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PSE Omen Pro.

PSE is an industry icon with decades of experience and tons of talent showing up for work every day in Tucson, Ariz. At the home of PSE, you will find a facility that sprawls out over 140,000 square feet and houses a museum/training center, factory pro-shop, office space and large manufacturing plant. There is also a factory archery range on the property. The point is, this is a big operation and you know they must have done something right to get there. One of the keys to success has been its passion for challenging the limits of design and performance the Omen Pro is a testament to that spirit.

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Powered by the UF Ultra Fast Hybrid Cam, PSE's Omen Pro produces advertised ISO speeds reaching 366 fps. Preloaded, 4th generation X-Technology limbs display a radical curl even when the bow is at rest. Other technologies found on the Omen Pro include a sleek reflex riser, B.E.S.T. Raptor grip, several Vibracheck vibration dampers and America's Best string and cables.

Smokin' Fast

Rocket-like speeds are made possible by the UF Ultra Fast Hybrid Cam system, which rotates on a set of sealed ball bearings for reduced friction and increased efficiency. An aggressive draw cycle, which can be seen in the attached draw-force curve, makes the most of every inch of the archer's input.

System letoff is advertised at 70 percent, and shooters can choose between a long or short valley at full draw through a set of two-position draw stops. Cam grooves are specially engineered to optimize nock travel and energy transfer while improving wheel tracking and string wear. The aluminum alloy cams are draw-length specific, which means you need a separate cam for each of the draw length options--26-30 inches, in half-inch increments. PSE also designed the OF cam system to limit string travel past the 5.5-inch brace height even without the BackStop. Cams are black anodized and clearly marked with the model number and PSE logo.

Flat Back Flex Buster

PSE gives its Planar Flex riser a boost of strength and rigidity by designing straight lines into the overall structure. The back of the riser, closest to the shooter, is predominantly straight other than the handle area and where it sweeps forward into its reflex design. The front of the sight window is straight as well. By moving to this configuration, PSE has gained 20 percent in rigidity (less flex), and the flex that is present is engineered to move front to back rather than side to side or twist.

Why do we care? Well, a rigid platform promotes consistency and accuracy. Dynamic modeling software is used by the PSE design team to optimize flex, balance, and strength--an example of that technology can be seen in the offset cutouts, which have more material removed on one side or the other.

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THE UPSHOT

ARRON SPEED KINETIC ENERGY

327 fps 89.06 foot-pounds

310 fps 90.71 foot-pounds


The Planar Flex riser is also home to the company's B.E.S.T. Raptor Grip, which is made up of two inset rubber panels situated on either side of the contoured and angled handle section. The grip is narrow and well-formed for comfort and function.

Adding to the Omen Pro riser-based feature list is a stainless steel stabilizer-mounting insert, multiple sight mounting positions, engraved tuning marks on the shelf and an adjustable Vibracheck BackStop. Riser finishes are available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, Satin Black anodize or Skullworks.

Controlled Curl

The Omen is outfitted with PSE's signature pre-loaded and curled limbs. The tips of these split limbs reach a past parallel position even before the bow is drawn--at full draw they are just plain wicked looking. The Omen takes advantage of the significant benefits provided by parallel and past-parallel limb configurations in terms of shock, vibration and noise reduction. A proprietary process is used to manufacture PSE's cultured fiberglass 4th Generation X-Technology Limbs, which are available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity Skull-works and Black finishes.

CenterLock limb pockets are 75 percent longer than previous models for added control and stability. The rotating pockets are clamped to the centerline of the bow's riser and the limbs are clamped to the pocket bringing everything into alignment.

Range Notes

Here are my notes taken during the testing session at the range: Quiet; average shock; short-lived vibration; aggressive draw cycle with build up just before break over; nice grip; handles well and has good balance.

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: PSE, 520-884-9065;

www.psearthary.com

Model: Omen Pro

Cam System: OF Ultra Fast Hybrid Cam

Weight: 4,4 pounds (advertised and as tested)

Brace Height: 5 1/2 inches

Axle-To-Axle Length: 33 5/8 inches

Letoff: 70 percent

Draw Weights: 50-, 60-, 70-and 80-pound peak

Draw Lengths: 26-30 inches, in half-inch increments

Riser: Planar Flex, Reflex

Limbs: 4'h Generation X Technology, Split

String: America's Best, 63,0625 inches

Cables: America's Best, 35,6875 & 38.6875 inches

Grip: H.E.S.T. Raptor

Finish: Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, Black with Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity limbs, PSE Skullworks, Black

Advertised IBO Speed: 358-366 fps

Suggested Retail Price: 8949.99

Comments: There is more than just speed to be found here.
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