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Vintage Vapor Zone
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:04:42 PM »
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Due to popular demand Brunswick is bringing back the Vapor Zone with some modern tweaks. The Vintage Vapor Zone ball uses a modified Activator coverstock to handle the oil conditions of today and DynamiCore has been added to the Zone Asymmetric core. This ball is designed to get through the front of the lane with ease while producing an incredible backend reaction.

Color: Purple / Blue Pearl
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Zone Asymmetric with DynamiCore
Coverstock: Activator Plus 2.0
Finish: 500 Siaair / Crown Factory Compound
Reaction: Easy length and strong backend motion
RG: 2.478**
Differential: 0.048**
** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
Hook Potential: 210 (scale 10-250)
Length: 160 (scale 25-235)
Breakpoint Shape: Angular
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil



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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 10:04:05 AM »
It's like Christmas came early all over again. Join Lane Side Reviews as they celebrate the release of a new "OLD" ball with the updated Brunswick Bowling #Vintage #VaporZone. By the end of the episode you'll see why this was Brunswick's #1 Asymmetric ball, and could quite possibly be their NEW #1 Skid / Flip piece!


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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 12:44:46 PM »
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PAP:5 x1/2 up
Speed: Medium
Rev Rate: 300rpm

Layout- 30 x 3 3/4 x 30

Wow do I like this ball! The Vapor Zone is a ball that goes left after clearing the fronts with ease.  On a higher volume houses hot where some of my stronger stuff reads early and doesn't quite save enough energy, I can use my Vapor Zone. It will clear the volume up front and still read strong and change direction without any over/under reactions. For a shiny ball that is this strong on the back, it is not afraid of oil.


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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 10:10:07 AM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: 45 x 5 x 65

X Hole (if there is one): No


Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over and 1/2" down


Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


The Vintage Vapor Zone reminds me a lot of the OG Vapor Zone except this one is more powerful flip motion on the backend.  It skids through the front and the Midlane, while revving up and producing a super strong flip backend motion.  I laid my out for broken down league and tournament sports shots and its amazing how much this ball recovers off friction, definitely a tournament ball to have in your bag.

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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2018, 08:03:45 PM »

Pin Length: 3"

Starting Top Weight: 3 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 2 oz


Ball: 55 x 5 x 65

X Hole (if there is one): none


Rev Rate: 375 rpms

Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand

PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up


Grit: 500 Grit with Compound

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Compound


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot

Volume:  Moderate

Type: House


Length: Clean through the heads

Back End: Skid/snap

Overall Hook: Strong

Midlane Read: Very little

Breakpoint Shape: Skid/Snap


Likes: Easy length with good backend

Dislikes: none

The Vintage Vapor Zone is a blast from the past with some upgraded technology.  It takes that asymmetric Danger Zone core shape everyone loved and pairs it with an updated cover for todayís lane conditions.  It has been awhile since I have thrown the original Vapor but the first thing I noticed with this ball is how long it goes.  The Vintage Vapor Zone gets great length for an asymmetrical ball.  With the layout I chose it allows me to play closer to the dry on some of the fresher conditions.  This ball will allow you to use the more powerful core in situations where you would normally need a lower flaring symmetrical ball.   I can also see myself drilling another Vapor with a quicker response layout for playing deeper inside and covering more boards.  With the correct surface prep this ball will get enough length to play wherever there is some friction.  As far as total hook goes, I have this one right on top of my Vintage Inferno with more length and recovery down the lane.  If you loved the Original Vapor Zone you will like this one.  Be sure to check out the improved length and recovery of the new Vintage Vapor Zone.
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Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2018, 08:54:01 PM »
The Vapor Zone from the Brunswick line is the newewst ball in the Vintage ball line and trust meÖ..IT IS BACK WITH A VENGENCE!!!  This ball takes everything that you loved in the orginial Danger Zone, added DynamiCore Technology to the ball and created an asymmetric monster on the lanes!  I nevery threw the Vapro Zone when it first came out, but I have thrown it since its new release and I can tell you this ball is unreal!  The Vapor Zone gives you great length, but incredible recovery down the lane to the pocket.  This ball is very versatile, but I would strongly recommend it to be used on heavy oil conditions.   

With my layout of 60x5x40 layout in this ball, the ball is just absolutely amazing and I highly recommend this ball to anyone looking for continuous strong backend ball action on the lanes.  The Vapor Zone is just that good of a ball! #brunswickbowling, #dv8bowling, #radicalbowling technologies

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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 11:07:21 AM »
The Vintage Vapor Zone is the newest release in Brunswickís Vintage line. With an updated cover (Activator Plus 2.0) around the time-tested Zone asymmetrical core with DynamiCore this ball is a great throwback to the original Vapor Zone that was so popular years ago.

As a lower rev player, this ball provides me with a stronger, more angular backend motion than anything else in my arsenal. On a typical house shot, I can get my feet on 28 and cross 15 at the arrows out to about 7 and watch this ball just flip over and come back! On Challenge and Sport Patterns, I am able to play more direct without seeing the ball overreact on the backend. 

This ball comes out of the box with a 500 Factory Finish with Crown Factory Compound. If you are looking for a ball that will give you a stronger backend motion and watch a ball hook, this ball is it.


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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2018, 08:29:47 PM »

Length: 42

Volume: 20.25 mils

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: This ball is simply amazing. Flys through the front of the lane and backends like no other ball Iíve seen. It somehow keeps coming and hits like a truck. Iíve thrown this ball on house patterns and sport, it does the same thing on everything Iíve bowled on. If you want to open up the lane, this is definitely the ball. Fits all styles!

Dislikes: One if the few balls I donít have any dislikes about.



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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 07:40:52 PM »
Could not wait for this ball to come out when Brunswick started releasing the Vintage balls.  The first one I drilled was a taller pin, about 5 1/2 inches from PAP.  On league conditions it was a bit too clean for me to use, but then I did a second one with a stronger layout and it gave me the earlier read I was looking for.  I took a little surface off for a while and also used it with a little shine back on it.  In either case it is an excellent ball to change to after my Method, which is my first ball out of the bag on league patterns.  I could stay in the same zone, no pun intended, and get more off the breakpoint or make a move left and still get around the corner.

Depending on the volume of oil, you may need to touch the cover up to use it on the fresh, but definitely a ball you can use all night as you migrate left.  I'm more of a tweeter, so I like the energy off the breakpoint without the ball going sideways.


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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019, 06:56:43 PM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: Pin down 6"  45 degree kick (Rico  no x- hole)


Rev Rate: High , between 475-500 rpm

Ball Speed: 17 mph

PAP 5 15/16" over and 3/8" down


Grit: Box

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


When i heard the vapor zone was coming back as a vintage ball i thought it was too good to be true and that there was no way i could get the same reaction on today's lane conditions as i did with the original vapor zone.... boy was i wrong . the only difference in today's vapor zone and years prior is it says "vintage" i attempted to throw my old vapor zone a few years ago on today's oil and i was sad it labored and i didn't see the performance i once did so it was retired. I drilled the vintage identical as prior. The first ball i played the same as i would "back in the day" threw the ball out the window "or so i thought" and the ball flew back and went a little high and i tripped the 4 pin like i did 5 plus years ago. ..... i'm in love...... .hurry out and fall in love all over again like i did......   

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Re: Vintage Vapor Zone
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2019, 04:35:58 PM »
Drilled my Vintage Vapor Zone 70x5x35 (pin high above ring) with the intention of giving me a ball which will let me open my angles up wide with plenty of help hitting the corner.  I never had the original (had the Classic and Red Zones), but had heard good things about how it rolled and enjoy seeing lowrg cores in my hands.
Out of the box, my first reaction was shock at how clean it got down the lane.  For better or worse, it pretty much ignored the first half of the lane, then checkmarked left at the breakpoint!  As impressive as this shape and extreme angle may appear in a ball video, such a quick response to friction is not what I need to see in order to score, so I hit the Vapor Zone with a 4k pad to kill the polish and help me round out my angles.

My first experience post surface change was on our house shot and I put up an interesting 690 where I had amazing carry getting the ball to the friction early, but my shot got a bit sketchy during the middle of the set as the oil was transitioning (balls missed inside of target were through the breakpoint and too sharp down the lane giving me trouble carrying the 7, 9 and 10).  By the time the lanes started to dry out and the oil line moved left I was back to crushing the pocket, but from a deeper angle along with a more rounded ball motion.
I've used this ball at a variety of tournaments, 45' Route 66 in our challenge league and on a few different lane surfaces.  The one constant has been that if the shot has broken down a bit so that the oil line gets deep inside, this ball becomes my go to.  The Vapor Zone gives me one of the strongest backend motions in my bag but in a strong enough ball to allow me to cheat way inside the oil line and open up my anges.

Compared to other balls in my bag, the Vapor Zone is just a little stronger than most of my midrange equipment.  It starts up and finishes a pinch stronger than my Squatch, is a more angular option to my original Method, yet is a step weaker than my Gold Kingpin SE.  If I were to compare it to something that I have drilled in recent memory, I would say that the Vintage Vapor Zone would be closest to the original Creed.

As a bowler who enjoys getting deep inside and opening my angles, the Vintage Vapor Zone allows me to play those angles even once my stronger balls begin to die out.  The cover has been responsive to surface changes and has been effective for me on a wide variety of patterns - particularly those of medium to longer length.  I recommend this ball for anybody looking for an option to get down the lane and see some movement on the back end.
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