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The Road
« on: April 05, 2024, 08:58:36 AM »
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Introducing the Storm The Road bowling ball, a groundbreaking fusion of legendary performance and cutting-edge innovation. For years, the Hy-Road has reigned supreme as the pinnacle choice for bowlers, earning its place as the most esteemed ball in Storm's storied history. But now, a new era dawns. At the heart of this revolutionary ball lies the Inverted Fe² A.I. Core, a marvel of design meticulously crafted to elevate your game to unparalleled heights. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a rising star, this core is engineered to outperform, enhancing your ability to execute every shot with precision and power. Versatile and adaptable, the Hy-Road continues its legacy as one of the most trusted benchmark balls of all time, effortlessly navigating a myriad of styles and oil patterns with ease. But it doesn't stop there. With the most significant advancement in outer core technology in Storm's 30-year history, expect nothing short of revolutionary performance. Boasting a medium-high RG and differential infusion, the Storm The Road delivers a smooth, predictable shape at the end of the lane, setting a new standard for consistency and reliability. And with A.I. Core technology now available across all weights, every bowler can experience the benefits of amplified inertia, regardless of their chosen weight. Prepare to storm the lanes like never before with the Storm The Road bowling ball – where benchmark reliability meets groundbreaking innovation.

Color: Midnight/Carmine
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Core: Inverted Fe² A.I. Core (14#-16#)
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Differential: 0.045 (15# ball)
RG: 2.55 (15# ball)
Flare Potential: Medium-High
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy to Medium Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Fruit Pop



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Re: The Road
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2024, 04:25:04 PM »




Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS 12:1 Ratio


Coverstock: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Core: Inverted Fe² A.I. Core
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Differential: 0.045 (15)
RG: 2.55 (15)

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 5/8 X 5 X 1 1/2 VLS

Storms new A.I. Technology has been introduced in some great new balls and added to some of the most popular existing SPI technology. It's only natural that the Fe2 core featured in the Hy-Road and other balls of it's line would be next to get the AI upgrade. Enter The Road. To compliment the upgraded core, it was paired with a Hybrid version of the REX cover featured on the Night Road.

I tested The Road on a fresh house pattern at my home center. Our fresh pattern is long and higher volume so the cleaner balls aren't usually what I prefer to start with. The high ratio can exacerbate the over/under so the really responsive balls can leave you some interest patterns on small misses. I was a bit surprised how well The Road worked on the fresh. I had to keep the angle open but it wasn't as fickle front to back as I expected and saw the right part of the lane very consistently.

I next tested The Road game three in league. The lanes transition a lot and the worn front panels can make moving inside a bit tricky, especially with my ball speed. I was moving off of an Optimum Idol that I had taken the surface up to 3000 on. My hope was that I could transition into The Road on the same line that I had been striking on , once the smoother OI was having trouble getting the corners out.  I was really surprised at the difference between how the ball looked down-lane on the broken down lane compared to the fresh one. The Road really saw the mid-lane harder than I expected. It got forward pretty quick so it did hit the pocket from the same alignment but I found my better carry came from getting a touch deeper, and letting my hand come around it. This is a move I have to make a lot lately with how much earlier the balls have gotten, but I had hoped the Road would be a bit closer to a Hy-Road motion. I would say that it's closer to the Night Road for me but a bit stronger.

I think the The Road will be a great ball in transition for lower ball speed players, and great on the burn for high speed players. It definitely is responsive enough to come off the dry for guys with firmer ball speed so anywhere you need the ball to make a move in a smaller window, this ball with do it for you.

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Storm The Road by Casey Murphy
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2024, 07:35:17 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and 1 1/8 up

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

The Road is a brand new AI version of the HyRoad with an updated cover.  Storm added AI to the Hyroad Core and swapped the R2S Hybrid cover with the Rex Hybrid cover.  WOW!  This ball is something else.  Its clean and hits the midlane and likes to go left.  It’s not super quick though which makes it ideal for blending transition and dry lanes.  When they are slick I know I’ll be able to jam it up the dry and use it to play the shim.  When they are drier or transitioning I can get left and send it! 

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Re: The Road
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2024, 09:20:43 AM »

The Road
Coverstock: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core:  Inverted Fe² Technology
(14 pd)
RG: 2.55
Differential: 0.045

Layout: 5 x 4 x 3 1/2 - 2LS
Layout Extras: 31/32 to 2" and 7/8 to 3" Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

The Road features the newer Amplfied Inertia core technology. This core as you would expect will help The Road in providing a predictable shape at the end of the pattern. As A.I. core technology has been previously tested that means a few extra percentage points of carry can be anticipated.

For my review I compared The Road to the Night Road. I must note here I did not have a Hy-Road to compare The Road to which would likely be a closer comparison oob. For me, The Road has a bigger window of use than the Night Road. The Road is most impressive downlane. Initially I thought the Reacta Gloss finish would work well by scuffing it up a bit. However, I am pleasantly surprised how the oob finish looked and will test even further before changing the surface.

The Night Road, as you may recall, had a 4K Fast finish. I liked 4K Fast even more once I let my Night Road lane shine a bit. Either of these balls would fit well for your medium type THS patterns. I recommend if you have/had a Night Road you'll be fine re-freshening your arsenal with The Road.

If you have slower ball speed consider The Road in your arsenal. At times players with slower ball speeds struggle with big asyms or syms in the bag and at times these type of balls can get forward for the bowler. The Road upgrade with A.I. definitely matches the cover/core much better for these type of players. SPI has really upgraded the middle of the arsenal with The Road.

I recommend the Road for the player looking for an edge on league transition and desiring a ball to continue with the transition as it occurs. I'm definitely excited about this ball from Storm. Please be sure to visit your favorite pro shop today or for my occasional ball videos. Grab The Road today!

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Re: The Road
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2024, 06:34:44 PM »
Dual Angle Layout: 55 x 4 1/2 x 35

Storm Vector Layout: 4 ½ x 4 1/2 x 2 ¼

The ball has quickly become my favorite ball.  The Road is clean through the heads, starts up in the midlane and then booms on the backend.  I was able to shoot 300 out of the box and then followed it up with another 300 games 3 the following week so it is great on fresh and transition.  This is a great benchmark ball for someone with higher rev rate.
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Re: The Road
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2024, 02:54:31 PM »
Ball Specs:
Storm The Road
Coverstock: Reacta Gloss ReX™ Hybrid Reactive
Weight Block: Inverted Fe² Technology™ A.I. Core (Symmetrical)
Color: Midnight/Carmine

This was a much anticipated release for multiple reasons. First, it is a part of the Road line, one of the GOAT lines in all of bowling. Second, it is the first in the line to feature the new A.I. core technology, and yes the technology actually DOES hit different! Third, this Road features the ReX cover, which is a banger! All of these blend together to form one of the premier benchmark balls in all of bowling in our opinion. We drilled this ball with our normal layout: tweener, 350-375 revs, 16.5mph, layout of choice is 4x4x2 (pin is above bridge). For us this ball is like an original HyRoad on steroids. It is a touch more responsive, a touch stronger, and probably a touch earlier. The Road series looks great on house patterns which is why we think you will see a lot of these going down the lane. It really is a new age house shot killer. This can be the first out of bag, second, even third in some cases. It is versatile, responds great to surface changes, and you truly cannot get this in your bag stronger.

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Re: The Road
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2024, 09:47:58 AM »
Storm The Road – WWRD 4/19/2024

Cover: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Core: Inverted Fe2 A.I. Core
RG: 2.55
RG. Diff.: 0.045
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Fragrance: Fruit Pop

Storm’s new The Road is a Hybrid Symmetric Piece.  This piece is good for Medium-Light Volume Patterns.  PAP is 5 5/16 R 1 3/16 Up. Rev Rate: 400.  Speed: 16.5.  Drilled this piece with the Pin Up between the Fingers and the CG kicked out 1 1/2” from the palm.  Burned up 43’ house pattern, Out of Box ball motion was clean through the fronts, with a controllable backend reaction.  I compared this piece to the original Hy-Road (2-2 Right).  The Road looked like it was a little sharper on the backend than the Hy-Road.  This piece fits between the Original Hyroad and the Hy-Road Pearl.  And It smells good too.  This is a Versatile piece that fits all styles of bowlers.

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Re: The Road
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2024, 10:21:25 AM »
The Road is Storms newest thunder line release. The Road features the same FE2 core found in all the previous Hyroad series balls, but in now wrapped in the AI outer core tech. This drops the RG and Diff 2 points each while still maintaining that signature Hyroad motion they have all been known for. The Road is also wrapped in REX hybrid. The Road for me fits right in-between the Hyroad and Phaze II. The Road for me is going to be the perfect league ball for blending the wet/dry conditions as well as something I can go to later in the day for tournaments.

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Re: The Road
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2024, 06:35:12 PM »
Storm The Road - Thunder Line
Coverstock: ReX Hybrid - Reacta Gloss
Core: Inverted Fe² A.I.
RG: 2.55   Differential: .045 (15 lbs)
Fragrance: Fruit Pop
Layout: 5 ¼  x 5 ¾ x 3
PAP: 6" Right, 1 3/8" Up
Axis Tilt: 16°
Rotation: 51°
Rev Rate: 450-500
Speed: 17-18 mph
Location: Vista Lanes - Yorkville, NY
Pattern: 2023 USBC Jr. Gold
Lane Surface: HPL

The Road is the newest release in the Thunder Line and it takes the success of the Hy-Road to the next level. It was designed to be versatile, predictable, and help bowlers of all styles conquer a variety of medium volume lane patterns. The Road features the ReX Hybrid coverstock with the proven Inverted Fe² weight block enhanced with A.I. core technology. The hybrid cover is clean through the fronts and helps save up plenty of energy to create a strong continuous backend reaction. The Road gave me a good look sliding on 22, looking 12 at the arrows with my breakpoint around 7. As I moved left and slowed down, it looked even better. When compared to the VEBO, The Road is about 5 boards weaker and picks up sooner. The Road may not be the first ball out of my bag for league or tournaments, but I can see it coming into play once stronger balls struggle to take out the corner pins. Stop by your local Storm VIP pro shop to check it out! Available on April 19th.

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Re: The Road
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2024, 09:06:57 PM »
Storm The Road Ball Review
Dual Angle 50x4.75x30
Storm The Road uses the core from the HyRoad series but it’s using the AI Technology wrapped with the REX cover stock in a hybrid version.
The Road will be a great compliment to the Hyroad series and it’s stronger than the original Hyroad and the Hyroad Pearl.
The Road for me will be a great option when my Summit Peak is too strong but the OG Hyroad isn’t strong enough.
The Road reads the midlane very nice but with great continuation on the backend.
If you feel the OG Hyroad isn’t strong enough The Road will be the go to choice.
I’m very glad to see the Inverted Fe2 core to continue and now with AI technology it’s going to be a home run.
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Re: The Road
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2024, 04:26:32 PM »
The Hy-Road series continues with The Road and all new AI technology. The Road is designed for benchmark predictability and is high RG and medium diff.
I tested the Road on a fresh THS and the results were very promising. I was able to play up the lane and keep my angles tight. The Road didn't overreact to the friction and saw the oil enough to read it correctly without losing energy. As I began migrating left, The Road continued to drive through the pins without laboring.
I intend on using The Road on a variety of conditions and situations from fresh to transition. For those who see earlier hooking lane surfaces The Road will be an excellent option to start with. The Road will, also, be a great step down off the bigger and lower RG balls.


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Re: The Road
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2024, 08:47:47 PM »
The Road - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: REX Hybrid Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Inverted Fe2 Technology
Layout: 65 x 5 x 35
RG: 2.55
Differential: 0.045


If you love the Night Road as I do, then the Road will be a great ball to add to your arsenal. The inverted Fe2 weight block with AI Core technology wrapped in the REX hybrid cover makes this ball very clean through the front part of the lane with a very strong backend finish. The Road ball reaction is a little earlier in the midlane and not as skid flip on the backend as the Night Road. As a low rev player this ball is going to be great as the lanes transition midway and late in the block. This ball will be in my bag for league and tournaments. This is a great ball for all levels of bowlers. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.

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Re: The Road
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2024, 07:18:25 AM »
Sam Cooper. Roto Grip Amateur Staffer. Layout 50x5.25.35. If you love the original Hyroad or any of the other thunder line bowling balls. Be sure to check out the new Road! Featuring REX Hybrid cover stock and the same inverted FE2 Core wrapped in the AI Core tech. The core’s RG numbers are brought down to 2.55 and the differential is now the same better the 14-16lbs balls at .045. These numbers give this ball that middle of the road ball feel(pun intended). Looking for this ball to be in a similar slot to the 900 Global Zen Gold label in the bag.

Comparing the Road to the latest thunder line ball the night road. The new Road seems to read the mid lane a lot more and that is due to the Road having a hybrid cover over night road having a pearl cover. The night road for me was clean yet on the smoother side of things. The Road responds quicker and has similar motion. Compared to the OG Hyroad and Pearl the Road feels like step up from the OGs. The REX cover is much stronger than R2S in my opinion means the Road is a more usable option on more conditions. If that sounds good to you then you definitely want to check out the new Road!

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Re: The Road
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2024, 06:57:25 PM »
The Road is Storm's newest Thunder Line edition to the current lineup. The FE2 Inverted Core has now been paired with the new A.I. outer core material that lowers the RG and raises the differential by a few points. We also see a new version of the REX base with REX Hybrid. I am one of the few people that hated the original Hy-Road because it was just too clean and lacked a responsive enough backend motion mostly due to my tilt and higher ball speed. The Road is not the case. REX Hybrid offers for me what I think a lot of people see out of the Hy-Road and I absolutely love it. I drilled my 5x4.25x4.5 2LS which is a fairly strong, longer pin layout for me which I have never tried before. Compared to the 900 Global Xponent Pearl, The Road does not rev up as fast and I think is cleaner through the midlane. The Xponent Pearl offers a much lower RG which I think helps blend the lane better, but it does not handle steeper angles as well as The Road. The Road got better and better the farther I moved left and away from the typical cliff we see with house shots. I think this is going to be a viable option for looping the lane when playing straighter is not the option. Take The Road less traveled and go bowl up a Storm!!


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Re: The Road
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2024, 11:03:20 AM »
The Road is the first iteration of A.I. core technology in the HyRoad series. The result is a HyRoad that revs up slightly quicker, rounds off a touch more, and overall makes a shape that is slightly smoother and stronger than and HyRoad so far. Combined with the ReX Hybrid cover (another first), this ball is squarely in the benchmark category. A healthy step up from the HyRoad, the Road feels like an improvement on other strong-cover HyRoad series balls before it; the All Road, The Night Road, and to a lesser extent, the HyRoad X, one of my all time favorites. The stronger core of The Road allows it to fit above the HyRoad as the perfect option for blended house shots and medium to dry conditions. It effortlessly gets downlane in true HyRoad fashion, but with a larger continuation window and much stronger cover, The Road is your shell up from the HyRoad that we've all been waiting for, not to mention a TON of ball for the price point.

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