firetack on 5/14/2017
We`re all looking for extra grip/spin with the polyball and this one has it although the pace is a bit slow on my Defplay Senso,4 layers of Falco booster and it plays like a dream with more pace than my usual Tenergy 05 and equal if not better spin,I think this is a reasonably priced solution for me ...I didn`t put a speed spin control rating due to the booster where I would put my rating for that at 9.5,9.5,8
Update:the Falco long booster is needed for effect longetivity ,this rubber boosted is the solution when you need more speed without using a faster blade,as an ox lp user I need a blade with some dampening on b/h side,t05 is not fast enough with polyball for f/h on my current all+ blade with flex(bt 550)
msilhanek on 2/2/2015
I had a test bat (carbon OFF blade) with red Donic Baracuda and black Xiom Vega Europe. Baracuda is not very fast but it is still an attack rubber. It generates more spin than Xiom, controll is pretty nice in both cases.
EDIT: I'm using Baracuda on my BH side atm. I usually choose a chinese tacky rubber on my FH and this combination works well. Good spin, speed, controll = good rubber.
EDIT2 (Jan 2015): After more than 2 years with Baracuda I feel like I need to update my review. Baracuda is excellent. It's among the best rubbers from the performance/price point of view. Not very fast but still powerful enough to play far from the table. The comfortable zone is close to the table anyway. The topsheet is tacky (not very tacky like traditional chinese rubbers but it can lift up a ball) and due to this the rubber is spin sensitive, especially against incoming top spin (higher throw angle doesn't help much, it makes it actually even worse). You need some time to handle this. On the other hand it means really great spin potential, especially if you brush the ball. I just miss little bit more catapult effect to call it an ultimate loopers choice. If you prefer spin a precision, go for it.
tabletennis11 on 3/9/2017
The Baracuda has a neutral feel on FH drives - not too disengaged/numb but also not the most responsive rubber on the market. The first couple of FH drives quickly revealed that the Baracuda is not a speed monster. However, it still has sufficient power to enable mid-distance play. I have heard many fables of Baracuda’s high throw angle, but in my opinion, it is ‘only’ a medium to medium-high throw rubber. Looping is, nonetheless, quite pleasant - controlled and clearly the Baracuda’s greatest strength. Read our full review at: http://blog.tabletennis11.com/donic-baracuda-rubbers-review
danlaabraten on 5/21/2014
Among the best! Speed is just right. Control awesome. Spin brutal. A must try.
vangeodee 4 weeks ago
Currently using this @ 2.0 on a Xiom Stradivarius.
Speed - Nothing to write home about. Decent speed, noticeably slower than my Bluestorm Z1, a little bit faster than Mark V. Speed on flat hits and drives is so-so, not amazing but enough to put it on the table.
Spin - Spinniest rubber I have ever used. No contest. Definitely way spinnier than Mark V, Vega China VM, and even the Bluestorm Z1. My training partner had a harder time blocking topspin shots with the Baracuda compared to the Bluestorm Z1.
Control - Since it's a lot slower than the Bluestorm Z1, I have more confidence on my shots than I do with my Bluestorm Z1 (I use the BSZ1 on my FH, and Baracuda on BH, more on this later). Topspin shots are easier to land on the table, and placement is also easier. I had a bit to do a little adjustment on my pushes because of the high throw angle; not a bad thing, just something to take note of.
Tackiness, weight, sponge hardness and aren't really much too important to me. However, it's non-tacky (to me at least), light (lighter than my Vega China VM and Mark V), Medium-soft (Softer than Mark V).
Gears - Depends on how good you are at varying your shots. Slow shots come out slow, shots with more effort come out faster. There is a ceiling to how fast a shot you can make, but for everything else, what you put it is what you get.
Throw - Very high (at least for me that is). I used to do BH loops with an open bat, now I can do quicker loops off BH with a more closed racket position.
Consistency - Same shot every time, all the time. Wonders of modern industrial manufacturing.
Durability - only played with it for one session, so I'll put average. since it remains to be seen. Dinged it against the edge of the table within the first 15 minutes of playing, it wasn't too strong or anything since I managed to slow down at the last second. Didn't rip or ding the rubber; after wiping off the smudge from the table, still looked new.