Well here it is. I got to open (officially) my new martin Silencer today and go out and shoot it. This bow feels so good in my hands. It has a slim grip which greatly reduces grip torque compared to my older one (which doesn't have such a bad grip itself). The bow is pretty shock free and whisper quiet. It came with vibration dampeners installed in each end of the riser. The riser is a machined riser according to martin. It IBOs at 340 FPS with the Nitrous cams. But since I ordered a 60 lb bow I will never see that full rated speed. But let me tell ya this bow is no slouch in the speed dept. This think cranks arrows to the target with blistering speed. It has a relatively short brace height and this was apparent with my average form. I had a tough time tuning this bow today due to 30 mph wind gusts and form errors. I finally realized that it was poor follow through that was causing occasional erratic flight. Once I started concentrating harder on my form my arrow flight started improving greatly, I was able to get my centershot set and my sights adjusted and I was drilling bullseyes. This bow is definitely less forgiving by far than my old bow which had a 7" brace height itself.
The first thing I noticed when drawing this bow is it draws so smooth. Partly due to the speed bearings in the cams and also due to the design of the Nitrous cams. These cams are gaining a reputation of blistering speed and a super smooth draw from what I have been reading and they are not lying. I mean there is no hump whatsoever. There is not much, if any, creep at full draw. If you do it is coming down. But once you are settled in to the wall it is so comfortable to hold that you can almost hold it forever it feels.
It has an adjustable draw stop on the cam that lets you fine tune the draw length after the initial setting as well as giving you a rock solid wall. The draw stop is on one cam but since the Nitrous cams are slaved to each other with the bus cables there is no chance of timing issues once the initial cam timing is set. This bow can either have the Nitrous 1.5 which draw length adjusts from 25-28" or the Nitrous 2.0 cam which draw adjusts from 27-30." I ordered this bow with the 45-60 lb limbs and a 28" draw length. It came to my door set at 28" draw and the draw stop set dead center (halfway between the + and - sign).
The bow has quick disconnects for the stabilizer and the string stop. The limbs are 1.5" wide like the new Mathews limbs. I thought the finish was pretty nice. The grip saddle has a pad that is made of some sort of rubber.
I put between 75-100 arrows through this bow today and my shoulder cannot even tell. I honestly don't feel like I have shot more than a dozen shots from my old bow. After 60 shots or so the string stretched a little and the peep was out of alignment. I brought it inside and pressed it and put 1/2 twist in the string to correct and went back outside for the photo shoot.
My overall review is alot of bow for the money. I paid $469 dollars for this bow from Fishing and Hunting USA, a proud AT sponsor, with an AT discount. Most places are selling this bow for $100 more. He priced me an Onza at $499 and most places are selling them for $599. I equipped this bow with a NAP Apache drop away containment rest, a peep sight, and a Tru Glo 5 pin sight.
This bow is blazing fast, accurate, smooooth drawing, lightweight, very quiet and shock free, and a short (32.25") axle to axle length. I am not disappointed. Pick one up yourself and give it a try.