Wicked Ridge Invader Review
When you make an investment in a piece of hunting equipment like a crossbow you want to know that its going to work right out of the box and continue to working no matter what you throw at it. That’s why users of the Wicked Ridge Invader crossbow by TenPoint are raving about how deadly accurate their crossbows are from the first shot fired to their most recent buck taken down. Basically if you buy the Invader crossbow you will be like Legolas from the Lord of the Rings movies–if he used a crossbow instead of a recurve bow. What I mean to say is that every shooter who has the pleasure of squeezing the trigger of a Wicked Ridge crossbow will feel like a professional from how accurate their shots are. That seems to be the selling point of the Invader crossbow–the fact that its zeroed in and ready to hunt as soon as its delivered and assembled. It also doesn’t hurt that this crossbow falls well below the average price point for crossbows yet has all of the takedown potential as its twice as expensive competitors.
Wicked Ridge is a recent offshoot branch of TenPoint Crossbow Technologies. TenPoint has been a leading name in the crossbow market for decades and holds more patents on its products than any other manufacturer. Their bows like the Carbon Elite, Turbo XLT, and Stealth SS are examples of some the most precision engineered, high-performing, and safe crossbows ever created, but they come at a high face value. In steps the team at Wicked Ridge who strive to create the same quality crossbows as their parent company that will outperform the competition’s best products at comparable price points. Furthermore, Wicked Ridge is committed to backing all of their products with a knowledgeable and courteous customer service team who know your crossbow like the back of their hands.
The Wicked Ridge Invader crossbow features a semi-skeletal stock design that weights in at under 7-pounds. You may assume that this makes the Invader more fragile than other crossbows, but in this case less is more. The Invader is an incredibly rugged crossbow that can take a hell of a beating out in the field and is capable of propelling arrows with a tremendous 92.6 feet-pounds of kinetic energy at speeds upwards of 315 fps. This is more than enough to take down large North American game like elk and small black bears. At just over 25-inches wide and 37-inches long, the Wicked Ridge Invader is a bit beefier size-wise than most crossbows but, again, you won’t feel at all like its overly bulky. Most of the weight is distributed up at the limbs, which makes the Invader a stable shooter from an offhand position. Though bigger, its still very similar in design and features to the Wicked Ridge Warrior crossbow but is faster and more powerful with 180-pounds of draw and 15 fps more arrow speed potential. The bow is constructed using Wicked Ridge’s durable HL limbs, a CNC-machine cut aluminum riser, and strong composite HP cams tethered with D-75 string and cables with synthetic tunable yokes. The injected-molded composite frame features Wicked Ridge’s Acra-Angle barrel design for precision aiming and features a finger-shielding winged fore-grip to prevent decking accidents–the most common injury in crossbow shooting.
The trigger mechanics on the Invader are designed for both optimal safety and control. The crossbow features a Powertouch trigger with an industry standard pull of 3.5-pounds and very little creep so the speed at which you pull the trigger corresponds to the speed at which the arrow projects. This industry-leading trigger features an ambidextrous, automatic self-resetting safety so the trigger is brought back to safe-mode once cocked and before an arrow is inserted. A dry fire inhibiting mechanism also helps to prevent the Invader from accidentally firing without an arrow present. What sold me on this crossbow were the overwhelmingly positive user testimonials where even amateur shooters were consistently grouping shots within 2-inches easily from 30-yards. The sight you get with the Invader depends on whether or not you opt for the premium package, which includes TenPoint’s 3x Multi-Line scope–otherwise you’ll get a 40mm 3-dot scope, which users find to be practical for most conditions and flawlessly accurate as advertised.
One of the coolest features of the Wicked Ridge Invader are the patented Accu-52 retractable rope cocking system that’s integrated right into the design of the butt stock. This system significantly reduces the effort required to cock the string by 50% and adds to the accuracy of the arrow since your string will line up and lock straight every time its drawn. Hunters will find this feature especially practical since you’ll no longer worry about having to carry and potentially dropping or misplacing a separate rope or crank cocking aid. The Accu-52 system does not offset the crossbows balance or impede from the comfort of the stock when sighted and rested upon the shoulder. For hunters used to shooting from tree stands, cocking a crossbow doesn’t get much easier than the Invader. The Invader makes a unique twanging sound upon being fired that resembles the hiss of an air-powered rifle. Even still, the Wicked Ridge Invader is still not as loud as most crossbows and can always be modified to be even quieter with different suppression aids.
Whether you’re ready to tally up a dozen-whitetail come hunting season, want to practice your chops on backyard targets, or are looking to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, few crossbows will surpass the expectations of crossbow hunters like the Wicked Ridge Invader. This bow is incredibly affordable, easy to maintain, and– as I can’t stress enough–one of the most consistently precise and accurate crossbows on the market.
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