Parker Wildfire Review
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Editors' reviewParker has taken one of their most popular bow models and made it lighter and faster producing the Wildfire Extreme. This bow tips the scales at a mere 3.65 making it one of the lightest adult bows on the market. Although the 310 feet per second velocity is a little slow by today's standards, the $399 price tag makes the Wildfire Extreme super affordable and a very good value. Those just getting in to archery or not looking to spend tons of money on a new bow should give this bow a test shot.
FinishParker offers one finish option on the Wildfire Extreme and that is Next G-1 camo. This pattern gives the bow a unique look with the colors sure to blend in to most hunters' surroundings. The bow does not have many cutouts, but the dipping process seems to get to all areas visible to shooters. With no flaws, and a hardwood grip, the bow looks like it belongs in the woods.
RiserAt first glance, the riser has minimal cutouts suggestion a heavier overall mass. However, with the Wildfire Extreme, that is not the case. This bow is light. Most bows on the market today have riser designs that add to the overall appeal of the bow. The Wildfire Extreme has three larger cutouts and a few circle cutouts, but overall it looks much different than most on the market. The bow has a mounting hole on the front of the riser for shooters interested in adding a stabilizer. Directly behind this hole is a rear mounting string stop system. This string suppressor is adjustable, so it can be set at different lengths to match the shooters style. The cable slide is traditional cable slide as opposed to the roller guard some other Parker models feature. Also attached to the riser is an integrated wrist sling. Those wanting to feel more comfortable with an open grip will have the confidence of the bow staying after the shot.
GripParker chose to use the 2-piece Walnut finish grip on the Wildfire Extreme. This dark stained grip looks really great next to the Next G-1 Camo pattern. The grip does not feel to bad sitting in the shooters hand, but there are more comfortable grips on the market. Most shooters will appreciate how the grip is a nice mix between thick and thin making it an easy adjustment from another style grip with a slightly different size. With the Wildfire Extreme being designed as a hunting bow, the wooden grip will be a little warmer than some other grips available, which will be nice sitting in a treestand in November.
LimbsParker uses Extreme Parallel limb technology giving the bow an aggressive look at full draw. Limbs are available in 50-60 pounds and 60-70 pounds. With red decals sporting the Wildfire Extreme logo, the bow does look fairly appealing as well.
Eccentric SystemThe simplistically designed Wildfire cam powers the bow at a speed of 310 feet per second. This is not a very fast speed using today's standards, but it is enough to hunt most North American big game species. The single cam is fully adjustable between 26-31-inches with an included module system. The 80% let off helps aid shooters holding the bow for a longer period of time. Shooters are also able to adjust the draw stop giving a more personal feel to the draw cycle being able to adjust the valley of the bow a bit. The Wildfire single cam has some really nice features only expected on higher end models. This adjustability is a nice addition for such an inexpensive model.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThe Wildfire Extreme is a super shooter offering a 7.75-inch brace height. The bow is not too fast, but shooters will appreciate the longer brace height offered as a trade off for speed. The Wildfire Cam is almost completely circular in looks creating a smooth draw cycle. The valley can be tweaked for a longer or a shorter feel by moving the draw stop post. This feature is a really nice addition for such an inexpensive bow. The back wall is pretty solid, and the 80% let off makes it easy to hold at full draw for extended periods of time. After the shot, there is a little hand vibration and string noise. Adding string silencers and a stabilizer will take care of most vibrations making it a little quieter to shoot as well. Although adding string silencers to the string will slow the bow down a little bit, eliminating some of the vibration will be worth it for many shooters. The vibration is not a deal breaker, and can be fixed relatively inexpensively.
Parker Wildfire Extreme vs. Parker Velocity
|Bow||Parker Wildfire||Parker Velocity|
|Brace Height||7.75 "||7.25 "|
|AtA Length||32 "||30.125 "|
|Draw Length||26 " - 31 "||26 " - 31 "|
|Draw Weight||50 lbs - 70 lbs||50 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||310 fps||315 fps|
|Weight||3.65 lbs||4.15 lbs|
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The Wildfire Extreme and the Velocity are very close in terms of specifications. The Extreme is a little longer axel-to axel, lighter, and sports a longer brace height. However, the split-limb Velocity has some higher end upgrades and has a more modern appearance. Although the models are priced the same, shooters will have to choose between the looks of the Parker Velocity of the forgiveness of the Wildfire Extreme.