Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Wicked Ridge Invader 400 crossbow, a new member of TenPoint’s Wicked Ridge Invader series, built in the good old USA. The forward draw crossbow comes with the well-known, safe & silent ACUdraw ACUdraw crank cocking device or an ACUdraw 50 rope cocking device.

ACUdraw is officially a Tenpoint crossbow feature, but because Wicked Ridge is owned by Tenpoint, they’re licensed to equip their crossbows with ACUdraw. Wicked Ridge is a budget brand by Tenpoint. Wicked Ridge released the RDX 400 in 2019, and it is still one of the best reverse draw crossbows for the money in 2020.

In the package you’ll find the Invader 400 Crossbow, foot-Stirrup, ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50, TenPoint Pro View Scope, 3 Wicked Ridge XX75 20-inch arrows, quiver, and a user manual.

Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Specs

Wicked Ridge Invader 400
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow with Acudraw, Pro View Scope Package
Speed: 400 FPS
Weight: 6 lbs.
Length: 35.5"
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked): 19" / 15"
Power stroke: 13.5"
Draw weight: 185 lbs.
$654.96
Wicked Ridge Invader 400
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow with Acudraw, Pro View Scope Package
Speed: 400 FPS
Weight: 6 lbs.
Length: 35.5"
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked): 19" / 15"
Power stroke: 13.5"
Draw weight: 185 lbs.
$654.96
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 | The Fastest Invader Crossbow Ever

Size and Weight

The Invader 400 is a really well-manufactured crossbow, the materials used for the bow are of high quality and the bow is durable and tough. The Invader 400 has a length of 35.5 inches and a width of 19 inches axle-to-axle uncocked and 15 inches cocked.

The Invader 400 is certainly not too big but not too small either, the weight and size of the Invader 400 make the crossbow suitable for long hunting trips and it is suitable to use in a tree stand or ground blind.

I was very impressed by how lightweight the Invader 400 is, the crossbow tips the scales at just 6 pounds, which is very impressive for a powerful 400 fps crossbow considering the price.

Design and Construction

TenPoint specifically designed the Invader 400 to offer excellent maneuverability and in my opinion, they did a great job. The first time I picked up the xbow it felt really lightweight, comfortable, and perfectly balanced.

The bow assembly of the Invader 400 is built with advanced 5S cams, durable DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables, and durable 11” WRX double-laminated limbs.

Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Side View

This crossbow is really well designed. The crossbow is comfortable to hold and shoulder, the pistol grip offers a good grip and the forearm is well placed. The Invader 400 features flight wings to prevent your fingers from getting in the way of the path of the bowstring.

Speed and Arrows

TenPoint claims that the Invader 400 currently is the fastest Wicked Ridge forward-draw crossbow that TenPoint has ever produced. Like with most crossbows from Wicked Ridge (and TenPoint) they offer multiple arrows at different speeds and kinetic energy.

Included with the Wicked Ridge Invader 400 package is a 3-pack of Wicked Ridge XX75 aluminum arrows. They’re made from aluminum and should give you speeds of 380 feet per second and 132 FP KE. To actually reach 400 feet per second, you’ll need to separately buy the Pro-Lite Carbon arrows from TenPoint. These arrows come in at 370 grains, a lot lighter than the XX75 arrows.

Arrow TypeSpeed / KEPrice
Pro-Lite Carbon Arrow (370-grains)400 FPS / 132 FP KECheck Price on Amazon
Wicked Ridge XX75 Aluminum Arrow (435-grains)380 FPS / 140 FP KECheck Price on Amazon

To make sure your strings and crossbow have a longer life, we highly recommend sticking with the XX75 arrows. Shooting with these arrows will only reduce the speeds by 20 fps but you’ll have more kinetic energy and therefore deeper arrow penetration in your targets than with the Pro-Lite Carbon arrows.

Pro View Scope

The Invader 400 comes with TenPoint’s Pro View scope, which is a solid scope. The lightweight scope is made of aluminum and is 8.5 inches long. The scope comes with a fully coated 3x optic, with 3 reticles and a total of 4 dots.

The dots are calibrated for 20 yards, 30 yards, 40 yards, and 50 yards and the fourth dot is freestanding. The illuminated dots are perfect for hunting in the dark.

After a week of hunting with the bow, I could easily adjust the light intensity without having to look through the scope. It is a fine crossbow scope for the Invader 400.

Trigger

The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 comes with the ultra-crisp T4 3.5-pound trigger system. The trigger assembly is equipped with an ambidextrous safety switch and a dry fire inhibitor.

Assembly

The Invader 400 comes mostly assembled. You’ll have to install the foot-stirrup, scope, and quiver yourself. It’s one of the easiest crossbows from Wicked Ridge to assemble. You should’ve received an installation-manual with your Invader 400, make sure to read it through before you start the assembly process. The crossbow is relatively very easy to assemble and disassemble.

Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Top View

Note: For optimum eye relief, align the rear scope bell with the rear of the dovetail mount.

Note: Use the 1-inch setscrews when you’re mounting the quiver to Wicked Ridge Invader 400.

ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50

The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 comes with an ACUdraw crank cocking device or an ACUdraw 50 rope cocking device that is fully integrated into the stock. The device has no bulky clamp-on assemblies or hang-on accessories, ACUdraw reduces the draw weight to a mere 5-pounds. It is the most user-friendly and safe cocking mechanism that is currently on the market. A crossbow with ACUdraw can be used by everyone and all ages.

The ACUdraw 50 is a rope cocking device that is mounted on the stock that you manually pull back. It cuts the draw weight of the Invader 400 in half so you’ll only have to pull 100 pounds instead of 200. It draws the bow accurately every time.

Wicked Ridge Invader 400 with ACUdraw
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 with ACUdraw 50
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow with Acudraw, Pro View Scope Package
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow with Acudraw 50, Pro View Scope Package
$654.96
$569.77
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 with ACUdraw
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow with Acudraw, Pro View Scope Package
$654.96
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 with ACUdraw 50
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow with Acudraw 50, Pro View Scope Package
$569.77

Performance

I practiced for a few weeks and made over 250 shots. I shot from 20 to 50 yards, I had to shoot around the center of the bull to avoid hitting other bolts and damaging them in the process, that’s how accurate this crossbow is.

The Invader 400 is also remarkably silent. We installed the limb and string dampeners on the Invader 400 to further dampen the bow. Because this crossbow is quiet it is very much suited for hunting. I would recommend buying the ACUdraw 50 version because it allows for more silent cocking adding to the stealth nature of this crossbow.

Recommended Accessories

Arrows & Broadheads

I recommend using TenPoint 20-inch Pro Elite 400 Carbon Crossbow Arrows. They are also available with Alpha-Brite lighted Nock System nocks.

TenPoint Pro Elite 400
TenPoint Pro Elite 400 Alfa Brite
TenPoint Pro Elite 400 Carbon Crossbow Arrows 20" .003", 6 pack
TenPoint Pro Elite 400 Alpha-Brite Lighted Carbon Crossbow Arrows 20" .003", 3 pack
3pk
3pk
$71.40
$79.51
TenPoint Pro Elite 400
TenPoint Pro Elite 400 Carbon Crossbow Arrows 20" .003", 6 pack
3pk
$71.40
TenPoint Pro Elite 400 Alfa Brite
TenPoint Pro Elite 400 Alpha-Brite Lighted Carbon Crossbow Arrows 20" .003", 3 pack
3pk
$79.51

Wicked Ridge XX75 Aluminum Arrows(435-grain) is also a fine choice. They are also available with Alpha-Brite lighted Nock System nocks.

Wicked Ridge XX75
Wicked Ridge XX75 Alpha Brite
Wicked Ridge XX75 Crossbow Arrows 20" .003", 3 pack
Wicked Ridge by TenPoint 20-Inch XX75 Wicked Ridge Aluminum Crossbow Arrows
3pk
3pk
$29.89
Price not available
Wicked Ridge XX75
Wicked Ridge XX75 Crossbow Arrows 20" .003", 3 pack
3pk
$29.89
Wicked Ridge XX75 Alpha Brite
Wicked Ridge by TenPoint 20-Inch XX75 Wicked Ridge Aluminum Crossbow Arrows
3pk
Price not available

Pair the arrows with Rage’s Crossbow X Broadheads and you will have a very efficient hunting arrows.

Rage Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
3pk
$28.99
Rage Crossbow X
RAGE Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack)
3pk
$28.99

Storage and Transportation

There is no crossbow case included in the package. To properly store and carry the Invader 400 we’d recommend the Wicked Ridge Soft Crossbow Case with backpack straps.

Wicked Ridge Soft Crossbow Case
Wicked Ridge Soft Crossbow Case with Pocket Storage and Shoulder Strap
$112.34
Wicked Ridge Soft Crossbow Case
Wicked Ridge Soft Crossbow Case with Pocket Storage and Shoulder Strap
$112.34

There is also no crossbow sling included in the package. If you want a sling for the Invader 400 then we’d recommend buying a Wicked Ridge Neoprene crossbow sling.

Wicked Ridge Neoprene Crossbow Sling
Wicked Ridge Neoprene Crossbow Sling
$34.99
Wicked Ridge Neoprene Crossbow Sling
Wicked Ridge Neoprene Crossbow Sling
$34.99

Our rating of the Wicked Ridge Invader 400

Bryan Taylor

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Speed
Durability
Accuracy
Value

Summary

The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 is a lightweight, quiet and maneuverable 400 FPS crossbow with advanced technology that TenPoint somehow managed to keep low-cost. (Similar models have the same features but are way more expensive).

The Invader 400 comes with a crisp T4 trigger, integrated ACUdraw crank cocking device or an ACUdraw 50 rope cocking device and a Pro View Scope.

3.8

What we like

  • Powerful and fast
  • Accurate
  • Durable
  • Safe and silent cocking
  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • Manufactured in the USA

What we don’t like

  • To actually reach 400 feet per second, you’ll need to separately buy the Pro-Lite Carbon arrows from TenPoint

If you have a bigger budget to spend, then I would like to recommend you to take a look at TenPoint’s Viper s400. You can read our in-depth review of the Viper S400 here.

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