General Ball Info
Black Pearl / Purple Solid
The Tropical Heat Hybrid Black Purple offers plenty of traction in the oil and is a hook monster that will work on medium conditions as well.
We had our best reaction on our medium test pattern. The ability of this new hybrid Heat to handle decent volumes of oil is just one part of its overall reaction. This core and cover have been used together in the form of the Tropical Heat Hybrid Black Silver. The difference is that this version is the sanded box finish. This is the first Heat that did not come at a 1500 grit polish. The 4000 Abralon increases the overall motion without slowing the ball down much at the breakpoint and in the back end.
Because of the surface change, this ball has the ability to handle the heavier stuff like our oily test pattern. This is one of the few entry level balls to date that can hold its own at the box finish on this pattern.
The Heat Black Purple continued to impress on the sport pattern. The box finish is rough enough to get back to the pocket with the right amount of energy to carry the corner. The added benefit of having the rougher box finish on this pattern is being able to use that to create a bigger hook spot in the pattern, allowing all three testers to move left with their feet and have a larger area of friction down lane.
The only pattern where we felt we needed to adjust the surface of this newest Heat was on our short, dry test pattern. For this pattern, we applied a generous amount of Storm’s Reacta Shine to each of the test balls. With the polish added, we got the length we needed to keep the Tropical Heat Black Purple off the nose.
Strengths: The amount of traction created is the biggest strength of the Heat Black Purple. At the box finish, it can cover as many boards as a lot of balls on the market in the mid range performance category.
Weaknesses: Dry up front will cause a hook/stop reaction from the Tropical Heat Black Purple. Too much dry will also make it hard for users to keep the ball right of the headpin.
Overall Summary: This is the strongest of the Heats to date. Bowlers looking for a lot of motion on a budget will take a heavy interest in this ball.