Survival Gear Review: Rocky S2V Survival Grenade

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Perhaps it is the way that this survival kit hangs from your backpack, ready to be grabbed at a moment’s notice. Or maybe it’s its size and shape. Either way, the Rocky S2V Survival Grenade is a novel approach to survival kits. It’s not just another sardine can full of matches and fish hooks.

The Rocky S2V Survival Grenade is a compact emergency survival kit wound up in 10 feet of military-grade paracord. The kit includes a handy sheet of information and survival priorities from my fellow Virginians, Mountain Shepard Wilderness Survival School. The kit is supposed to contain a light-duty carabineer, a fire starter with tinder, two fish hooks, two swivels, two fishing weights, a knife blade, a needle, a piece of tin foil, and a length of wire. Again, that’s what the marketing literature said would be there.

What did I find inside, and how was the quality of the components? For the price of the kit ($19), the quality is good. After spending about 4 minutes unraveling the kit (which would be rough wearing gloves, or if you’re shivering from hypothermia), I found a little foil-wrapped bundle (but, thankfully, not the foil that is supposed to be used for survival tasks, as it was small and thin). Inside the bundle was a roll of aluminum foil that proved to be a one-foot square of completely intact, heavy-duty foil. There was also one large, dull needle; a 2-inch-long ferro rod; a bit of cotton; six feet of 20-gauge wire; 2 craft knife blades; 2 swivels, and one fish hook. So apparently, one fish hook and both weights were missing from my kit.

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The survival instructions were concise and well written. They mentioned that the kit would supply you with items that would be hard to produce in a survival situation. With that in mind, my biggest peeve is that there is no fishing line. I would gladly trade the swivels and weights for 20 feet of monofilament.

Still, this survival kit is a great idea that has been executed well enough, and retailing for less that $20, it’s an inexpensive way to save a life.