When I first saw this club I thought it was called the Srixon Zubs thanks to the font used, but the Z U85 is the replacement for the Z U65 utility iron (Zugs?) that is currently one of the most popular driving irons on the PGA Tour.
The hollow headed U85 iron is made from 1020 Carbon Steel with a high strength SUP10 steel face to combine feel with as much ball speed as possible.
The styling of the muscle is similar to the Z 785 irons but the hollow head means that it is much more drawn back with a thicker top line.
This gives you a bit more confidence at address, especially with the lower 18° #2 and 20° #3 lofts, even if the chrome finish to the back of the head distracts a little and draw your eye to size of the head.
Having the opposite set up of a polished chrome top line and a matt chrome rear might have given it more of an iron look with the back fading out of view. However it does create a dramatic look and it doesn’t affect the performance at all.
The Z U85 is the only Srixon iron in the current range not to feature the Tour V.T. Sole and the traditional low bounce sole is a little wider than the previous U65.
This and the decent amount of offset is what makes this quite a forgiving iron for its type and the deeper head means it is very easy to get the ball up and going.
You can see why this is the most used utility iron on the Tour as the performance combined with excellent feel and some of the higher lofts from the 23° #4 up to the 29° #6 could be options for low to mid handicappers who need a bit more launch than the Z 585 irons.
The chrome coloured UST Recoil graphite shaft is light, stable and looks like a steel shaft which always works for me.
The Z U85 also comes with a headcover which seems a bit superfluous as sometimes you want everyone to see you have a 2-iron in play, or maybe the number 3 has taken its place these days.
Either way the Z U85 utility iron is one of the few genuine driving irons in the market and the performance means that it should be on your short list if you need this style of club.