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Title: Vandal
Post by: BallReviews-scodaddy21 on July 07, 2015, 10:04:55 AM
Description:  Do some damage to the competition with the DV8 Vandal.  The Vandal combines a composite coverstock with an asymmetric core to offer a ball with an all-purpose ball motion and powerful backend flip on a spectrum of lane conditions.

DV8 Vandal Specs:

- Color: Blue/Black   All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown. 
- Coverstock: Composite Pearl 
- Core: Vandal Asymmetric
- Factory Finish: 500 Siaair, Royal Compound 
- Reaction: All purpose ball motion with aggressive backend flip 
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.499** 
- Differential (Diff): 0.055** 
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls 
- Hook Potential: High 
- Length: Medium 
- Recommended Lane Condition: Wide Variety 
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Brandon Riley on July 07, 2015, 04:21:59 PM
My Vandal is drilled 60x4.5x40 as the second ball that I would go to on Medium/Heavy lanes once I want to open up my angles.  My goal was to find a ball that I could step down to once my 4” pin up Thug starts rolling too soon, yet be a step stronger than my Divas/Dudes.  The Vandal fit the bill perfectly, giving me that length that I was looking for with more shape down the lane than my pin up Diva (my benchmark). 
It is not nearly as skid/flippy as the Ruckus Schizo, but is far more predictable and just has a really nice roll.  If I were to compare its shape and roll, I would best describe it as the roll of my old Hyroad with the midlane traction of my Hell Raiser Terror – and that is a huge compliment.

So far I have used the Vandal on 37’ Kegel Broadway, 39’ ABC Nationals 2003, 45’ Route 66 and a couple of house patterns.  On all 5 patterns I had too much backend motion to maximize my pocket %, but I experienced a disproportionately high number of messengers.   In every outing, the Vandal’s best look was when I was creeping left with my feet and opening my angles through the front part of the lane during games 3-5.  This ball needed that little bit of carrydown to control its downlane motion and thrived the further left I went with my feet, even on the shorter 37’ pattern when I was swinging the ball from 3arrow to the ditch. 

The most impressive look I had was in a tournament which I led on the 39’ ABC Nationals 2003 pattern which was a 1.7:1 ratio.  Where my opponents experienced early hook or hang, I was able to step left of everybody with softer speed, creating both recovery and carry where others were leaving 2-10’s.  I am extremely impressed with the Vandal thus far and it immediately became an important piece in my tournament bag!
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: DV8Jackson on July 07, 2015, 07:17:12 PM
We heard a lot of hype about this ball and from what I can see it is living up to all the excitement. I drilled mine Pin above middle finger ( Left Handed ) and just love the reaction I get from the Vandal. Very smooth and forgiving on backend I can miss a little at the bottom and ball still recovers and hits hard, also when getting a little bit too much on the ball it will lay off and give you hold in the middle. This will be my next benchmark ball I throw on almost all patterns to see where and what ball to throw.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: fbushstl on July 09, 2015, 01:36:36 PM
This ball is absolutely amazing. So clean and smooth through the fronts of the lanes, But maintains the hit power on the back end. This ball is a must have in your bag. good for THS and most sport patterns.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: srpbapro on July 11, 2015, 08:49:30 AM
DV8 has come up with a different ball motion that is very consistent that picks up the pattern very easily. It has a violent back end bite that revs up at the end of the pattern that blows threw the pins. This will be the go to ball in every bowlers arsenal.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: bannachb on July 21, 2015, 11:56:09 AM
DV8 describes the Vandal as an All Purpose Motion with Backend Flip on multiple different conditions.
I didn’t know what to expect out of the Vandal.  The Vandal has a new cover technology, and a new core.  So it was going to be a learning curve.  Considering DV8 promoted it as an all purpose motion, I decided to put one of my favorite all purpose layouts in it.
I choose a layout of 50x5.5x70 for my Vandal which usually gives me a great controllable motion on many different patterns.  It picks up early and has a strong arcing motion.
The motion of the Vandal is amazing.  As many others have said, I haven’t seen a motion like this in a very long time, if ever.  This is going to sound counteractive, but it is the best way I can describe the motion.  It is very clean through the front, but reads the front part of the lane very well.  Usually “clean” balls look like they are squirting through the heads, almost hydroplaning, but not the Vandal.  You can tell it is in control of the lane the entire time.  It isn’t so much that it is squirting down the lane, it is more like it is just waiting for the right time to start making it’s move.  It is a very unique motion that I cannot wait to use on a variety of different patterns.
The strength of the Vandal is what surprised me the most.  I don’t usually expect an “all purpose” ball to be able to handle a significant amount of oil.  But the Vandal handled just as much oil as my Thug Corrupt and Radical Guru.
I can’t believe I would ever describe an asymmetric ball as a “benchmark” ball, but that is almost what the Vandal is.  It is going to give you a great read of the lane, on many different patterns, and gives a smooth, controllable, strong motion that is great for seeing the lane. 
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: bowlfreeport on July 21, 2015, 05:15:44 PM
Ladies and Gentleman… get to know the DV8 Vandal – because it soon will be your best friend.
As a PBA Member and DV8 Staffer, I have had the opportunity to throw the DV8 Vandal for a few weeks now and also help out with “demo events” showcasing the DV8 Vandal.
With the new DV8 Composite Pearl Shell, it is very apparent from the first few times you throw it that this ball is something special.
You have read others say that this is a benchmark ball, here are my words… this will not be your biggest hooking ball, this will not be your least hooking ball, BUT it WILL be the ball you have in your hands most of the time. It is just simply amazing.
With the DV8 Vandal Asymmetric core, the ball is very clean through the front (without leak on oil), reads and recovers consistently in the mids… and then WOW. Strong with control, and it does it time after time.
Heavy oil? The Vandal can handle it. Burned up? It will handle that as well. It is VERY versatile, and you will keep this ball in your hands for a long time. Finally, a ball you can use all night long!
I drilled my DV8 Vandal 65x4.5x45 – and it is THE ball that comes out of the bag first. This new composite shell, combined with the DV8 Vandal core equals a big hit for the DV8 line. I highly recommend the DV8 Vandal for your arsenal.
Jeff Johnson
DV8 Regional PBA Staff Member
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: BrunsWolf on July 21, 2015, 09:02:57 PM
Bowler Stats:
Speed: 18-19mph
Rev Rate: 400-450rpm
Axis Rotation: Medium
Axis Tilt: Low
Ball Layout: 45 by 5” by 50 with P2 hole
The Vandal reminds me a lot of what I first saw in the Wicked Siege and the Aura (two of my favorite asymmetricals of all time), only a bit stronger downlane.  Just a touch of midlane read to control the overall reaction before cutting loose on the backends. While I’ve had success with DV8 asymmetrics in the past, the Vandal is in a class all its own. Between the new Vandal core and the new composite pearl coverstock, DV8 really concocted something special. Within the first 10 days of throwing it I’ve had a 300 in tournament play, an 810 in league, and also went 259-279 the last two qualifying games to make a regional cut on Scorpion. The only DV8 ball that really comes close enough to compare would be the old Hell Raiser Terror (which received a bunch of praise). For most bowlers, I could easily see this being the first ball out of the bag in league play. Mine is absolutely a house shot killer. With my low tilt and only medium axis rotation, I obviously prefer playing a little straighter than others with the same speed and rev rate. However it is very easy for me to still carry the corner pins even when moving past 4th arrow with the Vandal. While this ball is a must for the next league season, I believe that many players would match up with this ball on medium to longer sport patterns as some friction is created. Without a doubt I can say that if you’ve been looking at trying DV8, this is absolutely the first ball to try. If you’re a long-time DV8 fan, the Vandal will give you a look that you’ve never seen before.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: tommymo on July 27, 2015, 07:18:26 PM
The new DV8 Vandal offers an all new, low RG, asymmetric core, paired with the new Composite Pearl coverstock. This new ball offers a ball motion that I haven't seen in a while. It is a ball motion that everyone wants and should have in their bag. Finished at 500/Royal Compound, you get a ball that will clear the heads well but rev up and have the perfect amount of midlane read and continuation. I drilled my Vandal 35x5x35 with no hole. I was eager to see this ball roll and decided to try it during our final weeks of summer sport league. I have used the Vandal on 2 different oil patterns; 43ft heavier volume THS and 40ft US Open.

U.S. Open pattern- On the fresh, the Vandal wasn't quite the look. I started with a Diva Divine, pin down and sanded to 1000 Siaair. As the block went on, the Divine started to hang corners due to the rough surface, and I needed to open up the lane. The Vandal was the perfect choice. I'm sure cover stock adjustments would allow me to use the Vandal right off the bat, but with how fantastic the ball motion was at stock surface, why mess with such a good thing? The Vandal allowed me to stay confident and relaxed on the demanding pattern.

43ft THS- On this pattern, the Vandal was able to shine from start to finish. I was able to attack from multiple angles and split the 8-9 with ease. The Vandal will allow you to exploit the free hook to the outside and not squirt in oil. The new Composite Pearl cover is consistent from shot to shot, which allows you to keep it out of the bag and in your hands longer.

The new Vandal is going to be a big release for DV8. The way it seems to hold and read the lane is something special. It's hard to explain. Others have said it in their reviews, and they are spot on with it. The Vandal seems to be reading the lane as soon as you release it. It's strong, forgiving and consistent.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: JG3DV8 on July 28, 2015, 08:41:04 PM
I have to agree with everyone that has thrown this ball. It is something new with its asymmetric core and composite pearl cover stock that makes its a perfect combination. This ball hits like a truck. I currently have one drilled pin up above the ring finger and let me tell you its ridiculously clean and can be thrown on pretty much anything. I used many angles on a normal house shot and it still drives. If you haven't gotten one in your yet then your're missing out.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: dustinbearden on July 30, 2015, 12:04:15 PM
The best thing about this ball is that this motion is not in the DV8 line with any other ball, and It's incredible. The two best things about the Vandal are its carry and consistency. I've bowled with this on a variety of conditions, and rarely have I run across a condition where it did't carry well. It is extremely continuous through the pins and makes a really nice hard turn off the breakpoint. If you throw the Vandal well, you will bowl big scores.

Dustin Bearden
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: seabreeze on August 01, 2015, 03:42:12 PM
I was really excited to get this ball and man it didn't disappoint! The Vandal is clean through the heads with a strong mid lane read and splits the 8-9 like nothing I have ever thrown. This ball gives me a ball motion I didn't have in my bag and will be my bench mark ball this upcoming season. The new cover stock is amazing!

Perry G
SW Florida 
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: teamDV8 on August 01, 2015, 07:28:28 PM
Hi My name is Doug Cutler and I am a DV8 Regional Staffer and I am left handed and I throw between 15-16mph.  The drilling I did on my first Vandal,I put the the Pin above my ring finger with the CG stacked and the surface out of the box. The pin is 3-4".  All I can say about the Vandal is "WOW". The motion of the Vandal is amazing.  As many others have said, I haven’t seen a motion like this in a very long time, if ever.  This is going to sound counteractive, but it is the best way I can describe the motion.  It is very clean through the front, but reads the front part of the lane very well.  Usually “clean” balls look like they are squirting through the heads, almost hydroplaning, but not the Vandal. The strength of the Vandal is what surprised me the most.  I don’t usually expect an “all purpose” ball to be able to handle a significant amount of oil.  But the Vandal handled just as much oil as my Thug Corrupt. I believe right now the  Vandal is going to be my "Benchmark" ball. One last thing I like about the Vandal is If I miss a little at the bottom and ball still recovers and hits hard, also when getting a little bit too much on the ball it will lay off and give you hold in the middle. This is a ball that you can use on multiple lane conditions and that is special because you will not need many balls in your bag because just about any condition you will be able to use the Vandal. I have used the Vandal on Cheetah, THS, Shark, and Scorpion.  DV8 has hit a home run with the Vandal.  You are going to need this ball in your bag, and I am going to drill a couple more and I promise you will not be disappointed with the Vandal.  TONIGHT WE BOWL! #dv8bowling, #dv8vandal
Title: Vandal
Post by: bowler801 on August 03, 2015, 04:56:48 PM
My name is Bryan L. Williams and I am a PBA Member and DV8 Regional Pro Staffer. The Vandal is an absolutely UNBELIEVEABLE ball!  The ball motion is absolutely amazing!
Many bowlers have already said it, so I might as well join them…I have never seen ball motion like this in a very long time, possibly not ever!  The best way to describe its ball motion is that it is ultra clean through the front part of the lanes, unlike any ball I have ever thrown.  The most amazing aspect of this ball is that it maintains its motion at the break point and through the pins, with predictability like I have never seen in any bowling ball to date.  It’s backend motion is very consistent and not skid/flippy, like many asymmetrical balls can be.  Additionally, this ball can be used on virtually every condition you can imagine, and still roll consistently!  The layout on my ball is the Pin just above and to the right of my ring finger with the CG stacked and the surface out of the box. It has a pin of 3-4".
This is the ONE BALL YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR BAG!  As a professional bowler, this is a ball that can be altered to work on ANY condition and you will be able to score.  DV8 has done it again with the creation of the DV8 Vandal. If you don’t have one by now, you are just not bowling!!! DV8…Tonight We Bowl!; #dv8bowling 
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: RadicalJim on August 05, 2015, 09:46:57 PM
– Drilled 40 x 5 x 70
DV8 made the announcement that the developed a new formula for the Vandal. Right out of the box, you can smell the difference. Exactly what is that smell? Absolute success! The Vandal is the ball that will stand against that other companies tried and true skid/flip option and make them look silly.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Wolfstrike on August 18, 2015, 01:36:44 PM

So I want to share some info about my DV8 vandal. I drilled my vandal 50 * 4 * 50 and left it at box finish. Its hard for me to put this ball in perspective vs some of my previous dv8 equipment.
Like everything made nowadays its very clean through the front of the lane. It reminds me of my dv8 dude in that respect. Seems like it speeds up through the front of the lanes that's where the comparison of those 2 balls end. This ball is a freaking boomerang for me. Just completely sideways. This is my second year on staff with dv8 and last year I didn't see this shape. I honestly don't know if its the cover(New composite) or the new core shape. But its as sideways as anything iv'e throw from any of the brunswick brands.

The vandal overall is about 3-5 weaker than my thug series but much my angular than any of the thugs have been and its not even close.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Andrew Adler on August 29, 2015, 11:59:14 AM
The DV8 Vandal is new territory for the DV8 brand. It has a brand new assymetric cover with a composite pearl coverstock. This combination gives a most bowlers a benchmark-type ball reaction right out of the box. On fresh conditions I see this ball giving me great length with a strong arc motion going through the pocket. It is a ball reaction I didn’t have in my bag before. I laid my Vandal out with the pin above the middle finger by about 1 ¾ inch. The cg is udner my ring finger and the mass bias point is right on the right edge of my thumb. This layout gives me a great deal of length and a later mid-lane read, while saving a bunch of energy for the backend roll. It’s very hard to make this ball quit, which is something I find very promising in an asymmetric bowling ball. This is the first ball out of my bag on lanes with a little transition (breakdown) or those with backends that aren’t as crisp.

Andrew Adler
Brunswick Regional Staff

The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of myself and not those of Brunswick.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: enako8 on August 31, 2015, 04:45:30 PM

Length: 41ft

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): House Shot

Likes: With the new composite cover and asymmetric core I was really impressed on how controlled the Vandal is. I almost always go with a symmetric core to start and see what I need to do from there, but not the case with the Vandal. Its a great starting or benchmark ball. Clean rolling in the middle to out by the edge. A homerun on DV8 on a ball that completes their line.

Dislikes: None

Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: teamDV8 on September 02, 2015, 08:35:14 AM
My name is Doug Cutler and I am on DV8 Regional Staffer.  This is my second post on the Vandal and all I can say is WOW what a Fantastic Ball. I will  probably drill up 2 more of these balls.  I have my ball drilled with the Pin just above my ring finger and the CG kicked out just a little. The surface on the ball I just hit it with a light 4,000 Abralon Pad.  I have had so many complements on this ball on the ball motion and hitting power. Right out of the box, you can smell the difference. Exactly what is that smell? Absolute success! The Vandal is the ball that will stand against all other companies tried and true skid/flip option. The strength of the Vandal is what surprised me the most.  I don’t usually expect an “all purpose” ball to be able to handle a significant amount of oil.  But the Vandal handled just as much oil as my Thug Corrupt. I can’t believe I would ever describe an asymmetric ball as a “benchmark” ball, but that is what the Vandal is.  It is going to give you a great read of the lane, on many different patterns, and gives a smooth, controllable, strong motion that is great for seeing the lane. If you don't have a Vandal yet in your bag, you really need to get one, and I promise you will not be disappointed!  So get to your Local Pro Shop and Purchase a Vandal Today!! #dv8vandal #dv8bowling

Doug Cutler
DV8 Regional Staffer
PBA Regional Champion
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: BBU on September 06, 2015, 10:07:07 AM



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: This ball is a monster. I was fortunate enough to throw a few of these with different layouts at our recent trade show. I was very impressed with how this ball moves on fresh oil. This ball will be a great addition to my Radical Guru Master. Unlike other top end balls from other manufacturers, this ball continues to move through the pins.


Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: jwendt on September 15, 2015, 12:32:54 PM

The Vandal is a must have ball! I drilled mine 45x4.25x30 and left it box finish. This ball is comparable to the original Dude but on steroids! The first game out of the box was 300! It is cleaner down lane and makes a very powerful angular motion into the pocket. The Vandal is great for heavy to medium oil conditions. This is always the first ball out of my bag it is a great benchmark ball. If you want to play in or out on the lane this ball provides you with all angles to the pocket. The deeper you get on the lane it just keeps coming back! If you want to shoot some big scores get yours today you won’t be disappointed!
Jason Wendt
DV8 Regional Staff Member
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: cory867 on September 16, 2015, 08:52:18 AM

Length: 42

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

I really like this ball.  I drilled it 70 x 4.5 x 20 (my favorite layout).  This gets down the lane and then pops to the pins.  I go between this and my Taunt for THS leagues.  My taunt is a little smoother so when it does not clear the corners, the Vandal does.  I am able to play different angles with the Vandal that I can not with my taunt.  This lends to being able to move around and still have the confidence that the ball will get back to the pocket.  Great ball to pick up if you want a little more kick down lane.

Cory Rockteschel
DV8 Regional Staff Member
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Alucious on October 01, 2015, 06:56:37 AM
Bobby Benton

DV8 Vandal (
70 x 5 x 35 (OOB Surface)

Personal Stats:
400-450 RPM
18-20 MPH
PAP - 5 5/8" over, 1" up
Axis Tilt - Estimated 8-12 Degrees
Current League Average: 243

Intended Use:
I initially hesitated to drill up the DV8 Vandal, because I have never had much success with Asymmetric Pearl balls. After hearing many many good things, I decided to go ahead and drill one. I used 70 x 5 x 35 as a standard strong/flippy layout for me.

Just WOW. I haven't been this impressed by a ball in quite a long time. I cannot put it down. The cover LIKES oil, so it's not like other pearls for me where I tend to throw them through the breakpoint easily. This ball is STRONG off the spot and is a motion I didn't have anything close to in the bag.

This ball is just unreal. I've now had a chance to bowl three league nights with it. I am averaging dead on 250 and I HAVEN'T MOVED ME FEET YET. This ball is strong enough that it allows me to start left of most people and the cover is still clean enough that it just doesn't see the transition as quick as other balls do. Long and strong, this ball does NOT go wrong!
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Troy on October 01, 2015, 05:37:38 PM
DV8 Vandal

If you only can buy one ball this year, this is the one you MUST have in your bag.  This ball is nothing short of amazing.  It gets down the lane so cleanly, then when it clears the friction makes an immediate left hand turn.  It is incredibly angular.  My only advice is give this ball so room to allow it to showcase how amazing it is.  This ball is excellent on medium to light oil conditions, it will allow you to have some miss area and you will be impressed with its ability to recovery!  It hits will great angular velocity and I couldn’t imagine bowling without it.

I drilled my Vandal 70 x 5 x 35.  This kept the pin up which I think makes sense with the natural characteristics of the ball; especially with its cover and core combination.

Troy Schaefer
Brunswick Regional Staff Player
#bowlwithbruns #teamBrunswick
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Jmiller88 on October 04, 2015, 08:33:09 PM
Who wants to hit a home run when you can hit a Grand Slam? The new DV8 Vandal is just that, a Grand Slam! I drilled my Vandal pin under my middle finger (5 1/2" from PAP) and the reaction on this ball is absolutely phenomenal. The composite pearl cover picks up in the middle just enough to not "squirt" through the oil, and comes off the spot like nothing I have seen before.  No matter what I throw this on, I get the same reaction which is something all bowlers look for. I have used this at numerous different houses in league and it makes people turn their heads the minute they see it go down the lane. I worked a local demo day just before this was released and this was the only ball that I could not get out of peoples hands. If you need a ball for any many types of lane conditions this is the one.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: BigBPride on October 05, 2015, 10:44:08 PM

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: 45 x 4 7/8 x 60

X Hole (if there is one): Yes


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): Matte


The DV8 Vandal is a outstanding benchmark ball that can be used on a variety of different oil patterns from house shots to sport patterns.  The Vandal is clean and smooth on the backend where it is best used on Medium oil patterns.  I drilled mine to compliment my Brute Strength which it rolls very similar but the Vandal give more backend.  The Vandal is a great ball that every bowler should have in their arsenal to match a lot of oil patterns that are known to date.

Charles Withers II
DV8 Advisory Staff

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: dougforde on October 09, 2015, 05:19:29 PM
I have thrown my Vandal for about 3 weeks now. I drilled it with the pin above my ring finger. The ball gets down the lane clean and just explodes on the back end. I did hit mine with a used 3000 pad to make it a little smoother off the spot. The Vandal is a great ball when you have to get left and open up the lane. I must say I love this ball!
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: mrrevsss on October 27, 2015, 08:44:41 PM



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):


Likes:An amazing ball with versatility. Slow roll or bring the heater it is a must have!!

Dislikes: none

Title: Vandal
Post by: ChrisHeringer on November 05, 2015, 02:49:58 PM
Left handed, 15 mph, ~400 rev, 4 1/2 over 1/2 up, Vandal drilled 50*x4x30*
First non-Radical ball I have drilled in the past 2 1/2 years.  This ball is a keeper!  A real great piece.  For me, this places the pin above my ring.
The Vandal has been a great piece for me to go when the track begins to get a bit toasty and I have the chance to move my feet right to really cover some boards!  As a lefty, this doesn't happen a lot....but its fun when it does.  The pearl cover on the Vandal gets it down lane with no issues, reads the friction on the back, changes direction and maintains exceptional "pop" through the pins. 
For me, I've been able to step up to the Vandal when I'm seeing a bit too much burn in the front of the lane on my Radical Ridiculous.  Ball up to the Vandal, make a couple board adjustment with my feet and eyes, right back in the pocket. 
As I mentioned I have only drilled this Vandal and a Nirvana in the past 2 1/2 years, so my personal experience is limited in the DV8 line, I am more than willing to try and help you with your decision making process of the next ball you purchase.  Shoot me an email at:
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Brunswick_fan_BrandonH on November 10, 2015, 09:01:50 AM

Ball Weight: 16 lbs


Dual Angle Layout: 70 x 5" x 40

X Hole (if there is one): P2


Rev Rate: Higher, between 370 and 410 rpm, aka Cranker

Ball Speed: 16.50 mph

PAP/Track: 5 3/8" over and 7/8" up with a high track


Grit: Box - 500, Royal Compound

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polished


Length: Multiple

Volume: Multiple

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Multiple


Length: 8 / 10

Back End: 8 / 10

Overall Hook: 8 / 10

Midlane Read: 7 / 10

Breakpoint Shape: Clean through the fronts with a strong backend motion


Likes: Clean through the fronts and good continuation

Dislikes: None

The DV8 Vandal uses the composite coverstock technology with a pearl formulation. The Vandal has a very clean motion through the front with a strong backend continuation. I have used this on multiple patterns, and usually go to it when the fronts start too hook too much and and I need a ball that will not read the front part of the lane. I can also use it to stand left and throw it to the friction but not get that hockey stick reaction but more of a strong roll to the pocket. It is very versatile and will work on medium to oily conditions. It will be a little weaker compared to the Thug series balls and have a smoother overall reaction. Like the other DV8 balls, it takes well to surface changes if you need to to handle more oil or smooth out the reaction. If you are looking for a versatile, smooth rolling pearl asymmetrical ball, then the Vandal is it!
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: clegg300 on November 13, 2015, 02:15:01 PM
Where can I start with this amazing ball the vandal is a bowler dream it like magic in your hands this ball does everything it's roll, sit when you need it too and its hook a ton on the backend I must say this is one of my favorite from dv8. Drill it 60x4x30 and the beast mode was activated. Again a great ball by dv8 if you need a all purpose ball this is the one , I roll it on everything except the very dry conditions which I use my misfits for that condition. The vandal and deviant can be a great 1-2 punch when the lanes starts to break down .

Morris Clegg
Dv8 Regional/Amateur Staffer
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: devildog819 on January 10, 2016, 09:07:55 AM
This ball is awesome.  The Vandal uses an asymmetrical core with a composite pearl cover finished with a 500 Saair MicroPad and Royal Compound. 

This ball was drilled 55 x 3 3/4 x 30 with no weight hole. My goal was to produce a sharper reaction with a more angular break point to be used on you typical house patterns.

The reaction I got from this ball was clean thru the fronts, with an aggressive but controllable transition off the spot down lane.  THIS BALL HITS LIKE A TRUCK!!!  If I wanted to play straighter, all I had to do is change the cover, which was really easy and the reaction I got was amazing.  This ball is a definite winner and would be another great addition to an already strong arsenal. 

Roger Harley Jr
Brunswick Advisory Staff
IBPSIA Advanced Pro Shop Technician
USBC Bronze Coach

**The views expressed are those of the author and not of the Brunswick Corporation**
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: Junior2318 on January 23, 2016, 11:09:06 AM
I m DV8 Advisory staff and I this ball is the first ball coming out of my bag for one league. It is all purpose ball with strong backend. I drilled it  45x 4 x 45 p2.

Awesome smooth with strong backend goes to the pin and kills it very much.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: jimwoosh on January 25, 2016, 06:51:04 PM
Ball layout 45 x 4 x 45   ball speed 19.5 rev rate 425

surface management 2000 abralon pad

by far the best ball I have ever drilled.. Very versatile! have thrown this on 43 foot sport kegel tokyo - 40 foot flat kegel red square and 38 foot ths.

this ball plain hooks for me. it is clean through the fronts and picks up nicely in the midlane with this layout. the back end reaction is out of this world. It recovers from virtually anywhere and is very predictable. one of the balls strongpoints is there is very little transition with this ball. I find myself not having to move more than 1-2 boards on any condition. I haven't found nay pattern it hasn't rolled good on yet!
go visit your local proshop and pick one up won't be disappointed

Jim Wollschleger Dv8 regional staffer....these opinions are mine and not that of the Brunswick Bowling Corporation
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: animationbowler on February 15, 2016, 01:18:58 PM

Length: Multiple

Volume: Mutliple

Pattern Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Both House and Sport


Likes: The Vandal for me is probably one of the best balls that I have thrown in a long time. I love to be able to see length out of a ball, but still have some pop on the backend. This is what the Vandal does provide for me. It is a beautiful ball that drives through the pocket with no wasted energy.

Dislikes: If the oil does carrydown strangely, then I will start to leave the Flat 10 Pin, but usually with a parallel move to the right with my feet and target, I am able to combat that problem. As well, with some of the other balls in my arsenal, I am easily to combat this issue.
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: PLevasseur on May 07, 2016, 10:05:33 AM
The Vandal has the Vandal asymmetric core wrapped with the new composite coverstock. It gives you more overall hook without dying in the heads. That ball reads the mids like an asym ball and has backend like a symmetric ball. It’s pretty amazing to see it how it rolls.

Yes, I know. That ball came out worldwide last summer. It is maybe late for a review but I drilled that beast about a month and a half ago. Seriously, I don’t know what I was missing until I threw it. The layout: 50x5x30. The results…….WOWWW!! That ball covers same amount of boards as my Ultimate Nirvana but with a lot more backend. That ball just seemed to bite to the lanes and turn the corner. Just to gives you an idea, I bowl a tournament 3 weeks ago. The pattern was so beaten up after 2 and an half game, I took my Vandal out (bowling with my Danger Zone before) and move left 8 and 5 (now playin’ 5th arrow). For a game and a half remaining, the more left I was going, the more that ball was coming back. It amaze me that a ball that strong, was coming back even in that part of the lane. I can assure you one thing, that ball will be not coming out of my arsenal soon.

I think everyone needs a Vandal in their arsenal. PERIOD! Tonight We Bowl!
Title: Re: Vandal
Post by: prmtme13 on June 30, 2016, 08:52:23 PM

Length: 6 out of 10

Volume: medium oil

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS and 2016 USBC S/D pattern
I have had this ball since it came out, it has been my favorite THS ball I have used all year. I was fortunate enough to shoot 2- 300's and 1- 800 with it this year. It reads the lane great with not to much length but does get down the lane nicely and the ball is strong off the backend but not snappy.
Just got back from nationals and loved the look I had with this ball when I moved in real deep late in the squad. Was able to get down the lane nicely but read the mid-lane nicely and gave me enough angle to carry the corners.


Likes: good length and very strong backend

Dislikes: nothing