Skip to main content

PSE X Force Omen

To enlarge this image, please click here.

A couple of years back, I told you about a discussion with PSE's Vice President of Engineering David Kronengold in which he told me PSE had only scratched the surface in terms of performance with their X Force Technology. Well, it looks like Dave was right on as PSE introduces the Omen, a bow with advertised top speeds that make it the fastest bow on the market.

PSE's new UltraFast Hybrid Cam powers the X Force Omen to its terrific speeds, while past parallel split limbs, Vibracheck BackStop and cable guard silencers work together to tame shock, vibration and noise. Other features include HyperSplit limb pockets, PSE's B.E.S.T. Grip, multiple sight mounting holes and a choice of Mossy Oak Treestand or Army Digital finishes.


Speed, Speed, Speed
In my testing, at 65 pounds and 29 inches, the Omen rocketed a 375-grain arrow through two chronographs at 330 fps. It is hard enough for a bow to do that at IBO specs (70 pounds/30 inches), let alone ours. The engine that produces this power is an all-new UltraFast Hybrid Cam system, which produces a letoff of approximately 70 percent.


Draw lengths of 28, 29 and 30 inches are available and are cam specific, meaning you need a different cam for each. A unique feature that interested me was a two-position (short and long) valley adjustment. This bow utilizes a large majority of the draw cycle to store energy, which means there isn't much room between holding weight and peak weight with the short valley setting. The shorter valley is sufficient as long as you are shooting the correct draw length.

PSE machines their UltraFast cams out of high-strength aluminum alloy, which reduces weight while retaining strength needed to get the job done. The cam design goes beyond speed as it was also engineered for optimized nock travel and system tune. String and cable grooves are constructed to minimize serving wear and improve wheel tracking. PSE also designed the cam system to limit string travel past the 5€‰1„2-inch brace height, even without the BackStop. In testing, the draw cycle had an aggressive feel with a slight buildup right before breaking over — this is your trade-off for the speed.


All About The Stress
PSE's 12-inch split limbs employ a manufacturing technology that allows for a significant preload. This stress shapes the limbs into a semi-curl shape while the bow is at rest. At full draw, the limbs move to an efficient, past parallel position while utilizing the inherent stability and performance characteristics of traditional upright limb pockets. Past parallel limbs move in equal and opposite directions at the shot, thereby cancelling out much of the leftover energy.


The result is a bow that has minimal shock or vibration, which generally translates into reduced noise. Limb sets are available in 60- and 70-pound peak draw weight options. Omen machined aluminum limb pockets serve as the critical interface between the pultruded fiberglass limbs and the riser. HyperSplit pockets pivot and incorporate precision engineered limb supports and patented limb isolation technology. Together with the Vibracheck BackStop string stop and cable guard vibration dampeners, the past parallel limbs work to minimize shock, vibration and shot noise. In testing, the Omen produced surprisingly little of any of these considering its speed. In fact, it's not that significant regardless of the speed.

On the RiserThe base of operations for the Omen is a CNC machined aluminum riser with a 3.3-inch reflex configuration. Featured on the riser is the fully machined B.E.S.T. (Biomechanically Ergonomic Slim Throat) grip, stainless steel stabilizer insert, extended sight window, multiple sight-mounting holes and engraved elevation and windage tuning marks.

Editor's Note: Our standardized High Grade testing includes the use of the same equipment and test methods. All bows are tested with a draw length of 29 inches and a draw weight of 65 pounds. Speed tests are conducted with two different arrow weights — 375 grains and 425 grains. For more detailed information on the testing parameters, go to www.bowhuntingmag.com and click on "Bow Testing Parameters."

Looking for Bows

Check prices, read customer reviews or buy it at Everest

Check Prices

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Mathews V3 - Flagship Bow for 2021

Mathews V3 - Flagship Bow for 2021

Mathews has announced two versions of their 2021 flagship bow, the V3.

New for 2021: Elite Archery Bows, Slick Trick Broadheads and CBE Sight

New for 2021: Elite Archery Bows, Slick Trick Broadheads and CBE Sight

Learn more about two new Elite Archery bows, the Enkore and Remedy, two new broadhead from Slick Trick and a new site from Custom Bow Equipment (CBE).

The Science & History of Scent Thief

The Science & History of Scent Thief

Russel Epperson, inventor and partner of Scent Thief, explains how the company got its start, and why their products are so effective in blocking unwanted scent.

New for 2021: Hoyt RX-5, RX-5 Ultra, Ventum 30 and Ventum 33

New for 2021: Hoyt RX-5, RX-5 Ultra, Ventum 30 and Ventum 33

ATA 2021 NeDuring this video from the Archery Trade Association's New Product Premiere showcase, Bowhunter's TV Mike Carney visited with Evan Williams, pro staff manager for Hoyt Archery, to learn about the new RX-5, RX-5 Ultra, Ventum and Ventum 33 bows.w Product - Hoyt

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Comfort plays a vital role in successful hunts. From apparel to boots to packs, bowhunters deserve the best.New Field Wear & Packs for 2021 ATA Show

New Field Wear & Packs for 2021

Chuck Smock - January 13, 2021

Comfort plays a vital role in successful hunts. From apparel to boots to packs, bowhunters...

Follow this step-by-step process to quickly field dress your deer for the best possible venison.How to Field Dress & Quarter a Deer How-To

How to Field Dress & Quarter a Deer

Mike Stroff

Follow this step-by-step process to quickly field dress your deer for the best possible...

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques. Shooting Your Bow With One Eye Versus Two How-To

Shooting Your Bow With One Eye Versus Two

Bill Winke

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques.

Following Bill Winke's step-by-step process for setting up and tuning a bow.Step-by-Step Bow Setup How-To

Step-by-Step Bow Setup

Bill Winke

Following Bill Winke's step-by-step process for setting up and tuning a bow.

See More Trending Articles

More Bows

Hoyt introduces the new Torrex – an affordable hunting bow packed with top-notch technology.Hoyt Torrex Bow – First Look Bows

Hoyt Torrex Bow – First Look

Jon E. Silks - June 24, 2020

Hoyt introduces the new Torrex – an affordable hunting bow packed with top-notch technology.

Where can you turn when your compound bow croaks?Emergency Bow Repair Bows

Emergency Bow Repair

Taylor Pardue

Where can you turn when your compound bow croaks?

Mathews has unveiled its 2021 hunting bow lineup consisting of four models — two versions of its flagship V3 along with the long-draw Atlas and Prima women's bow.2021 Mathews Bow Lineup: V3 Flagship Model is a Must-See Bows

2021 Mathews Bow Lineup: V3 Flagship Model is a Must-See

Christian Berg - November 17, 2020

Mathews has unveiled its 2021 hunting bow lineup consisting of four models — two versions of...

In a treestand or on the target range, Bowtech has produced a rig that'll quite simply get the job done.Bow Review: Bowtech Reckoning Bows

Bow Review: Bowtech Reckoning

Jon E. Silks

In a treestand or on the target range, Bowtech has produced a rig that'll quite simply get the...

See More Bows

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Bowhunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Bowhunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now