Yesterday, we covered the first six sacks in this series and even though we already dealt with my personal favorite Myachi in the series, I still feel like I saved the best for last. Today we'll cover the remaining three double packs, each of which has at least one Myachi that will have both collectors and enthusiasts all but drooling with anticipation.
So without further ado, here are the final six Myachis in series 5.4X:
THE PUNK PINK CAMMO &
THE SHADOW BOX GRAY
This is one of those two packs where one Myachi clearly outshines the other. As excited as we all were about seeing the sister sack to the Shadow Box (Series 5.1X), we'd only been looking forward to that for a couple of series. We've been looking forward to a good Pink Cammo for years.
The Punk Pink Cammo does not disappoint. It's a solid jammer a la the Agent Orange or Hunter Cammo. For those that never jammed with these classics, I'll simply say that it breaks in quickly but it keeps breaking in for a long time afterwards as well. It's one of those Myachis you fall in love with when you think you've got it all the way broken in.
The Shadow Box Gray is no slouch in the series, either. A solid jammer that looks great in motion, this is a superb understated sack for a hobbyist jammer. It's got an eye-catching pattern and is an obvious double to any two sack routine using it's much heralded sister sack, but it's also a great solo jammer if you're not putting on a show for a big audience.
As a double pack, this has already been favored by the holiday shoppers as a brother/sister pack; a double pack you buy for a boy and a girl to share. While I think it's a great fit for that need, I think it's a mistake to consider the Punk Pink Cammo as a "girl's" Myachi. It's an eye-catcher and looks great in a shred regardless of who's shredding.
THE HEART-BREAKER &
THE RED LEOPARD
This is a different two-pack depending on whose looking at it. For people who aren't already immersed in Myachi Mania and historical Myachi lore, the Heart-Breaker is the real eye-catcher in this two pack. But for those of us that have been in the game for a while, this set is all about the return of the leopard.
Leopard print sacks have been a part of the game since its earliest days. Myachi Man had an affinity for the pattern early on and it shows when you look at the first several series. Leopards showed up again and again in the old paper-tag days and continued to be staples through the first run China sacks (the Old School Leopard and Leopard Shag), the early Blister-Card days (The Leopard Lime and Punk Pink Leopard) and even in to the 6 Master Series (The Blueberry Leopard).
But then the Leopards seemed to disappear. The last time we saw a leopard-print Myachi was in the 5B series (Blueberry Leopard re-release) and the last time we saw an original leopard was the same Myachi's first appearance in the 2.2! That marks a full 20 series between Leopard releases. What's more is that this marks the first ever corduroy leopard, making it a must own for any serious collector.
And let's not forget that it's also paired up with a black Myachi with a skull & crossbone pattern. This makes this one of the clear favorites in-stores from what we've seen so far. The fabric contrast between these two is phenomenal (a short shag versus a vertical corduroy) so for any new jammer who hasn't experimented with enough fabrics to pick a favorite, this is the logical 5.4X pick up.
THE DANGER ZONE &
THE ARTFUL DODGER
There was never any question that this would be the top-selling two pack in the series. It was as much a no-brainer as any call we've ever made. Either of these two sacks could easily carry a double pack with a more mundane second Myachi, but by pairing them together, we've created what I consider to be the coolest looking two pack of all time. But this double isn't all about looks.
The Danger Zone has a unique fabric that I can't readily compare to anything else we've done before. It's similar in look to the 5.4 Checkerboard (and indeed that is considered its sister-sack), but the feel is completely different. It has a much better grip right off the bat and though it doesn't wideboard quite like the Checkerboard, it really rewards you for breaking it in.
The Artful Dodger is nearly a duplicate of the Jolly Rodger from series 5.4. The fabric and pattern is identical, though the Artful Dodger is a noticeably darker color. Like the Jolly Rodger, it's a spectacular denim and the two easily tie for the easiest to break-in denims of all time. That's not a hard title to take, of course, as denims in the past have been notoriously hard to break in all the way. Calvins, Deisels, Denim N Dymonds, Zoot Suit, Chili Pepper... all known as great jammers when (and if) you ever get them broken in.
The Artful Dodger is a different animal altogether. Though it "beards" in the same manner that the traditional denims did, it does so much faster and has a lot more give right away. It's a thinner denim fabric so in the long run that might cost it some durability, but even a sack half as durable as a Calvin will last you for years.
Both sacks are non-traditional fabrics with designs that are proven winners. It is already on pace to be the fastest selling double pack of all time and is the obvious first choice for anyone getting into the game for the first time. Of course, it's also an obvious choice for every veteran as well, so basically, if you're reading this, you should probably go ahead and place an order for one.