May 30th, 2013 | Published in Ball Reviews
43 Hook 17 Length 14 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: “Storm is excited to add two three-color options to the Tropical Breeze line,” says Matt Martin. “With exciting colors and innovative fragrances, the new Tropical Breezes are sure to appeal to bowlers of all skill levels.”
Core Design: The Camber symmetric core is the lowest-flaring two-piece core shape ever produced by Storm. The RG is high at 2.57 and the differential uber-low at .009. We saw only about 3 inches of track flare with a 4-inch pin-above layout and a lower quadrant weight hole. The shorter round shape and low differential both contribute to control and minimal sensitivity when encountering higher friction areas of the lane.
Coverstock: The 2013 editions of the Tropical Breeze line showcase two new tri-colored options: a mix of gold-purple-cherry, and a mix of blue-green-yellow. The scents are cinnamon-streusel and lemon zest, respectively. Both balls employ the Reactor reactive resin formula and are factory surfaced with 1500-grit polish. Response time off friction is moderately quick and oil traction is very limited. The Ra is 1.60 and the effective surface grit is 5475.
Test Results: As with the earlier editions in the Tropical Breeze line, the new tri-colored balls will excel only in dry to lighter oil environments. Too much oil, and we found the Breeze would over-skid or lacked sufficient mid-lane traction to create a desirable motion shape toward the pocket. When compared to the new Super Natural and original pearl Natural (January 2011), the Breeze can create a modicum more entry angle and reward rev-challenged players with slightly better pin carry. Stronger layouts are a good option as well, as this core will not over-flare or create too much flip motion.
When to Use: We loved the Tropical Breeze when the track area blew open and other reactive resins read the area too quickly or too strongly. On this type of lane condition, we were able to play much nearer the track and still see adequate length and minimal over-reaction. The main advantage we saw with the Tropical Breeze line, compared to urethane, was its favorable pin carry for players with lower rev rates. This doesn’t mean a bad release will carry everything; it simply means the Breeze can create a slightly wider pocket and targeting area, which is a big plus.