Wicked Ridge G3 is not a new crossbow on the market. It’s quite old. Despite its age, it’s still going on like a champion. In case you didn’t know, it is a champion. Wicked Ridge Invader G3 won the best value for the money award from Petersen’s Hunting. That should speak volumes of the crossbow.
Still, why not review this old man and see if it can still stand its ground against the newbies. Without further ado, let’s begin this Wicked Ridge Invader G3 review.
Wicked Ridge Invader G3 Review: Specs & Outlooks
|Kinetic Energy||97 Ft-Lbs|
|Power Stroke||13.5 Inches|
|Draw Weight||165 Lbs|
|Trigger Weight||3.5 Lbs|
Wicked Ridge Invader G3 is a lightweight compound crossbow. For a compound crossbow, this is not that compact. If you compare this against most new crossbows, you will notice, the design and the rail still holds well.
The only downside of the build quality is the dual cam system. While most modern crossbow tends to go for a quad-cam system, Invader G3 went for a dual setup. Don’t get me wrong, the cams are still powerful enough to generate a good amount of speed and kinetic energy. As the rail is made out of aluminum, you can use heavy arrows without any issue.
Keeping the targeted audiences in mind, Wicked Ridge made sure the draw weight of this crossbow doesn’t become an issue. Fortunately, it isn’t one. Coming at 165 lbs of draw weight, it’s lighter than most other budget crossbows.
To make it even more appealing, Wicked Ridge includes a rope cocker inside the package. Using that you can reduce the draw weight by 50%. Now you got a crossbow that is powerful, has good speed and has a low draw weight. A perfectly balanced combination and a wet dream for beginner archers.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first, this is a budget crossbow. It’s not meant for veteran crossbow users. A beginner will be appreciative of the power it’s generating. With that said, Invader G3 is capable of generating 97 ft-lbs of kinetic energy.
I know it’s not a lot compared to most modern crossbows. But 97 ft-lbs of kinetic energy is more than enough to get you started. You can still do deer hunting with it and improve your aim.
Even though the crossbow is not capable of generating over 100 ft-lbs of kinetic energy, Wicked Ridge Invader G3 makes up for that with the speed. It can fire 400 grains carbon arrows at up to 330 FPS. 330 FPS won’t seem a lot if you are used to seeing 400 FPS crossbow reviews.
For a starter crossbow, 330 FPS is more than enough. It packs enough power to give you the thrill of a powerful crossbow, while still being easy to control and aim. A perfect combination for beginners.
Without the scope, you can’t fire the crossbow accurately. You can turn into John Wick mode and use the iron sight only. But don’t blame the crossbow when you won’t be able to land a single shot.
The included 3x scope is an adjustable 3 dot reticle crossbow scope. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worse either. It gets the job done and saves you from buying a new crossbow scope.
There is no noise suppressor available on the crossbow. As sad as that sounds, you can always fix that by using 3rd party string dampeners. It won’t cost you that much. But it will improve the sound and vibration by a lot.
Wicked Ridge Invader G3 Review Summary
I can understand why it won such a prestigious award. It’s an incredible crossbow for the money you are paying. Even though in 2021 the Invader G3 is quite old, but it still didn’t lose its place.
I can happily recommend the G3 to any beginner crossbow users. That will conclude Wicked Ridge Invader G3 review. It was short but sweet, just like the crossbow. Let us know if you ever used this crossbow, if so how did you like it?