Rocky Brands S2V Survival Grenade - Bonus or Bomb?
With the growth of the survival market, Rocky Brands started Rocky S2V and have come up with some cool, high-end clothing and footwear gear. To go with many of their clothing items as an EDC survival accessory, they came out with a pretty cool-looking survival grenade which is basically a few hard-to-improvise, survival items wrapped in about 10 foot of paracord that can clip onto stuff with a consumer-grade carabiner. It also comes with a cardboard sleeve that houses a Survival Priorities Guide by Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School.
Here’s What’s Inside...
When I took the Survival Grenade up on the mountain, it took me about 2 minutes to unravel it since it was quite cold out. Here’s what I found inside... There are two sections of what seem to be high-quality paracord with 5 yarns, each yarn easily separating into three smaller strands. I like that.
Total length of usable cordage is anywhere from 10 feet if you keep the paracord together, 60 feet if you separate the yarns and the outer casing, or up to 160 feet if you separate the yarns into strands, including the outer casing. For more information about the basics of paracord... and what the heck I’m talking about with yarns and strands... see my Survival Quick Tip video called Paracord Basics.
NOW one thing I need to mention before I move on...
Once you pull the survival grenade apart... there are no instructions for putting it back together, so this is a “break glass and use contents in an emergency”, OR one-use type of kit.
On the inside they have included a mess of thin foil wrapped around survival gear. Of course I tried to save this foil but in cold weather, and as balled up as it was, saving this foil was difficult. I did it... but not before I put 3 or 4 holes and tears in it. This outer foil is about 5 x 6 inches or 13 x 15 centimeters.
It also seems a bit thicker than the stuff on the outside. This piece is just shy of 12 x 12 inches or 30 x 30 centimeters. Of course foil is good for many improvised tasks like cooking, using as a signal / reflector and for creative stuff like forming it into a makeshift cup.
PLUS because it’s cardboard, it’s probably going to fall apart in the first rain storm if it’s clipped on the outside or your backpack. Also, the internal guide itself is made of paper (not plastic film - like some other popular pocket survival guides)... so it’s going to fall apart as well if it gets dunked in a river or soaked in a storm.
User Comments... Since the Rocky S2V Survival Grenade is a new release there’s not much out there in the way of owner comments... There are some quotes on the Survival S2V website from blogs and news sources, but we generally discount short clips from magazines and other publications.
So we rate the S2V Survival Grenade at a pretty low 2.5 stars. We would have MAYBE given it a 3 star rating if it wasn’t for the poor excuse of a Survival Guide that came with it and the fact that the ferro rod was hard to spark even after we realized that our only recourse was using the knife blade in the kit as our striker... which ruined 2/3s of the blade.
On a positive note... Rocky Brands is a very large and reputable company... that usually gets things right... So... This kit has a potential in future versions, if Rocky S2V develops a real survival guide that SHOWs the distressed adventurer how to use the Survival Grenade gear, AND and improvise using probable natural resources to stay alive... They also need to ditch the honkin’ big cardboard sleeve and print a future guide on a soft plastic film with permanent ink so that it will survival stormy weather and other rough conditional. Guys, call me, I’d be glad to help... Upgrading the ferro rod, roughing up the back of the X-Acto blade so that it can be used as an effective fire steel striker would be a big help and including a small chunk of magnesium like it says in the current guide, would be a bonus. I would also recommend that they including 1 or 2 waterproof matches just because fire is so important to wilderness survival for heat, cooking, water purification, morale and keeping animals away... so I like redundancy when it comes to fire starting. I would also try to fit a few inches of duct tape, rolled up small, into the survival grenade, And just weave the survival guide into the outer layer of paracord.
So Who is the Survival Grenade for?
The Rocky S2V Survival Grenade is priced at just under $20 U.S... and is best suited for those who already know the basics of survival, but want the low weight and small footprint, basic survival kit that they can clip onto a pack or bag and just forget about until they need it. This kit is not well-suited for those who do not have at least some basic survival skills and knowledge, since the survival guide that comes with this kit is all but useless. However, this kit is better than nothing and is easy to clip and leave on a bag or pack.
Other Survival Kit Options
(bottom) Bear Grylls Ultimate,and Henry Survival kits
If you are looking for a small basic survival kit that is a bit more functional, check out my reviews of the Bear Grylls Basic, Scout and Ultimate Survival Kits... or the SOL Origin Survival Kit. For much more robust and complete, ready to go survival kits, see my reviews of the GearPods Wilderness System and Henry Survival Kit.
*2020 Edit: OR now available, Tiny Survival Kits - quite possibly the best all-in-one survival kits you may ever find!
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