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Storm Journey Review
« on: November 12, 2023, 05:30:19 AM »
Journey is the latest collaboration with Storm Bowling and Jason Belmonte. We see the same core, F-8, found in the Fate although this time we see it with the brand new TX-16 cover. TX-16 was found on the Phaze 2 solid. This is the first time we have seen it as a pearl.
I have found the Journey to be a replacement for the slot I had found my Phaze 4 and 5 in although the Journey is cleaner and more angular than both those pieces. I believe with the Journey not as smooth as the Phaze 4/5 this provides a lot more usability for most bowlers in league and tournament play as they can still stay in the stronger ball with the stronger core although the cover will not read the fronts as early as the 4 and 5. This provides plenty of energy down lane to provide continuation through the pins.
I had taken the polish off the Journey with a lightly hit 2000 pad as I do with most my pearls to help blend the lanes. The surface adjustment took well to the Journey as it still provided plenty of angle and continuation down lane. The Journey will be a great step down off those bigger asym solids and/or stronger solid symmetrical's.


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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2023, 09:31:58 AM »
Coverstock: TX-16 Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: F-8
RG: 2.54
Differential: 0.052
Layout: 4 1/2 x 3 x 4 - 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

The Storm Journey features the F-8 core and the TX-16 coverstock made famous on the Phaze II. The Journey will be that perfect ball in the arsenal for your high to medium/medium type conditions where you want great continuous reaction through the pocket.

At the OOB finish the Journey provides nice length and good motion off the spot. For this piece I have left the coverstock untouched at this time. Also, I'd like to note the more recent Reacta Gloss pieces I've tested the less changing of surfaces I've had to do. If you are one that likes surface immediately a slightly worn 2000 Abralon pad will do the trick.

In comparing the Journey to the Phaze II I was pleasantly surprised the Journey went through the front part of the lane more than I initially thought. Also, being finished with Reacta Gloss versus a solid it makes sense the Journey will pick up on the lane a little later than the Phaze II. Downlane the Journey shows a distinct strong shape however is not as jumpy as one might think making the Journey versatile on a variety of conditions.

Is the Journey strong? Yes, it sure is, but I did feel even when I got steep with my angles the Journey did not quit. The Journey will thrive and see more use with open v. closed angles.

I'm definitely excited to use the Journey and truly believe this signature ball will be the best one to date. Please be sure to visit your favorite pro shop today!

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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2023, 03:08:22 PM »
Dual Angle Layout: 45 x 4 x 30

Storm Vector Layout: 4 x 4 1/8 x 1 3/4

To be honest, none of the Belmo balls have really fit my style so I was not super excited for this one.  Out of the box the ball was super long and very snappy.  I really struggled with over/under.  I decided to knock the shine off the ball by taking it to 3000 and what a difference.  This has been my go-to ball ever since.  At 3000 this ball gives me good length with controllable and predictable back end. This ball has been a house shot killer for me.
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