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HyRoad Nano
Review Date: 9 January 2018

Reviewed by:
Storm/Roto Grip staffer John Brockland
Style: Stroker Rev Rate: 280-310
PAP: 5.50" over and 1" up

The HYROAD NANO is a new development of the longest running ball on the market, the original HYROAD which is now in an unprecedented ninth year.  This new release features the same Inverted FE Technology core as in all the other balls in the “road” series.  As in all the other products Storm has produced with this same proven weight block, any favorite layout is sure to produce exactly what you’re looking for.  This is the hallmark characteristic of a true benchmark ball.

On the HYROAD NANO the coverstock provides all the difference in this new release.  The cover is the NRG Solid Reactive, first introduced in the VIRTUAL GRAVITY NANO.  As Storm describes it, Nano technology is essentially “manufacturing with atoms” giving bowlers “increased oil traction due to the micro-dynamic enhancements of the surface.”  The HYROAD motion both midlane and downlane has been popular and effective for so many bowlers for so long that there was a strong desire to bring that same motion into the environment of the heavier and more viscous oils that have come into use in recent years particularly on the PBA Tour.  Nano technology accomplishes that.

For a layout on my HYROAD NANO I went with my standard and favorite high pin layout.  The specs are 55 x 5.25 x 45. 

In short, this ball with this coverstock is strong!  In my first outing with it on a typical STL hooking house shot I had to get to the fifth arrow in order to get the ball to see enough volume and retain enough energy to go through the pins effectively.  Several other bowlers, even some with far more hand and far more ball speed than I have, have noticed the same thing.  This strong cover definitely needs a great deal of volume to prevent the ball from burning up and being pretty much DOA at the pocket.

Polishing the cover has made a significant difference for many who have tried it.   Lifelong friend, ball driller, and multiple time PBA Regional champion, Rich Orf, polished his and had great results with it during this year’s Holiday Doubles tournament, averaging well into the 240’s for the weekend on an STL house shot that had become really cliffed.  I have not adjusted the surface of mine because I have other options that will work just fine for the little bit of league bowling I do around town.  The HYROAD NANO will definitely be in my bag this summer when I head out for the PBA50 Summer Swing through the Midwest!

PBA Hall of Famer and Storm PBA Tour ball rep, Del Ballard, always famously said: “Every lane eventually comes to a HYROAD.”  With this new release Storm says “the NRG cover on the HYROAD NANO controls the midlane more than the original HYROAD.  The lane always comes to a HYROAD.  Now it comes to it even sooner.”   If a bowler is looking for the best and longest running benchmark ball motion on the market with the capacity to handle heavy, heavy volume then the HYROAD NANO certainly won’t disappoint. 

Lbs. RG Diff. PSA  Diff. 
16 2.52 0.058 N/A
15 2.57 0.046 N/A
14 2.58 0.037 N/A
13 2.59 0.045 N/A
12 2.65 0.035 N/A
11 N/A N/A N/A
10 N/A N/A N/A