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TenPoint Carbon Nitro RDX Crossbow Review (385 fps)

Carbon Nitro RDX Crossbow Review

Described as a premium-model reverse draw crossbow, the Carbon Nitro RDX is constructed using a lightweight carbon fiber barrel, and a new and highly-adjustable C3 carbon stock. It is one of the narrowest professional crossbows out there, measuring an astonishing 10-inch axle-to-axle width.

Capable of delivering bolts at a speed of 385 fps, it is also fast and can put in a lot of force, being a deadly piece of equipment. This model is the winner of the 2016 Field & Stream Best of the Test Award and Petersen’s Hunting Editor’s Choice Award, a fact that proves the potential this thing can have in the hands of a professional.



Package Includes:

The included items are the TenPoint Carbon Nitro RDX crossbow, ACUdraw Pro cocking mechanism, EVO-X Scope, STAG Hard Case, and Elite Package.



Speed (Up To) 385 fps
Kinetic Energy (Up to) 122 ft. lbs.
Length (w/o foot stirrup) 34.25 in
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) 15.50 in/10.00 in
Power Stroke 16.50 in
Weight (w/out accessories) 7.80 lbs
Draw Weight 165 lbs


Key Features

The main elements that put this crossbow high on the list of professional gear are its compact size, the ability to launch bolts fast at long distances (even in a silent manner thanks to the noise dampeners), and its deadly precision.



  • The crossbow is capable of putting out kinetic energy of 125FP while launching the arrows at 385 fps.
  • When cocked, this product measures an impressive 10 inches from axle to axle, which means it’s one of the narrowest crossbows out there.
  • Its barrel is made of extremely light carbon fiber and it comes with an innovative adjustable C3 carbon stock.
  • This crossbow is the winner of the 2016 Field & Stream Best of the Test Award and Petersen’s Hunting Editor’s Choice Award
  • It’s one of the simplest designs out there and that is what makes it easy to maintain and use.


  • Weighing 7.8 pounds with no accessories, it’s a heavy beast and that is why some hunters out there will have a hard time handling it.



Build Quality – Durability


The quality of the craftsmanship can be observed right off the bat when taking this crossbow out of its package. It comes with a durable and light carbon fiber barrel, and the format is a narrow one, suggesting that this high-quality model is made to be used on a daily basis. The process of making this barrel starts with a blank that gets hand-wrapped around a mandrel and ends up with precise machines cutting the important features.

The barrel is constructed using a technique used often for making carbon bike frames. Furthermore, the C3 stock is a technologically advanced and lightweight component as well.



The crossbow is a really compact one, and while measuring 15.5 inches from axle to axle when uncocked, it excels with a width of 10 inches while cocked. It has been designed for elite-lever hunting and that can be seen, as it’s one of the narrowest crossbows on the market. That is why it’s a great choice for hunting in tight spaces, blinds, or tree stands.

The barrel and stock will provide enough strength without adding too much weight, and the reverse-draw design will get the weight off the riser and limbs, shifting it towards the rear. The result is a crossbow that will still weigh almost 8 pounds but will feel much lighter than that and will sit comfortably on your shoulder.


Speed and Performance

Capable of shooting bolts at a speed up to 385 fps, and putting in kinetic energy of 122 ft. lbs., this crossbow can do serious damage if aimed properly. It’s amazing how much strength it’s got given its compact shape.



This crossbow gets top marks when it comes to accuracy, as it has been built for professional-level hunting. It’s deadly accurate and thanks to the fact that it allows you to fire repeatedly in a fast manner, it’s one of the more interesting choices you can make.

Equipped with a rubber cheekpiece that can be adjusted to one of three positions, the crossbow wil let you create the perfect eye-level alignment. It also comes with a butt plate that also adjusts to one of two positions, and this lets you adjust the crossbow to the ideal length of pull.



The trigger is so clean and light, that you must pay attention not to accidentally pull it. Fortunately, the crossbow comes with a safety that engages automatically when the string is fully cocked. The same safety is easy to reach and activate when needed.

The model also comes with integrated safety wings, designed to keep the user’s foregrip fingers and thumb below the flight path before shooting. These wings are bedded between the stock and the barrel. Anyway, the instructions manual shows you how to properly position your hand while shooting.


Noise and Vibration

No professional crossbow would be complete without noise dampeners, and thanks to those, the model not only makes less noise, but it can also make long-range shots more easily.


Ease Of Use and Assembly

When it comes to the cocking mechanism, the patented ACUdraw technology is a gear-assisted mechanism that will ratchet back the string into the firing position with you, making things easier.

The product comes with assembly instructions, and if you happen to lose them you can also find them online. They are easy to follow and come with pictures.



Tenpoint Nitro RDX Review Summary

Right from the start, you can see that this is a quality product. It comes with a solid but lightweight frame, a professional-grade C3 carbon stock, and all the accessories needed to start immediately. As you can see from this review, the main features that recommend this product are its amazing speed, especially when compared to bigger and heavier models, and the fact that it only measures 10 inches when cocked. It’s a professional crossbow that serves you well in tight spaces.

Updated: June 16, 2020 — 2:05 pm