hunters and target shooters alike, check out this one from Martin Archery.


This bow is only available in Next G1 Vista Camouflage. Finish turning marks noticeable in last years models are still present, and although they are small, are definitely noticeable under the camouflage film. Other than that, the dipping process isn't quite perfect, with only one or two recognizable blurs. The Blade X4 is equipped with Green/Blue Hammerhead Strings and has completely anodized black components.


This bow is CNC machined out of a solid piece of aluminum compared to other models being produced with three separate pieces, which gives it the extra strength that a higher end bow normally features. It includes a common straight cable rod with a Martin Teflon cable slide, but can be replaced with an angled rod to nearly reduce all horizontal torque created at full draw. The riser features efficient cutouts found in most modern compounds, specifically engineered in this bow to harness V.E.M. silencers like other bows in Martin Archery's lineup.


New for 2013, the Martin X4 Twin Power Tough limbs are created out of continuous glass for consistent and quiet shots at speeds up to 315 fps. The innovative material plus the parallel limb construction creates a system that, even though it does not take it all, depreciates the overall noise output and hand shock this low priced bow contains. The limb pockets, even though a bit bulky, are efficiently designed to harness the strength of the limbs. Adjustable anywhere from 35-70 lbs with a draw press, it has the ability to perform in many different age groups and usage scenarios.


After the many generations of Martin grips, the saddleback thermal grip is top notch, fitting most hand sizes comfortably. It may seem to have a flat, wide, grip at first, but the leather back forming into carbon fiber side plates feels good and is easy to repeat before every shot. The leather also keeps the shooter's hand warm in cold hunting temperatures.

Eccentric System

The Fury XT cam system is rated to 315 fps at IBO, and is easy to hold at 80% letoff. Sometimes, this bow is not meeting its registered speed, reaching up to 300 or 305 fps at the max, but even so, that is fully acceptable for harvesting most large game. Instead of simply using an Allen wrench to decrease draw weight, which decreases string tension and shootability in general, there are different draw weight posts to position the main string at to decrease the max weight up to 35 lbs. The cams feature a fully adjustable rubberized limb stop to adjust let-off and stop the draw cycle in its tracks at anywhere between a 25" and a 31" draw length.

Draw Cycle/Shootability

The Martin Blade X4's draw cycle is extremely generous, with the peak weight nearly 2/3 into the draw cycle. A forgiving 7" brace height allows for more accuracy, even though it may deduct from some speed noticeable in bows with shorter brace heights. Similarly, at 31.5" ATA, this bow is compact enough to take it to the woods, but long enough to appeal to target shooter looking for the most forgiving setup. At full draw, the split limbs, large valley (if adjusted to one), solid limb stop, and slim grip create an extremely solid shooting platform. The bow does, however, have a bit of a jump to it at the shot, but it is nothing a good stabilizer can reduce or even completely remediate. Plus, even with a stabilizer, the bow will be closer to the desired 4lb hunting weight than bows from most companies on the market.

Silencing Package

This bow comes factory installed with V.E.M. (Vibration Escape Modules) and the Silencing Arrow Shelf, which quiets the bow down by taking away some of the unwanted vibration. Similarly, the Blade X4 includes a Carbon Fiber String Suppressing System that stops most of the string oscillation after each shot. Vortex String silencers are included to round out the package of dampening accessories.


BowMartin Blade X4Martin Pantera
Version 20132013
PictureMartin Blade X4Martin Pantera
Brace Height7 "7 "
AtA Length31.5 "34 "
Draw Length25 " - 31 "25.5 " - 32 "
Draw Weight35 lbs - 70 lbs35 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed315 fps320 fps
Weight3.75 lbs4.1 lbs
Let-Off80% 80%
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Compared to the previous year's Martin Pantera, this bow has noticeable upgrades. The largest difference being the 2.5" reduction in axle to axle measurement, the Martin Blade X4 also has a completely new riser design. Even though the bows both include the saddleback thermal grip, fury XT cam system, and finish options, this new offering is both cheaper and lighter in weight, from 4.1 to 3.75lbs respectively. Being the lower price unit of their current lineup, it both shoots and looks like one with twice the price tag.

Usage Scenarios

The Blade X4 is an all-around general purpose bow; one that fits the bill as a silenced hunting machine or as a 5 spot target rig. The compact short limbed design allows for little limb travel, ultimately saving valuable treestand space in the woods. Likewise, the adjustable valley creates the possibility to achieve 65% or less letoff, a premier feature most advanced 3D and tournament archers desire.


Martin Archery has definitely created a solid performer as an around great shooting and easy to use bow. Even though it is not the fastest and quietest bow in the bunch-for the price, it is one of the most feature-inclusive and adjustable bows produced this year. For those prospective individuals looking to be introduced into archery in general, or for the seasoned whitetail hunters of the Midwest, this is a bow to be considered with other top performers.

User Reviews

  • 2 reviews
  • ( out of 2 reviews for all versions)
Amazing bow for the price - high end features and lots of adjustability

Version: 2013 Martin Blade X4


Pros: -adjustable -cheap

Cons: -draw cycle not to my liking -STS too long

Full review:

Pros: -draw length adjustment without bow press -15lb of draw weight adjustment without bow press -very light -super solid wall with limb draw stops -looks cool for a low end bow -super cheap, now that the new 2015 line is out -draw length can be adjusted over 30" (uncommon feature for those tall people) Cons: Draw cycle - Significant 'hump' that dumps you into the valley at full draw -Fury XT cam is quite aggressive - tries to rip your shoulder out if you creep forward -Draw length adjustment - especially at shorter draw lengths, the buss cable will hit the axle unless draw stop is adjusted correctly (thereby limiting the valley length) -Need a bow press to get down to 45 or 35lb draw weight -stock STS too long I don't feel much hand-shock or vibration, but I have installed some bowjax limb dampners and a short 4" stabiliser which may have made the difference. My blade did NOT come with vortex vibration dampners installed on the riser, just the regular domed VEMs. STS seems to be far too long - the rubber bumper is pressing up against the string out of the box. When moving to the -10lb peg or the -20lb peg, the STS is actually tenting up the bowstring. It was very difficult to remove the STS also. (I ended up cutting it down by a half inch to fit properly, as I have the bow on the -10lb peg) The STS on the Martin website says Carbon, but my Blade's was metal. Not much to complain about given the price. As long as you are comfortable with the draw cycle dropping you quickly into the back wall, then I would recommend this bow to anyone.

Excellent first bow. Have killed several blacktail since purchased new.

Version: 2013 Martin Blade X4


Pros: Easy draw. Good balance. Doesn't "feel" like some of the cheaper bows I tested. Light. Tramping around the Oregon mts chasing elk can get tiring...

Cons: rubber guide on vibration escape system has come off 2x's. Once during an actual shot! Leather hand grip not attached well.

Full review:

For a first bow, I don't think I could have gone wrong. Went to several bow shops in Eugene/Springfield area and finally settled on this one after shooting a ton. I love the ease of adjustment for poundage and draw length. Was by far the lightest that I shot. May not have been the quietest, but I am a sneaky devil and it has help me harvest several animals so far. The only real thing I don't like about it is the Vibration Escape System. The rubber guide has come unglued a couple times and last year it came unglued while I was shooting. Cost me an animal!

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