PSE X-Force Omen Review
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Editors' reviewThe 2010 version of the X-force Omen is one of the fastest bows ever made. The PSE engineers have made 2011 model even better by introducing a new riser and new limb pockets. These updated design features have allowed this bow to maintain the speed it's known for but also become consistent and accurate.
FinishThe Omen Pro is available in 3 top quality finishes: Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity, Skulz Camo, and Black. Each finish is durable and resistant to fading.
RiserFor the 2011 Omen Pro engineers created the Planar Flex design. This solution allows the riser to flex front to back but not side to side making the Omen Pro more accurate and consistent than its predecessors. The redesign of the riser also gives the Omen Pro a larger sight window allowing shooters to easily find and focus on their intended target.
The cut outs on the Planar Flex riser are designed to help stiffen the riser to eliminate twisting during the draw and shot cycle and produce a repeatable flex forward and back creating consistency shot after shot.
LimbsThe Omen Pro uses the 4th generation of the proven X-Tech limbs. These limbs are individually pre-stressed to allow the limbs to flex to a greater extent. Each limb is tapered on both ends allowing it to bend the full length of the limb. In addition, X-Tech limbs are also very light which helps keep the weight of the bow to a minimum.
Limbs-to-Riser ConnectionIn 2011 PSE introduced the new "Center Lock" limb pockets which use a triple lock design to hold limbs toward the center line of the bow. Limb pocket span is 75% longer than traditional PSE limb pockets. The "Triple Lock" design and the additional length combine to better hold the limbs to the center line of the bow for a great shooting platform.
GripThe Omen Pro uses the "B.E.S.T. Raptor Grip" (Biomechanically Ergonomic Slim Throat, "BEST") The grip is thin and promotes consistent hand placement which lessens the chance for hand induced torque. This helps the shooter produce consistent shots. The "B.E.S.T. Raptor Grip" is considered comfortable by most shooters.
Eccentric SystemThe Omen Pro's advertised IBO speed is quite accurate. In fact, this bow has been known to exceed the advertised 366 fps. This speed can be somewhat attributed to the Omen's cams.
The UF Hybrid Cams are draw length specific. PSE uses 7075 T6 Aluminum to manufacture these cams which is 83% stronger than that used in traditional cams. The strength of the aluminum allows these cams to be lighter, faster, and more efficient than other cams on the market.
The Omen Pro has a let off of 70% which is just enough to give it a very solid back wall. However, the UF Hybrid Cams incorporate an adjustable back wall and valley that helps to customize the draw cycle and shootability of this bow for the shooter.
Draw CycleThe draw cycle could be described as slightly harsh starting out and just a bit stiff right before it turns over. The adjustable back wall and valley combined with the new Planar Flex riser and Center Lock limb pockets have made for a much smoother draw cycle than previous models. The Omen Pro is very quiet and has virtually no hand shock.
Silencing PackageOverall this bow is very quiet. PSE puts three limb bands on each set of limbs and one more on the cable guard rod. In addition, engineers incorporated the new Vibracheck Backstop which stops string vibration immediately. The length of the backstop can be adjusted to optimize performance. The total of seven vibration dampeners and the Vibracheck Backstop, give the Omen Pro a soft feel.
PSE X-force Omen vs. Omen ProPSE debuted the Omen in 2009. For 2011 engineers updated the riser and limb pockets to the Planar Flex riser and the Center Lock limb pockets. These updates have made it possible for a 5.5 inch brace height bow to be consistently accurate.
Looking just at numbers it appears the only thing that changed from 2010 to 2011 is the weight of the bow. However the above mentioned changes have made the 2011 Omen Pro a real shooter.
PSE Omen Pro vs. Dream Season Evo
The 2011 X-force Omen Pro retails for $949.99. This is comparable to many top of the line bows from other manufacturers. However, for $100 less the PSE Dream Season EVO is the best bang for your buck from PSE, but it does shoot about 20 fps less than the Omen Pro. So, if you like speed bows, you will want to own the Omen Pro.
Great Bow for Hunting and 3D ShootingThe Omen will be a great bow for hunting or 3D shooting. At 366 fps the Omen Pro has a very flat arrow trajectory making it very forgiving if an error is made in estimating yardage.
|Bow||PSE X-Force Omen||PSE Dream Season EVO|
|Version||2013 Omen Max||2013 EVO Max|
|Brace Height||5.5 "||6 "|
|AtA Length||33.625 "||32.25 "|
|Draw Length||26 " - 30 "||25 " - 30 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 80 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||358 fps - 366 fps||337 fps - 345 fps|
|Weight||4.4 lbs||4.2 lbs|
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