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  • Perfect combination of mid-lane roll and backend reactivity
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Storm Dark Code

The research lab at Storm has been busy and discovered a unique coverstock by combining two proven coverstocks into one. The coverstock on the Storm Dark Code is a combination of the R2S and NeX to create the ReX Pearl Reactive coverstock, also known as the "Reactor Extreme". This coverstock along with the RAD4 core provides the ideal amount of mid lane roll and backend reaction as well as awesome pin carry. This ball has something to offer any style of bowler.

  • Color: Obsidian
    All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
  • Core: RAD4
  • Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
  • Finish: 1500-grit Polished
  • RG: 2.50 (based on 15# ball)
  • Differential: 0.058 (based on 15# ball)
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
  • Fragrance: Cherry Delight
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • SKU: STBBMVCB
  • Product ID: 13191
  • Brand: Storm
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: High-Performance Balls

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8/18/2021
By Patrick K from North Carolina
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Smooth, continuous

Best Uses:

Fresh, transition

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Storm Dark Code Ball Review

The Dark Code features a brand new REX or (Reactor Extreme) Pearl reactive coverstock with the RAD4 Asymmetric Core. The Dark Code has a low RG of 2.50 a high differential of 0.058 and a low intermediate differential of 0.020. To bring this all together, the REX coverstock is a combination of the popular NEX coverstock with R2S. The NEX coverstock seen in the Axiom and Proton Physics and the R2S we have seen in the Astro Physics and IQ Emerald. The Dark Code is going to give you a very smooth roll very clean through the midlane and save all its energy for the backend. It will allow you to get left to right very easily.
The layout chosen was a 75 x 3 ¾ by 80 which will give the ball a medium entry angle to smooth out the wet/dry on a house shot that’s either seen right away on the fresh or in the transition games.
I did a ball comparison to the 900 Global Zen, Storm Code Black and Strom Trend.
First up is the 900 Global Zen, the Zen is the hottest ball on the market for Global right now and as you can see the Zen blends the midlane very well and reacts very strong off the spot for symmetric ball. The Zen is 3 and 2 stronger than the Dark Code.
Next is the Code Black, the Code Black and Dark Code have the same numbers, same core but the Dark Code has a different coverstock additive. The addition of the REX with R2S really shines here because you see how the Dark Code is stronger by 1 or 2 boards then the Code Black. The big difference you will see is how much sooner the Dark Code reads the midlane verses the Code Black.
The last ball in the comparison portion of the video is the Storm Trend. The Trend has the R2S coverstock as well with a symmetric core but the Trend rolls very similar to an asymmetric core on how it changes direction very quick with the Piston core with a corkscrew type motion. The Dark Code is at least 2 boards stronger than the Trend.

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7/16/2021
By Tony from Toms River, New Jersey
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Hooks hard, hits harder and carries the middle.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I laughed, I cried, it changed my whole world. Just kidding.

I'm strictly an amateur, but it appears to be a beast on freshly oiled lanes, but after two games and the oil starts getting pushed further down the lane, you'll either need to make adjustments or have a back up in your bag.

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Question:

compare dark code to the trend please thanks

5/12/2021 - By

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The Dark Code will have a stronger weight block to give this more hook potential than the Trend. They have similar length with both having a pearl coverstock finished at 1500 grit polish but the weight block will give the Dark Code more flare.

5/13/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

asymetrical or symetrical ?

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This ball will have an Asymmetric weight block.

5/13/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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How does dark code differ from the code red

5/18/2021 - By

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The only difference between the Code Red and the Dark Code would be the coverstock. They have the same weight block and both were finished at 1500 grit polished finish. The Dark Code has a new ReX Pearl Cover while the Code Red had a R2S Hybrid cover. The new ReX Pearl cover is a blend of the R2S and the NeX cover which makes this a little stronger reaction to handle a little more oil.

5/19/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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How does this bowling ball compare to the Storm Hyroad X

5/18/2021 - By

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This ball will be much stronger than the Hy-Road X. This ball is a high performance ball for heavier oil conditions and the Hy-Road X was a mid performance ball more for medium to lighter oil conditions.

5/19/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Will this ball be good to pair with my Hy-Road Max?

5/31/2021 - By

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The Hy-Road Max is a duller finished solid ball and is a mid performance ball for medium oil. The Dark Code is a high performance ball for medium to heavier oil and the ball has a pearl coverstock and polished finish. If you like the reaction you get from your Hy-Road Max but you need something stronger for when the lanes are heavier oil I would suggest getting another solid ball that is more suited for heavier oil like the Storm Axiom or Storm Proton Physix. They have a similar reaction in the midlane with a continuous hook like the Max.

6/10/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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What is drilling protection

6/9/2021 - By

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Drilling protection is an extra option which will help you if the ball chips or cracks while you are having it drilled at your local proshop. It will help you by getting your drilling cost reimbursed as well as the ball being replaced if the ball meets the drilling protection criteria. To see more about this click the "?" beside the Drilling Protection option.

6/10/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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compare dark code to rstx1 please ... thanks

6/14/2021 - By

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The Dark Code will go longer on the lanes to have a sharper backend than the RST X-1. However, because the RST X-1 reads a little earlier that will help it have a stronger overall hook and also help it work better in heavy oil while the Dark Code can work better across medium to heavy oil conditions.

6/18/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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which ball out of the trend and axiom pearl most closely matches the dark code ? I have a trend and the axiom pearl and a dark code on order . I need to know which one gets left ot of the bag ? I intend to keep the dark code as one of them .. stroker style 14-15 mph. thanks for your help ?

6/26/2021 - By

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The Dark Code is actually going to be stronger than both the Trend and the Axiom Pearl. The coverstock on the Dark Code is actually a blend of the coverstock used on both the Trend and Axiom Pearl so the core on the Dark Code is much stronger and will give this more hook potential than the Trend or Axiom Pearl. The Trend is also listed as a high performance ball like the Dark Code but the Trend is on the lower side of high performance and the Axiom Pearl is on the higher side of upper mid performance so they are very close to each other but you may find that you could remove the Trend and just use the Dark Code and Axiom Pearl.

6/29/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

What is the hook number I don’t see it

7/8/2021 - By

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There is not an exact number given on this balls hook potential but this is a high performance ball so it will be a pretty aggressive ball. It is rated for heavier oil conditions and the pearl cover with a polished finish will make it read really aggressive on the backend. While it may not be the highest hook potential overall of any ball we have it would be one of the highest backend balls that is currently on the market.

7/8/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Compare to the SoniQ

7/15/2021 - By

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Both options have a pearl coverstock finished at 1500 grit polish but the Dark Code is a high performance ball so it will have a stronger cover and stronger weight block than the Son!Q which was an upper midperformance ball.

7/15/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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How will this be compared to the IQ nano tour?

7/29/2021 - By

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This ball will have a stronger hook potential and it will also go longer on the lanes to have a sharper backend hook than the IQ Tour Nano.

7/29/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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What speed is most effective with this ball for hook?

8/18/2021 - By

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This ball has a polished finish and a pearl coverstock to make it react later on the lanes. If you have a high ball speed and low rev rate then it may not have enough time to have a strong reaction on the backend. Almost all other styles would be fine but high ball speed, low rev rate may not like this option.

8/19/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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What ball is stronger between the dark code and the Zen

8/18/2021 - By

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The Dark Code will have a stronger weight block that has more flare potential than the Zen Pearl but they are both very high performance balls and both have a high backend hook potential.

8/19/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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70 yr old female slow speed. What ball would you recommend?

8/24/2021 - By

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This ball is going to be a very strong ball and it also requires a lot of oil on the lanes for it to work correctly. If you have a slower ball speed you will want a ball with a pearl cover or a polished finish to get farther down the lane before it starts hooking so this ball does have a pearl cover and polished finish but you want to make sure you match the lane conditions to what you most often bowl in.

8/31/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Are the 15lb and 14lb Dark Code made the same specifications. I ask this because the write stated 15lb Dark Code

8/31/2021 - By

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They have the same cover and finish but the RG values will change slightly. Here are the specs for the 14lb: RG - 2.55 RG Diff - 0.056 . So from this the 14lb will go a little longer and have a little less flare potential than the 15lb.

8/31/2021 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Will this ball be good to pair with my Hy-Road?

9/8/2021 - By

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