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.
zbys 3 months ago
great rubber , my answer to tenergys high throw , so many people write this and that rubber is the alternative to 05 . but none have the high throw and softness of 05 except Donic Barracuda and being softish. throw is the highest of all . thou 05/ t energy is faster , but much less control with the bouncy sponge barracuda has the medium hardness ,not bouncy , drawback is not so great speed but best spin and control is fantastic. it works for me cos l use a off+ blade carbonado 290 [ may be too slow for some on a average off or off- speed blade] one of the fastest very fast hard blades .so the lack of speed is no issue for me . swing fast on spin ups and don't miss ! .. so much more control than rasanter 47.5 and joola rhymer 48 . best rubber and its less than half the price of tenergy . its old like the 05 but one of very best spin rubbers .