Bowtech Invasion CPX
By Adam Bender
A good bow is one of those pieces of hunting equipment that doesn’t need changed or upgraded on an annual basis. However, in order to stay ahead of the curve, bow manufacturers are constantly pushing the boundaries to stay on top of their game, and new bows are born every year. As such, it’s always a dilemma whether to stick with what you’ve got or go chasing the next new bow.
I should start off by saying that I am in no way, shape, or form biased to any particular bow manufacturer on the market. I’ve shot or owned bows from all the big names in the industry as well as a few of the lesser-knowns. I’ve always trusted in the old saying, "If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, as luck would have it, 2011 was one of those years where I decided it was time to upgrade my bow setup. That’s when I found the BowTech Invasion CPX.
When I read the description that the Invasion is "scary accurate, deadly quiet, and blazing fast,” I was a naturally interested. From what I’ve learned over the years, achieving this perfect trio that manufacturers often claim, rarely comes true. Sure, they may have been fast, but the hand shock was significant, or their definition of "quiet” must be vastly different than mine. It was time to get one of these bows in my hands and see for myself.
Out of the box, I was immediately impressed by the size. I’m 6‘4” and when I first held the Invasion, I figured there was no way I could shoot a bow this small. I’ve always been under the impression that since I have a bigger frame, I needed to be shooting a bow that had a little bit more "meat” to it. At 31-1/2” axle-to-axle, it has the maneuverability you need with the compact size you want in a hunting bow. This was going to be vastly different than any other bow I’d owned or shot, but first, let’s get into what’s behind the bow.
BowTech is known for their innovations, of which their latest is the Center Pivot Extreme. CPX redefines accuracy with its sleek new deflexed riser design, and with the help of ultralow friction components, speeds of up to 343 fps can be obtained. When you add in the fact that the Invasion uses the Overdrive Binary Cams, you truly do have a deadly combination. This cam system is one of the most advanced technologies BowTech has invented. Using a 100% tunable split buss cable harness that attaches to the ends of a cam-synchronizing axle, cam stability is maximized and maintains perfect synchronization for unmatched accuracy.
The FLX-Guard is a pretty cool addition to this already technologically advanced setup. It’s a cable containment system that directly affects the tuning effects of the drastic cable tension and inflexible cable guards found on most bows today. As you draw, the FLX-Guard responds by flexing inward and absorbing the cable guard torque that would have otherwise been transferred to the riser. The end result is substantially lessened lateral nock travel, thus giving you more tuneability, forgiveness, and accuracy. Technology like this is just another reason that BowTech has built its reputation on innovation.
Another part of the bow I thought was worth noting is the Hardcore Limbs. Typical limbs store energy near the outside of the limb while the core of the limb hardly stores any energy. The limbs on the Invasion not only store energy near the surface, but also inside the limb. Sharing the amount of energy stored across the limb reduces stress, thus producing exceptional durability. Also, the core of these limbs is made of carbon, which produces a tighter physical tolerance for increased energy efficiency, as well as less noise and vibration. So with all of this technology at the forefront of my mind, it was time to put it and all the claims to the test – off to the range.
After installing a peep, tying on a D-loop, and setting up the drop-away, I was ready. Arrow number one was nocked and ready to go, so I drew. "Man that was smooth,” I thought to myself.
I settled in, squeezed through the release, and the arrow was gone. Wow…I couldn’t believe the bow’s speed and how quiet it was. What really impressed me was the lack of hand shock. Like I said, you always see the claims touting how fast and quiet a bow is, but after one arrow, I was honestly a believer in the Invasion. I always felt that if you wanted the speed, you’d have to sacrifice some noise and vibration. However, it certainly isn’t the case with this bow. It really is as advertised.
I couldn’t nock arrows fast enough. Never before had I shot a bow that was this fast and had hardly any noticeable hand shock. Pin by pin, I dialed the Spot Hogg in and before I knew it, I was out to 60 yards and grouping arrows better than ever. Once I had the pins dialed in, I started playing around with distances and shot angles. This went on for about an hour until I ruined an arrow. Had I not been shooting oversized tips, it probably wouldn’t have been a Robin Hood, but nonetheless, I figured it was a good omen to end on for my first night of shooting the new rig.
After a few weeks behind the bow, I’m still as impressed as I was on the first night. I’ve been shooting consistent groups well beyond what I used to feel comfortable shooting, and that to me is a direct reflection of this bow’s accuracy. I’ve ruined a couple more arrows since then, but like I tell my wife, "The more arrows I ruin now, the better the chance I won’t miss this fall.”