PSE Dream Season EVO

Wayyyyy past parallel limbs. That’s the first thing I notice when I look at the PSE Dream Season EVO. This 2012 PSE Archery Pro Series bow screams speed.

Does the aggressive styling match the shooting experience of this PSE hunting bow? Speed bows are notoriously harsh and the Dream Season EVO boasts a blazing fast 345 feet per second IBO speed rating. Thanks in part to its short 6 inch brace height and aforementioned beyond parallel limbs.

Powering it’s speedy IBO rating is the EVO hybrid cam. This cam system is all new for the 2012 model. Last year, the Dream Season EVO utilized the AXE hybrid cam also found on the PSE Axe 6.

PSE Dream Season EVO

On paper, the PSE Dream Season EVO is very similar to the PSE Axe 6. Both bows sport a 6 inch brace height and a 32.25 inch axle to axle length.

Last year they even shared the same cam system. What makes the $849 MSRP PSE Dream Season EVO cost $100 more than the Axe 6?

The answer is the new technology. The finished specs of both bows are the same but there are some added bonuses to the PSE Dream Season Evo. This PSE Pro Series Bow has had slight upgrades built in for 2012. The Planar Flex Riser is now built with a stronger design and PSE has redesigned the limb pockets. The brand new centerlock limb pockets hold fourth generation 961 limbs in place.

It’s on the heavy side at 4.4 pounds – especially when compared to other 2012 bows like the Mathews Heli-M. This overall weight may have been intentional to play a part in noise and vibration reduction.

These new features combine to make the PSE Dream Season EVO shoot quieter with less vibration upon release of the arrow. It may be marketed as a PSE speed bow but it’s certainly been refined for 2012.

PSE Dream Season EVO Specs

IBO Speed337 -345 FPS
Brace Height6 Inches
Axle To Axle Length32.25 Inches
Let Off75%
Draw Length25 – 30 Inches
Draw Weight40 – 70 Pounds
Bow Weight4.4 Pounds

PSE Dream Season EVO

The Dream Season EVO is available in three different finish options – Black, Skullworkz Camo, and Mossy Oak Infinity. Initially, the finish on this bow was flawless.

The dipping process PSE uses is consistent and results in a well done product. The bow is over a decade old now so expect some wear marks. Especially considering its intended use. Remember, it was marketed as “The Ultimate Hunting Bow” in 2012.

None of my hunting bows remain spotless for very long. That’s one advantage of a camo bow. The Mossy Oak Infinity pattern shown here on this PSE bow hides flaws incredibly well.

Technology

  • X-Force Limbs
  • Planar Flex Riser
  • EVO Hybrid Cam
  • Raptor Grip
  • Centerlock Limb Pockets
  • Rotatin Draw Length Module
  • Backstop String Suppressor
  • America’s Best Bowstrings in Red and Black

Draw Cycle

One of the most subjective characteristics of every compound bow is its draw cycle. What some love others hate. It’s hard to standardize a scoring across all bows.

Here’s what I can tell you about the draw cycle on the PSE Dream Season EVO. You can tell it’s a PSE speed bow.

It’s not a Full Throttle but it’s not a Mathews Solo Cam either. The draw cycle starts off stiff and heavy up front. It’s not a harsh draw cycle but it consistently builds its way into the valley. The valley on the Dream Season EVO is shorter than average but still manageable. It requires concentration to stay focused on the shot. Some might call this demanding.

PSE Dream Season EVO

You definitely can’t relax when shooting this bow. It’s not something I’d leisurely launch arrows at targets with. You’re bound to make a mistake if you aren’t paying attention.

This can cause potential problems in a hunting situation. Shots can come fast and unexpected in the whitetail woods. A bow that is hard to shoot can make it harder to be precise in the moment it counts the most. Lots of things can go wrong as a big buck comes into range. This purpose built hunting bow is a killing machine but needs to be respected.

One way I would do to avoid this is lower the draw weight. Shooting the bow below max draw weight does make it easier to shoot. It’s still plenty fast.

Another trick to increase the valley on PSE bows is to set the rotating cam module one setting LONGER than the draw stop peg. This will also reduce some speed but make the valley more manageable.

To me, speed is the least important factor for a hunting bow. Being able to get on target and execute at the moment of truth is tough enough. With the PSE Dream Season EVO you better increase the practice hours or tame it with one of the two previously mentioned methods.

The Dream Season EVO and it’s various iterations were well loved enough for PSE to release an updated version in recent years. The PSE EVO XF 33 and 30 both pay homage to these bows from decades past.

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