Ph4ntom on 11/30/2013
The best defensive blade ever for someone who loves high flex and balsa feeling.
Very light, the softest feeling ever seen, huge control... Definitely an amazing creation from The Doc! Of course, Barricade shines at chopping but it is an excellent blade for blocking and it has enough power to counter-attack or kill any point.
I do not suffer any lack of power while attacking; that's why Barricade Def is the best blade for modern defense to me...
I use to play with Vega Pro (1,8mm) on forehand and LP on backhand.
Underspin seem to be increased by blade conception: pushes and chops are amazingly hard to loop. A tactical weapon, made for defensive players who like soft and high flex baldes with max control and very good offensive power.
migzTT on 4/25/2013
I am a modern defender, and contrary to what most people say, this blade is effective far away from the table. You just need rubbers with a high throw angle. And you dont have to worry about weighing it down with thick, heavy rubbers since its very light. My setup uses H3(2.2mm) and TSP Curl p-1(1.3mm). I can chop with so much control and attack with speed thanks to the H3. The only bad thing about the blade is its durability. You can easily dent the sides with you nails. Nevertheless, great blade for a modern defender imo.
vanjr on 11/15/2009
This is the slowest and softest blade I have ever used. I eventually traded it. It may work for a totally passive close the the table blocking game, but I don't think any rubber you put on it could hit an outright winner against anyone rated 1500 USATT. Expensive, but nice workmanship. Modern defenders should not waste their time or money on this one.
Anonymous on 3/13/2010
They might position this as a chopping blade for marketing purposes, but it's a blocker's blade all the way. Spectacularly good control with pips and inverted.