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Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: MSR on 04/23/2013 08:27:49 MDT Print View

I've got the same MSR folding spoon, Travis. I love that it fits in my SP700 with the rest of my kitchen gear. No more letting my spork disappear in the bottom of my food bag or get stuck in with my tent stakes. For everything I eat on the trail a spoon is sufficient, I can't remember ever really needing the tines on my spork.


Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Jetboil on 04/23/2013 09:07:04 MDT Print View


Jetboil utensils look tempting. Looks like they might be food traps though ... have any difficulty getting them thoroughly clean?

R... ...
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: (...)
Re: Spoon heresy on 04/23/2013 09:53:19 MDT Print View

I've known for a while that I'm odd and nonpareil.

I don't use utensils. I go with no cook foods. I leverage my utility knife to cut a smoked salmon package, most of the time it has a pre-cut pull tab, I finger-rip the ready-to-eat chicken in a foil pouch, and spam singles foil packet squeeze it out and eat it like a sandwich. I use my teeth to cut.

I use the single servings of jelly, jam and Nutella but instead of spreading with a knife, I break off bagel bread pieces and dip in the single servings.

One time I experimented with disposable chop sticks, to eat left-over rice mixed-in with ground beef in a vacuumed sealed pouch, that was ok and I buried the biodegradable wooden chopstick when I was done.

I used powder drink mix in a bottle and I shook the bottle instead of spoon stir in a cup.

In many cases, you can pre-cut up your food at home in bite size pieces such as Jerky, and plan to eliminate a kitchen knife.

On another old thread, many people mentioned they prefer to keep the kitchen knife separate from the utility knife to avoid cross contamination.

It depends what's on the menu, how it's prepared, and how will you eat it.

I don't even use a plate.

Edited by RogerDodger on 04/23/2013 09:54:44 MDT.

Leslie Erickson
Chop sticks/spork combo on 04/23/2013 10:49:12 MDT Print View

I saw this reviewed and am intrigued. Thinking of replacing the spork I normally use with it. Only thing, it's a bit heavy, I even wonder if the weight (4.1 oz) could be a typo. Thoughts?

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Chop sticks/spork combo on 04/23/2013 11:14:47 MDT Print View

Leslie, I've seen that in person and its got a pretty bulky metal case that may be included in the weight. I've been on a trip with a guy who has one twice. The first time was right after he got it and he had the whole case and used the chopsticks with the spork to make a super long utensil. The second time I only saw him use the spork part without the chopsticks. I think it would be lighter to pick up an extra pair of chopsticks the next time you eat Chinese food and buy a separate long-handled spoon.


doug thomas
(sparky52804) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Iowa
Re: Re: Jetboil on 04/23/2013 11:24:29 MDT Print View

On the trail the slide is hard to clean unless you have a brush of some sort, otherwise it's not bad

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Followup on 05/02/2013 10:54:29 MDT Print View

Did you know Kupilka made silverware? Neither did until I stopped at the outdoor store to check out their spoon selection. For $10 I got the whole set. The large spoon weighs 17 grams and feels more like a regular spoon in the hand than any other I've tried. It's not collapsible, but I've taken to carrying my spoon in my hip pocket anyway, so that's not really an issue. Below are a couple photos.




Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Followup on 05/03/2013 16:21:46 MDT Print View

Spelt -- Nice set of spoons.

My set below. Not happy with the long handle, can't fit enough in the bowl. The short handle is better scoop, but the handle is well, short. The green one is the odd ball, but pretty useless. It came with a bunch (group) of kiwi fruit.spoonification

Steve Bennett
(PackRat) - F
Spoon on 05/03/2013 22:26:22 MDT Print View

I have settled on a large spoon/fork combo from Light My Fire.

It was the larges spoon I could comfortably fit in my mouth. The large size makes it easy slurp soups and lets me shovel food into my mouth before it gets cold on Winter trips. The wide handle also makes it easier to hold when your hands are shaking from hunger or cold.

I cut the fork end off as I never use it and it kept trying to poke my gear.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Lexan spoon on 05/03/2013 23:08:19 MDT Print View

I have a Lexan spoon exactly like the dark blue spoon on the left in Dale W's photo except it has a long handle.

Lexan doean't get hot, it is nearly imposible to break and some have a nice long handle. The spoon resides in my right side pocket next to my stove bag. (Yes, I attatch side pockets to all my backpacks.)

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Dale - What kind of knife is that? on 05/04/2013 07:45:52 MDT Print View

That knife is the Victorinox Little Vickie. It is the 3.5" Victorinox paring knife with a sheath added. The total weight is 1oz. REI sells them:

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Flimsy folding spoon! on 05/04/2013 08:19:45 MDT Print View

Robert Van Putten asked, "Dale, I don’t know how a feller could manage with a short and possibly even folding eating utensils. How the devil do you dig out and spread peanut butter from a jar in freezing weather with such a flimsy, short tool?"

The folding Ti spoon isn't particularly flimsy and my goal was to have something that would fit in a 450ml mug along with a windscreen and Esbit wing stove. I don't carry jars of peanut butter, so shoveling oatmeal, pasta and soup are the most rigorous tasks I demand of it. It is far stronger than the Light My Fire plastic spoon shown and would hold its own with or better the Lexan one, but I haven't done a spoon destruction test :)

For tough and universal use, I would go with a simple stamped stainless steel spoon of tablespoon size. A 60 second search in the spoon bin at Goodwill would come up with a handful at $0.29 each.

Steve A. Clarke
(petuni) - MLife

Locale: Quispamsis
Msr on 05/04/2013 19:42:39 MDT Print View

My favorite spoon is the ti long handle spoon. It fits in my kitchen ditty bag but does stick up higher than my stove. I'm going to look into the Msr folding spoon, it looks promising!

Joe L
(heyyou) - MLife

Locale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
spoon on 05/07/2013 18:30:52 MDT Print View

My favorite is the middle sized Sea to Summit AlphaLight spoon. The bowl is a normal shape, the right size for me, a little smaller than a table spoon, not the squared off bowls on the long and short ones from that maker. I prefer buying anodized aluminum over Ti.

6 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, .3 oz, 9.6 grams, about $7

Edited by heyyou on 05/07/2013 18:37:20 MDT.

Robb Watts
(rwatts) - M

Locale: Western PA
Favorite spoon on 05/28/2013 19:24:40 MDT Print View

My current favorite spoon is a white, long handled lexan spoon (REI?). Reaches into the bottom of freeze dried meal bags. Kind of a pain to pack, it kind of has to ride alone and seems to always get separated from the rest of the cooking gear - can take a while to find. Misplaced it on a fall trip in 2011 - found it last summer about 100 feet from the camp site where it was lost.

R... ...
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: (...)
Re: Favorite spoon on 08/18/2013 23:25:49 MDT Print View

My preferred style is not to depend on a trail utensil. However, I am a geek, and like a good deal on items I don't need. at the 73 cents price, I got one of each.

These are at the REI Outlet store, and the second one (Orange) is on Deal of the Week.

$0.73 on sale (now $1.73)
GSI Outdoors Telescoping Spoon BLACK - 2012 Closeout
6.5 - 10.75 x 2.8 inches
1.3 ounces
FYI: this one is HUGE. it's a 4 oz measuring cup on a stick :)

$0.73 on sale (now $1.73)
GSI Outdoors Telescoping Spoon ORANGE - 2012 Closeout
3.9 (expands to 6) x 1.6 x 0.6 inches
0.3 ounce

Edited by RogerDodger on 08/27/2013 15:51:19 MDT.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Favorite spoon on 08/27/2013 14:49:15 MDT Print View

Right now I am using the short-handled titanium spoon. I don't eat out of bags so don't need the long handle. I don't mind that the bowl is smallish. I like the flattened end to the spoon. It cleans out my pot a lot better. It fits inside my titanium pot or inside my plastic cup or plastic screw-top jar. I have a plastic folding spoon, too, but have not tried it yet.

Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Lexan. on 08/27/2013 17:54:56 MDT Print View

I'm with Robert V. P....I use the same lexan spoon he does, and am completely content. I like the deep bowl on it, and it has some good capacity for scooping. It's an odd size for measuring though, being 2/3 of a Tablespoon.

I carefully shave the "sprue" line off my lexan ware, or use sandpaper, until its nice and smooth. That line between the top and bottom molds can be sharp.

Edited by Bolster on 08/27/2013 17:55:45 MDT.

Thomas Willard

Locale: Mystic, CT
Spoon on 08/31/2013 11:24:16 MDT Print View

I have a long handled S2S ti spoon. When I was using a canister stove, I stored it in my FBC cozy. When I went to a system where everything fits in my pot, I filed it down to fit inside (shaved 0.2oz off the weight). It's not long handled anymore and sometimes I get food on my knuckles when I stir but I do like knowing it's inside my kit.

(livingontheroad) - M
no spoon. on 08/31/2013 16:57:56 MDT Print View

If you do freezer bag cooking, kneading works to mix things up.

tear the bottom corner off ziplock and squeeze the food into your mouth works pretty good.