Mathews DXT Review

Mathews DXT

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Mathews DXT Review4.757 out of 7 user reviews


  • very compact and maneuverable
  • fast single cam bow with efficient eccentric system
  • lightweight yet stable
  • very quiet


  • non-adjustable cam system
  • not the smoothest single cam bow

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Equipped with proven technologies, the DXT is the lightest, shortest, and fastest bow in the 2008 Mathews line. At just 3.75 pounds and measuring 29.75 inches from axle to axle, the DXT is a high-performance bow capable of generating blazing IBO speeds. In addition, this rig is outfitted with ultra-thin limbs, highly efficient cam system, and effective silencing package.


The lightweight DXT's riser is machined out of aluminum and has numerous cutouts and chamfers throughout its body. By removing unnecessary material from the riser the Mathews design team reduced the overall weight to 3.75 lbs without jeopardizing the integrity and rigidity of the bow. The riser is connected to the limbs through the SphereLock Limb Cup System and limb turrets that cradle the limbs and spread the load. While this limbs-to-riser connection system is sleek and lightweight, it tightly secures limbs to the riser.


Another design change includes the new InLine laminated walnut grip that is slimmer and has a narrower throat compared to previous Mathews grips. Also, this grip has a distinctive laminated line that clearly indicates bow's centerline and can be used for tuning. According to our observations many archers appreciate this design by saying the grip reduces the likelihood of torque and is more comfortable to hold.


Made of proprietary composite material, the new SE4 composite SlimLimbs are much thinner and stronger than traditional limbs. According to Mathews cycling tests they are twice as strong despite being light and thin. This is also confirmed by multiple DXT tests conducted by experts and shooters who say the new slim limbs are very durable and strong. The limbs are connected to the riser through the Limb Turret system and SphereLock Limb Lock system. This sleek and lightweight limbs-to-riser interface complements the overall slim appearance of the DXT bow and helps to further reduce its overall weight. The limbs and riser deliver a very solid, consistent, and high-performance platform for launching arrows at blazing speeds and with minimal vibration.

Eccentric system

Mathews's new Straightline DXT Solo Cam system is the driving force behind reported IBO speeds reaching 322 fps (2008 Mathews DXT only, later modifications are faster, see full Mathews DXT specs). This non-modular eccentric system is not adjustable and requires a different cam for each draw length. There is a reason for the lack of flexibility though. With this design the overall shootability of the DXT is better because each cam is specifically tuned to deliver optimal performance (faster speeds and smoother draw cycle) for a particular draw length. Cams are available from 24" to 30" in half-inch increments.

To deliver faster speeds, smoother draw cycle, and lower recoil, the StraightLine Perimeter-Weighted DXT Cam is oversized and has a weight on its perimeter. The weight is an essential component of the whole system and is designed to deliver smooth release and reduce vibration.

Draw cycle

While many experts agree the draw cycle on the DXT is smooth, this is not the smoothest bow out there. To illustrate, many tests indicate the DXT's draw cycle is neither aggressive nor very smooth - it just sits in between. While many archers say the DXT pulls a little bit harder, overall they are very happy with the draw cycle for the speed this rig produces. The let-off is 80%. Also, with a solid back wall this rig is easy to hold at full draw.

Silencing system / Quietness and vibration

The Mathews DXT is equipped with a very effective silencing system. The riser, cable guard, and string suppressors are integrated with harmonic dampers and work together to eliminate unwanted noise and vibration. The harmonic dampers are so effective that Mathews licensed this technology to be used in other industries. The string suppressors are mounted on the limb tips and serve to eliminate string vibration between the cam and the idler wheel. This design results in a quieter and smoother shot upon release.

According to multiple tests and reviews, the DXT is a very quiet bow equipped with effective silencing system. Admittedly, the Mathews design team managed to reduce shock and vibration to minimal levels, making this bow a great shooting machine in the woods. Some experts even say the DXT is quieter than Mathews Drenalin that is known for its incredible quietness.


Bow Mathews DXT
Version 2010
Picture Mathews DXT
Brace Height 7 "
AtA Length 29.75 "
Draw Length 24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 326 fps
Weight 3.75 lbs
Let-Off 80%
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To summarize, the DXT is a very compact and lightweight bow capable of generating fast IBO speeds. While it's not the smoothest Mathews bow ever, the DXT is nice to draw and is fast at the same time. Equipped with the new ultra-thin durable limbs and a better grip, this bow delivers great performance in a very lightweight and maneuverable package. The DXT is a high performing rig with minimal hand shock and vibration. While the draw length can not be changed without replacing the cam, the bow is designed this way to deliver optimal performance and shootability characteristics. Ideal for tree-stand and blind hunting, the DXT is a great choice for average shooters who prefer smooth and quiet bows.
Mathews DXT Review4.757

User Reviews

  • 7 reviews
  • ( out of 7 reviews for all versions)
  1. A nice bow for tree stand or stalking.

    Version: 2008 Mathews DXT


    Pros: The weight, and short ATA is a plus for certain situations. The grip seemed better than former grips by mathews to me. A pocket rocket as to speed and has smooth draw.

    Cons: I could not get used to the short ATA and weight. Fine for some people but not for me. Am sure it is a well made bow but questioned it’s durability on a hard hunt.

    Full review:
    It is a fine bow but I preferred the drenalin to the DXT. Only because I shoot better with longer ATA bows. But for someone with a short draw length or with no issues as to short bows, it would work very well for them.

  2. Deer Killing Machine

    Version: 2008 Mathews DXT


    Pros: Best Tree Stand bow I’ve ever had, light, great for tight quarters hunts. Goes thru the thickest places in the woods and then kills deer every time.

    Cons: Not the fastest bow out there, but the deer don’t seem to notice until they feel faint from blood loss.

    Full review:
    I have multiple bows and this is the one that keeps going hunting every year. Shoots well at 0-50 yards from tree stand. Draw is slightly more harsh the the Switchback XT, but not by much. I seem to get about 264 feet per second thru the chronograph with a 27" draw and Gold tip 5575 arrow with 100grain broad head. Get good penetration with this set up. Arrow is always sticking in the ground when I find it after passing thru deer.

  3. Absolutely love this bow???

    Version: 2010 Mathews DXT


    Pros: Smooth, quiet, light, fun to shoot. easy to maintain. Very accurate.

    Cons: Nothing

    Full review:
    Love this bow, prolly wont buy another for a very long time. I enjoy just shooting this bow. it has made me a better archer. I have set this bow up with the best accessories, and have a very light arrow and shoot 85 grain broadheads which are grim reaper mechanical. very flat shooting and have killed deer at 70 yards with this bow. wish Mathews didn’t discontinue this line.

  4. EXCELLENT CHOICE for hunting. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, yet fast and accurate.

    Version: 2008 Mathews DXT


    Pros: Easy to shoot. Consistent and accurate. Lightweight and easy to maneuver in any stand or blind.

    Cons: had a difficult time trying to tune the bow… the old timers couldn’t figure it out… just recently got it perfectly tuned… shoots amazing now.

  5. Great shooting bow, fast,quiet and very light weight

    Version: 2008 Mathews DXT


    Pros: Fast,quiet, and holds a tune very well. The height is perfect for ground blind hunting but still short enough to maneuver around limbs while your hunting in a tree.

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    Love this bow I’ve had several bows in the past from bowtec to Hoyt and nothing compares to mathews dxt fast super quiet and a very durable bow got it tuned up a few years ago and check the tuning every year before deer season and everything is still perfect hadn’t had to tune it in 3 years would highly recomended shooting mathews to anyone who’s looking for a good hunting bow

  6. I keep looking at bows, but always come back to my dxt.

    Version: 2009 Mathews DXT


    Pros: small frame maneuverability,light weight,good brace hieght(7"),good speed,accuracy.

    Cons: That mathews discontinued this model

    Full review:
    I have dropped the bow out of a treestand at 20 ft.damaged the cam.replaced the cam and shot just like new. other than my fault this bow has preformed flawless for years. Hands down the best bow I have ever owned

  7. Love this bow,quick and accurate

    Version: 2010 Mathews DXT


    Pros: The ata is fine for me,has a good draw cycle ,the bow is very quiet compared to other bows,recently shot a zebra arrow went thru at 50 yards, 60 pounds,gold tip pro hunter arrow,meatseeker 100g mechanical

    Cons: Ive had the bow for almost a year now and havent had any problems

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