Parker SideKick Review
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Editors' reviewThe Parker Sidekick Extreme was designed for the young shooter and women archers. It is versatile and has room to grow with the shooter. It comes with Parker's lifetime warranty. Parker also offers a "Grow Up with Parker Program" allowing the shooter to start off at the lower poundages of the 20# - 40# limbs and learn the proper techniques without the bad habits that normally come with shooting "too much bow." When the shooter grows out of it, the bow can be shipped back to Parker for a new set of limbs for a mere $50, eliminating the need to purchase a complete new bow. There is little this rig is lacking considering in a youth bow.
FinishThis bow comes in either Next G-1 camo and pink camo. The finish is a basic film dipped finish. It is not uncommon to find blemishes on the riser, and even find marks left from the machining process show through the finish. The string and cable set are perfectly matched to this bow, and both are well served and the serving does not separate.
Risers/LimbsThis rig comes with a machined aluminum riser with 12 large cut-out vents helping reduce the weight. The riser also holds the string suppressor which reduces most residual vibration the bow may carry. With a pair of XP Extreme solid parallel limbs, this bow has a 31" axle-to-axle. The limbs are designed just like the Parker line of larger-framed bows, and allows for ten inches of draw length adjustments without a bow press. The bow also can be ordered with one of two limb sets, either 20# - 40# or 40# - 60. The draw length can be adjusted with only the use of an allen wrench, and can be adjusted from 18" to 28" in half-inch increments. Simply loosen the module and rotate it to the same mark on each cam and tighten down. The draw weight is set at the peak weight of the limb set at the factory and can easily be adjusted downward by using a 3/16" allen wrench. The draw weight is adjusted without a bow press simply by turning the limb bolts. It is important to turn each limb bolt an equal number of turns to ensure cam timing is unaffected. As stated above, each set of limbs offers 20 pounds of draw weight adjustments.
Other ComponentsThis rig can be ordered from the standard out-of-the-box configuration, to the complete ready-to-hunt package depending on the company used for the purchase. Out-of-the-box, this bow usually comes only with a string suppressor and a wrist sling, but the outfitter package also comes with either a Hostage Capture Rest or a Whisker Biscuit, 3-pin sight, peep sight, and a Parker 4-arrow quiver. The site and quiver are not of very high quality, but are functional.The riser is built with a two-piece walnut wood grain grip. This grip is perfectly finished and enhances the appearance of the bow. The grip has very nice contours that make it very comfortable while virtually eliminating bow torque. The grip is slimmer than most and is designed to fit women and youth shooters very well.
Eccentric SystemThis bow comes with a dual cam system that is a crucial component in the creation of the 270 fps IBO from this rig. The cams also house the adjustable module to provide the ten inches of draw length adjustments. The draw length of this bow can be adjusted from 18" to 28."
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThe Sidekick Extreme can be purchased with two sets of limbs that will be the determining factor for draw weight. Whatever limb set ordered for the bow will provide the same shootability for the archer. The dual cam system is not aggressive and allows for a smooth draw from start to finish. With an 80 percent let-off, the bow can be held steady regardless of the level of experience of the shooter. Although the shooter can feel the draw weight increase slightly as they pull the bow back. The draw never gets hard, and does not have a harsh transition point This ensures it is very shootable for the intended shooting population. The solid riser, capped with the non-pivoting limb pockets, the solid-piece limbs, and the dual cam system are the right combination of parts to make shooting this bow enjoyable for those who choose to shoot it. Many archers recommend this bow as a solid youth bow. Most women that have shot it, love it. Some have even traded their high-end bows for the Sidekick Extreme.
Silencing PackageThis rig comes with an adjustable string suppressor and some limb silencing technologies, but that is pretty much it. Using a heavier arrow will provide some dampening, but will also cost the shooter in the form of speed. With a couple of string spiders, the addition of a pair of limb dampeners, and a stabilizer with vibration dampening qualities this bow will be ready to hunt. Out of the box, it is mediocre as far as quietness goes.
|Bow||Parker SideKick||Diamond Infinite Edge|
|Brace Height||7.625 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||31 "||31 "|
|Draw Length||18 " - 28 "||13 " - 30 "|
|Draw Weight||20 lbs - 60 lbs||5 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||270 fps||310 fps|
|Weight||3.25 lbs||3.1 lbs|
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The Parker Sidekick Extreme is fairly similar to the Diamond Infinite Edge, but those similarities are slight. Where the Diamond offers 13" - 30" draw length, the Parker only offers 18" - 28." The Diamond also offers a draw weight of five to 70# with a single set of limbs, and the Parker goes from 20# - 40# or 40# - 60# and requires a change of limbs to get there. The Parker is designed for women and youth archers. Both bows are very good bows. Each grow with the shooter and can go from target/3D shooting to the stand with no problems. The Parker is designed for women and youth archers, while the Diamond is designed to grow with the archer regardless whether man, woman, or child. The Parker is a very accurate bow with a smooth draw and is very easy to shoot. The Parker is also between $50 and $100 cheaper, depending on which package is ordered, which makes it a very good bow for the beginning shooter or the woman that wants to shoot but doesn't want one of the high priced bows. Parker also offers the "Grow Up with Parker Program" which allows the shooter to have the heavier set of limbs installed for only $50 instead of having to spend $300 or more for a new bow .