For a company that has been only around for less than one decade, TenPoint certainly took the crossbow market by storm with the release of the Wicked Ridge Invader HP. Lightweight and easy to use, the crossbow packs a remarkably powerful punch, one that will surely impress even the most experienced archers. Modestly priced, the Invader shoots accurately, consistently and has enough strength to allow you to take down even the largest game legal in North America.
Accuracy and Power
Capable of a shooting speed of 315 FPS and delivering 92.6 feet-lbs of kinetic energy, the Invader is powerful enough to drive projectiles all the way through your targets from a distance of 40 yards away, although it’s definitely not as fast as the similarly-priced Barnett Buck Commander.
In spite of the fact that it’s not the fastest bow on the market, however, rest assured that it packs a sufficient amount of power to take down Cape buffalo and even bears.
While some websites advertise that this model comes already sighted in right of the box, you will have to make a few adjustments for windage and elevation to obtain zero point. Take note that once you perform these adjustments, you won’t have to worry about sighting the scope more than once or twice per season.
As far as the accuracy of the Ridge Invader is concerned, the crossbow allows you to shoot 2 inch groupings from a distance of 40 yards and 2 1/5 inch groupings from 50 yards away. Overall, customers have been satisfied with the accuracy capabilities of this crossbow.
Although the Wicked Ridge Invader is a quad limb compound bow, it becomes clear that the manufacturer has put his own spin on the design. To be more precise, the design was enhanced with TenPoint’s HL limb technology, an innovation that adds additional strength and flexibility. Its CNC riser also contributes to this model’s the durability and performance.
This particular model shoots consistently and, thanks for the 3.5 pounds trigger, the pull is fairly smooth. Similar to other crossbows in the series, the Invader incorporates the Acra Angle Barrel technology that ensures the arrows are appropriately loaded. In addition to loading projectiles easier, the tech also allows your finger to slide alongside the barrel seamlessly, resulting in more consistency and accuracy between each shot.
The features that recommend the Wicked Ridge Invader as a good investment include:
- A draw weight of 180 pounds
- A velocity of 315 FPS
- A power stroke of 12.25 inches
- It can yield a kinetic energy of over 92 feet-lbs
- The Invader features ambidextrous safety features
- It incorporates a quality anti dry fire mechanism that prevents you from firing until the projectile is properly loaded
- The Acra Angle Barrel technology ensures you will load the bolts correctly
- Includes a 3.5 pounds Power Touch Trigger that make the pulls smoother
- The package comes with TenPoint’s brand scope, namely the 3X Multi-Line
- Comes with a quality Wicked Ridge embroidered sling
- The kit includes a quick detachable quiver that can hold three arrows
- You will receive three aluminum arrows with the package
Unlike the Wicked Ridge Warrior, the Invader incorporates an excellent rope cocking aid that is installed right on the buttstock of the bow. We’re talking about TenPoint’s famous Accu-52, which is a self-retracting system that is guaranteed to make the draw easy and consistent with each shot. Considering that the draw weight is of 180 pounds, many customers believe that the built-in cocker was a mandatory accessory for this crossbow.
As previously mentioned, you will receive TenPoint’s brand scope within the crossbow kit. The 3X Multi-Line Scope is a lightweight device featuring 3X optics and 3 extra crosshairs that permit you to shoot accurately at various ranges. Numerous customers pointed out that the scope zeroes in fairly easy and that it remains sighted in, even after heavy shooting sessions. Even though the optics has been described as crisp and clear, a few users report that the scope tends to get foggy during the cold season. In addition, some users are bothered by the fact that there is no illumination on the reticle.
The three projectiles available with the Ridge Invader package kit are made of aluminum, a material that most hunters consider obsolete for such a powerful weapon. Therefore, if you intend to use this model for hunting, then you should invest in 20 inch carbon arrows of 425 grain density.
Assembly and Parts
Putting this model together is extremely easy, especially since the kit contains very detailed instructions and pictures on how to assemble the crossbow properly. After you connect the cable saver to the cables, fasten the prod to the riser, mount the foot stirrup, and attach the quiver and the scope, you are ready to sight in your new crossbow. The integrated swing swivel stud simplifies the process of connecting the string a great deal. Therefore, the entire task will not take longer than 20 minutes, regardless of whether this is your very first crossbow.
So far, there haven’t been any complaints regarding missing pieces and hence, you should expect to find the assembly hardware and tools inside the package.
Even though some customers reported that the Invader is relatively noisy, the truth is that the noise level is not far off from most crossbows. In fact, according to one customer, he was able to bag a 14-point buck with no trouble whatsoever. In case you find this model too loud for your taste, then you can always opt for the dampeners TenPoint suggests as a recommended accessory for this particular model.
By opting for the Wicked Ridge Invader for your next hunting season, you will be investing in a powerful and accurate weapon, for which you don’t have to break the bank. While this model can be a bit too noisy for some archers’ taste, let’s not forget that this drawback can be addressed by purchasing the dampening system recommended by TenPoint.
For a company that has been only around for less than one decade, TenPoint certainly took the crossbow market by storm with the release of the Wicked Ridge Invader HP. Lightweight and easy to use, the crossbow packs a remarkably powerful punch, one that will surely impress even the most experienced archers. Modestly priced, the Invader shoots accurately, consistently and has enough strength to allow you to take down even the largest game legal in North America. Accuracy and Power Capable of a shooting speed of 315 FPS and delivering 92.6 feet-lbs of kinetic energy, the Invader is powerful enough…
- Crossbow Type: Compound
- Dimensions: 38″ Length
- Weight: 7 lbs
- Draw Weight: 180 lbs
- Speed: 315 FPS
- Powerstroke Length: 12.2″
- Kinetic Energy: 92.6 ft-lb
- Warranty: 5-year Limited