The Evo is not harsh IMO. I think it's a smoother draw than any speed bow I tried. As smooth to me as the Hunter...I do not like the softer (non limb stop wall). I could also see how some could torque it.
When set up right, it blows most bows away with how low vibe and noise it has. All of my 2011 Elites have been louder with more recoil and vibe. HOWEVER, i just did not shoot the bow as good with the soft wall and my Stan Shootoff. If I can shoot it well...I cannot keep it. I did switch to a carter quickie...I could shoot the EVO better after that switch.
IMO, the EVO is the best PSE ever, and possibly one of the best speed bows that are huntable to date.