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StormAndrew

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Revenant Review
« on: January 06, 2023, 03:28:08 PM »
For those who loved the Spectre we have the Revenant. Same cover/core as the Spectre although the Revenant has the new Reacta Gloss finish. When the lanes really begin to hook early the Revenant will be a great option to go to that will clear the fronts and provide plenty of continuation down lane. I see the Revenant being a step down off of the Fate.

 

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2023, 03:22:37 PM »
Storm Revenant
Layout: 4 x 4 x 2.25 Storm Pin Buffer Layout
Rev Rate: 325 rpm, 7 degree of axis tilt, 40 degree of axis rotation
Testing information: 41 foot THS (medium to light volume)
Bowling Center: Fulton Bowling Center
Kegel Machine – Brunswick Anvilane

The Storm Revenant utilizes the Vector core and R3S pearl reactive coverstock.  This is my most anticipated releases in some time.  I have been wanting a replacement for the Spectre. From what I saw, the Revenant is longer than the Spectre but still a special ball.  We compared the Storm Absolute to the new Storm Revenant.  The Revenant stored energy better and was sharper on the back-end compared to the Absolute.  The Revenant is a stronger version of a Hy-Road in my opinion.

I was able to do something with the Revenant that I have never done.  I went out a put an honor score with it the second game I threw it.  I was able to shoot 300 in my Monday Night League.  As you may guess, the Revenant already has a special place in my heart and bowling bag.

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2023, 04:24:51 PM »
Storm Revenant
Layout: 4 x 4 x 2.25 Storm Pin Buffer Layout
Rev Rate: 325 rpm, 7 degree of axis tilt, 40 degree of axis rotation
Testing information: 41 foot THS (medium to light volume)
Bowling Center: Fulton Bowling Center
Kegel Machine – Brunswick Anvilane

The Storm Revenant utilizes the Vector core and R3S pearl reactive coverstock.  This is my most anticipated releases in some time.  I have been wanting a replacement for the Spectre. From what I saw, the Revenant is longer than the Spectre but still a special ball.  We compared the Storm Absolute to the new Storm Revenant.  The Revenant stored energy better and was sharper on the back-end compared to the Absolute.  The Revenant is a stronger version of a Hy-Road in my opinion.

I was able to do something with the Revenant that I have never done.  I went out a put an honor score with it the second game I threw it.  I was able to shoot 300 in my Monday Night League.  As you may guess, the Revenant already has a special place in my heart and bowling bag.

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The reason the Revenant is longer than the Spectre is because the surfaces are quite different.  Spectre was 1500 polished which is 1000 plus Step 2.  The Revenant goes all the way to 4000 before the Gloss.  Willing to bet if you took the Rev down to 1000 and then added a compound over it you would get much closer to what the Spectre was.
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Revenant Review
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2023, 10:10:23 PM »
The Storm Revenant features the R3S Pearl Reactive, Vector Core, and comes with Reacta Gloss finish. The Revenant is the replacement for the Spectre that was banned last year with the factory finish and color being the only differences in the balls. First thing I noticed with this ball is it is really clean through the fronts and has some down lane motion. It seemed a touch cleaner and more down lane shape than the Spectre. For me, this ball will sit in my bag when the lanes start to transition, and I am needing something that will handle the burn. I compared it to the Fate in the current line and when the Fate is starting to read the lanes early and I am looking for a ball that will get down the lanes, I can switch to the Revenant. It is going to be a great combo with the Fate. One of the releases everyone has been waiting for and another great addition to the catalog!

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2023, 07:23:02 PM »
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Revenant
Coverstock:  R3S Pearl Reactive
Finish:  Reacta Gloss
Core:  Vector
RG:  2.54
Differential:  0.050

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

Review:
The Revenant, is it considered new or is it a reboot? The Revenant's intent is to provide a mid-range RG option which some bowlers feel may have been missing in recent months from the Storm line of bowling balls. In my opinion this ball with Reacta Gloss provides a slightly different shape from its predecessor but the ball is seeing the same success with testers so far.

For me, I tested the Revenant on two different THS patterns. Scenario One: where alot of traffic took place and carry down was evident and Scenario Two:  where the lanes were drying up after some higher average league bowlers finished up some practice. The Revenant performed pleasingly well within both situations.

I went ahead and used the Revenant and also the Night Road at OOB to collect some data. For the drying lane scenario the Revenant was very clean yet not overly jumpy. I felt there was room to move both inside and outside without a cover change.  For the carry down scenario, although not ideal, I could still use this ball. The Night Road was more sensitive to the conditions and slightly more limited. If I had more time I would have used some surface on the Night Road.

The Revenant overall is a nice addition to the Storm line. I do feel the Reacta Gloss finish has a cleaner and more rounded shape on recent releases. To me, this makes for easy surface adjustments to the OOB finish to fit balls in the lower part of the arsenal. Definitely consider adding a Revenant to your line-up of balls.

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Oliver Lawson

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2023, 08:27:17 AM »
The Spectre was a staple in many peoples' bags for the short time it was available, and many longed for Storm to bring it back. The Revenant is back featuring the same R3S Pearl cover that wraps the Vector core. I refinished mine with 500-1000-Step 2 compound (1500-grit polished). With a layout of 4.25x3.75x3.75, my Revenant is incredibly smooth and controllable. This ball is clean through the fronts and makes a strong, continuous backend motion. While I never threw the original Spectre, the Revenant is like the Fate and HyRoad had a child. I get the strong motion from the Fate, with the continuation of the Hyroad. This ball is going to be very good on challenging sport conditions or house shots to help blend cliffs. The R3S pearl cover is not overly responsive, and the Vector core helps the ball make the corner off the end of the pattern.

Comparing the Phaze V to the Revenant, the V has the Velocity Core wrapped in a weaker R2S Pearl cover. The main two differences in these balls in reaction lies within the core, as the Phaze V has a lower RG. The Phaze V wants to naturally pick up sooner on the lane despite having a weaker cover, and is more forward off the back of the pattern.

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Rick K

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2023, 12:08:57 PM »
Revenant • Storm •Thunder Series
Core • Vector Core
Coverstock • R3S Pearl Reactive Finish •Reacta Gloss
Weight • 15 lbs. RG •2.54 Differential • .050
Layout • 4 x 4 1/2 x 1 3/4
Tester PAP • 5” R, 5/8” D Tester Axis Tilt • 11° Testers Rev Rate • 300
Test Pattern • 42’ THS (Typical House Shot) • Modified, Kegel Stone Street

Welcome to the next generation of excellence by Storm! Storm’s new Revenant is a smooth, strong rolling ball. And with Storm’s combination of Vector Core and R3S Pearl Reactive, the Revenant delivered some exciting results you wouldn’t normally expect from a mid-priced ball. So, let’s take a closer look at the Revenant and what’s behind its success!

At the heart of the Revenant is the Vector Core. And with its unique symmetrical design, the Vector Core delivers a smooth, hard rolling motion. I like how the Vector Core rev’s slowly in the mid-lane and builds momentum as its rolls toward the pins. And unlike other weak symmetrical cores, I found the Vector Core’s smooth and continuous motion creates a powerful intensity that explodes as it enters the pocket. And I liked how the Vector Core drives through the pins without losing intensity. And with its steam-rolling continuation, even those “uh-oh, I missed” ten pins found their way into the pit!

R3S Pearl Coverstock is a good combination with the Vector Core. However, being a higher speed/lower rev player, the Reacta Gloss finish needed some tweaking to fit my style, especially on a fresh THS. So, I took the R3S Pearl coverstock to 1500-grit Abralon followed by Storm #2 (320-1500 grit) compound and watched how the Revenant came alive! First, the R3S cleared the heads smoothly, and then the R3S’s smooth and clean motion continued through the mid-section with a well-defined continuous roll to the pins. And as late-night conditions deteriorated, or when bowling the second shift, I found the R3S remained smooth and consistent through the over/under and spotty conditions. So, in my view, with the proper surface adjustment to fit your game, the R3S Pearl Coverstock gave the Revenant a predictable motion you could depend on all night.

In conclusion, the Revenant is an excellent release by Storm. And with its mid-priced affordability, it’s a great choice for many style bowlers. New bowlers will find the Revenant a great first ball that will get you striking and loving the game. And for the more advanced down–and–in bowler like me, The Revenant is an excellent choice when you need a step down from those big cores and strong covers that won’t carry no matter what you do! So, talk to your local Strom VIP pro shop today, see where the Revenant will fit in your arsenal, and enjoy the results!

Rick Klimowicz
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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2023, 12:18:45 PM »
Storm Revenant
Coverstock: R3S Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Vector Core
RG: 2.54, Diff: 0.050 (15 lbs)
VLS Layout: 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4
Dual Angle Layout: 60 x 4 3/4 x 40
PAP: 5 3/16” right x 5/8” up
Rev rate: 400 rpm
Average speed: 16.5 mph
Location: Prairie Lanes, Sun Prairie WI
Pattern: Medium volume THS

Revenant, meaning “one coming back”, is the long awaiting replacement for the Storm Spectre. The new Revenant features the same R3S pearl reactive cover and Vector core as the Spectre, with the Reacta Gloss finish instead of 1500-grit polish.  The Amethyst/Black color scheme is awesome and the Bear Claw scent smells great!  I drilled the Revenant with the same layout as I had on my Spectre, and scuffed it lightly with a used 2000-grit Abralon pad just to knock some of the out-of-box shine off.

The Revenant is clean and controllable with a well-defined continuous motion off the breakpoint.  The Spectre, in comparison, was a bit stronger in the mid-lane and had a smoother transition throughout each of the 3 phases of ball motion from skid, hook, and roll.  In terms of total hook, the Revenant and Spectre cover the same number of boards but do it in a slightly different way – the Revenant is just a touch cleaner and quicker off the breakpoint, while the Spectre was a bit stronger in the mid-lane with a rounder shape on the backend.  So even though the Revenant isn’t a direct replacement of the Spectre for me, it is awfully close and still fills the same spot in my bowling bag.

The Revenant is a great addition to the Storm lineup and will get a lot of play on medium to medium-low volume patterns or when you want to play a little closer to the oil line near the track.  It’s already seen quite a bit of lane time, especially on older lane surfaces that have a fair amount of friction.  For me, the Revenant fits right between the Fate and Night Road – when the Fate starts reading too early I can switch right into the Revenant, or if the lanes become beat up and I need to open my angles more I can switch from the Revenant to the Night Road.  The Revenant is going to appeal to bowlers of all types, and especially those with slower ball speed or have a heavier hand, that are looking for a medium strength pearl ball that can clear the fronts and have a well-defined continuous downlane motion.

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2023, 01:55:49 PM »
I sadly did not get a chance to throw the Spectre, so I was excited for the ‘Re-Release’ of it. With the Reacta Gloss and from talking to other bowlers, this ball is a tad more timid down lane than the Spectre was (I’ve noticed that with Reacta Gloss compared to 1500 Polish). The Revenant is extremely clean through the front part of the lane but weaker in the back part. Personally I would rather throw a Hy-Road Pearl in most situations when I would take this ball out of my bag. Since changing the surface to 2000 Polish I’ve seen more backend reaction and towards the end of Game 2, start of game 3 this ball really gives me an advantage during league. I’m excited to see it on some lower volume/shorter patterns after they blend out a little.

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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2023, 05:17:19 PM »
Ball Specs:
Ball Name: Storm Revenant
Cover Stock: R3S Pearl
Weight Block: Vector Core
Color: Amerthsyt/Black
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Layout: 5.5 X 4.5 X 1
Bowler Specs:
Right-Handed
PAP 4 7/8" Over 3/8 up
Rev Rate 300.
Speed at release 15
Fragrance: Bear Claw
Review:
Is it really back from the dead? If you loved the Spectre allow me to introduce you to the Revenant. This ball has the same cover/core as the Spectre although the Revenant has the new Reacta Gloss finish. For me the balls have rolled differently, and, on my Revenant, I had knocked off the shine to help the ball see the lane faster. Before knocking the shine off I did see the Revenant go much longer than the Spectre even at the same layouts. I did compare the Absolute and the Revenant in my video and as expected between these two balls I did find the Absolute longer and cleaner as the Revenant does try to dig into the lane faster and unless your house shot was a longer or higher volume, I see the Revenant to be more of a tournament ball with other options in the SPI line for a THS. 
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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2023, 08:05:31 PM »
Revenant - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: R3S Pearl Coverstock
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Vector Core
Layout: 70 x 4 1/2 x 40
RG: 2.54
Differential: 0.050


Review

The Revenant is the newest ball in Storm’s Thunder line. For me the Revenant fits in between the Hyroad and Trend series. The R3S Pearl Coverstock paired with Vector Core gives the Revenant a clean look through the front of the lane, allowing the ball to save energy on the backend for continuous striking action. I tested this ball on a 43 feet typical house pattern and 43 feet challenge pattern. As mid to low rev player l was able to stand right of center on the fresh and as far left as 33 board on the burn without losing any carrying power.  This ball will be in my bag for league and tournaments.  Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.


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Re: Revenant Review
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2023, 09:42:57 PM »
Ball Review Revenant
RG: 2.54Dif: .050 P Cover: R3S Pearl Reactive with Reacta Gloss finish
PAP 5 3/8 over 1 5/16 UP, Medium/Ball Speed Rev Rate 255-300 Layout: 4 x 3 ½ x 1 ¾
 
It’s finally here the new Revenant. Replacement for the Spectre. The Revenant is very similar as the original Spectre. I took a 4000 pad to mine to knock off the polish. This ball is smooth and angler with a strong motion on the backend. Adding a little surface allowed the ball to read just a little earlier for me. I am not huge fan of higher RG balls. The 2.54 is about my limit. I believe the Revenant is a good ball for bowler that like a longer cleaner ball motion with a more angler backend. This will be a good transition ball for some when they are needing to move in with more angle. If you were a Spectre fan than you will not be disappointed with the Revenant.

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Storm Revenant
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2023, 11:59:46 AM »
The Storm Replacement of the Spectre  is the new Storm Revenant!  I drilled mine 3 3/4 x 4 x 2 and took the surface down to 500-1000 and added Step 2 to get the Revenant close as I could to the original Spectre.  I personally this the Revenant is very close to the Spectre reaction wise.  If anything to me it might be a little smoother than the Spectre on the backend.  As the Spectre was very very popular amongst all bowlers!  I have drilled at least 4-5 Revenants in my shop and all my customers are very happy with the reaction.  One bowler shot 800 right of the press with the Revenant. I have my Revenant under my Fate but above the IQ's and Hustle's.
Revenant shines the most to me when the heads start to go and I need to move left and open up my angles.  Glad Storm brought back this motion into the line!

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PAP    - 3 7/8 up 1 1/4
Speed - 17
RPM    - 400
Tilt      - 17-18