Wicked Ridge Invader G3 – Crossbow Review

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Wicked Ridge Invader G3 – Crossbow Review
8.9 Total Score

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  • Competitive price point
  • Lightweight
  • Self-retracting rope-cocking aid
  • Comfortable grip
  • High accuracy
  • Easy to assemble

The Wicked Ridge Invader G3 from TenPoint is the current winner for Petersen’s Hunting Best Value Award. It has been said to be one of the most versatile crossbows in the low price category and as such has become a very popular buy.  We gave it our #1 spot on our best crossbow reviews list for this price range. Let’s examine it’s features that make this crossbow so awesome:

8.9 Total Score

Probably our most cost-effective bow, the Wicked Ridge Invader preforms well in all categories. It offers exceptional user comfort and safety, making it a popular choice.

Power
9.0
Durability
8.5
Quality of Optics
8.6
Noise Supression
8.5
User Comfort
9.5
Safety
9.0
PROS
  • Competitive price point
  • Lightweight
  • Self-retracting rope-cocking aid
  • Comfortable grip
  • High accuracy
  • Easy to assemble
CONS
  • A little loud
  • Low scope quality
  • Not very fast
  • Short warranty period
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BowAuthority’s Detailed Review:

Power 

The velocity of the 400 grain bolts fired from the G3 is around 330 fps with kinetic energy of approximately 90 FPKE. This means that any animal the size of a deer and smaller can be taken out with relative ease. The Wicked Ride uses the T2 trigger that is usually present on many expensive models and features a sharp release weighing 3.5lb , ensuring the arrows accuracy.

User Comfort 

Assembling the Invader should be rather easy as this is a standard feature of all Wicked Ridge models. Most of the parts are already fixed together and you only need to touch up on a few details, a process that should take no more than 10 minutes for newbies.

The assembled bow only weighs 6.6 lbs. and is therefore very easy to handle. This is because the design makes extensive use of a semi-skeletal framework for a significant weight reduction. This design feature can be seen on both the stock and the aluminum risers. Apart from enhancing the user’s comfort it gives the Invader a very stylish and sleek look.

Another feature that adds both aesthetic appeal and function is the mossy camouflage finish that makes it blend with any natural backdrop. Hunters who love to take a ground blind position for their adventure will truly appreciate this feature.

The position of the safety valve on this bow is strategic considering you have to manually disengage it in order to fire a shot. Its proper placement ensures that once you take your aim, releasing the safety valve will not get you off target. It also reduces on the placement of unnecessary weight on the stock.

Its T2 trigger gives you a top-of-the-range hunting experience that one would not expect from a crossbow in this price range. It has no creep at all and instead offers a smooth feel without being so soft as to hamper accuracy.

The width of the device when cocked is a mere 19” and this allows you to take shots even from an extremely narrow space, a unique aspect that is not the case with most crossbows in the market.

Additionally, the limbs have included an energy wheel built for TenPoint bows which makes it easy to draw the string. The cocking procedure is extremely simple on this bow and the package also includes a rope-cocking aid that even more costlier models sell separately. The rope-cocking aid that comes with this crossbow is made to self-retract, a very helpful feature to ensure it does not get lost. It reduces the 165 lbs. draw weight to slightly above 80 lbs., a conveniently manageable weight for all most archers.

Noise Suppression 

The Invader G3 does not come fitted with any suppression system and while it can be said that it’s reasonably quiet, there is always an audible click when a shot is fired. This might startle some prey and considering that the velocity of the bow’s shots is not that high, your prized game might just manage to scurry away before the shot hits.  It might therefore be a good idea to invest in a string stop set to reduce on the noise impact of the device. You can also purchase suppressors for the limb and frame as well to further enhance your experience by reducing vibration and thus ensuring accuracy.

Take note of the fact that most of the sound coming from crossbows is usually concentrated toward the front. So it would be important to consider this as well while buying the suppressors and get something to completely silence the stirrup as well.

Quality of Optics 

The package of the Wicked Ridge Invader G3 includes a TenPoint scope that comes pre-mounted on a fixed machined aluminum dovetail frame. The scope features multiple aim points that really help to enhance accuracy while taking shots. It does not require a lot of fine tuning to get it to hold zero.

The scope has multiple aim points ranging from 20 to 40 yards and shooting within this range should be a breeze. Some users of the Invader have in fact said that target shooting within the 20 yard range is so accurate that if you make two shots aimed at the same point you risk getting an arrow into your arrow.

The one big challenge with the scope is that the illumination is pretty weak. Considering that many seasoned hunters operate during twilight hours or very early before sunrise where light is limited, an illuminated scope would be more efficient. When hunting in misty conditions, the limitations of this bow again come to the fore as it easily fogs up and image quality is greatly compromised.

However, given the moderate price point of the Invader G3, it is not surprising that the features of the included scope are limited. With time, you could probably invest in a more advanced alternative that offers crisp clear image quality regardless of prevailing weather conditions and light gathering capabilities. More options about scopes are available in the addon section.

Safety 

The Wicked Ridge Invader G3 has a dry-fire inhibitor and therefore cannot be fired accidentally without an arrow in place. Furthermore, the auto safety is always on after cocking, so in order to fire you have to manually disengage. The Invader also has a pass through fore grip that both strengthens your grip and ensures the safety of your fingers by keeping them away from the string path.

Additionally, the safety wings of reinforce nylon are designed to be a bit bigger than on most other models and this also helps to ensure your fingers aren’t near the string.

Durability 

The sturdy build of this crossbow model ensures that it can withstand the toughest of hunting conditions. The fact that it is a compact, lightweight crossbow also means that it would not be as easily damaged as heavier ones in case it falls or experiences impact.

Even though it is a good quality bow, the Invader features a short warranty period of only one year. Take this into consideration if you’re worried about damaging or breaking your crossbow in any way.

Summary

The Invader is in fact one of the very best value for money crossbows in the market. It packs up many more features into its design than would be expected from its relatively low price point. You might be limited in the kind of game you can hunt due to its low power, and the time of day you go hunting due to it’s poorly illuminated scope. However, you will certainly enjoy the light weight and accuracy of the bow in short distances. Newbies will love its comfortable grip, the multiple safety features and relative ease of use.

We don’t recommend this if you’re a hardcore hunter, but if you’re just starting off or just want some target practice, than this is a very affordable alternative 🙂

Wicked Ridge Invader G3 Specifications