We just had to add this paddle to our line. We had so many requests after we built and tested our prototypes. People love this paddle.
This paddle is essentially the same as the RETRO 65T except we use a natural cherry wood instead of ash. The natural beauty of cherry and the golden amber finish enhances the uniqueness of these paddles and makes them as easy on the eyes as they play on the court.
The cherry wood gives this paddle a slightly softer feel than the Retro 65T ash and weighs about .2oz less.
The surface finish on our Retro series produces great spin without an applied texture. Any paddle can produce crazy spin out of the box, but we want our paddles to be durable and perform consistently over the long run. That way you are not frequently replacing your paddle to be competitive as the texture wears off.
The Retro 85T is a great all around paddle with lots of pop but without sacrificing control. This is an extremely comfortable paddle to play and is perfect for beginner and intermediate players up to about a 4.0.
If you want something truly unique to set you apart from the crowd the RETRO 85T is an excellent paddle.
Dennis D –
Received paddle yesterday. Very impressed with appearance, even better than pictures. Seems to play well. Nice weight. Don’t think I will be the only one on our court with one of these for long.
Grant F –
My old paddle was pretty beat up so needed a new one. I wanted something manufactured in Canada. I found Brickhouse in a search. I decided on the Retro 85T. It was the weight I wanted and the look of the paddle is great. So we stopped in St. Mary’s on one of our road trips and fortunately Chris had one available.
I’ve played with it now several times. The weight is right on for me. You can tell from the deep thunk and the feel when contact is made with the ball that the construction is superb. Several of the people I play with have tried it out and all are as impressed as I am with it.
I’m pretty hard on my paddles. They get pretty chewed up after about a year. When I do that to this 85T I can guarantee I’ll be going back for another one.
Greg D –
I’ve been playing with my Retro 85T for a few months now and I quite like it. I’m around a 4.0 player and had been using a Paddletek Helo. I thought I’d try a shorter paddle and force myself to find a little extra quickness and accuracy at the net. My game does feel better and I’m, also, happy with the power of the Retro 85T. Of course, everyone comments on the beauty of the paddle, so that’s a plus too.
Dave (Ohio, US) –
Had to sneak my Retro 85T Cherry out to play before my wife wraps it and puts under the Christmas tree. Initial thoughts on taking it out of the box were that it is well made. Grip size was perfect and very soft. The look of the wood is beautiful. The paddle is light and very well balanced.
During play I was pleased with the power. I have been using a Prokennex paddle which I think has good power but the T85 is It’s equal there. I did find that there was less spin than my other paddle. I still got a lot of spin with the T85 which was surprising because of the smooth face . What little I lost in spin was more than made up for in touch and feel at NVZ. I have never hit better dinks or drops than I did today.
I’ll admit I asked for the T85 for Christmas because it looked cool and it’s unique but I am extremely happy that it plays as good as it looks!
p.s. I got the lighter model intending to add lead tape to it like my other paddle. I tend to have the paddle twist in my hand on miss hits and hurt my wrist sometimes. Lead tape on my other paddles have helped but it’s probably an issue with my grip. The T85 never twisted in my hand. So either I didn’t miss hit any(doubtful) or the T85 does a better job absorbing miss hits.