Donic Baracuda

Donic Baracuda Rubber
Approx. $ 35 USD
Price $

User Ratings (196)

Speed 8.7
Spin 9.5
Control 8.6
Tackiness 2.3   
Slightly tacky
Weight 5.4   
Medium heavy
Sponge Hardness 4.8   
Gears 7.9   
Above average gears
Throw Angle 7.2   
Consistency 9.0
Durability 7.6   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 9.3 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 91 / 100
Spin 98 / 100
Control 71 / 100
Tensor No
Anti No
There are 73 users using the Donic Baracuda.
The rubber with vicious spin.

The new FORMULA DONIC BARACUDA rubber with inbuilt speed glue effect produces fantastic spin. With DONIC BARACUDA the ball leaves the blade in a conspicuously higher arc, giving considerably more spin. The increased rotation of the ball stabilises the flight and increases speed. The results are convincing after a few hours of training to become used to this modern rubber. Accuracy of placement is visibly improved even for top players.

DONIC BARACUDA offers that extra margin of safety even in the tightest situation, and not only when engaged in a high risk top spin game. DONIC BARACUDA's top rubber surface has been newly constructed to minimise abrasion and damage to the edges. The happy result: more playing hours with a surface that remains intact without noticeable damage.

Reviews (88)

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:
danlaabraten  on 5/21/2014

Among the best! Speed is just right. Control awesome. Spin brutal. A must try.
anastasionas  3 months ago

I found this rubber to be very fast but its best characteristic is the spin. You can feel it also in the surface and I find that the sponge hardness is medium to soft (probably more to soft). Although the hardness, it lacks in control but in time (and practice) you can use to it. It has high throw so you must beware if you use it with fast blades. it does not affected so much from humidity like other rubbers and it last a long time. I ordered a red sheet and I also have a black which I find it to be more spinier than the red, although is a year older and with a lot of hours playing. Overall a very good rubber in a logical price.

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