The Best TenPoint Crossbows: Reviewed
Ten Point are one of the most well-regarded companies in the hunting market. We’ve compared their range, to see why they’re so popular.
Why Ten Point?
They’re extremely reliable. These crossbows have an excellent record for durability and repeatability.
They’re made in the USA. Even better, they come ready to fire out of the box. Even the most wonky ones take three shots at most to get perfectly aligned.
They’re known for great customer service. They also do stringent testing to make sure all the models are up to scratch, and do voluntary recalls on any flaws they find.
Ten Point have developed quite a few technological advances that make their bows smarter, safer, and more effective than the competition. They’ve patented the dry fire inhibitor, as well as a special noise dampening system.
Let’s look at a few of our favorite Ten Point offerings:
Our least expensive Ten Point recommendation comes from the company’s budget off-shoot, Wicked Ridge. The Invader G3 is a budget-priced bow designed to compete with the big boys. While it might not have the Ten Point label, previous buyers and professional reviewers all raved about this one compared to the budget competition. It’s an Outdoor Life Best Buy for 2015, and Petersen’s Hunting award it the Best Value. The Invade shoots straight, hits hard, and is perfect for deer hunters. It also comes in a package with plenty of accessories to get you shooting right out of the box.
It’s a great shooter. This one fires at 330 feet per second, and has a 165-pound draw weight. That’s as good as any other entry-level model, and better than most. The light draw weight makes it one of our favorites for younger shooters and women.
The machined aluminum riser provides unbeatable durability, without adding much weight to the weapon. We like the clever cutouts, which save even more weight without affecting the structural integrity of the bow.
It’s compact and maneuverable. The whole bow weighs just 6.6 pounds, and is a convenient 19” across the axles.
The hang-down hand assembly keeps your propped hand and wrist out of harm’s way. There are also nylon safety wings to give you more protection below the firing plane. They’re glass-reinforced for added structure.
It’s safe. This one has a 3.5-pound trigger, which takes just enough effort to ensure that you’re really trying to make a shot, without making it hard to use. We also like the automatic safety, which re-engages between shots so you can reload and cock safely. There’s also a dry-fire inhibiting feature.
The package deal gives you great value for money. This one comes with a few solid accessories that we think make it well worth the price! You get a retractable rope-cocking tool, which makes it 50% easier to reload and cock the bow. It’s a couple of powerful bands which you can keep in your pocket between shots. There’s also a scope, quiver, and a set of arrows.
All the accessories are well-built, as well, especially the carbon fiber arrows.
It’s covered by a lifetime warranty, aside from the limbs, scope, and strings.
It’s not a true Ten Point. Wicked Ridge models don’t work with Ten Point’s crank-back tool, which is an onboard alternative to the rope-pull tool.
It’s a bit louder than the more expensive Ten Point options.
It doesn’t have quite the range of the bigger Ten Point’s. This one is reliable out to about 40 yards.
This one is the most affordable model on the market with the Ten Point badge on the front. It’s a bit more powerful than the Wicked Ridge, and has the added name recognition of being a true Ten Point. We’d recommend it to serious, longtime hunters on a budget. While previous buyers and professional reviewers said, they shot it with limited expectations, they soon found that this one’s the real deal!
It’s more powerful than the Wicked Ridge. That’s because it has slightly larger limbs, with a 21” span axle to axle. It’s also equipped with slightly more angled limb pockets and stronger cables. That gives you a total speed of 333 feet per second and a draw weight of 180 pounds!
It’s still relatively light. It uses Ten Point’s updated Fusion Lite material, which gives it a total weight of just over 7 pounds. That means it’s almost as light as the Wicked Ridge but packs more power.
It has the same safety and auto-locking features as the Wicked Ridge, including the dry fire inhibitor.
It shoots straight out of the box! Previous buyers were extremely impressed with how little setup or modifications they had to make. Many found that their weapons shot dead-on, even right out of the box!
It comes with a scope, quiver, and rope-cocking system, just like the Wicked Ridge. The scope is a bit more powerful on this model, but the other accessories are pretty much the same.
It comes with three practice arrows with aluminum points.
It looks great. This model looks like all the other true Ten Point options, with an all-over camouflage print and black equipment settings.
It’s covered by the same lifetime warranty and excellent customer service.
It doesn’t come with as many extras as the Wicked Ridge. The Invader provides more value for money, and is the better choice for beginners.
It’s slightly top-heavy and a bit more awkward than the more expensive Ten Point models. However, it still outclasses the competition at this price point.
This version of the Titan gives you a few key upgrades to make it feel like a higher-end Ten Point. We especially like the onboard cocking system, which is a more convenient, effective tool than the rope accessory included with the cheaper models. If that feature’s important to you, we’d recommend spending the extra $50 or so to get this model. Previous buyers said it really cuts down on strain, and makes this one a lot easier to use for people with limited strength. Overall, reviewers said that after using this model, no other crossbow would do!
The big upgrade on this model is the addition of Ten Point’s crank-cocking system. It’s built into the barrel of the crossbow, and folds out so you can get some torque without taking up space when you’re loaded and locked.
Having the cocking tool onboard is a huge convenience, because you get to use the strength of the bow as leverage. It’s easier for smaller people to draw, and simply more efficient for the rest of us. It’s also one less thing to carry around with you.
As far as the bow itself is concerned, you get the same power as the other Titan package. This one has a 180-pound draw weight, resulting in 333 feet per second arrow speed.
This one also has the same safety features, with the automatic safety, 3.5-pound trigger, and dry-fire inhibitor.
It comes with the standard 3 aluminum practice arrows, a quiver, and oil for the rails.
There aren’t any hugely significant upgrades over the other version of the Titan. Basically, you’re paying for the cocking mechanism to be onboard. However, people who shot bows with and without the onboard crank said it was worth the money.
Just like the other version of the Titan, it’s a bit top heavy, and it’s a bit louder than the top-shelf models.
There’s a huge leap in quality between the Titan we just looked at and this Stealth FX-4. This crossbow is designed for ultimate maneuverability, without sacrificing any power whatsoever. It’s slim, light, and still manages to pack more of a punch than the Titan. We like it for hunting in scrub and bushes, as well as shooting through tree cover.
At just 6.8 pounds, it’s lighter than the Titan–almost as light as the Wicked Ridge. It’s also smaller, with a shorter barrel length (34 inches as opposed to 39 on the Titan). The axle to axle bow assembly is also slimmed down, with a 13.3 inch span. That’s why it’s so impressive that this model manages to be even more of a hard-hitter.
It’s very powerful. This one has a top speed of 370 feet per second, as opposed to 333 on the Titan. It also has a slightly higher draw weight, of 185 pounds. That’s all down to the incredibly sophisticated bow end, which has modified yoke setups and special cables designed to work specifically with them. The eccentric cams also make a big difference in boosting power.
It’s strong. The modified stock uses Ten Point’s latest compound, which is lighter than previous generations while maintaining the same strength. It’s backed up by a fluted aluminum barrel. We like all the strategic cutouts along the barrel, which cut down on weight even further.
It uses smart features to combine the best elements of a gun and a crossbow to create a compact firing system. This one has a slimmed-down version of the 3.5-pound trigger from the Titan. It fits in an aluminum housing that sits inside the barrel, so it barely takes up any room.
There’s also an update to the safety wings. While the Wicked Ridge and the Titan models use nylon and glass combination wings, the Stealth has a special pair of rubber wings which reduce noise while providing the same cover.
It comes with the onboard crank feature for cocking each shot. This one also ships with arrows, quiver, the same powerful scope as you get with the Titan, and a noise-dampening kit to cut down on hum even further.
It comes pre-sighted and ready to shoot.
It’s covered by a lifetime warranty.
With a price tag of over $1000, it’s definitely not for the casual hunter.
The Venom has won Petersen Hunting’s Editor’s Choice and other awards for the past few years running. It’s a phenomenally light and maneuverable bow with plenty of power in the cord assembly. We love the smart carbon fiber barrel construction, as well as the near-silent firing system. The combination of light weight and hard-hitting shots make this one a true pleasure to hunt with.
It has a super light, instant-detachable quiver. It also comes with deluxe arrows, as well. You get 6 carbon fiber shafts in the box. They’re loaded with practice points, so you can get shooting right out of the box.
It’s the lightest model by Ten Point. The Venom weighs just 6.6 pounds which is even lighter than the entry-level Wicked Ridge, a much less powerful crossbow.
That’s mostly down to the carbon fiber barrel. Just like the Stealth uses an aluminum barrel on top of the composite frame, the Venom is powered by a long, fluted piece of threaded carbon fiber. It’s the lightest material available, and it doesn’t skimp on strength either.
It’s about the same size as the Stealth, at 13.3 inches between the axles and just over 34 inches along the barrel. This one manages just a bit more power, with 372 feet per second flight speed at the upper end.
This one is a bit sleeker and streamlined. The cocking mechanism and crank-draw tool are built further into the housing, so they barely protrude at all.
It’s very quiet. This model uses the same rubber protection wings as the Stealth, and comes with the noise dampening kit as well. You also get the same standard safety features, like the auto-reset and dry-fire impeder.
It comes with a deluxe scope. This one packs the RangeMaster Pro, which is fully multicoated, pre-set, and good out to 60 yards.
Like the Stealth, the Venom is a top-dollar crossbow. At more than $1500, it’s probably inaccessible to a lot of hunters. However, it’s a crossbow you can confidently own for life.
Which of these Ten Point models is the best choice for you?
If you’re just getting started, or are shopping on a budget, you’ll want to look at either the Wicked Ridge or one of the Titan packages.
The Wicked Ridge is the best choice for beginners, since it comes with absolutely everything you could need to get shooting. It’s also the least expensive of the three. It’s almost as powerful as the Titan, and the only major difference is the name badge. While it’s a bit more expensive than some other entry level models, you have American build quality and a warranty policy that the competition can’t really match.
The Titan is a wider, faster bow than the Wicked Ridge. It’s the most accessible Ten Point model, and it’s our top choice for experienced hunters on a budget. While it’s a bit heavier and bulkier than the top-shelf Ten Point models, it has most of the proprietary safety features, and some pretty impressive power. On the downside, it doesn’t come with as many extras as the Wicked Ridge.
We’ve recommended two versions of the Titan, which are about $50 apart. If you know you’d prefer the onboard crank-cocker, it’s probably worth spending the extra money. If you’re not that bothered, you can save $50 by going for the cheaper model with the rope tool.
For the most serious hunters, we’re recommending the Stealth or the Venom. Both models give you a big upgrade in power and speed, in packages that somehow manage to be both lighter and more maneuverable than the Titan.
We’d recommend the Stealth to people who want to edge into the premium market without spending quite so much money. It’s a fair bit cheaper than the Venom, and is nearly as powerful.
The Venom scores a few points over the Stealth with its carbon fiber barrel and upgraded scope. It’s not a great deal more powerful, but it’s the power to weight ratio that really sets it over the edge. If you’re a serious crossbow hunter, this is the best you can do-period. Just look at any best-rated listing by professional hunters. However, it will run you a few hundred dollars more at checkout.