December 6th, 2011 | Published in Ball Reviews
45 Hook 16.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: The inverted light bulb Camber symmetric core boasts a high RG of 2.57 with an very low Diff of .009. We never saw more than 2” of track flare with any of our layouts (3”, 4”, 5” pin from PAP). This is all about length with a controlled move downlane.
Coverstock: The Reactor core is Storm’s tamest reactive cover. There will be three color schemes to choose from: a pink and purple pearl, a Kona blue with silver pearl, and a solid blend of black and teal. All three are 1500-grit factory polished. Oil traction is limited, while response time off friction areas is moderate.
Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Tropical Breeze isn’t just eye candy,” says a Storm spokesman. “The Camber core’s inverted light bulb shape has real substance. It provides more predictability and control than the Tropical Heat, so it’s the perfect complement to the Tropical line.”
Test Results: Creating a ball motion just a sprinkle stronger than a urethane is a challenging task with today’s powerful cores and covers. Storm decided to dial down the core strength significantly to achieve the proper look. We found we could park it in the friction lane with either the solid or pearl version of the Breeze. We saw easier length when compared to a like-drilled pearl Natural, yet a modicum stronger off friction areas. Hitting power was very good with good releases, but not with missed releases. Compared to a similarly drilled Tropical Heat pearl, the Breeze provided 4-6 boards less total hook, 1-2 feet more length and a much smoother response downlane.
When to Use: The Breeze is designed for dry to light-medium oil volumes. Our testing showed that the drier the pattern, the better the looks we saw. Bowlers will need to send the ball toward friction for the tame core/cover combo to strut its docile self. Power players, slower speed types, and higher rev-to-speed ratio bowlers will all find a niche for the new Breeze line. We highly recommend using this ball on its intended lane condition only, as scuffing did little to increase its motion in heavier oil.