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TenPoint Carbon Phantom RCX Crossbow Review (385 fps)


The TenPoint Carbon Phantom RCX is a great crossbow that comes with extraordinary speed and is really powerful. The technologies used for the crossbow, that you are going to read about in this review, make it a great choice for hunting and target shooting and you will definitely feel the difference between this and its competitors in the line.



Package Includes:

  • TenPoint’s patented ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism
  • Illuminated RangeMaster Pro Scope
  • Six Pro Elite carbon arrows with field points and a quiver
  • Owner’s instructional DVD
  • Assembly manual
  • Warranty card



Speed (Up To) 385 fps
Kinetic Energy (Up to) 126 ft-lbs
Length (w/o foot stirrup) 35.5’’
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked) 17’’ / 13.375’’
Power Stroke 16’’
Weight (w/out accessories) 7.9 lbs/ 6.9 lbs
Draw Weight 160 lbs


Key Features

  • Adjustable speed scope
  • Carbon barrel
  • ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism
  • Adjustable buttstock



  • The Phantom RCX is lightweight, a feature that makes it really easy to use and handle by any hunter, including women.
  • Due to the design and all of its other features, it comes with great precision and the fact that you will be able to make very accurate shots is definitely a plus.
  • It is great if you want to use it while the light is low because it has the option of emitting lighted dots which can be green or red.



  • Even though this crossbow is very light, the design makes it a little bit heavier in the front, so you will have to adjust your position accordingly.
  • Compared to other similar products, the Phantom RCX is a little bit pricier.



Build Quality – Durability

The construction of the Phantom RCX comes with high-quality materials that make it one of the products that are least prone to deterioration which will serve you for a very long time.

Carbon fiber is a material that is very strong. Studies have shown that it comes with a sturdiness that is 5 times the one that steel has. So the barrel, which is made of carbon fiber, is very strong and is also lightweight, combining these two features in order to make the product better than its competitors.

Also, the risers are made of aluminum, which is a material that is resistant to rust, which makes this a long-lasting product.



The Carbon Phantom RCX has a front draw design which makes it easy to use due to the power stroke which is shorter than the ones of reverse draw crossbows. It uses an RCX technology and its name says it all.

RCX comes from Reverse Cam Crossbow which is an innovative technology from TenPoint that makes the strings that are coming out of the cam stay in a reverse position – they are actually flipped compared to a conventional crossbow. This means that the width inside of the cam is only 8.75 inches and that the RCX limbs measure only 10.5 inches.


Speed and Performance

Due to the RCX technology, the maximum speed that this crossbow can draw at is increased, this is why it can reach up to 385 fps. Also, due to its front draw design and to the RCX technology combined, the draw weight is reduced to a minimum of 160 lbs, which is pretty good compared to other competitors. This allows you to make very precise shots.

The only inconvenience that you might experience is the fact that this crossbow is heavier in the front due to its design and, compared to a reverse draw crossbow, it is a little bit harder to hold in position. Therefore, the accuracy of the shoot can be diminished, but not considerably.



As we have said before, the front draw design of this crossbow can be a little bit of an inconvenience because you will have to put a little bit of effort into it in order to have great balance. Therefore, TenPoint uses an arrow retention brush which makes the alignment of the arrow better and adds accuracy and precision.

Also, the ACUdraw system that TenPoint uses for its products adds to the accuracy of the shots and the great thing about the Carbon Phantom RCX is that you have the option of ordering it with the ACUdraw 50 system. What also adds precision is the fact that you can add a lighted spot on it due to the illuminating scope that the product comes with.



In terms of safety, TenPoint has made this crossbow have a place in the top of the safest crossbows on the market due to its features.

The safety features include the rubber safety wings and the rubber finger points that ensure a strong grip and come as a reminder for the shooter not to place their fingers on the upper side of the crossbow where they can interfere with the strings, which can be very dangerous.

Also, the trigger guard is fully enclosed, which provides extra safety, meaning that you will be able to use the Carbon Phantom RCX without any worries.


Noise and Vibration

When it comes to noise, we can fairly say that this crossbow is on the quiet side. This is because of the arrow retention brush which reduces noise by better aligning the arrows. This way, the manufacturers have also managed to reduce vibration. The noise and vibration are reduced also by the inbuilt string dampening rods.


Ease Of Use and Assembly

What we like about the Carbon Phantom RCX is that it is adjustable and provides great comfort. The buttstock can be easily adjusted in order to offer ease of use and make the shooting position convenient to any shooter, regardless of their length of pull.

It is safe to use this way because TenPoint has designed this bow in such a way that you can secure the buttstock on a 1-inch range in order to be able to shoot appropriately and comfortably.



Review Summary

This is a great crossbow coming with many features that will allow you to have success, regardless if you are going hunting or you are just shooting targets. The downsides that it comes with are that it is a bit expensive and that you need to practice your balance a little bit before being able to handle it perfectly.

Other than that, it is a product highly recommended because it comes with everything you need to start shooting, it is extra safe to use and also easy to use and it will definitely make you enjoy your shooting experience.

Updated: January 22, 2022 — 12:30 pm