TenPoint Titan SS Review: Truly Good or Just Hype?

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Introduction: TenPoint Titan SS Review

The TenPoint Titan SS is my very first crossbow. Prior to owning this I came from the bow-only scene. Unfortunately, I suffered a shoulder injury that required an operation. During the recovery period, I wasn’t allowed to draw any bow nor cock any crossbow.

The worst part is that meant missing the upcoming hunting season that year, but I refused to give in.

After making the long and tedious process of researching crossbows with a crank cocking mechanism from all brands and models, I decided to go with the Titan SS with the ACUdraw.

I credit my current obsession with crossbows to that injury and the Titan SS. This is the crossbow that made me hooked to crossbow hunting.

Anyway, here’s my in-depth and honest TenPoint Titan SS review, where I share my experience with it and expose even the things that I don’t like about the crossbow.

Summary: TenPoint Titan SS Review

Are you in a hurry and have no time to read the full review? I know that feeling, so I made a visual summary for you:

Use: Hunting, Target Shooting

Build Quality

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Shooting Ability

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Ease of Use

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Value for the Money



  • Very accurate
  • High quality build and finish
  • Durable
  • Very smooth trigger pull
  • Quality accessories
  • Very easy draw
  • Adjustable stock

  • Not lightweight
  • Fast but some competing models are faster

TenPoint Titan SS Review: Complete Write-up

What is it?

A quick history lesson – TenPoint’s old Titan model has been their best-seller for fifteen years. And after fifteen years, TenPoint has upgraded their all-time best-seller with accuracy-enhancing technologies and features (more on the features later).

TenPoint Titan SS is the lightest, shortest, and fastest version of their best-selling Titan crossbow, thanks to the new adjustable Fusion S stock, more compact width, and 175-pound HL limbs.

What’s in the Box?

  • TenPoint Titan SS Crossbow
  • 3x Multi-Line Scope or 3x Pro-View 2 Scope
  • 3-arrow Instant Detach Quiver
  • Three TenPoint Pro Elite Carbon Arrows with 100-grain Practice Points (Not included in the Skinny package; Packages are discussed below)
  • ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking device
  • Allen Wrenches
  • Owner’s manual
  • Owner’s instructional DVD

We’ll get into more detail with the different packages below. First, here are the specs and features…

TenPoint Titan SS Specs:

Property Value
Speed 340 FPS
Kinetic Energy 97 FT/LBS
Draw weight 280 lbs
Power stroke 12.5″
Axle to Axle 18.5″ cocked, 21.5″ uncocked
Length 35″
Overall weight 6.7 lbs, 8.2 lbs with accessories
Draw System Compound
Arrow weight 370 grains minimum
Arrow length needs to be 20″ long

TenPoint Titan SS Features:

  • Fusion S™ stock
  • Two-position Butt Plate
  • 175-pound HL Limbs
  • Custom CNC-machined Type 2 Cams, Risers, and Limb Pockets
  • Safety Engineered Fore-Grip and Wings
  • Fore-grip Cutouts
  • CNC-machined 3.5-pound Trigger with Auto-engaging Safety
  • Dry-Fire Inhibitor (DFI)
  • 3x Multi-Line Scope or 3x Pro-View 2 Scope
  • Patented Omni-nock
  • Superior String Life
  • Out-of-the-box Accuracy
  • Mossy Oak® Treestand® Camo Pattern


There are four different packages for the TenPoint Titan SS:

The table is horizontally scrollable on mobile devices.

Skinny: ACUdraw Standard 1 Standard 2 Standard 3

3x Multi-Line Scope 3x Pro-View 2 Scope 3x Pro-View 2 Scope 3x Pro-View 2 Scope
Cocking Device None None ACUdraw 50 ACUdraw

None Pro Elite carbon Pro Elite carbon Pro Elite carbon
Price 649.99 USD 749.99 USD 849.99 USD 949.99 USD

NOTE: the prices above were the prices as of 20 January 2018. I try my best to keep them updated regularly but here’s a live link for the current prices online:


Moving on, what’s the difference between the two scopes and cocking devices? Keep reading…

What’s the difference between the ACUdraw and ACUdraw 50?

The ACUdraw and ACUdraw 50 are patented cocking devices by TenPoint.

The difference is the ACUdraw is a crank style cocker while the ACUdraw 50 is a built-in rope cocker. The ACUdraw reduces the draw weight down to around 6 lbs while the ACUdraw 50 reduces the draw weight by 50%.

Watch the videos below to see them in action:

The ACUdraw is worth more than the money in my opinion because almost no effort is required to cock the string. It’s the perfect solution for people who can’t draw properly due to old age or injury (like me before).

The downside is it’s slower than using a rope cocker, so if you want to cock fast then go for the ACUdraw 50 instead.

The Horton Storm RDX also has an ACUdraw package and I’ve mentioned in my review of the Horton Storm RDX that some people complain about the clicking sound of the ACUdraw.

That’s a weird complaint in my opinion because the clicking noise is a sign that the safety mechanism is working, so you want to hear it click.

If you’re bothered by the clicking sound, just cock the bow at your house or vehicle, away for the game to even hear it.

What the difference between the scopes?
If you take a look at the table of the packages above you’ll see that the Skinny package includes a 3x Multi-Line scope while the Standard packages include a 3x Pro-View 2 scope.

3x Multi-Line Scope
This is a lightweight, 7-inch scope that features fully-coated 3x optics with three duplex crosshairs calibrated for 20, 30, and 40 yards. This scope is non-illuminated.

3x Pro-View 2 Scope
This is a lightweight, 8.5-inch aluminum-tube scope that features fully-coated 3x optics with 20, 30, 40, and 50-yard dots. The fourth dot is free-standing which is just below the 40-yard cross-hair.

It has non-illuminated black dots that can be turned on for red or green rheostat-controlled, illuminated dots. The dots have 5 light intensities each.

This is a great scope, it’s very easy to sight in and adjust. It’s also very accurate plus the optics are great.

I really recommend that you choose the Standard package so that your crossbow comes with this scope instead of the non-illuminated scope that comes with the Skinny package.

Other considerations:

  • The Titan SS Skinny package does not come with arrows. The Standard packages come with arrows.
  • The skinny package does not come with a rope cocker, you have to purchase one separately. You can use a regular rope cocker or the AcuRope with it (provided you already own one).

Features and Benefits

Let’s go over the benefits of the features before I start my real review:

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First is the Fusion S™ stock which is designed to improve handling. The guys over at TenPoint have done a great job at configuring it for the optimal comb-height.

Add that to the adjustable butt plate and it’s all set to match the length of pull of any shooter.

TenPoint also boasts their stock to be drop-tested, so they’re supposedly two times stronger than the competitors’ ABS stocks.

Here’s another notable feature: the type 2 cams, risers, and limb pockets are all CNC-machined. All these parts are held to a very tight tolerance.

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Let’s move on to the safety-engineered fore-grip and wings. The fore-grip has a patent pending while the wings is patented. These two are designed to keep the shooter’s fore-grip hand below the release path, eliminating any chance of getting your fingers in the way of the string.

Speaking of fore-grip, the bow also features foregrip cutouts to enhance balance and reduce weight. Basically the cutouts allow you to wrap your thumb and fingers into the grip to further improve balance while reducing weight at the same time.

Let’s not forget about the CNC-machined 3.5-pound trigger. It comes with an auto-engaging safety. All triggers on TenPoint bows are built to zero percent failure for up to 6,000 shots. Also, the trigger latch goes up which is a nice added function.

Titan SS is integrated with the dry-fire inhibitor which prevents dry-firing when the crossbow is not loaded.

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We’re down to the second-to-the-last feature, the superior string life. I decided to include this because not every crossbow has this. Basically every TenPoint crossbow is built with a downward string pressure to reduce string friction. This allows the strings to last 75% longer.

And finally, Titan SS comes with an out-of-the-box accuracy. What this means is the crossbow is bore-sighted at the TenPoint factory before being shipped outside the factory.


And here’s where my review comes in:

My first observation with this bow is it has a very high-end feel. The fit and finish, plus the overall build quality is outstanding. Did I mention it’s made in the USA?

Titan SS is extremely sturdy. There was one time when I accidentally dropped the bow from my stand and my heart stoppped.

I took it to my target for practice and inspected everything, and to my relief the bow didn’t fail. Even the scope was still in-tact and did not need to be sighted again.

As with every review, I always find something to complain about, no matter how great the bow is. For the Titan SS in particular, the camo finish wears off near the shoulder.

It’s not a big deal since the rest of the finish is holding up really well.

My final complaint about the build of the bow is its weight. I even listed it in the Cons section. My Titan SS is a little heavier than my other bows but it’s not a deal breaker.


The Pro Elite carbon arrows come with the Titan SS package, provided you didn’t choose the Skinny package which does not include arrows.

Pro Elite arrows feature a unique six-groove design which eliminates indexing problem of moon and capture nocks. They are said to be 66% more reliable.

TenPoint Pro Elite arrows

TenPoint bows exclusively require Omni nocks.

Purchasing the Titan SS let me have my first experience with the Pro Elite arrows.

In my experience, these arrows fly accurate and consistent, and the build quality is superb. I can switch between my practice bolts and hunting bolts and they all shoot the same.


One more thing I have to mention is the trigger – it’s smooth and crisp and this has helped with the accuracy of the bow.

Titan SS has the smoothest trigger of any crossbow I’ve owned so far. It’s very nice and crisp, plus it has no noticeable creep or travel. It’s even smoother than some of the Barnett crossbows I tried.


TenPoint Titan SS scope

The most crucial part about our hunting gear – accuracy. Is Titan SS accurate? Yes, hands down – yes! Here’s how things went down for me:

Since the package is advertised as having “out-of-the-box accuracy”, I immediately shot it at 20 yards. The first shot was about two inches off to the right but the height was right.

I adjusted the scope and I hit bulls eye until 50 yards. The bolt even went so deep into the target but it didn’t mess up the vanes.

This bow is very accurate. I even tore the vane of one of my practice bolts so I just stopped right there. I’m warning you – you might do a Robin Hood with your bolts if you keep shooting the same spot over and over.


I’ve noticed a lot of people ask about the range of the Titan SS. This depends on the shooter, target, and surroundings.

For example, 40 yards is the farthest I would shoot a deer. Farther than that and it’s an unethical shot.

Of course, Titan SS can shoot accurately outside of 40 yards. Some companies even show the bows shoot at 100 yards, and Titan SS can do that too.

But for hunting, shooting farther than 40 yards gives the deer a lot of time to move which makes the shot unethical, even with a bow as accurate as the Titan SS.


When it comes to bows and crossbows, you’ll always going to ask whether it’s powerful enough to kill whatever game you’re going to hunt. Generally, at least 65 ft. lbs of kinetic energy is needed to hunt large game such as grizzly bear, moose, elk, and so much more.

The listed power of Titan SS is 97 ft/lbs which is more than enough, although you can find other crossbows that are faster and more powerful that the Titan SS.

But since we’re talking about the Titan SS, it’s what I”ll report about. And in my experience, it’s very fast.

I recommend that you use a wider broadhead because the bolts fly so fast they penetrate a deer so hard. You might lose your bolts if they go all the way through and get in the ground.


We already talked about the crossbow supposedly being “accurate out of the box”, so the assembly with this bow is very minimal.

The scope, stock, and barrel are assembled and all you have to do is put them together, then attach the quiver afterwards.

The package even comes with allen wrenches, though you’ll need to have your own crescent wrench and head screw driver to complete the assembly.

Regarding the scope, it was bore-sighted very close. It was only around two inches off at 20 yards as I shared in the Accuracy section above. You’ll be shooting accurately after a few adjustments.

Overall the assembly is very easy, plus the minimal adjustment needed to zero in the scope.


One more question people always ask is, “is it quiet?” I’ve researched a lot before buying my Titan SS and a majority claimed it’s quiet. A few said it produces noise when shot.

I even remember someone said he cancelled his noise supressor order after shooting his Titan SS because there wasn’t any noise.

In my experience, there is noise. With crossbows, there will always be noise. But with my Titan SS, it’s not that bad.

I ended up pairing it with the TenPoint String Dampening System (SDS) to see if there’s a difference and the result is solid. It reduced the string noise and oscillation very well.

The bow has black spaces where you can install the silencing kit.

Titan SS requires a 20-inch arrow with 370 grains of total weight (but I recommend 400 grains or more). The arrows also need to have Omni nocks. Other than that, it doesn’t matter if it’s carbon or aluminum.

Why do I have to use Omni Nocks?

Because the Titan SS is so narrow that there isn’t enough contact area between the arrow and the string. The Omni nock allows the arrow to contact the string all the way around the back of the nock.

This ensures a secure connection.

Two popular bolts for the bow are the Pro Lite and Pro Elite. I personally recommend the Pro Elite as they are heavier and more accurate, plus they carry more kinetic energy to the target.

As for broadheads, the NAP Spitfire and Slingblade would be two of the very best options.

TenPoint Titan SS Maintenance

All TenPoint crossbow rails must be lubed every 75-100 shots. You should also dry then lube it after you’ve gotten the bow wet. Make sure you won’t over lube the bow because it causes the center serving to wear even more.

You can also leave the bow cocked all day but don’t leave it cocked overnight. Most importantly, don’t attempt to onload or oncock the bow. The best and safest way to unload any crossbow is to shoot it.

I suggest you read your owner’s manual for more instructions on how to take care of the bow.

TenPoint Titan SS Warranty

All TenPoint crossbows come with a warranty for the lifetime of the original owner, excluding the bow limbs, scope, and cocking devices which are given five years of warranty from the date of purchase.

Be sure to register your bow on their website after receiving your package.

The strings and cables are not covered by warranty, as well as any defect that have been caused by mishandling the bow, not following the manual, and any alterations done to the bow.

One thing I’d like to point out is their customer service – they’re very responsive and helpful, which is good to know if you’re considering to buy this bow.

TenPoint Titan SS vs Others

Tenpoint Titan SS vs Turbo GT
The Turbo GT is narrower by 4 inches and is around 20 feet per second faster than the Titan SS. The downside is the Turbo GT costs a bit more than the Titan SS.

Tenpoint Titan SS vs Titan Xtreme
Titan Extreme is older, heavier and longer. The newer Titan SS is about a half pound lighter and about 4 inches shorter than the Xtreme.

Tenpoint Titan SS vs Other Titan Models
Titan SS is the newest version of the Titan model. Titan SS is shorter and lighter than any of the previous versions.

TenPoint Titan SS Problems

I haven’t experienced any problems with my Titan SS so far. I guess the only downside I can find is the weight – I wouldn’t consider it “lightweight”.

Another downside is the speed because I own other crossbows from other brands that are faster with a lower power stroke.

Pros and Cons:

  • Very accurate
  • High quality build and finish
  • Durable
  • Very smooth trigger pull
  • Quality accessories
  • Very easy draw
  • Adjustable stock
  • Fast but some competing models are faster
  • Heavier than the average crossbow

TenPoint Titan SS Review: 2nd Opinion

Here’s what others have to say about the Titan SS:

TenPoint Titan SS Price

One of the advantages of the Titan SS is its price – it’s a very good bargain that’s why I consider it one of the best crossbows for the money. For its price, you get a very accurate and high quality bow, plus an ACUdraw and quality accessories.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I listed the price for each package at the Packages section (last updated 20 January 2018). But you can click here to check the current prices (opens a new tab).

Final Words

And my TenPoint Titan SS review is not complete without some final words. All-in-all…

Titan SS is a high quality bow, and it’s extremely accurate and consistent. I’ve harvested a variety of small and large game with this crossbow.

Is it perfect? No – you’ll know my complaints about it if you read my full TenPoint Titan SS review above. You’ll also know that even though it’s not perfect, it’s close.

TenPoint has engineered a safe, reliable and affordable crossbow that has been my game harvester during my time of recovering from an operation.

To be honest, I was very skeptical when I first bought this crossbow (my first crossbow coming from a bow-only background). But after shooting the practice bolts I quickly realized that the technologies on the bow are more than I could ever ask for.

Thanks to my shoulder accident and this crossbow, I discovered my obsession with crossbows that I never thought was there.

Finally, I recommend this product to all serious hunters.


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