Parker Velocity Review

Parker Velocity

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Parker Velocity Review4.552 out of 2 user reviews

Pros

  • Great MSRP Price at $399
  • Comes with lots of higher end technology
  • Forgiving 7.25-inch brace height

Cons

  • Grip is a little uncomfortable for some shooters
  • Not the fastest single cam option available

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Parker incorporates some really great technology usually designated to higher end, more expensive models. The Velocity comes with a roller guard, rear string stop system, decent speed of 315 feet per second, and a forgiving brace height of 7.25 inches. For new archers or those on a strict budget, the Parker Velocity is a wonderful option. Shooters will get to experience some innovative technology without having to pay the large price associated with other models.

Finish

The Parker Velocity is sold in only one camo pattern they call Premium Camo. The pattern looks like it will have no issue blending in with a variety of surroundings as it contains several different shades and colors. The riser cutouts are not an issue, and the bow finish has no flaws. The Parker Bows limb decals look really great in green against the pattern as well while standing out but not looking ridiculous at the same time.

Riser

The machined aluminum Velocity riser is relatively simple in looks compared to other models on the market. Despite its simplistic look, the Velocity is still functional in minimizing torque and overall mass of the bow. Mounting to the rear of the riser is a tunable string stop system, which can be moved in and out to accommodate different shooters preferences. There is also a roller cable guard added to the bow given it a higher end look and design. Another notable design on the riser is the incorporated braided sling. Instead of mounting to the front of the bow like most slings, the Velocity comes with one already fixed to the riser. Although this can be removed if shooters are not interested in the sling, most find it a welcomed addition.

Grip

Parker bows come with a slim two-piece grip in deep walnut wood grain finish. The grip looks nice on the bow and adds to its overall appeal. Wooden grips are somewhat rare on lower end models, so Parker incorporating them on their bow allows them to stand out from the budget bow competition. Although the grip looks great, there are other grips on the market that are more comfortable. Although it is contoured to fit the shooters hand, it is a bit on the thick side making it a little more difficult for a repeatable hand placement each time. For those favorable of thicker grips, the Velocity may be a better fit.

Limbs

The Parker Velocity comes equipped with Extreme Parallel Split Limb Design. The limbs are also finished in Premium Camo and come with Parker decals, which make the bow look really cool. Shooters will enjoy the draw weight range of 50-70 pounds as well. At full draw, the bow reaches a past parallel resting point creating more potential energy to transfer to the arrow upon release. Connecting to the riser, Parker uses their exclusive Fulcrum limb pocket. These limb pockets help spread out the stress put on the limbs while reaching full draw ideally improving the life of the limbs. They also give the limbs a precise pivot point, which equates into a more repeatable draw cycle and shot also improving accuracy.

Eccentric System

The Velocity high performance cam is mod adjustable making it inexpensive to change draw length. Modules are available from 26-31-inches making it a bow that can accommodate most archers. The draw stops are adjustable for shooters to personalize the valley a little bit as well. The 80% let-off will allow shooters the ability to hold on target for a little longer than they are used to helping them settle their pin a little better than having to shoot too quickly. The Velocity cam powers the bow a reasonable 315 FPS IBO rating. Although there are faster single cam bows, the speed and kinetic energy produced is more than enough for most North American big game animals.

Draw Cycle / Shootability

The Vector single cam design has a smooth draw cycle without any noticeable humps. The bulk of the draw weight stacks up toward the beginning of the draw cycle and then lets off into a solid back wall, which is fully adjustable making the valley feel different depending on how shooters set the post. Those wanting a little bit of creep have the option; and those interested in a short valley will be able to do that as well. After the arrow is released, there is a little vibration, but a front mounting stabilizer will correct and deaden this vibration and minimal noise. It is very easy to get used to the 7.25-inch brace height as any imperfections in form are canceled out by the extra forgiveness the Velocity has with the generous brace height.

Parker Velocity vs. Parker Inferno

Bow Parker Velocity Parker Inferno
Version 2013 2012
Picture Parker Velocity Parker Inferno
Brace Height 7.25 " 7.5 "
AtA Length 30.125 " 30.375 "
Draw Length 26 " - 31 " 26 " - 31 "
Draw Weight 50 lbs - 70 lbs 50 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 315 fps 320 fps
Weight 4.15 lbs 3.75 lbs
Let-Off 80% 80%
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These two rigs share almost the exact same specifications on paper and feel similar on the shot as well. The Parker Inferno is 5 feet per second faster and the draw cycle is not much different than the Velocity. However, those wanting a little heavier bow for steadying before the shot will like the Velocity as it tips the scales at 4.15 pounds whereas the Inferno weighs in at 3.75 pounds. Although the bows feel similar, the Velocity is $100 cheaper, which may be a deciding factor when choosing between these two great budget bows.

Usage Scenarios

The Velocity is designed as a hunting bow. With a forgiving 7.25-inch brace height, decent velocity, and a short axel-to-axel measurement of 30.125-inches, the Velocity is a really great hunting option. Producing enough energy for big game hunting, the Velocity remains small enough to maneuver in all types of hunting situations including tree stands, ground blinds, and spot and stalk. Shooters will find the bow accurate, but those in the market for a target bow will have better options available to them.

Value and Package Option

The Velocity offers a wonderful value priced at $399 for the bare bow. Along with this, Parker offers a package deal on the Velocity for hunters wanting a full factory set up. Although most shooters will want to outfit their rig with their own choice of accessories, Parker gives the option to buy completely set up. The Ambusher Outfitter Package is priced roughly $100 more and includes: a whisker biscuit or hostage arrow rest, a three-pin fiber optic sight, a four arrow quick detach quiver, a nocking point, and an angled peep sight.

Summary

Although the Parker Velocity bow is a nice shooting bow for all archers, the Velocity really makes a great option for those just getting started. New archers will have the luxury of high-end accessories at an affordable price. Shooters will also have the option to buy completely set up from the factory with everything they need to get started. Despite the IBO speed of 315 feet per second and a thick handle, the Velocity draws great and offers lots of customization in the draw cycle not seen with other budget bows. For $399, shooters may struggle to find a better shooting rig. Those interested in getting started in archery, or not looking to spend a lot of money owe it to themselves to give the Velocity a test shot.
Parker Velocity Review4.552



User Reviews

  • 2 reviews
  • ( out of 2 reviews for all versions)
  1. Good fast shooting bow and accurate.

    Version: 2013 Parker Velocity

    Rating:  

    Pros: Smooth draw shoots fast and accurate and hits very hard.

    Cons: 0-ring came off of draw stop on the cam and makes draw back loud. Shoots loud with no stabilizer, silencer or dampener. Also may need to be restrung because the stock string frays and parts of the string unwound, but was no big deal.

    Full review:
    Overall great bow I would recommend to all. Have already killed a few deer with it in less than a month and haven’t missed yet. Shoots very fast and is good for youth and adult. Very smooth draw has much accuracy. Well priced and reliable. Great bow for hunting it has a lot of stopping power and has no trouble passing through a deer.

  2. Awesome bow for the money!!!!

    Version: 2013 Parker Velocity

    Rating:  

    Pros: One of the best shooting bows on the market today. I’ve been bow hunting for over thirty years, and I’ve owned just all kinds of bows. This is truly one of the best shooting bows I’ve ever had the chance to shoot.

    Cons: I loved everything about it..


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