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Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Quick Overview
The Invader 400 comes with a lot of extra features but Wicked Ridge managed to keep this a very low-cost crossbow(other similar models have the same features but are way more expensive). The invader 400 comes with a very good T4 trigger, a reliable ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking device, TenPoint Pro View Scope, and all the safety features you’d want from a crossbow. Also, the crossbow is remarkably quiet during shooting even without the limb and string dampeners. I can confidently recommend the Invader 400, you probably won’t find a better quality 400 fps crossbow for less than 700 bucks in 2020.
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 or the ACUdraw 50 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.
According to Rick Bednar, TenPoint’s CEO, the Wicked Ridge Invader 400 has been their “best-selling Wicked Ridge model for over 10 years.”
I finally got my hands on the crossbow and I was immediately in love with the new Invader 400. 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. So let’s get into the review, below is a short promo vid of Wicked Ridge, you can watch that first or jump right into the review.
Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Specs
Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked):
What we like
- Powerful and fast
- Reliable and durable
- Quiet and safe 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
- Invader 400 Crossbow
- Cocking-sled or ACUdraw
- TenPoint Pro View Scope
- 3 XX75 Arrows 20-inch 435-grains
First Impressions / 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 crossbow is incredibly lightweight, it tips the scales at just 6 pounds.
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 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.
Speed and Arrows
TenPoint claims that the Invader 400 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 Type||Speed / KE||Price|
|Pro-Lite Carbon Arrow (370-grains)||400 FPS / 132 FP KE||Check Price on Amazon|
|Wicked Ridge XX75 Aluminum Arrow (435-grains)||380 FPS / 140 FP KE||Check 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 very solid scope. The pro view scope is made of aluminum, which makes it very light in weight. The scope is 8.5 inches long. The pro view scope also has a fully coated 3x optic. It features 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.
While using the pro view scope, I shot six groups of three arrows each with the last one in the bullseye. The 20, 40, and 50-yard dots were dead on. After a week of hunting with the bow, I could easily adjust the light intensity without having to look through the scope. All in all a perfect scope for a budget crossbow. Don’t forget to turn off the light every time you use the pro view scope!
The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 is easy to assemble and disassemble. 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!
NOTE: For optimum eye relief, align the rear scope bell with the rear of the dovetail mount.
NOTE: Use the 1-inch setscrews if mounting the quiver to Wicked Ridge Invader 400.
The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 contains the well-known, safe to use, ACUdraw 50 rope cocking device. The ACUdraw 50 provides easy and safe cocking. A crossbow with ACUdraw 50 can be safely used by all ages. The ACUdraw 50 cocking device reduces the draw weight by about 50%, this means that you’ll only have to use about 90 lbs. of force to cock the Invader 400.
TenPoint’s Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow is also available with an ACUdraw PRO cocking device. The ACUdraw Pro cuts the draw weight to approximately 8.5 lbs. It costs a little more, but for hunters who really benefit from the optimal draw weight reduction, it is definitely worth the extra money. The price of the Wicked Ridge Invader 400 with ACUdraw 50 can be seen here.
Trigger and Shooting
The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 comes with the ultralight T4 Automatic trigger. The trigger has a pull force of 3.5 pounds. The T4 trigger is equipped with a dry fire inhibitor.
The Invader is remarkably silent. We installed the limb and string dampeners on the Invader 400 to further dampen the bow. All in all, the Invader 400 is a powerful, accurate, lightweight, and silent crossbow with the tech and durability you’d expect from a TenPoint crossbow. The Invader is one of those crossbows that will give you loads of fun and will last you for years!
Arrows & Broadheads
I recommend using the Pro-Lite Carbon Arrows (370-grains) or Wicked Ridge XX75 Aluminum Arrows (435-grains) with the Invader 400. Pair them with Rage’s Crossbow X Broadheads and you will have a very efficient hunting arrow.
Storage and Transportation
There is no crossbow case included in the package. To properly store and carry the Invader 400 I recommend buying the Wicked Ridge Soft Crossbow Case with Backpack Straps. There is also no crossbow sling included in the package, if you want a sling to carry the crossbow more comfortably I recommend buying the Neoprene Crossbow Sling from Tenpoint.
The crossbow itself is already really quiet, but I do recommend to get the limb and string dampers from TenPoint. It really dampens the bow further down and the extra silence makes the bow helps a lot during hunting.
Thank you for reading this review, I hope it helped you in your search for your next or first crossbow. If you have a bigger budget to spend, I would recommend you to take a look at TenPoint’s Viper s400. You can read our in-depth review of the Viper S400 here.