Martin Krypton Review

Martin Krypton

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  • Lots of adjustability
  • Easy to tune
  • Well priced


  • Very slight vibration


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The Martin Krypton is designed for the beginner. It is a completely new design from older bows by Martin and offers plenty of adjustability range. It has a bridged riser, split limbs, and can be ordered as single cam or twin cam. This bow is light-weight and will fit the younger shooters and women shooters well. This is a very nice bow and is very well priced, and should not be overlooked.


This bow only comes in Black Carbon, Mossy Oak Breakup, and Chameleon.


This rig has a bridged riser, giving it a unique look and added support. The bridged design allows more mass to be milled off while not sacrificing any strength or durability of the riser itself. The riser is capped with a pair of machined aluminum pockets. The split limbs are secured solidly in the pockets of the Krypton and help reduce vibration. The limbs come in 50# and 70# peak draw weights. Also, by using the limb bolts, the draw weight can be adjusted between 10# and 15#.

Other Components

This bow can be purchased as a kit. The specific kit will depend on the dealer where purchased, but usually will consist of a Copper John Rut Wrecker sight, Trophy Ridge Whisker Biscuit rest, Round-A-Bout stabilizer, a five-arrow quiver, loop, sling, and a peep. The kit adds about $125 to the price of the bow.

Eccentric System

The Krypton comes with either a single cam or a twin cam. Although you don't see the twin cam in the catalog, it is available for order. The single cam shoots at approximately 310 fps, while the twin cam is only slightly faster at 315 fps. Which one purchase is all dependent on whether the purchaser wants to deal with timing issues when tuning this bow only to have the additional 5 fps. The twin cam is easier to adjust cam lean and provide a nicer shot, where the single cam has very limited adjustability to cam lean. The cam(s) provides draw stops with a solid back wall when adjusted. This rig is adjustable from 17" - 30" draw length. This is done with a rotating module. Simply loosen, set to correct position, and then tighten. Although you can make this adjustment without a bow press, the string touches the module. The recommended way to do this adjustment is to pull on the cable to force the cam to turn slightly, removing the string off the module. Make the adjustment, and then release the cable. You may need someone to assist with this process.


The grip is a one-piece composite grip molded to fit perfectly into the milled recess on the riser. This grip is comfortable and designed to promote a neutral wrist position for improved accuracy when shooting.


For a beginner's bow, this is a well-built rig and is destined to be fairly popular. It is one of the smoothest, most forgiving, and accurate rigs on the market at this price point. It does have a little vibration, but is a well-balanced bow. The draw starts moderately and builds to let-off. There is a slight hump before transitioning to let-off of 80 percent. Once let-off is reached, the bow is easy to hold on target until the shooter is ready to let it fly.

Silencing Package

The basic bow does have some vibration and slight noise, but that could be from the light weight. At 3.2 pounds, there just isn't enough mass to absorb all the vibration. But, all things considered, it is a pretty quiet bow. If the kit is purchased, the stabilizer will reduce a good bit of any vibrations, but the addition of additional silencing gear will reduce vibration and noise even further, making this a very respectable rig.

Compared to Similar Bows

BowMartin KryptonHoyt Ignite
Version 20152016
PictureMartin KryptonHoyt Ignite
Brace Height7 " "
AtA Length31 " "
Draw Length17 " - 30 " "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 70 lbs lbs
IBO Speed315 fps fps
Weight3.2 lbs lbs
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The Martin Krypton is very similar to the Hoyt Ignite. The Krypton is a little longer, and has a shorter brace height. The Krypton has two inches more draw length adjustment, but the Ignite has more draw weight adjustability. The Krypton is a slightly smoother drawing bow, and with the inclusion of silencing equipment, can have vibration reduced to almost nil. Both of these bows list for right at $300 and have similar component packages that can be purchased and added. These two beginner bows are very good, and those that have shot both have been pleased. This one really comes down to shooting it before the purchase to see how it feels to you as an individual. The Krypton is said to be one of the nicest shooting bows for a beginner, even at twice the price.

Usage Scenarios

This rig is considered a beginner bow, it can be found in all aspects of archery from simple target shooting to competition shooting. With a 313 fps, this bow is smooth, forgiving, and ready to go. It also comes in at only 3.2 pounds, making it very easy to carry around the 3D range or your favorite hunting locale.


The Martin Krypton is new to the 2015 lineup and has a price point of $299. Or, it can be ordered as part of a kit for an additional $125. The bow offers the shooter decent speed, is accurate, and has plenty of adjustability. For a beginner, this is certainly a bow to consider. It shoots as well as bows that cost twice as much.


The Martin Krypton is new in 2015 and is marketed as a beginner bow. With a 31" ATA, 7" brace height, 17" - 30" draw length, and 40# - 70# draw weight range, this rig offers a lot to the new archer. Although this rig has a 315 fps IBO, the bow will be hard pressed to reach that, but does have a very respectable speed. One shooter was set up at 28" and 60# and was getting 255 fps from an average hunting arrow. This bow will not keep up with the $1000 rigs, but as a price point bow it is definitely worth looking at.

User Reviews

  • 3 reviews
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Love this bow! Super quiet! Great value for such a low price! Peep sight fell off.

Version: 2015 Martin Krypton


Pros: Super quiet! Little to no vibration. Super lightweight! Nice and short! AMAZING PRICE!!!

Cons: Peep sight wasn't tied in and it fell off. No problem just have to put it back on and tie it in.

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Peep sight fell off... just make sure you tie it in when you get it, I didn't, so you'll have to do it yourself or at a shop. Over all this is one of the best bows for its price! Really lightweight, cheap, no vibration, perfect for beginners

This discontinued bow has a lot of potential and can be had cheaply.

Version: 2015 Martin Krypton


Pros: Martin made a nice bow. The metal limb pockets and bridged riser are valuable features.

Cons: I did not like the stabilizer that came with my bow.

Full review:

This bow is a little difficult to set up properly compared to it's competition, but if you follow the included instructions and have a little patience, it really performs. I had my bow set up by a tech not too familiar with Martins, but it did not take long at all to get it figured out and dialed in. The bow is lightweight and has a nice solid back wall to hold while you get on target. The valley is narrow, which is good as it minimizes problems with anchor faults, but contributes to the need to get the set up right. I can easily make 2 inch groups at 20 yards; arrow variance is far more of a problem than anything with the bow. I have to buy arrows more frequently than with my old bow because of Robin Hoods. Although the quoted speed of 315 fps is not really achievable in real world conditions (it never is, is it?), it still has plenty of energy to take down game. I got this bow on a clearance sale for a fraction of the stated cost but I would still be pleased if I had paid over $300.

great bow for the price

Version: 2015 Martin Krypton


Pros: I like this bow, its ease of setup, and the size. The valley was a bit shallow for me, but it is a huge bargain for the money. Its my 5th Martin

Cons: I dislike the shallow valley, but its an awesome bow to shoot.

Full review:

this is my 5th martin, the others I have had were single cam, this one is double. I am almost ready to paper tune it. I installed a whisker biscuit on it, a different cable slide, limb silencers, and a pendulum sight.I love the size but think it may be a bit more finicky at 31" ATA, than the older models which were about 37" ATA. I love how reliable the martins are, and how they pack alot of value for the price. The fact that I can change draw length etc without a press is always a plus.

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