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X-Factor Reloaded
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Revised, Refined, RE-loaded



The latest edition to the X Factor series, the X Factor RE-Loaded by STORM, features the new RE (reaction enhanced) -Load coverstock. This precision-engineered coverstock material ‘loads up’ energy at the break point, and is the perfect complement to the X Factor and X Factor Deuce.



Custom designed for unrivaled performance, the X Factor RE-Loaded is in a class by itself; brought to you by the undisputed leader in the high performance ball market, Storm Products, Inc.



X Factor RE-LOADED Technical Data

Coverstock: RE-Load Reaction Enhanced Pearl Particle

Weight Block: RAD Motion Control Technology

Ball Color: Emerald, Navy, Silver

Ball Finish: 1,000-grit Matte

Radius of Gyration: 2.53 (Low)

Differential: .058 (High)

Mass Bias Differential: .013

Durometer: 76-78 Rex D-Scale

Flare Potential: High (6” Plus)

Fragrance: Cinnamon Apple

Weights: 10-16 lbs

 

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2003, 01:16:20 PM »
After being so impressed with the original X-Factor, I decided to purchase the Reloaded to hopefully give me a different look for varying conditions. Deciding that I want the ball to be the difference,  I have both balls drilled up with the same layout and I can tell you there is a definite difference between the two balls. I went and rolled at our league practice night last night and alternated these two balls for a while, trying to using the same approach and mark to see the difference. To sum up my experience, the original X-Factor would go a little longer and make a more drastic left turn to the pocket. Playing the same line, the Reloaded tended to make more of an arc move towards the pocket. I found the Reloaded let me play a tighter inside line without fear of the ball breaking drastically across the pocket, while the X Factor tends to want me to play more outside.  Also, I believe someone else mentioned that this ball was forgiving...I agree 100%. If my speed was lazy on a shot or I got the ball too far out, the ball still seemed to right itself and find the pocket. To say both of these balls hit hard is accurate as well. The Reloaded really seemed store lots of energy. I bowled 3 games without leaving a ten pin, which is unusual for me, telling me that this ball packs the punch when it gets down the lane. Great job STORM. Can't wait to see what you throw at us this winter.

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2003, 12:26:54 AM »
Top 2.74 Pin 2.25" Layout: Pin 4.5 x 5 with the RAD under my thumb.

Well, I finally broke down and punched up this piece. Owned a X-Factor and there is definitely a difference in what each does. My X-Factor displayed more of a skid-hook movement with no stopping from the breakpoint to the pocket. The Re-Loaded displays a better mid-lane reading. The difference in reads allows for a heavier volume of oil to be conquered. This piece rolls so heavy and takes well to changes in release. Since I am rebuilding my arsenal, what a great addition. I am looking forward to adding a piece a little weaker then this one. This one pretty much covers the kind of oil centers use these days.
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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2003, 11:39:52 AM »
Ok first of all the guy who said he paid $325 for this ball, where did you buy it from a flea market. How long have you been bowling for? This ball is one of the best balls I've thrown. I paid $150 for the ball.

This is my third storm ball, and I would never buy anything else.

I got it drilled about two months ago, and I get all of my balls drilled stack leverage, so naturally I had this one drilled the same way.

I am a lefty with not a whole lot of hand, but I do get alot on the ball, so I could never play the 5 board.

Now for the ball, this ball does tend to go long and then snap back in. The backend is enormous, even on the house that I bowl on to where the lanes are basically flooded. The ball can be a coast to coast ball, that is if you throw it right, and your on the right conditions. This ball doesn't tend to roll out, but if it stays in the dry for too long, watch out because it will shoot right past the pocket. This ball is not lane sensitive, it is a very veratile ball. I probably wouldn't throw it on a bare dry lane. First three games I threw with it I shot 279,234,254,no lie, for all of those haters out there. I cant say enough about this ball.


I give this ball a 10 out of 10. Great job to the entire Storm Staff

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2003, 02:24:43 AM »
Man some people are gullible.  If it wasn't already obvious enough, read the rest of that guys reviews.  Somehow, i have this hunch that tells me that just maybe he's pullin' your leg.

As for the ball, I'm not real up on the technical lingo, so all i can tell you is that i have it drilled to go long and snap, and trust me there's plenty of pop on the backend in this ball.  Even though it's nothing you haven't heard already, bone dry is off limit's, and long and flodded is too much for the factory finish.  Anything else, and this ball is a winner.

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2003, 05:37:08 PM »
I got this ball a month ago and hated it the first night.  It wasn't as aggressive as I thought it would be.  wet sanded to 600 and keep the scotch brite handy and now it's my favorite ball.  I like how it clears the heads and saves everything for the pins.  10 boards different from the x-factor, and later breaking than the duece.  covers about the same boards as the duece for me, but just does it a little quicker.  waiting on my FF to get here, because I think that is more what I was looking for when I purchased this for heavy oil.  I'm still glad I got this ball though cause it's the first one out of my bag nowadays.  When the shot burns up, I can just move deeper with it and keep the fingers in it.  still turns the corner and rips the rack.  Great ball storm!

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2003, 09:55:26 PM »
Got my Reloaded a month ago and had it drilled up with the #4 layout in the Storm layout guide book.  I don't know what all that other stuff means.  What I do know is that this ball crushes the pins.  I love the nice arcing motion of it.  Plus, it is as forgiving as any ball I have ever thrown.  If I get it out a little right it still charges in hard and if I tug it, it will either cross over pocket brooklyn or lay flat and hit the pocket.  Even when it does go in the nose, it rarely leaves any splits for me.  Plus, I don't leave nearly as many 10 pins with it.  

Love the company, love the products.  Storm is the way to go.

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2003, 10:19:02 PM »
Needed a compliment to my Erase-It, which is more of a continuous bender, and might be getting a little tired. Sorry, I'm no techno geek for drill stats, but the ring hole is 1/4 into the bottom of the PIN, CG is 5/8" below and 1&3/8" left of my span centerlines, RAD is slightly below and 1&7/8" left of my thumb, counter hole 1" below and 3&3/4" left of span centerlines. I'M LEFT HANDED!!

I usually average 200-205, but am a little down so far this year at 196. I stand 20-ish and roll 6-8-ish. Medium+ speed with about 18-20 revs (I guess?). I generally use the old "Suit Case" grip, but will play with cupping and/or coming around the side when more drive is needed.

I had too much over-under with the Erase-It this year, and was looking for something that worked in a different part of the lane. This ball does EXACTLY what I wanted. Reads very well through the heads, cruises long, breaks very strong but with no wild snap, and hits like a 500lb'er! Heavy... light, whatever... it's Toothpick City! It is VEEEERY forgiving when I miss, which is not uncommon. Goes a little flat with carry-down, but that is to be expected. More hand brings it back in for more destruction! It even flattens out incredibly well for those $#&%@ 7 pins!

I hope this ball lasts a long time. After struggling mightily to get 600s with my Erase-It this year, I've rolled back-to-back 664s with the Re-Loaded in the two weeks I've had it. I really love it !

BOOOOM... Re-Load, BOOOOOOM !!

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2003, 11:02:02 PM »
Let me start by saying that, up until I got my Reloaded, I had never met a Storm ball that I didn't agree with. I have an Erase-It, Ultra Hot, Barbed Wire, and a Fear Factor which all play very well for me. Like the last review, I had hoped the Reloaded would compliment the Erase-It and give me a little bit more read in the transition but still be fairly strong overall.

Some profile...I'm a solid tweener with medium speed and medium high revs. I have about 60-80 degree axis rotation and a fairly high track. My "comfort" shot is starting about 30 and playing out over the 3rd arrow. I figured this ball would be fairly strong so I drilled it to go a little longer and snap (pin above and between the fingers with the RAD in the thumb, no weight hole needed).

The result was a ball that really seems to struggle to make the turn and is far less aggressive overall than my Ultra Hot. I'm forced to play more down and in than I like and have serious control issues on our normal medium oil/length house shot. One plus is that when I do manage to slow it down and get it rolling, it does seem to hit fairly hard. I've played around with the cover but really can't get much more out of it. My theory is that the combination of a long drilling plus my high axis rotation puts this ball in a near endless skid. This is probably (obviously based on other reviews) a great ball in the hands of the right person, but if you fit into my profile you might want to be careful. Now the Fear Factor...WOW, that's a different story.....

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2003, 12:20:01 PM »
I have looked at this site alot and here goes my first review. I have been bowling for 5 years, I'm a medium rev and medium speed bowler. I like Storm balls more than anything else I've tried, I have a Trauma ER, Hot Rod, Flash and Flame and just added a Reloaded to the list due to a new Manager at my house which brought with him a significant amount more oil with him, than what our house shot had been. I was recommended the Reloaded by my ball driller which he drilled with an aggressive drilling with a side hole ( not up on layouts yet ).

This ball works great for me, I can play anywhere on the lane. When I tug it, it don't take off on me and when I send it out wide it has enough to get back to the pocket and will usually carry. This ball hits hard and carry almost everything. My current league average is 210, my first league night with this ball I shot 710 (235,216,259). This is another great ball by Storm, Keep them coming.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2003, 01:54:16 AM »
25 years old, medium-high speed medium revs.

This ball is amazing in oil, It has the most controlled break point of any ball I have ever owned.  This ball can fly if not given enough speed or oil but that;'s not its purpose.  The last three friday nights I have rolled 726,705, 738....wow..amazing, this ball hits like a truck.  Have you ever tripped a 2 pin, I have with this ball.  If you are looking for something to fill the oil ball void in your game here it is.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2004, 10:02:20 PM »
I wanted to finally add my 2cents here.  I recently redrilled my 15lb reloaded very similar to layout #6.  I have above average revs and speed.  Let me tell you how much I like this ball.  The design of a skid/snap ball in medium to heavy oil was great.  This ball has plenty of length in any drill layout and still the turn you want towards the pocket.  Mine will go 45+ feet and then make it's move.  With this ball, I can really play in deep or across a lot of boards.  But in flooded conditions I don't believe this would be a great ball for me.  I haven't played with the coverstock yet, but I will be soon.  Maybe that will change my mind, but I doubt it.  Either way, I am glad I added this ball to my arsenal..
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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2004, 11:08:09 AM »



    I am a lefty that has wuite a bit of hand and has good ball speed at 17-19mph.  That said this ball is so great i had to go get another.  Was lookinf for med heavy oil ball that had monster backend and it didnt diaapoint me.  This one is drilled as such.


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If you havent figured out from my other post this is my favorite drilling.  I tend not to do exotic drill cause i have experimented with them and have been disastorous.  I tend to stick to about 5 different patterns.  Left this ball in out of box condition and did this ball surprise the hell out of me with the back end it brings to the table.  It likes med heavy to med  oil but get on the light side and this ball with this finish get a little uncontrolable,that when time to put it away.  It more of a down and in bal i have found doesnt like to be swung in med heavy oil it will come back but the carry power isnt there.  It hits just about as good as my inferno but i have noticed it keeps pins lower which is a good thing for me.  Haven't had any award scores with this one but the other i drilled i have but i cover that in my other review.  I am very impressed with this ball after not throwing storm for a year or so this is just the ball i needed to bring me back to them.  Great all around ball it great for med to med heavy and great down and in on heavy.  Recommend this ball for all skill levels.  Great job storm you brought me back now keep me here.

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2004, 11:19:08 AM »



   Hi back again.  If didnt read othe review I am a left with good speed 17- 19mph.  That has wuite a few revs. Turn the ball quite a bit.  That said I had to drill another one of these I was so impressed with first. Drilled this one litte different for some more length and it did th trick this ball had low top weight and had a really large pin 6.5 in out.


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  This is a little variation of my favorite drilling with added length. Polished this to marble state.  Dont know what polish just threw in polisher for 2 min and ours is great.  This ball with it polished gets 3/4 down lane and makes gigantic move on back on med light to light oil but dont get me wrong it not a dirt ball.  It will go left or right depending on you hand when it hits dirt.  It need a little bit of oil but goes quite a bit longer than the other that i left in box condition.  I have had two 300's in last 2 weeks and two 800's not bad for only having this ball three weeks havent shot one series under 700 when this ball comes out, been quite a purchase for me.  These balls are very versatile for the many shots just have to ajust cover. and it very easy adjust it.  Give this ball a perfect 10 out of 10.  Another great ball storm you keeping me here.

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #29 on: March 21, 2004, 03:53:01 AM »
Weight: 15 lbs.
Top Weight: 2.64 ounces
Pin Placement: 4.5-5
Drilled: Layout #4
No inserts

This is my first ball by Storm. It's a definite no for dry conditions. Last night, I bowled on lanes with little oil; it was dead. This ball doesn't hit as hard as I had hoped. I'm leaving a lot of 5, 8, and 10 pins. I've bowled a 200 and a 220 with it (20 games). Even when the lanes are nicely oiled I'm still having problems with it. I guesss I expected more out of it.

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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2004, 04:59:34 PM »
I had this ball drilled just standard; come to think of it, the pro-shop never even offered me a choice, oh well, this christmas present did me well through the high school season.  Averaged 199, with some horrifyingly bad weeks that occured through no fault of the ball.  I thought this ball was going to have a very strong skid-snap reaction, but I've never been able to make it do that.  It just has a strong arc, with strong back end.  It's not bad, shots put down the middle by accident will cost you, I get a 10 pin half the time if I do that.  I don't really regret choosing this ball, but I'm not very satisfied. Lately it feels like crap in my hand, like the thumb is too big, yet it sticks.  I'm going to redrill it like my Circle Hero and get a switch grip thumb, it might produce some 700s then, I'm still looking for a first from that ball.   ...