Compact D-Grip Off-Road Shovel by Bond
Bond MFG 21440 D-Grip Fiberglass Shovel by Bond: An in-depth review
The Bond MFG (Manufacturing) 21440 when compared to other shovels we have done reviews on might seem pretty boring.
It’s basically a longer version of the mini ergonomic Bond shovel we reviewed. But just because it may seem boring compared to others doesn’t mean it should be underestimated.
This shovel, while it does not have a ton of fancy built-in features might be one of my favorite shovels for the price.
In this overview and review, we hope to share key points on why this Bond 21440 shovel should be considered for your go-to off-road shovel.
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Top 5 Reasons to own this shovel
If you know right away that this shovel is too long but you like the style, you might want to take a look at its little brother, the ultra-compact Bond off-road shovel.
We purchased that shovel as well and it lived up to our expectation’s. Like the mini shovel, we expect this one too as well. The reason why we grabbed this shovel was that the mini was just so damn stout. We wanted the same shovel just longer, and guess what, they make one.
While the bond mini shovel sits at 27″ long, this big brother sits at almost 42″ long. That’s quite the difference when it comes to a proper off-road shovel.
Both shovels have their advantages but the longer Bond will always have more leverage due to its larger size.
What this really comes down to is the price. You can find this shovel from $20-40 online. Compare that to the Krazy Beaver at $80-$100.
This shovel on paper damn near compares to that of the KB as well. Look at them back to back on paper before you make a purchase.
The Bond Company: What’s there to know?
Bond is a company that has been producing outdoor garden products for decades.
They are a company that truly pride’s themselves by being a best in class manufacturer of outdoor living supplies and garden tools. Luckily for us, their shovel’s see the same pride as anything else they sell so it makes a great off-road companion.
The company has always seen the customers as their number one priority. Because of this they offer cutting-edge, high-quality tools available, and at extremely affordable prices.
We have looked into a ton of shovels and one thing we have to say is you will not find a shovel as nice as Bonds for anywhere close to their prices, but if you somehow do leave a comment below we would love to see it.
Since Bond has been around for several decades they have truly mastered the art of designing and producing their product’s. So you are able to purchase items like this shovel or their mini shovel without spending a lot, but you won’t know that from the quality.
Bond is Durable
Bond Shovel Details
- Product Dimensions- 42 x 8.5 x 3 inches
- Weight – 3.35 lbs.
- Blade Material: Steel
- Color- red, black, metallic
- Rust resistant powder coated paint
- Fiberglass handle
- Round point shovel
- Tempered, heat-treated steel head for greater strength and longer life
- Sharpened edges reduce effort when breaking up tough dirt
- Distinctive in quality and design
- Made from high-quality materials for excellent durability and safety
This shovel is truly built to be used off-road and to last.
Getting stuck away from civilization due to storm condition’s or off-roading is something that almost everyone will experience at some point. So having a shovel is a must and you need one you can trust.
This is a shovel that you could leave on the roof of your 4Runner for month’s and even years and not worry about it losing its ability to perform.
The Bond lineup can truly withstand the elements be it snow, rain, and even the sun. It is also a shovel that unlike most you will not have to worry about it rusting easily.
Bending or breaking the end of your shovels blade is something that is never fun, especially if you are stranded somewhere.
With the Bond shovels, you can truly attack any terrain with peace of mind knowing that the tempered, heat-treated steel is made for greater strength and longer life.
This shovel is not only lightweight, but it is also designed to be incredibly stout, and as tough as nails.
Quality for a low price
Getting your 4Runner ready for some off-roading but on a budget?
If so this is the shovel for you for less than $50. When you factor in the price vs the quality and usability this is definitely something to add to your arsenal.
You can always go out and buy an expensive shovel from $80 to $100+ and sure they might have some cool features.
But if you need something that gets the job done without breaking the bank this shovel is for you. While it may not be flashy or tactical looking that may be another selling point as well as it may prevent people from snagging it off your roof while out of town.
The Bond mid-size shovel is designed to get the job done and last which is what matters. Whether you are using it to get yourself unstuck on the trail or to do work around the yard this shovel truly kicks ass.
A truly amazing shovel for under $50, and sometimes you can find it around $20 (same price as the little brother).
Functionality Off-Road, On-road, and at Home
It’s the longest, yet most compact and durable shovel I could find for the lowest price.
What I really wanted in an off-road shovel was something practical. Close to full-size with a D-Grip on the end.
As we have mentioned in other shovel reviews, not all shovels are created equal. Quality shovels are something you might think equate to a high price. But this shovel is a great example that high price is not always equal to the best.
If you are someone who likes to explore remote areas, a high-quality shovel is a necessity. This shovel is an extremely high-quality build, unlike some others we have looked at like the Rhino USA shovel. That shovel was somewhat janky, showed signs of rust early, and would not be my first choice at a $20 price point.
On the other hand, the Krazy Beaver Shovel is pretty badass, if it’s in your budget, you should for sure check that shovel out.
While this shovel is fairly large, just like it’s mini brother it is something that can be mounted easily using some common brackets and quick fist mounts. Whether you have a flat roof rack, mesh rack, or even a basket you should be able to find an easy mounting solution.
Another great thing about this shovel is that it is extremely lightweight and shorter than other full-size shovels. This means you can hang it on hooks in your garage if you want and it won’t take up much space.
The Bond Off-Road Shovel Design
As we have previously mentioned this shovel doesn’t have any special features other than extreme durability at a low price point.
So if your looking for all the pizzazz and notched teeth, this shovel is not for you. But if your looking for something that will last and get you unstuck then this is for you.
When compared to other high-end shovels this shovel feels better overall (its also 1lb lighter) and is only a fraction of the cost so it’s not something you’d expect unless you searched deep as I did.
When it comes to the head design, it is larger than the Krazy Beaver. Bond designed the shovels head so the edges are sharpened so you can break up tough dirt, rock, sand, or gravel with ease.
While some might consider this a “plain jane” shovel, it is made of high-quality heat treated steel, a fiberglass handle core, and features a very simple and clean, yet distinctive design.
But the most important thing is that it feels like a shovel and works exactly as a shovel should. Which at the end of the day that is exactly what you need.
Final thoughts on the Bond MFG 24110 Shovel
If you are looking for something that is flashy or screams I overland this is not the shovel for you. It is also not for you if you are looking for something that is small.
If that’s the case we suggest you check out some of our other articles.
But if you’re wanting something that isn’t flashy, overpriced, or too compact, this is the shovel for you.
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