Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Crossbow Review [December 2022]

Wicked Ridge Invader 400

  • Peak Camo finish.
  • Lifetime limited warranty.
  • Deadly Speed of 380 fps.
  • 132 ft. lbs. Kinetic Energy.
  • Ambidextrous Trigger Safety Mechanism.
  • ACUdraw/ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism.

TenPoint is known for its high-quality crossbows. For over 30 years, they have been manufacturing crossbows that meet the industry standards for power, accuracy, durability, and safety. TenPoint has crossbows for every budget Because many people cannot afford premium prices, the company launched The Wicked Ridge, its most affordable sub-brand.This line up has the most affordable crossbows, and even being affordable, there has been no compromise in the quality or in other features of the crossbows.

The Ridge series has some fantastic crossbows. The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 is the latest member of the company. The Invader 400 is designed to deliver an accurate and powerful hunting experience to its users. This crossbow has a compact and lightweight design, which makes it comfortable to hold in any position. It comes with all the necessary accessories and safety features as well. TenPoint has done an incredible job considering the performance and the price point. 

To get a detailed overview of the Invader 400, you can consider going through the below article.


Wicked Ridge Invader 400 Review: First Impressions​

invader 400 crossbow

Invader 400 Crossbow Specifications
Speed400 fps
Kinetic Energy140 ft. lbs
Power Stroke13.5″
Length35.5″
Width Axle to Axle (Uncocked/Cocked)19″/15″
Weight (Without Accesssories)6 lbs.
Draw Weight185 lbs.
Hand OrientationAmbidextrous

Reasons To Buy

  • Easy To Use.
  • Compact Design.
  • Lightweight Body.
  • Effortless Cocking.
  • Powerful And Durable.

Reasons To Avoid

  • Need to buy separate arrows to reach 400 fps.

Detailed Specifications

 Design and Construction

The Invader 400 is designed to provide outstanding hunting performance to its users. The Invader 400’s bow assembly is constructed with cutting-edge 5S cams, robust DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables, and robust 11″ WRX double-laminated limbs that offer great longevity. The design is compact and comfortable.

The uncocked length of the bow from axle-to-axle is 19 inches, and 15 inches when cocked. The crossbow weighs only 6 pounds, which is very impressive considering the power and price. The compact and lightweight design makes it very easy to use on a tree stand or even in a ground blind. The pistol grip and forearm is well placed, which makes it more comfortable to hold.

Performance

The Invader 400 is designed to deliver powerful as well as accurate performance. With the arrows that come within the package, it can shoot up to a deadly speed of 380 feet per second and can generate a kinetic energy of 132 feet per pound. To reach 400 feet per second, you need to buy separate carbon arrows from Tenpoint. But with carbon arrows, you will lose the force of impact on the target because of their light weight. So to get the best results, just stick to the stock arrows.

Moreover, this crossbow is exceptionally silent, which is great for hunting. You can shoot arrows without making a noise and can get closer to your target. You can use string dampeners to further damp the sound. The ACUdraw 50 version offers more silent operation of the bow. Overall, we can say that TenPoint has done a tremendous job considering the price range.

Assembly

The Wicked Ridge Invader 400 comes mostly assembled by the company. You just have to install a foot-stirrup, quiver, and scope, which is very easy to do. But if you still need some guidance, there is an instruction manual included in the package. This will make the assembly process a lot easier for you. We can say that it is a ready-to-hunt package straight out of the box.

Safety and Trigger

The Invader 400 comes with a T4 3.5-pound trigger system, which provides a crisp pull. The trigger is equipped with an ambidextrous safety. So a left-handed or right-handed person can use this crossbow without a second thought about safety. It also has a dry fire inhibitor that engages automatically and prevents dry fire in case of misplacement of the arrow. Dry fire can cause tanglement of the strings and can harm the user as well. So this dry fire inhibitor becomes an important feature of the Invader 400. This shows that TenPoint has done a remarkable job in terms of safety features.


Accessories​

All the necessory accessories are included within the package. You don’t need to buy anything separately. This makes it one of the best crossbows available in the market today. The accessories included are as follows:

  1. 3x Pro View Scope.
  2. 3 XX75 Aluminum Arrows.
  3. 3-Arrows Quiver.
  4. Built-in Cocking Device.

3x Pro View Scope

A scope plays an important role in any hunting tool’s performance. A well-illuminated scope can significantly improve the performance or outcome of a crossbow.Tenpoint knows the importance of a scope and thus added a pro view scope with the Invader 400. The scope is 8.5 inches long and made of aluminum, which makes it lightweight. The scopes come with fully coated 3x optics along with 3 rectiles and 4 dots. The dots are calibrated for 20, 30, 40, 50 yards, and the fourth dot is freestanding. These illuminated dots help in night hunting. Once you get used to it you can adjust the light intensity without the need to look through the scope. The scope is perfect for the Invader 400. 

Quiver and Arrows

Tenpoint includes a pack of 3 Wicked Ridge XX75 arrows in the package. These arrows are made of aluminum. Hence, it is very strong. These arrows can reach up to a deadly speed of 380 feet per second and have a kinetic energy of 132 feet per second. To obtain 400 feet per second, you will need to buy Pro-Lite Carbon arrows separately from the TenPoint because they offer multiple arrows for different speeds and kinetic energies.

Although these carbon arrows are lighter and faster than the XX75 bows, it is still recommended to use only XX75 bows for the long life of the bow and the strings. A 3-arrow quiver is also included in the package for the storage of the arrows.

ACUdraw/ACUdraw 50

The Invader 400 features an ACUdraw crank cocking device or an ACUdraw rope cocking device that is fully integrated into the stock. There are no bulky clamp or hang-on accessories with the device, giving it a clean and clutter-free appearance.The ACUdraw reduces the draw weight of the bow to only 5 pounds. This cocking mechanism is the most safe, easy to use, and reliable mechanism available in today’s market. A crossbow with this mechanism can be used by people of every age. 

 On the other hand, the ACUdraw 50, as the name suggests, reduces the draw weight of the crossbow by half. So you just have to pull 100 pounds instead of 200 pounds. It is mounted on the stock. These two devices allow the user to cock the crossbow easily and quietly, that too, with accuracy every time. You can opt for either of the two devices on your crossbow according to your preference.


Final Verdict​

The Invader 400 is a complete, ready-to-hunt package that comes with a compact and lightweight design. The design makes it easy to hold. It also comes with all the accessories needed. You don’t have to buy anything separately. The Invader 400 performs very accurately and can shoot the arrow at a speed of 380 fps. Safety is not ignored. It features a trigger with an ambidextrous safety feature. As a result, anyone can use this bow without concern about its safety. Cocking is also made easy and quiet with the ACUdraw crank cocking device or ACUdraw rope cocking device. 

 It is kind of hard to believe that all these features come at a very affordable price. The Wicked Range Invader 400 has no competition because, even at the lesser price, no compromise has been made in any segment of the crossbow. So, if you are looking for a perfect crossbow that does not lack anything, the Invader 400 might be the right choice for you.


Frequently Asked Questions​

How is ACUdraw 50 different from ACUdraw ?

The ACUdraw reduces the draw weight of the crossbow to just 5 pounds, and on the other hand, the ACUdraw 50 cuts the draw weight by 50%. Both these devices are very easy to use and reliable.

What size arrows can be used with this crossbow ?

The Invader 400 is best suited for 20-inch arrows.You can use any arrow set from TenPoint except the Ranger Youth Carbon Arrows, which are 18 inches in length.

 What is included in the package ?

The package includes the Wicked Ridge Invader 400 crossbow, 3x Pro View Scope, 3 XX75 Aluminum Arrows, a 3-Arrows Quiver, and a built-in Cocking Device.

Nisha Batel
Nisha Batel

About the author

Nisha Batel is a senior staff writer for Best Crossbow Guide, where she covers outdoor gears and hunting tools. Nisha began her career in blogging as an outdoor writer at the AnG Eesti Technologies. She keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the crossbow world. She believes in writing creative articles & blogs on travel, adventure, and health. She has a keen interest in learning new things and sharing her knowledge with others. Exploring various platforms for blog writing is one of her passion.
She also loves to design indoor and outdoor spaces. In her free time when she’s not writing, she enjoys watching movies, exploring different places with her beloved husband. Also, she is very into fitness activity. She believes in staying fit is the root of good health.