So far my impression of the Survival build is very favorable, but at this point I've only 7 talent points distributed. The big thing for me is that I'm tearing things up in fine fashion, very few panic moments, and no hesitation about going after anything assigned. This is very exciting.
Now, before I claim that the SV build accounts for this, or even more experience running a Huntard, there is a third possibility that occurred to me:
/blows kiss to Clan Grimmtooth for all the shinies