Nathan Land bought High Country Archery in 2009 with an eye toward restoring the company to its glory days. From what we’ve seen, he’s off to a great start. Last year’s Speed Pro X-10 was a very successful bow for High Country, and the decision to keep it in the line-up, albeit with a few tweaks, was a good one. A top speed of 345 fps is impressively fast, but not unique. What makes the Speed Pro X-10 unusual is that it achieves these speeds without sacrificing shootability. At 3.3 pounds it’s a pleasure to pick up, carry, and shoot. Despite the very low weight, hand shock is virtually nonexistent. The 7-inch brace height is generous enough for any bowhunter, and the Trinary Cam system is smooth throughout the draw cycle. New for 2011 is an X-Armor coating which gives a soft textured feel to the bow and helps dampen riser noise. Wisely, High Country opted not to change the Barnsdale Laminated Limbs from last year’s model. The Speed Pro X-10 is available in draw lengths ranging from 25 to 30 inches, draw weights of 50, 60, 70, or 80 pounds, and finishes include Realtree Hardwoods Green HD and black. Suggested retail price for the X-10 is $750.
All new for 2011 is the Speed Pro X-11, with a newly designed riser and new Quad Track Cams generating speeds that will get the arrow to the target before it leaves the bow. (OK, not really, but how does 355 fps sound?) The past-parallel Quad Track Split limbs are new as well. Brace height on this bow is a slightly less forgiving 6 inches. The overall feel of the draw cycle and shot is not as silky-smooth as is the case for the X-10, but the bowhunter seeking maximum speed and minimal trajectory will likely find the trade-off worthwhile. An axle-to-axle length of 33 1/2 inches makes it half an inch longer than the X-10, while the remarkable 3.3-pounds mass weight is identical. Draw lengths are 25 to 30 inches, available draw weights are 50, 60, and 70 pounds. Initially available only in right-hand models, the finish is Realtree Hardwoods Green HD. This bow retails for just under $800. www.highcountryarchery.net