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Storm Journey Review
« on: November 06, 2023, 10:42:33 AM »
Layout: 45 x 5 x 30
Surface: Reacta Gloss

The Journey brings back the F8 core found in last year's Fate but is wrapped around the brand new TX-16 Pearl coverstock.  The TX-16 Solid is found on the Phaze 2 which is an incredible ball.  I was so excited when I saw the TX-16 Pearl coverstock, as I am missing that "Phaze Pearl" ball reaction.  This Journey did not disappoint!  The F8 core makes this more naturally cleaner than the Phaze line but the strength of the core makes the midlane reaction more similar.  I got to try the Journey on a 44ft typical house pattern and a 42ft high volume sport pattern.

On the house pattern, I expected the ball to be too clean for the fresh but it was actually pretty close to the reaction I want to see on the fresh.  The reacta gloss factory surface makes it slightly too clean for the fresh for such long oil but a slight surface adjustment to 2000 made this ball more useful for the fresh.  I was pleasently surprised how well this ball read the midlane.  Its continuation was also great which allowed it roll threw the pins optimally.  The Journey is a little earlier and stronger overall than the Fate when all the factors are the same.  The Journey is not quite as angular but continues stronger.  If you are looking for a stronger fate or looking for more a Phaze 2 type ball reaction, then I would get the Journey.  The hype is definitely real with this ball.

On the 42ft High Volume Sport Pattern, I saw pretty clean through the front and strong backend motion.  At the box surface, it was tough to control all the oil volume.  It created too much length to be effective enough compared to a Phaze 2.  The Journey would be a better first or even second transition ball on heavier volume just due to its characteristics and whatever balls you may use.  I took the surface down to 2000 grit abralon to see what the stronger surface would give me.  Like the house pattern, I was pleasantly surprised how much stronger it read the midlane and rolled off the end of the pattern.  It gave me a much stronger overall look and made the ball react closer to the Phaze 2. 

I believe this ball can be good for multiple conditions and styles.  If you want the ball to roll more like the fate then keep the reacta gloss finish on.  If you want it roll closer to a Phaze 2, then take off the reacta gloss and make it more smoother.

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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2023, 03:50:40 PM »
Storm Journey - Signature Line
Coverstock: TX-16 Pearl - Reacta Gloss
Core: F-8
RG: 2.52   Differential: .053 (15 lbs)
Layout: 5 ½ x 5 x 2 ½
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: 2022 Kegel House Pattern
Lane Surface: HPL

The Journey is the latest collaboration between Storm and Belmo that is designed to be a versatile ball for all styles of bowlers. The Journey has the all new TX-16 pearl coverstock with the F-8 core that was previously featured on the Fate, which was one of my favorite balls. I can see the Journey fitting in the same spot in my bag as the Fate. The Journey gave me a good look sliding on 24, looking 14 at the arrows with my breakpoint around 8-9. As the lanes broke down, I was able to move left and the Journey continued to create great continuous motion. When compared to the Journey, the Fate is a little cleaner and weaker overall and the Virtual Energy Blackout is several boards stronger with a sharper down lane motion. After the big solid asymmetric balls start to burn up, the Journey will be an excellent step down without sacrificing mid lane roll. If you were a fan of the Fate, don’t miss out on the Journey and stop by your local Storm VIP pro shop to check it out! Available on November 17th.

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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2023, 08:45:57 AM »
Sam Cooper. Roto Grip Amateur Staff. Layout 55x5.25.40. The Journey, Belmo's newest bowling ball. I thought the Fate was a great piece. This took it up a notch. We have TX-16 pearl wrapped around the Fate core. With the Fate core being medium-high RG you can tell the ball gets through the fronts with ease. I have noticed that this ball will not get off line early as some of other balls in the arsenal. When it hits the mid-lane you can see the ball starting to tumble and when it hits friction it turns for home! This is "tumbly" but quick. The TX-16 pearl has enough strength to dig in some oil and respond to the friction.

Where this fits for me? When balls like the Summit are hooking too early and not going through the pins. Or balls like the Zen Gold Label are too clean and I need something to pick up a little sooner. Me being a higher rev player this ball does need a bit of oil on the lane or else it sees it too early. This ball will be useful for many bowlers regardless of style. Also, this ball smells fantastic! The kiwi cantaloupe scent might be scent of the year!

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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2023, 04:50:31 PM »
Storm Journey
Layout: 4.5 x 5 x 2 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 Journey utilizes the TX-16 pearl coverstock and the F-8 weight block.  The 7th ball of the Belmo line is the best one yet in my opinion.  The TX-16 pearl coverstock compliments the F-8 core very well.  My early impression is I will like this ball a lot.  The Journey has a high diff and that shows in the backend motion.  I have it below the 900 Global Zen Gold Label in regard to overall hook.  I plan to throw it a bunch in league.  I love the color combo as well.

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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2023, 02:30:04 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm back with another ball review, and this time it's for the Storm Journey.

In 14 pounds this ball is wrapped in an TX-16 Pearl Cover and comes with a Reacta Gloss finish with the F-8 symmetric Core from the FATE and has an RG of 2.54, Diff of .052.

The layout for this ball is 5x5x3

This ball is the latest collaboration between Jason Belmonte and Storm and as each ball came out they got better and better. This one comes with the Reacta Gloss finish and like the 4Kfast I didn’t find that surface to be to my liking and the same goes with this ball. Before holes were put in I hit the ball with a used 2000 pad just to knock off the shine. The Journey is sharper off the spot and much more continuous on the back and I definitely need to be farther left. It's a great step down from the Storm VEBO when you start to see 2 pin/4 pin reaction. I have this ball in front of my TNT Infused which I use as a game 3 ball. The Journey will stay online when the VEBO is getting too strong. 

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Re: Storm Journey Review
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2024, 10:02:22 PM »
The Journey is the latest addition to the Belmo Signature line with the F-8 core Wrapped with TX-16 pearl reactive cover. I see a lot of similarities with the Journey compared to the Zen pearl. I feel the Journey is just a tiny bit weaker and a little less backend. It seems to rev up a little earlier than most pearls which is a great option for the transition games. It fit between my VEBO and IQ Ruby. I can see this ball being used by many players and conditions it’s a great all around ball. Oh I almost forgot this ball smells amazing!
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