Martin Cheetah Review

Martin Cheetah

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Martin Cheetah Review5.056 out of 6 user reviews


  • quiet single cam bow with a smooth draw cycle
  • very compact and maneuverable bow
  • great value for money


  • standard strings set could be of better quality

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Editors' review

Ideal for tree-stand or blind hunting, the Martin Cheetah is a compact, smooth, and quiet bow at a very affordable price. With a forgiving brace height and efficient eccentric system, this bow is a great performer with a very smooth draw.

Eccentric system

The engine behind this bow is an efficient and smooth single cam M-Pro eccentric system. With the draw length adjustable from 25 to 30 inches, this cam system is capable of generating IBO speeds of up to 310 fps (and up to 320 fps for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Martin Cheetah modifications - see full Martin Cheetah specs). Overall, this cam system is very efficient, delivers good speeds, and is very smooth to draw as noticed by many shooters.

Quietness and vibration

With parallel limbs and machined aluminum riser, the Cheetah is very quiet and has very little hand shock and vibration according to multiple Martin Cheetah tests conducted by experts and archers. In fact, many shooters are surprised with how quiet this bow is, considering its price.

Value for money

Speaking about the price, it is worthwhile to note this bow is a great value for money. We were overwhelmed with the number of comments indicating that this bow is a fantastic value for money. A lot of people say the Cheetah is too good for the price. So, if you are on a budget and looking for a quality bow, the Cheetah could be a great choice.

Overall quality

While the majority of comments from archers indicate the Martin Cheetah is a great bow, there is something minor that hunters did not like. Some shooters say the strings on the Cheetah could be of better quality. While this is not a big deal for some of them, others prefer to get rid of the standard strings and get a better quality set. Those who dislike the strings still like this bow and say that once the standard set is replaced the bow becomes immaculate.

Other recommendations

If you prefer a longer bow, look at the Martin Bengal or Martin Pantera. Equipped with the same cam system and having very similar specs, these two bows have a longer axle-to-axle length.


To summarize, the Martin Cheetah is a very quiet, compact, and forgiving bow with high maneuverability and lack of hand shock. While the standard strings set could be of better quality, this is a high quality bow. Parallel limbs and efficient eccentric system make this bow a great choice for those shooters who like getting value for money.
Bow Martin Cheetah Martin Bengal Martin Pantera
Version 2010 Mag 2010 Mag 2013
Picture Martin Cheetah Martin Bengal Martin Pantera
Brace Height 7.25 " 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 30 " 32.25 " 34 "
Draw Length 25 " - 30 " 25 " - 30 " 25.5 " - 32 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs 35 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 315 fps - 320 fps 315 fps - 320 fps 320 fps
Weight 3.4 lbs 3.5 lbs 4.1 lbs
Let-Off 65% - 80% 65% - 80% 80%
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User Reviews

  • 6 reviews
  • ( out of 6 reviews for all versions)
  1. Quiet, Solid, Accurate.

    Version: 2010 Martin Cheetah Mag


    Pros: quiet, light

    Cons: nothing

    Full review:
    First time shooting 3 arrows my group was very tight. I also attached the Alpine Soft-loc 5 arrow quiver and the bow is silent.

  2. Great bow!

    Version: 2010 Martin Cheetah Mag


    Pros: You will not find a better quality bow for the price. Love the short axle to axle.

    Cons: Seems a little noisy at times but you can dampen it

    Full review:
    This bow has the same specs as the Mathews DXT and is about $500 less. Don’t waste your money on a Mathews

  3. 2009 Cheetah with (CCS) and (STS), bow was inexpensive, fast, light, very smooth quiet and compact

    Version: 2009 Martin Cheetah


    Pros: inexpensive, very light Compact, Super smooth, Fast shooter.
    I got the bow with nap rest, three pin sight,quiver, CCS and STS for under 450.00 new.

    Cons: STS comes loose every 20 shots (lock tight just a pain to get screw to re-tighten)
    CCS wears the cable and they have to be served
    Even with STS bow needs string leaches or bojax to really quiet down.

    Full review:
    I use this bow to chase Elk in Oregon and love this thing. My Cheetah is light compact, quiet and very fast and smooth with the CCS. The bow is short not as forgiving, take a little time to get used to but in the woods there’s not many nicer.
    I have other comounds and would not trade this bow for any of them.

  4. i bought this bow last year. i mainly use it for competition shooting and it works very well.

    Version: 2010 Martin Cheetah Mag


    Pros: fast quiet gets good distance smooth easy to pull back easy to hold back very tight grouping

    Cons: string could be better quality

    Full review:
    i shoot beman 500 from 60 meters for competition my groups are smaller than a quarter (3 arrows). i have a sword apex 5 pin sight no lens and a qad drop away rest with a homemade stabilizer made out of a pool stick. the bow gets great speed even with heavier arrows im only pulling 60 lbs and able to easily get 60 meters out of it. the bow is very light no problem holding it. it has a very comfertable grip on it i just wish it would have string silencers on it. overall it is a very good competition bow.

  5. Best bow for the money, fast, quite

    Version: 2009 Martin Cheetah


    Pros: Smooth draw shoots hard fast short bow for deerstand

    Cons: Nothing

    Full review:
    Best compound bow for deer hunting, short for easy movement in deer stand shoots hard and fast, smother draw with a let off you can hold a day, you can not buy a better bow for the money, shooting in my first bow competition placed first and just started shooting last year, also shoot two deer last year killed both on at 45 yards,

  6. Great shooting bow for hunting all game

    Version: 2009 Martin Cheetah


    Pros: Short, fast, and quite

    Cons: Strings could be better

    Full review:
    I live for bow hunting and this is the best shooting bow for the price you will find.I have tried the rest and this is the best I have seen by far, it’s a deer and turkey killing machine.I got this bow killed two deer the first week, then entered my first bow shooting comp. Won fist in hunting and 3th in the open division

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