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« on: November 22, 2023, 09:20:31 AM »
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As Storm embarked on their latest venture in the collaborative innovation world, they approached the legendary Jason Belmonte with a burning inquiry: Which Storm bowling ball should stand the test of time? Without hesitation, Jason's response was, “Obviously, the Phaze II. TX-16™ is one of the best covers of our time.”With unanimous agreement, Storm set forth on an exciting new endeavor. This marks a historic milestone as they introduce the TX-16™ coverstock as a Pearl Reactive coverstock for the first time in the illustrious Storm bowling ball collection with the Journey high-performance ball. This exceptional creation is a true chameleon, catering to bowlers of all styles, and its primary mission is to grant bowlers absolute dominion on medium oil conditions, where lane conditions can shift rapidly.Storm can hardly contain their enthusiasm as they anticipate the moment you take this extraordinary ball along on your personal bowling Journey!

Color: Deep Indigo/Smoke/Turquoise
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: F-8 (14-16#)
Coverstock: TX-16 Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.52 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.053 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil



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Storm Journey by Casey Murphy
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2023, 11:50:33 AM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and ½ up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  5 x 4 x 2 ½  (pin above bridge)
Layout 2:  4 ½ x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

The Journey is a new Pearl Belmo ball.  Fate core and new cover, pearl version of the Phaze 2 cover!  I think this makes the Journey much cleaner and smoother than the Fate.  The Fate used a VERY strong version of the Rex Pearl cover and the result was honestly VERY over under for me.  The mid RG core with the Rex Pearl just made it the ultimate cliff allergic ball!  But the new TX-16 Pearl stays online much better and doesn’t respond to friction quite a hard as the Fate.  This allows me to use slightly better angles to the pocket and use the Journey longer and more often!  I can actually use the Journey when they’re fresh because it stays online and doesn’t over jerk as much.  Love this new Belmo ball!

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Re: Journey
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2023, 07:48:39 AM »
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The NEW Storm Journey is Belmo’s newest addition to the signature line and MAN is this ball amazing. This is the first time we have truly seen a “pearl Phaze II”. This ball provides excellent mid lane read without sacrificing all its power on the back end. I find this ball can be very good from the outside of the lane on heavier volumes but does not quit when you need to get in and sling it. I think this ball is great when the Phaze II is burning up just a little and the lanes have not broken enough for the Fate. I think this ball is going to be around and successful for a long time. Don’t forget to bowl up a Storm!!!


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Re: Journey
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2023, 11:39:51 AM »
Storm Journey ball review
VLS 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 2 7/8

This ball is one that surprised me right away. I don't normally use a ton of symmetrical pearls on house shots, especially when not burned up. This ball is stronger than I expected, making it much more versatile for me. I can use it on the fresh playing straight and keep moving left and it never loses the carry.

Compared to the Fate, the Journey is sharper off the spot and much more continuous on the back. Definitely need to be farther left. I've also found it to be a good complement to my Blackout.  When the Blackout gets into that 4 pin or 10 pin type reaction, I can get the Journey to the same part of the lane and will continue through the pins better.  This ball will be useful on many patterns for a variety of styles.

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Journey Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2023, 11:42:10 AM »
The Journey is a new symmetric ball in Storm’s Signature line, and is Belmo ball number 7.  It features the TX-16 Pearl coverstock, which is the first time we’ve seen the pearl version of the Phaze 2 cover.  The core is the F-8 core from the Fate, which comes in at a 2.52 RG and a .053 differential in 15 pounds.  The Journey at first glance instantly reminds me of a stronger version of the Frantic or Rocket.  I’ve used the Journey on several different conditions with a couple different surfaces.  The factory gloss is too inconsistent and sensitive for me, so I resurfaced it down to 1000 on a resurfacing machine, then finished it lightly with Storm’s Step 2 compound.  The result was a ball that’s exceptionally clean for the first 30 feet before transitioning into a sharp tumble down lane. 

The Journey is kind of a wild experience.  Like the Fate, it doesn’t really rev much, so it gives the appearance of loping down the lane.  The tumbly shape and medium high cover strength keeps it stable before then delivering a unique shape on the backend.  The shape typically creates smoother and slower ball reactions, but the Journey is very sharp on the backend.  However if you back your rev rate off or increase your speed slightly, you can really straighten out the ball path.  Also like the Fate, the reaction is somewhat ambiguous.  The Fate acted clean and sharp, but also got a lot more traction and actual hook than it looked like it was, plus could be very controllable on the backend.  The Journey is a quite a bit different shape than the Fate, but retains the same jack of all trades feel, it can be both very long and sharp, but early and smooth depending on physical adjustments. 
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Re: Journey
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2023, 01:27:17 PM »
The Storm Journey is the newest ball in the signature series line. The Journey features the same F8 core found in the Fate but is now wrapped in TX-16 pearl. The Journey for me is earlier and rounder than the Fate. I see it as being a better option after my Summit starts to straighten out too quick but my Fate and Night Road are too quick.

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2023, 01:32:06 PM »
 NEW BELMO BALL! Those that know me, know how much I have like the 2 of the last 3 Belmo Releases (Trend and Trend 2) so you can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on the newest addition to the Belmo line. The Journey did not disappoint! The Journey Features the F-8 core that was previously in the Fate with the all new TX-16 Pearl cover which is the pearl version of the Phase II cover. The Journey reminds me a lot of the Trend 2, it is a little stronger overall than the Trend 2, but it has a very similar shape. Just as all Belmo balls have done, this ball digs downlane and it is able to take surface changes very well. I have seen the most success with this ball after hitting it with a light 3000 pad (as I do on most pearls). This ball will be traveling with me for the foreseeable future! You are not going to want to miss out on this new release, head to your local SPI proshop and get yours today!

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Re: Journey
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2023, 01:46:43 PM »
Storm Journey Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The newest addition to the Signature Line at Storm is the Journey.  This is the latest collaboration between the masterminds in Utah and one of the best of all time to throw a ball, Jason Belmonte.  After having success with the previous collaborations like the Timeless, Trend, and Fate, I was excited to see what the Journey could provide.  When making the Journey, the team decided to use one of the best coverstocks the game has seen while also making it pearl.  The coverstock is the same as the Phaze II (TX-16) and the core is the F-8 to help with attacking the pins from different angles.  This combination has created the Journey and it’s been great so far.

I’ve drilled one and really like it.  It’s mapped out as 4 ¾ x 4 x 2.  This is a tall pin above my ring finger and the CG is just below my ring finger grip.  I’ve noticed a ton of length with an extremely quick response time.  I’ve had the most success when I’ve had to open up my angles and create a decent amount of shape with the Journey.  With the layout I used and my rev-rate, I’d have a hard time keeping that ball in front of me and online.  I can easily see using the Journey when the pattern stretches and bigger cored balls like the Magic Gem, DNA, and Eternity Pi get tired.

If you need a ball that creates a ton of shape down lane, compliments a bunch of other balls in the Utah lineup, and is another creation from some of the best in the game, go drill a Journey!


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Storm Journey review by Ethan Fiore
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2023, 07:32:38 PM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The Journey is the new collaboration with Storm and Belmo. I have thrown it recently in tournaments and league with a lot of success. Multiple honor scores, multiple wins already and the ball was just released. With the TX-16 cover which has been so good in the past, I knew this ball would be good along with the compliment of the F-8 Core, makes this ball a rolling money maker! It definitely surprised me with how much it gets down the lane. But it sure boomerangs back to the pocket! Go get one today!

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Rev Rate: 500
Speed: 17.5
PAP: 4 1/8 up 7/8


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Re: Journey
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2023, 09:29:34 PM »
Storm Journey
Cover: TX-16 Pearl Reactive Color
Core: F-8 Symmetric Core
Color: Deep Indigo/Smoke/Turquoise
Scent: Kiwi Cantaloupe

The next iteration of bowling ball in the Belmo line is the Journey. After the Fate the Journey had some big shoes to fill and in my mind the Journey filled those shoes and then some. This ball features the same core that was in the Fate wrapped with a new cover to create a new reaction that we have not seen before. The cover being the same used on the Phaze II with an additional pearl additive added to the compound to make the backend motion that so many players desire in today’s game. The thing I really like about this ball is the versatility that it offers, being that the ball can be used right out of the bag in, or when you see the lanes begin to change you will still be able to use this ball due to that pearl additive. This ball takes really well to surface adjustments as well, I have thrown it out of box, 4k fast, 2000 sanded and even at 500 grit. The ball has performed at all of the various surfaces I talked about and was still able to give me the reaction I was looking for from the ball.
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Re: Journey
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2023, 01:14:15 PM »
The Journey features the F-8 core from the Fate. This core creates length and responsiveness downlane. When paired with REX pearl, the result was a long and angular ball that was great on friction and across the pattern. The Journey features the TX-16 Pearl cover wrapped around this core. TX-16 has no nano additive, but is stronger overall than REX Pearl. The result is a smoother, slightly earlier cover that creates a more versatile ball overall. Journey doesn't need quite as much friction as the Fate to pick up correctly, and isn't quite as angular overall. Journey is a strong, mid-RG pearl ball that has enough teeth to use on fresh, but stores enough energy to get across the pattern.

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Re: Journey
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2023, 01:30:06 PM »
Journey - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: TX-16 Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: F8 Core
RG: 2.52
Differential: 0.053
Intermediate Diff: N/A


The Storm Journey is the latest Jason Belmonte signature ball. The Journey features the TX-16 Pearl Reactive combined with the proven F-8 core. To me the Journey is stronger version on the IQ pearl. The Jouney’s optimal length and backend reaction allows me to use this ball from game one to game three in league without any loss in performance due to lane transition. The high RG 2.52 and differential at 0.053 makes this ball great on typical house shot patterns and on the transition for sport patterns. The Journey is a must have for league and tournament bowlers. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball reviews are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.

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Re: Journey
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2023, 03:09:17 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Core: F-8
Cover: TX-16 Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.52 (15lbs)
Differential: 0.053 (15 lbs)

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
Axis Tilt: 14°
Axis Rotation: 74°
PAP: 5 1/8 R 7/8 Up
Ball Layout: Pin over ring 4 3/4 Pin to Pap 1 7/8 Pin Buffer

The newest signature release in collaboration with Jason Belmonte is called the Journey. It features a pearlized version of the TX-16 cover featured on the Phaze II wrapped around the F-8 core that was used in the Fate. This combination creates the most hook on a Belmo ball to date.

I tested the Journey on the house shot in my home center. The Journey surprised me a bit with how well it blended out the wet/dry. I didn't expect the pearl version of the TX-16 cover to retain so many of the characteristics that I loved about the Phaze II. The Journey sees the mid-lane without over-reading the dry but still has a very continuous roll off the back-end. It definitely creates more shape down-lane than the Phaze II but it's not a jerky motion where the ball wants to stand up all at once and get forward.

I was also very happy with how long I could stay in the Journey as the lanes transitioned. It responds very well to hand position changes, allowing you to manipulate motion of the ball down-lane. This lets you square the ball up and play closer to the friction on the fresh and when the lanes really start to hook, you can easily move in, get your hand around the ball and see it come off the friction down-lane and still get great pin action.

The Journey is one of the most versatile balls I've seen. As a Pro Shop Operator I love a ball that allows me to tailor reaction to the needs of my customer and this ball covers a wider variance of bowling styles than anything on the market.

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Re: Journey by Keith C
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2023, 01:25:05 PM »


PAP: 4 7/8 R 7/8 UP
REV: 350
LAYOUT: 5 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 VLS
Test Pattern: 42' THS

The Storm Journey bowling ball is a true game-changer, offering bowlers a remarkable blend of versatility and continuous performance on the lanes.

One of the standout features of the Storm Journey is its remarkable versatility. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual bowler, this ball adapts effortlessly to varying lane conditions. The ball's advanced core design and coverstock technology ensure that it smoothly navigates through different oil patterns, making it a reliable choice for a wide range of bowlers.

The Journey's versatility is particularly evident in its ability to handle both dry and oily lane conditions. During my testing, I was impressed by how the ball maintained its predictability and control, allowing me to make subtle adjustments without sacrificing overall performance. This adaptability makes the Storm Journey a fantastic choice for bowlers looking to enhance their skills and tackle different challenges on the lanes.
The term "continuous" perfectly encapsulates the performance of the Storm Journey. The ball delivers a consistent and reliable reaction from the moment it leaves your hand to its impact with the pins. This attribute is a game-changer for bowlers seeking a ball that provides a smooth and controlled hook motion throughout the entire lane.

The core design of the Storm Journey ensures a steady and predictable roll, making it easy to read the lane and adjust your game accordingly. The ball's coverstock complements its core, contributing to a strong mid-lane read and a continuous backend reaction. This combination results in a ball that doesn't quit, maintaining power and precision from the front to the back of the lane.

In conclusion, the Storm Journey bowling ball lives up to its name by taking bowlers on an incredible journey of versatility and continuous performance. Whether you're facing challenging oil patterns or striving for a consistent roll, this ball is up to the task. Its adaptability and reliable motion make it a must-have for bowlers of all skill levels. If you're searching for a ball that seamlessly transitions through different conditions while maintaining a relentless performance, the Storm Journey is your ticket.

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2023, 06:55:41 PM »
Storm Journey Specs:

Cover stock TX-16 Pearl Reactive
F-8 Core (Symmetrical)
Finish Reacta Gloss Polished
Layout 4.5 x 4.5 with 2” Pin Buffer

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20.
Speed at release 17

 The Storm Journey is the latest ball in the Signature line. This is a glossy beautiful ball that smells great! The scent of Kiwi Cantaloupe makes me think I’m eating a breakfast of fruit on the beach. The color of this ball is such a pretty mix of purple, smoke and turquoise. When I first tested the Journey it seemed to go a bit longer than expected. I did not alter the box finish. I kept rolling the Journey and after I guess what would be a break in period this ball just kept getting stronger and better. I see this with some covers from time to time. Now that this box finish Journey has about 30 games on it, it rolls strong and is forgiving. The Journey is a very predictable and continuous ball. For me it has become a medium to heavy condition ball. I do have to swing this ball more than my IQ Ruby or Electrify. The hit and carry of the Journey has been very good for me. I have drilled the Journey for traditional thumb in and two hand bowlers and the response has been very positive for both. I recently drilled my second Journey and dulled it to 2000 before rolling, and the ball read sooner, was just as predictable and moved a bit more in the oil. Total boards stayed about the same on both balls if I was bumping off the dry on our house shot. We used the box glossy surface for the video. I will use the Journey when I need to cover more boards than my Ruby. This ball is stronger than my IQ Ruby and under my slightly polished Magic gem in total hook. This may become the best Belmo ball yet.

The Journey is strong and versatile.
The hit and carry is very good.
 The Journey looks and smells great!

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