Donic Cayman

Donic Cayman Blade
Approx. $ 29 USD
Price $

User Ratings (14)

Speed 8.1
Control 8.4
Stiffness 6.6   
Stiff
Hardness 6.1   
Medium hard
Consistency 8.5   
Always identical
Overall 8.6 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 8.0
Control 8.0
Weight 70g
Plies 5
All-round with good feel
DONIC developed with the CAYMAN, an extremely light and relatively fast all round blade with high rigidity and excellent control. This blade is especially suitable for players using pimples. The hard outer plies are particularly effective when using long or short pimples. Blocking and counter attacking become more deadly and more troublesome, especially for long pimpled players. Amazing control, with no lessening of speed, permits the player using this DONIC blade to attack and defend and enjoy his game. This does not only apply to players using pimples

Reviews (9)

and  3 weeks ago

I compared this blade using the same Hurricane 3 rubbers as my Stiga Allround WRB blade. Normally I play high spin placement game, but this blade forced me to speed up. The feel is lacking. It is more similar to a carbon blade, but it's not as fast as most carbon blades because of the soft balsa inside. The best part about this blade and the reason I got it in the first place is that you can find a very light one if you are lucky. Mine is only 47g. The head size is 160x153 and the flared handle is also quite large. Another positive is blocks are very direct due to stiffness. Looping is fine once you are used to the blade shape and thickness, but you won't get much feedback when you loop. If you time it right there is a ton of spin and speed.
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pitigoi  3 months ago

Very similar to Dr. N Firewall Plus, slightly smaller head, not quite so thick, slightly faster with the same rubbers. Rather light thick balsa blade, makes sense mostly with pips. With very slow long pips in OX, the blocks go fast, low, and the spin is well reversed. Likely hard to loop from the FH side - counters and blocks are fine but if you are late to the ball and it starts descending and you want to topspin it over the net, you'll likely have a hard time - low dwell time, bouncy balsa. Tried only classical (non-tensioned) Short Pips on the FH; with it control on pushes and serve return is OK, and smahes are good.
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PeterJ  on 3/29/2014

I've been using this blade for years with 1.5 Donic Akkadi Taichi on the forehand and 1.2 Piranjatec on the backhand. An excellent combination on this very light blade. Flat hiting and and blocking are excellent on this blade but I can't comment on looping or chopping as I don't do these shots. The blade being balsa is very light and pretty fragile so you have to be very careful with it at all times. Control can vary with some shots because of the lightness of the blade so I'm thinking of upgrading the Akkadi Taichi from 1.5 to 1.8 mm. I don't think it will upset the balance.
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jrado  on 9/27/2013

Good light blade. Due to the hardness of the outer layers, it has almost no feel at all. Better paired with soft sponge rubber. I had hard sponge rubber on it and keeping the ball under control was challenging.
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robs75  on 9/12/2012

Used this with Donic Vario Soft & Mach 1 rubber, this blade is faster than advertised with great control. This blade can loop well with soft rubber and counters fast. Worth a try as backup blade.
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