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MI1
06-24-2013, 10:58 AM
what are the differences ? and would like to hear any real world review of the bow / bows.

not finding anything on the web

anyways looking at getting another Martin and would like some insight.

Am i better off getting one or a different martin off of their KM Archery sight.

Thanks

dzsmith2
06-24-2013, 02:17 PM
ill cut you a deal on the 2013 alien

wscywabbit
06-24-2013, 03:05 PM
Welcome to th forum, first and foremost. The only real difference betweent the two bows is size; the Phantom is an inch longer and the draw lengths also run an inch longer than the Blade. I have not had the opportunity to shoot the Phantom, but the Blade was smooth and quiet, especially for a less expensive midrange bow. I figure if you pick the one that best suits your drawlength you'll be happy either way.

MI1
06-24-2013, 03:14 PM
i think the blade x4 will do just fine...
i heard the limbs were made in china or something.....any truth to that. I'm not oppossed to that, but wonder if the limbs are different between the x4 and phantom...

alienshooter
06-24-2013, 06:21 PM
I believe all split limbs are the same X4 mag limbs. I heard the same rumor about limbs made in China but I was told the threshold limbs are the only ones made there.
I was told the X4 limbs are made in house at Martin.
I never seen a Phantom yet but I want to, I held a blade but never shot it but the guy who was shooting it said he liked it.
I like the blade as well but comparing it to my 13 Alien its way slow, don't get me wrong speed isn't everything but it helps.
I have no complaints yet about my 2013 Alien but I baby it cuz its an expensive bow, Nemesis 35 is awesome and 50 dollars more but the Alien suits me better.

wscywabbit
06-24-2013, 06:22 PM
Other than deflection and/or length, they'll be the same limbs, maybe even the same. There was a post in here once before, and if I remember right, I believe it was determined that Martin's limbs are brought in as glass blanks from overseas, but cut, shaped and finished here in the US. Hope that helps.

alienshooter
06-24-2013, 06:26 PM
Other than deflection and/or length, they'll be the same limbs, maybe even the same. There was a post in here once before, and if I remember right, I believe it was determined that Martin's limbs are brought in as glass blanks from overseas, but cut, shaped and finished here in the US. Hope that helps.

I called Joel at Martin, he said there made here but I'm not sure. Was I informed incorrectly? How about it Joelc?

wscywabbit
06-24-2013, 08:23 PM
Took me a bit to find the thread I was thinking of but here it is:

Originally posted by Joel:

The split limbs are made in China and finished in the US. We do not out source the manufacturing of any of our other limbs. The materials used in our solid limb bows are provided by Gordon Composites, Colorado, USA.

alienshooter
06-24-2013, 09:00 PM
Took me a bit to find the thread I was thinking of but here it is:

Originally posted by Joel:

The split limbs are made in China and finished in the US. We do not out source the manufacturing of any of our other limbs. The materials used in our solid limb bows are provided by Gordon Composites, Colorado, USA.

Thanks for the quote wscywabbit, yeah I heard from other pro shops that the split limbs were made in China but didn't know what to think. Like I said I called Joel awhile back and he said no they weren't, now I get informed with this...again I don't know what to think. I guess if I don't have any severe problems with the limbs I'm ok with it, kind of to bad in my opinion. Should of kept all material from Gordon composites.
My Alien X has B 115 Barnsdales, kind of loud when shot but tough as nails and I do love the bow.

dzsmith2
06-24-2013, 09:18 PM
You've got to be kidding me..... The split limbs are Chinese????? And yes that is a big deal