Tenpoint released the Nitro X in 2018 and is still one of the best compound crossbows on the market within its price range. The powerful, fast 440 fps crossbow has an reverse draw design and comes with TenPoint’s ACUdraw pro safe and silent cocking device.
The crossbow is packed with a lot of other high-tech features that I will discuss in this review. We also tested the crossbow extensively in the field and we were impressed with the results. Tenpoint released the Nitro XRT in 2019 that you can also check out. Let’s take a look at the Nitro X in 2020!
In the package we found the Tenpoint Nitro X, a RangeMaster Pro Scope, six Evo-X CenterPunch arrows, Hard case, TenPoint Neoprene Sling, six-arrow quiver and a user manual.
Tenpoint Nitro X Crossbow Specs
Size and Weight
Thanks to the reversed draw system, this crossbow is very compact and narrow. The crossbow is 29.5″ long and it has a width(Axle to Axle) of 12.5” uncocked and only 6.5” cocked. The crossbow weighs 7.8 lbs. The crossbow has TenPoint’s Narrow Crossbow Technology in the form of the Vector Quad 4 cable system. This cable system uses 4 cables instead of 2. They are responsible for the narrow 6.5 inches when the crossbow is cocked.
Design and Construction
The Nitro X features a center-mounted riser that provides extra balance. That extra balance really had a big impact on my accuracy. The crossbow has RX7 cams, enabling the reverse draw system to work with the Max Rotation System to release the Sling-Shot Technology, boosting a shot up to 15 feet per second!
The buttstock is adjustable, you can set it in one of three stands for a better head alignment. You can also adjust the butt plates in one of two positions to adjust your pull length. The material of the stock feels of high quality, it is also reinforced with thermoplastics, this material is weather resistant and extremely durable. The foregrip is of the same material as the stock and it has a slightly rubbery feel to it.
I easily pulled speeds out of the Nitro X in the range of 400-449 FPS. With the scope, I was able to shoot quite accurately over long distances. With a power stroke of 16.5,” it has an extremely large energy transfer at shorter distances, this crossbow is clearly designed for hunting big game, such as bear and elk.
Thanks to the extra balance provided by the centralized riser, I could easily shoot with one hand. This crossbow is fantastic, I’ve always had accurate shots because of the excellent balance and long-distance precision. The compactness of the crossbow makes it very suitable for use in a tree-stand.
|Arrows||Weight||Speed FPS / KE||Price|
|Pro Lite Carbon Arrows||370-grains||470 FPS / 182 FP KE||Check Price on Amazon|
|Pro Elite Carbon Arrows||400-grains||450 FPS / 191 KE||Check Price on Amazon|
|EVO-X CenterPunch Arrows||445-grains||440 FPS / 191 FP KE||Check Price on Amazon|
RangeMaster pro scope
The Nitro X comes with TenPoint’s RangeMaster pro scope. This long-range scope enables you to shoot at various distances very quickly. The illuminated scope is 8.25-inch long and made of Aluminum. The scope feels of high build quality and looks really nice as well. It has flip-up scope caps that also feel of good quality.
The factory adjusted the scope, but it takes some shots to fine-tune it. It features 3 duplex crosshairs and a total of five dots. The dots are calibrated for 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-, and 60- yards. It has quick-detach scope rings and a bubble level, they allow you to move scopes from crossbow to crossbow more easily. The scope has an arrow-drop and speed compensation mode.
Assembling the Nitro X is easy, you only have to install the scope to the rig and attach the Six arrow Tech quiver and you are set to go!
Follow the TenPoint manual included in the package!
The Nitro X has TenPoint’s safe and silent ACUdraw pro cocking device integrated into its stock. Thanks to the ACUdraw pro it only takes 9-pounds of force to cock the Nitro X and it is really fast, faster than the ACUdraw and ACUdraw 50.
To use the ACUdraw pro, release the handle on the system. Then place the cocking bracket on the rope of the crossbow. Turn the ACUdraw pro system on and connect the crank. When you hear the click, you can safely release the lever. Continue cranking the crossbow until the string reaches the trigger and you are ready, you can now turn off the ACUdraw system and insert a bolt into the crossbow and shoot!
Note: ACUdraw Pro works much better when its lubed, lube the rail every 10-15 shots!
T5 trigger system
The Nitro X is equipped with TenPoint’s T5 3.5-pound trigger system. It has 50 percent less creep than previous trigger systems from Tenpoint. Shooting with the T5 ensures a consistent no break shot with no vibrations. The trigger system features a Dry-Fire-Inhibitor to ensure you won’t dry-fire and an auto safety switch. Shooting with a T5 trigger system always feels really nice, I always have smooth and crisp shots and the safety features work perfectly.
- Second in speed and power to only our Nitro XRT, the Nitro X features a center-mounted riser that provides unmatched balance and a silky-smooth shot
- Its RX7 cams generate devastating power, while its Vector Quad 4 cable system ensures precision down-range accuracy
- Rangemaster pro scope: 8.25-inch Aluminum scope features a variable speed and arrow-drop compensation setting; three duplex crosshairs and five dots calibrated for 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-yards
- Cocking mechanism: completely silent, and fully integrated into the stock, the new ACUdraw pro converts crossbow draw weights to 5-pounds of effort; only requires 12 cranks
- Outfitted with our silent ACUdraw PRO and premium optics, it’s dialed in for your next hunt
Arrows & Broadheads
Storage and Transportation
To properly store and carry the Nitro X we recommend the TenPoint Blazer soft crossbow case.
We recommend a Tenpoint Neoprene sling.
Our Rating of the Tenpoint Nitro X
What we like
- 440 fps
- Safe, fast, and silent cocking thanks to the ACUdraw pro
- Powerful compact reverse draw compound crossbow
- Adaptable stock
What we don’t like