TenPoint Vapor RS470 Review

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If you’re looking for an advantage this hunting season, the TenPoint Vapor RS470 reverse draw crossbow might be for you! TenPoint Crossbow Technologies released their new 2020 flagship model, which was presented at the 2020 ATA show in Indianapolis, IN, and offers incredible quality and overall performance and its packed with new features and high tech innovations.

TenPoint has been one of the leading brands, together with Excalibur, Ravin and Barnett, in the crossbow industry for a while now. Last year TenPoint amazed the industry with their Nitro XRT crossbow.

The Vapor RS470 was introduced by TenPoint to replace the Nitro XRT from last year. The Vapor RS470 is compact, lightweight, and easy to maneuver. What separates the TenPoint Vapor RS470 from its competitors is its revolutionary ACUslide feature, which allows the user to cock and decock the crossbow safely and with minimal effort.

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TenPoint Vapor RS470 Features

Here are the full specifications for the TenPoint Vapor RS470.

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Weight:
8 lbs

Length:
31"

Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked):
12"/6.5"

Power Stroke:
17"

Speed/Kinetic Energy:
Pro Light Carbon Arrow (370-grains) 470 FPS / 182 FP KE
Pro Elite 400 Carbon Arrow (400-grains) 460 FPS / 188 FP KE
EVO-X CenterPunch Carbon Arrow (445-grains) 440 FPS / 191 FP KE

Draw weight:
225 lbs

Extra Features:
ACUslide (silent and safe decocking), Micro-Trac barrel, S1 Trigger

ACUslide

The crossbow hunting community has asked for a safer cocking/decocking mechanism for years now and Tenpoint delivered! The new ACUslide features the Auto-Brake-Gear-System, allowing for silent cocking and safe and controlled de-cocking, with minimal effort.

The internal brake system prevents dry firing. You can remove your hand from the handle at any point, whether cocking or de-cocking and the handle will not get away from you and spin out of control, which can lead to injury or costly bow damage. The system works perfectly and it is very comfortable to use.

The handle is 5 inches but can be extended to about 7,5 inches to give you more leverage. The trigger box in the ACUslide locks into the same exact place each time the bow is cocked, which yields a consistent launch of the arrow each time it is shot.

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This is a big feature that TenPoint added to their crossbows. Ravin, unfortunately, released the Ravin R29X without the possibility to let go mid-draw.

Read our review on the Ravin R29X Sniper here.

Reverse draw advantage  

The TenPoint Vapor RS470’s 17-inch power stroke generates more speed with less draw weight. Its elongated power stroke also increases the distance the arrow nock is engaged with the string, a critical component in performance, as the longer the nock remains engaged with the string, the more accurate the crossbow will be upon impact. It has a draw weight of 165 lbs. The Vapor Rs470 is perfect for any big game that is allowed to be hunted.

Speed and Arrows

Speed rating is the most important for most crossbow hunters. The TenPoint Vapor RS470 sends bolts at a spectacular 470 feet per second, which is incredibly fast. The RS470 features TenPoint’s RX-7 Cams that rotate an industry-leading 404 degrees during the draw cycle. This increases the amount of energy stored in the system and provides a “turbo boost” of speed upon launch that TenPoint calls the SLING-SHOT technology.

TenPoint delivers a total of 12 arrows with the Vapor RS470. This includes 6 Lighted Evo-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows and 6 Evo-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows. As you can see in the table below, these arrows only manage to reach speeds of 440 FPS because they weigh more than the Pro Lite Carbon arrows that do reach speeds of 470 feet per second.

You’ll have to buy the Pro Lite Carbon arrows separately on Amazon. We recommend you to stick to the EVO-X CenterPunch Carbon arrows. They’re a bit heavier than the Pro Lite Carbon arrows, but this reduces wear and tear on strings, cables and basically the whole crossbow.

ArrowsSpeed FPS / KEPrice
Pro Lite Carbon Arrows (370-grains)470 FPS / 182 FP KECheck Price on Amazon
Pro Elite 400 Carbon Arrows (400-grains)460 FPS / 188 FP KECheck Price on Amazon
EVO-X CenterPunch Carbon Arrows (445-grains)440 FPS / 191 FP KECheck Price on Amazon

Size and Weight

The Vapor RS470 measures 32 inches in length. Without the accessories the Vapor Rs470 weight 6.5 lbs. and with all the accessories a total of 8.5 lbs, which is remarkably light considering all the tech it holds.

EVO-X marksman scope

The 5×30 scope on the TenPoint Vapor RS470, the EVO-X marksman, is mounted on a machined aluminum ⅞-inch fixed dovetail mount. It has three duplex crosshair markers and five yardage markers which are illuminated for low light situations. The yardage markers can be illuminated either red or green and have five brightness settings, calibrated for 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards. The speed ring is adjustable from 330 – 450 feet per second.

TEC-X Stock

This new stock design cuts down on the overall size and weight of the crossbow by 1/2-pound. It is well designed and very comfortable to hold.

New S1 Trigger

The new S1 trigger is a 2-stage, 3.5-pound, zero-creep design trigger. It features a roller sear system that sets a new standard in high-performance crossbow accuracy. It allows for greater accuracy and consistency. When you pull the trigger the rolling sear gives you a crisp break. I think the people who had issues with the Nitro XRT’s trigger will appreciate the triggers on the ACUSlide series. Big improvement!

Micro-Trac Barrel

Reduces string-to-rail contact by an incredible 50% – leading to increased accuracy and the longest string life in the industry to this date.

Shooting the Vapor RS470

Update: It’s been several months now and we didn’t keep count on how many shots we made, but it’s definitely more than a 1000 shots and we just needed to replace the string and cables. We could see some string-wear happening and it’s best to just replace it immediately then.

According to tests from TenPoint their competition is getting somewhere around 200 shots maximum on average before a string and cables change is required. ‘We are achieving 1300 shots on a string and cables prior to them needing to be changed,’ says Tenpoint.

Package and Contents

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The factory package is complete and gives you everything you need to start using your TenPoint Vapor RS470 efficiently.

  • Optics: EVO-X Marksman Scope mounted on a machined aluminum 7/8-inch Fixed Dovetail Mount
  • Bubble Level
  • Cocking Device: ACUslide Cocking and De-Cocking System
  • Quiver: 6-Arrow Tech Quiver
  • Arrows: Six Lighted Evo-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows with 100-grain practice points
  • Arrows: Six Evo-X CenterPunch premium carbon arrows with 100-grain practice points
  • Broadheads: 3 EVO-X CenterPunch Broadheads
  • Noise Dampening: Integrated String Stop System
  • Case: TenPoint STAG hard crossbow case
  • Sling: TenPoint Neoprene Sling

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • ACUslide: Safe and Silent Cocking and Decocking
  • 470 FPS: Fastest crossbow currently on the market!
  • Compact
  • Dead Silent Shooting
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Cons

  • Price is rather high, definitely worth it though!
  • Assemble it yourself or work with a local dealer

Conclusion

The Vapor RS470 is a revolutionary rig that pushes the market forwards, mainly because of its new ACUSlide feature and its incredible speed of up to 470 feet per second. Its 190-foot pounds of kinetic energy that the Vapor RS470 delivers is very efficient to knock down even the biggest animals that are allowed to be hunted.

It might be a little bit pricey and it might not be the best pick for consumers with a small budget but if you want the quietest, most accurate, and the safest rig on the market, the TenPoint Vapor RS470 is definitely the best crossbow!

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