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Combat Tank LE
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:08:38 PM »
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Tanks are tough and strong and the Motiv Combat Tank is no different. This urethane bowling ball is unique in that it features Motiv's hybrid Alchemy coverstock and Recon core. The Alchemy Hybrid coverstock is a rare find for a urethane bowling ball. This blended coverstock helps overcome the weaknesses of a Pearl Urethane or a Solid Urethane. This cover generates effortless length with greater continuation while still offering the traditional urethane motion. This is the first time the Recon core has been paired with a urethane ball. This core offers a higher RG and more differential which results in a little more length and more down lane continuation. The Motiv Combat Tank is finished with a 3000 Grit LSS finish but polishing or sanding the surface will make big performance differences. This is a limited release so Motiv does not intend on producing more after the initial release.

Color: Black/Burgundy
Coverstock: Alchemy Hybrid Urethane
Core: Recon
Finish: 3000 Grit LSS
Reaction: Easy length with great continuation
Recommended Lane Condition: Light Oil
RG: 2.59 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.025 (15# ball)


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Re: Combat Tank LE
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 02:04:03 PM »

Length: 41'

Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


I had the chance to try the new Motiv Combat Tank and it is exactly what Motiv describes. On our fresh house shot pattern, I started playing between first and second arrow and the Combat Tank is very clean through the front part of the lane and when it sees some friction, it has a smooth motion down the lane.

As you can see on the video review, the Combat Tank is very forgiving, when I missed outside my target, the ball had enough recovery to hit the pocket with great carry, while when I missed inside the Combat Tank offered enough hold to not go sideways.

I was skeptical when I first heard about the Combat Tank and how different it would be compared to the Tank Rampage.

I compared the Combat Tank to the Tank Rampage. Overall, the Tank Rampage is stronger and smoother than the Combat Tank. The Combat Tank has more length and it has more pop down the lane. I feel that people who use urethane a lot will find the Combat Tank to be a great ball to have in the bag. The Combat Tank makes a great complement to the Tank Rampage.

Being a low rev bowler, I was not a big fan of urethane balls since I have to be really accurate to hit the pocket consistently and these balls are more condition specific to me. Since I tried the Tank Rampage when it was released and now with the Combat Tank, I have been pleasantly surprised on how useful urethane balls can be on different conditions.

While the Combat Tank is cleaner and has more motion down the lane than the Tank Rampage, the Combat Tank is definitely not the ball to use when you want to open up your angles, especially if you are a low rev or a speed dominant bowler. Motiv offers plenty of options like the Tag Cannon, Octane Carbon or Lethal Paranoia to move in and open up the lane. 

On a fresh house shot pattern, The Combat Tank will be a great option if you want to play up the boards or straighter angles. I also see this ball in play when there is too much over/under and when you need to control the backend and everything else in the bag hooks too early or too much.

On a sport shot, the Combat Tank will be a useful weapon on short oil patterns. Since you have a lot of friction, you need to control the backend and have a smoother reaction, and this ball definitely fits the bill.

Overall, the Combat Tank is a nice addition . It will be a great option to use on house patterns with lower volumes of oil and short oil patterns. The Combat Tank offers more length and more motion down the lane than the Tank Rampage, making it a great complement and a great addition to the Motiv lineup.

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Angel Loaeza

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Combat Tank LE
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 12:31:41 PM »

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Using speed and accuracy, I decided to try a ball that gives me continuation without sacrificing a ball that wouldn't hit the pocket with power. the Alchemy Hybrid cover gives me the overall length that I wanted and with a layout that takes the majority of the lane to rev up, this Recon weight block hits like a MAC truck!!

This core/hybrid cover gives me the length I need and it has an aggressive flip on the back end. I can play on heavy oil and fire it up 2nd arrow or I can play inside on a fresh house shot with this beast. Absolutely love this ball and recommend this because it's a urethane with length and a weight block that hits with continuation as it hits the pocket.

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Re: Combat Tank LE
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 05:34:34 AM »
As someone who doesn't throw a lot of urethane, I'm pleasantly surprised by how well this ball performs in my hands.

Unlike your typical urethane piece, the Combat Tank is built go be a little bit cleaner through the heads. This trait allows me to throw it on quite a few different conditions from sport patterns to lighter volume house patterns where I previously wouldn't have been able to play the correct angles to carry with urethane.

I find this ball to be the more forgiving of the two urethane balls in our lineup, being that when I missed outside with the rampage, it didn't always have enough of a backend reaction to correct my mistake, but when I miss outside with the Combat Tank, it practically throws itself at the headpin at the end of the pattern. All in all, I'm extremely pleased with the way this ball rolls.

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