The PSE Brute X is very much marketed as a beginners bow that is ready to draw as soon as you take it out of the box. Combining excellent, smooth cam’s with minimal vibration and excellent usability, what you get with the PSE Brute X is a bow of supreme strength and durability that is adaptable for just about any situation. It is also incredibly forgiving, which is unusual for a bow as powerful as this. In this PSE Brute X review you can get all the insight onto the features of this bow.
THE CAM SYSTEM
As would be expected from a beginners bow, the cam system is both incredibly smooth yet also offers enough resistance for the bow to have a good, solid feel when drawing back. The system is known as a Madness Pro cam system and is incredibly simple, with the power cam found upon the bottom limb of the bow whilst the idler is situated on the top limb. Whilst some users have noted there can be a lack of synchronisation between the two, on the whole the bow fires straight and accurate, especially once the user has had a few hours with it.
There are also some laser engraved markings which help with tuning and there is also a cushioned stop which helps on the noise front considerably.
The standard IBS speed clocked for the PSE Brute X is 320fps, right in line with similar models and also some models of higher-end classes. In real life this rating will be slightly lower but it is a good benchmark of the performance to expect from the unit.
The KE readings of this bow are impressive. Whilst of course this value changes considerably depending upon what set up you use in regards to draw weight, length and arrow weight, if one uses a set-up of the 70lbs bow, 29” draw length setting and 425 grain arrows, a value of some 72ft-lbs of KE can easily be achieved. This in theory means that large African Plain game such as elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus would all fall foul of your bows abilities. Of course whether you use it for leisure or for sport is entirely up to you.
A good draw cycle is vital in any bow as it encourages good technique and also encourages accuracy as it sets the archer up in the prime position required for a hit. The valley is narrow but not uncommonly so, and the wall is also substantial which helps with resting arrows against it. Finally, the actual drawing back of the arrow itself is incredibly smooth and balanced thanks to the bows abilities, which is reassuring.
LIMBS AND RISER
This model features split limbs which are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are also solid enough with suitable give. The riser is a manufactured aluminium unit and incorporates the grip well. The grip is also satisfactory for most hand shapes and everyone save for those with the biggest palms should find little to no issue in using this piece.
The noise levels from drawing and firing the bow are excellent. This is due in part to the HushKit dampeners which significantly reduce the noise levels when the bow is fired. They do this by attaching dampeners to both limbs. The limbs are parallel on this unit which also means that virtually no hand shock reaches the riser when the bow is fired, which is impressive. There is also a string stop, that reduces the level of vibrations on the draw string significantly once the bow is fired.
THE HUNTING ABILITY
As this review has demonstrated so far, the hunting capabilities of this unit are impressive. With the correct set up vibration and noise is minimal and the bow is light enough and compact enough to be manoeuvred in relatively small spaces. When you combine this factor with the impressive shooting speed and KE release, then you have yourself an impressive package with great capabilities.
- Excellent value for money. The performance of this bow is in-line with competitors costing two, nearly three times as much and that alone is commendable
- Sleek, aesthetically pleasing design
- Good KE levels generated
- Virtually no vibrations or noise from firing the bow
- Low maintenance
- A bow press is required to make post-draw adjustments. Whilst this is expected from some models in this price range, incorporating an adjusting feature into the package would have been nice.
- The standard string packaged with the bow is not of the highest quality, although this can of course be fixed.
- Binary cam’s instead of standard cam’s would give better performance.
The PSE Brute X is an impressive bow no matter which way you spin it. Not only does it contain a lot of the performance features of much higher end models, but it also comes in an incredibly user friendly package that should serve you as an archer for many years to come. It comes ready to shoot, it is low on maintenance yet best of all, it is high on power and end product. I hope that you have found this PSE Brute X review helpful!