Carbon Air® Stealth Mach 1

The PSE Carbon Air® Stealth Mach 1 is 100% made in the USA and built with a longer new-design carbon riser. The unidirectional carbon fiber elements provide for the highest efficiency of any all-carbon bow available today. Laid-back limbs and a redesigned grip area give shooters more comfort, better accuracy and increased stability. Proven Evolve® Cam technology is smoother and faster, with pinpoint precision.
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Carbon Air®

Stealth Mach 1

EVO EVL 34

BRACE HEIGHT: 6 3⁄4”

PSE Nock On Embark

On Embark

DRIVE NXT

ATA/IBO SPEED: 330-322 FPS

SimPure Q6

Saves up to 70% of space

Best PSE Archery Bows Ever Made

This past year was a challenge for many in the outdoors industry, but it was also one of innovation, customization, and growing options in the fascinating world of bow design. We’ve come to expect nothing less. Each year builders are turning out the best hunting bows that make us more accurate in the woods and on the range. PSE Archery has long been one of the top bow makers in the game offering scorching speed bows, classic hunting bows, and precise target bows. The best PSE bows offer a little something for everyone. 

Carbon Air® Stealth Mach 1

  • BRACE HEIGHT: 6 ¹⁄₈”
  • AXLE-TO-AXLE: 32 ¹⁄₈”
  • ATA/IBO SPEED: 332-324 FPS
  • LETOFF: 80-90%
  • MASS WEIGHT: 3.5 LBS.
  • DRAW LENGTH RANGE: 25”- 30 ½”
  • DRAW WEIGHTS (LBS.): 50, 60, 65, 70, 80
  • LIMB BOLT TURNS: 10
  • CAM: EC
  • FINISHES: Black, Kuiu Verde, Mossy Oak Country, First Lite Fusion

 I love an excellent carbon bow build, and PSE Archery has created a standout compound with its Carbon Air Stealth Mach 1. Built with a new longer carbon riser, this 32 1/8-inch axle-to-axle bow will perform as well in tight treestands as it will on mountain hunts. Hitting a top speed of 332 fps, this airy (3.5 pounds) rig carries well and shoots even better. Balanced and smooth, the grip is a direct-to-riser design, and it feels great in the hand. Plus, when the conditions are frigid, you’ll appreciate it’s warm-to-the-touch feel. Boosting the bow’s accuracy and stability is the laid-back limb design and tried-and-true Evolve Cams. Made in the USA, this 6 1/8-inch brace height bow is ready to make all your bowhunting dreams come true. The bow is also available in a Nock On model for all the John Dudley fans. Best For: There isn’t a bowhunting endeavor you can dream up that this bow couldn’t handle. It’s a sweet shooter and highly accurate.

Peak Draw Weights: 

50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds

Draw Length:

 Adjustable in ½-inch increments without a bow press between 25.5 and 30.5 inches

EVO EVL 34

SE SPECIFICATIONS

  • BRACE HEIGHT: 6 5⁄8”
  • AXLE-TO-AXLE: 34”
  • ATA/IBO SPEED: 340 FPS
  • LETOFF: 80-90%
  • MASS WEIGHT: 4.7 LBS.
  • DRAW LENGTH RANGE: 24 ½” – 30”
  • DRAW WEIGHTS (LBS.): 50, 60, 65, 70, 80
  • LIMB BOLT TURNS: 10
  • CAM: SE
  • FINISHES: Black, Tan, First Lite Fusion, Kuiu Verde, Mossy Oak Country, Realtree Edge, Kryptek Altitude

The all-new EVO EVL is the most stable, dead-in-hand, and tunable hunting bow we’ve ever engineered. Designed with our widest limb stance ever, along with our industry-leading Evolve Cam that now features our patent-pending Precision Buss Tuning System, the 2021 EVO EVL can be custom-tuned to unmatched precision. It also delivers an unrivaled shooting experience at up to 345 feet per second. Our patented multiple sight locations allow for additional customization, and the new QAD Integrate rest mount, and PSE Quick Disconnect barrel mounts, allow for integrated and seamless connection of accessories.

Best For:

 Those bowhunters who want to shoot accurately at long range, love to tune and tinker, and appreciate customization.

Peak Draw Weights: 

60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds. Draw Length: Adjustable in ½-inch increments without a bow press between 26 and 31.5

Best for Bowhunting on a Budget: PSE Nock On Embark

SPECIFICATIONS

  • PART # 2145ZF
  • BRACE HEIGHT: 7”
  • AXLE-TO-AXLE: 31”
  • ATA/IBO SPEED: 327-319 FPS
  • LETOFF: 80%
  • MASS WEIGHT: 4.3 LBS.
  • DRAW LENGTH RANGE: 23½ ”- 30 ½”
  • DRAW WEIGHTS (LBS.): 60, 70
  • LIMB BOLT TURNS: 10
  • CAM: ZF
  • FINISH: NOCK ON® Green and Special Ops

the Embark is another member of PSE’s John Dudley-inspired lineup of Nock On bows. Built with a forgiving 7-inch brace height and with a bare weight of 4.3 pounds, this 31-inch axle-to-axle bow is designed for shootability. The ZF Cams roll over smoothly and allow the bow to hit a max speed of 327 fps. With plenty of speed and a build that promotes accuracy, this bow is great for a newcomer or an experienced archery who is looking for an affordable upgrade with plenty of features. The limb pockets are wide, and the riser promotes stability. I also like that the bow is adjustable down 10 pounds from peak weight and is fitted with a wide range of draw lengths. Best For: New bowhunters and veteran shooters who want a bargain. This bow packs a lot of punch into a price tag that comes in well under $1K

Peak Draw Weights: 

60 and 70 pounds. 

Draw Length: 

Adjustable in ½-inch increments without a bow press between 23.5 and 30.5 inches.

Best PSE Bow with Accessories: PSE Drive NXT

  • SPECIFICATIONS

    • BRACE HEIGHT: 7”
    • AXLE-TO-AXLE: 33”
    • ATA/IBO SPEED: 330-322 FPS
    • LETOFF: 80%
    • MASS WEIGHT: 4.3 LBS.
    • DRAW LENGTH RANGE: 24”- 31”
    • DRAW WEIGHTS (LBS.): 60, 70
    • LIMB BOLT TURNS: 10
    • CAM: ZF
    • FINISHES: Mossy Oak Country, Kuiu Verde, Black

The 2021 PSE Drive NXT takes the highest-performing value hunting bow in archery to the next level. When you eye up your shot and are ready to fill that tag, you need a bow that delivers pro performance, no matter the cost. Thanks to the Drive NXT’s all-new machined aluminum riser design and ZF Quad-Track Cam System, this bow gives you upgraded stability and tunability far beyond that of previous Drive bows.

The Drive NXT also features a 33” Axle-to-Axle with a wide range of draw lengths, and boasts upper-tier NXT features, like PSE’s swappable ComfortGrip™ System, a lower stabilizer mount for more accurate shooting, and quick-disconnect sling mounts.

Peak Draw Weights: 

 60 and 70 pounds.

Draw Length: 

Adjustable in ½-inch increments without a bow press between 24 and 31 inches.

Best PSE Bow for Beginners: PSE Brute NXT

  • IBO speed up to 328 fps
  • Draw length adjusts from 22.5″ to 30″
  • Smooth-drawing Binary cam system
  • 6-1/2″ brace height maximizes bow’s speed potential
  • Compact design is perfect for hunting in tight spaces
  • 80% letoff allows you to hold at full draw
  • RTH package includes a rest, quiver, sight, stabilizer, D-loop, and peep sight

This is a popular bow that’s back in the PSE lineup with a few added features. The Brute NXT promises an uberly-adjustable draw-weight and draw-length range. Perfect for youth archers and those looking to get their start in the world of compound bows. The bow measures 30 ¾ inches axle-to-axle and has a mass weight of just 3.5 pounds with a 6.5-inch brace height. Maneuverable and easy to tote around the woods, this compound is an excellent choice for the beginner female bowhunter. The bow’s draw length is adjustable down to 50 percent from peak weight options. The Brute NXT can be purchased as a bare bow or in a ready-to-hunt package. 

Peak Draw Weights:

 55 and 70 pounds.

Draw Length: 

Adjustable in ½-inch increments without a bow press between 22.5 and 30 inches.

The Best PSE Bow of All Time

When a manufacturer creates so many different models its hard to pick the single best PSE bows. With multiple flagship models and mid-priced bows created each year, I can tell you I haven’t clipped a release onto every PSE ever made. With that said, in my opinion their best bow is this year’s EVL EVO 34. I love the feel that a long axle-to-axle bow provides, and this rig’s platform is steady. It points and shoots incredibly well. The tuning process is a cinch. I like PSE’s willingness to join the ranks of bow makers that put QAD’s new Integrate Mounting System to practice. This system eliminates the use of the traditional Berger hole and allows, via a pair of slits in the riser, to add QAD’s riser-mounted UltraRest Integrate MX. The letoff is adjustable between 80 and 90 percent, and PSE’s Quick Disconnect barrel mounts mean you can easily mount accessories. Did I mention the bow shoots like a dream and seems to let the pin hover on target? Ultimately, that’s what you’re chasing in a hunting bow.

How Fast is a PSE Full Throttle?

PSE Archery is known for making some fast bows, and their Full Throttle, introduced in 2014 was the fastest. It had an advertised IBO ranking of a scorching 370 fps. With a 5.25-inch brace height that’s a lot of bow to handle. It’s worth noting that the Full Throttle was not PSE’s flagship bow in 2014, that was the DNA SP. The Full Throttle is more of a specialty bow for true speed freaks. Because it wasn’t a flagship, we never ended up testing it in our annual bow test.

What is the Fastest PSE Bow?

As mentioned above, the fastest PSE bow, and the fastest hunting bow made, is the PSE Full Throttle. But, the fastest bow that Outdoor Life has ever tested is the PSE Expedite at 354 fps in 2018. The Expedite nearly won our test that year, but was edged out by the Mathews Triax, which outperformed it in noise and vibration scores. Still, the PSE Expedite is a killer speed bow that points and shoots well.