Donic Baracua Big Slam reviews
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Brand
Donic
Price
52
Type
Inverted
Sponge
 
Speed
   8.7
Spin
   9.5
Control
   7.0
Manufacturer stats
Speed
   8.1
Spin
   9.2
Control
   9.1
Durability
   6.0
User stats
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A newer version of Baracuda which has even more sound and control due to the softer sponge.
Very Good
4.5
4.5 3 reviews
Overall Rating
52
41
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2 0
10
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    Posted 03-09-2017
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    4.00 A robust and forgiving allround rubber
    My impressions of the Baracuda Big Slam do not differ greatly from the regular version. It feels slightly softer, slower, and less spinny, especially on high-impact shots. Thus, the feeling on FH drives is solid but not particularly crisp. FH loops, on the other hand, do feel a little bit crisper due to the softer sponge, which also provides an audible click and a medium-high ball trajectory that gives sufficient safety over the net despite the moderate speed of the rubber. Respectable amounts of spin can be generated on low- and medium-impact loops, which also experience a mild catapult. The underlying blade’s character is felt more prominently on high-impact loop-drives, and it is quite clear that the spin levels on these shots are lower than with the regular version. For our full review, click this link.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.5
    • Spin
         8.8
    • Control
         8.9
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    Posted 11-22-2016
    5.00 05 FX FX but slower
    • Spin
    • Durablity
    • Control
    • Slowish
    Hi All!

    I have read many reviews on this rubber and I saw many people like this rubber big time. So I bought one myself. Baracuda product line from Donic was the first answer to the famouns Tenergy 05 and 05 FX. This first generation of ESN tensors really did the trick. The overall speed is one tempo slower. The spin with the throw angle is just like T05 FX. The rubber is a bit less spin sensitive. Nowdays I can compare this feeling with the JOOLA MAXX series, which has a bit less speed and spin, but generally a very pleasant looping rubber.

    Altough hardness of the sponge is not known it is said to be around 42-44 degrees. The rubber is average weight 0,20 g/mm2 in max thicknes.

    With boosting the rubber comes more lively and a bit more aggressive, the speed can be increased to match the T05. But this rubber is a first generation tensor, it truly needs VOC based glue to shine. With water based glue and boostering only the speed will increase bigtime, not really the spin.

    For me it was not demanding to play with it at all. When I was testing it I was playing with MX-P. What I lacked in the boosted and the unboosted version of the rubber is the pure uncomfortable aggressiveness, which is transferred to the ball in modern short strokes with modern ESN tensors. Did comparison games with many opponents, they clearly stated, that my balls were more predictable and less disturbing with my Barracuda Big Slam on BH, Baracuda on FH. While on my main blade I used MX-P (FH) and M2 (BH). Usually I was achieved 2-4 better in a set against a similar opponent. With Barracuda I felt I can't attack with enough spin/speed to force an error from my opponent. Don't get me wrong I could get all balls to the other side due to the high throw, the feeling of my game vas generally good and safe, but my balls came back too many times.

    It was nice to see DONIC reinventing the Acuda series (which I did not like personally), but the blue sponge definetly has it's advantage. I love the bluefire series (M & JP) so I would love to see the reinvented Baracuda series, the same topsheet with the new blue sponge... I would definetly buy one. Until then, I can only recommend this rubber to every aggressive allround player or to kids, who are still learning the technique and developing their game, because this is a very reliable rubber without insane catapult effect.

    The price of the rubber is truly wallet friendly for the positive features and value you get.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.1
    • Spin
         9.4
    • Control
         10
    • Durability
         9.6
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    Posted 10-14-2015
    5.00 High arced spinny rubber
    • Spinny
    • High arc
    • Controlable
    Good arc for spooning against chop but difficult to counter spin. Control and speed has the perfect match. Also, has a lot of gears.

    User stats

    • Speed
         7.7
    • Spin
         9.4
    • Control
         8.3
    • Durability
         8.5
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