For it’s 2011 line of bows Bowtech has focused on marketing through teasers, tidbits and mystery. Perhaps never before has so much hype surrounded the release of a bow than the 2011 Bowtech Invasion. Finally at the 2011 ATA show in January, the Invasion was released.
Speed 343 FPS
Draw Length 26” to 30”
Brace Height 7”
Weight 3.9 lbs.
Axle Length 31 1/32?
The Invasion incorporates several previous technologies in a new package. Reminiscent of the original General and Guardian bows, the Invasion takes the original Center Pivot design and brings it up to date with a sweeping riser that puts the pivot point approximately in the center of the limb. This never version of the design is CPX, Center Pivot Extreme. The original Center Pivot bows were well know for their smooth and extremely quiet shooting at the expense of some speed. These bows won a lot of fans, but many were wanting to see a few more feet per second in performance. With the new CPX combined with preloaded, split limbs gives the Invasion a respectable 343 FPS which isn’t the fastest on the market, but is certainly in the upper reaches.
Cams for the 2011 Invasion are the Overdrive Binary cams first introduced on 2010′s Destroyer Series (see Archery Report’s review of the Destroyer here). Combined with a new version of the HardCore limbs in a split, preloaded configuration, the Invasion bears little resemblance to the Destroyer.
Also incorporated in the new design is a FLX Guard (Flexible cable guard) and carbon rod string stop. Fortunately the plastic grip from the Destroyer, one of the few weaknesses I found in that model, did not make it on the Invasion, but rather a two-piece wood grip is used. Sometime the nice little touches can really set a bow apart from the competition.
2011 Bowtech Invasion Videos
2011 Bowtech Invasion Reviews