GSI Telescoping Foon

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Specs

Weight .3 oz
Dimensions 3.90 in x 1.50 in x 0.80 in
Materials Co-polyester and Acetal

Reviews

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When used as the manufacturer intended this utensil…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Retail

Summary

When used as the manufacturer intended this utensil works well. Sadly the manufacturer's intended use is extremely limited.

Pros

  • Small
  • Light

Cons

  • Fragile

I got a two of these utensils (I refuse to call it a foon) in a GSI Pinnacle Dualist set. I only used them twice, maybe three times, because one of them broke. My review will be limited since I used them so little but as they lacked even a basic review and I recently saw them mocked as totally useless in a review for another product I figured a basic review would be satisfactory.

The Good

These things are very light and they do pack up very small, small enough to fit inside the afore mentioned cook set. They open and close easy and the simple rail plus friction lock mechanism cleans out easy so you won't have a build up of food gunk. The tines are smallish but works well on noodles and soft meat.

The Bad

Sadly the con seriously outweighs the pros. These are just too fragile. The tines do not work so well on anything that is even slightly hard. Most meats and thick al dente pasta will make you work and if you push to hard, like I did, you will pop the spade out of the handle's rail and not be able to get it back in with out damaging it.

in Theory but not in Practice

As far as I can tell GSI's theory on how to use these utensils is this:

  • The utensil should only ever be in the bowl for storage or in your hand for use. It should not be set down or put anywhere it could be exposed to any type of force.
  • The utensil should only be used to eat things from the bowl that can be cooked in the pot that came with the set. Anything that won't fit in the pot and bowl is to big for this spoon.

If you follow these rules you will probably have a very pleasant experience with this utensil. Otherwise this utensil is just to specialized and fragile when compared to a titanium spork, or even GSI's slightly larger and heavier stacking utensils, for backcountry use. 

G00SE MODERATOR

I would be the guilty mocker! Thanks for the fair review. I completely agree with everything you said. (How can you NOT mock something called a "foon?" Even my 11yo daughter thought I had made that name up.)


7 months ago
Sean Harrison

I have one of these and like it. If you only intend it to be used for light duty tasks and treat it nice it will last. I keep one in my ultralight kit and use it for coffee making and eating. Several trips with this guy and it's working fine. I really like it's small size when collapsed so it fits in my 450 ml Ti cup. Not for extreme use thats for sure.


6 months ago

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit GSI's Telescoping Foon page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The GSI Ultralight Telescoping Foon packs down to 3.874 inches and weighs .3 oz. Small and compact and all these pretty colors, not too mention the hard to break polycarbonate make this a must have. What more could you ask for in a foon?

- CampSaver.com

If you haven't figured out that 'Foon' refers to a combination fork-and-spoon utensil, then prepare to be amazed by the GSI Outdoor Ultralight Telescoping Foon. The telescoping mechanism shortens the Foon from six inches in use, to less than four inches for storage. GSI knows you care about weight, and at a miniscule 0. 3oz, you won't even notice the Ultralight Telescoping Foon in your pack.

- Backcountry.com

No need to haul around your old or spare silverware on backpacking trips, instead chuck the Ultralight Telescoping Foon from GSI Outdoors into your pack. Taking up an area of less than 3 x 2 inches in your pack, this combination spoon and fork won't leave you grumbling about its bulk - but pull it out come supper time and extend it to its full length of 6 inches of for your comfortable dining ease.

- Mountain Gear

Call it a spork, call it a foon, call it what you will, but just make sure to call on the Gsi Outdoors Telescoping Foon for your next outdoor adventure. The telescoping construction lets the foon compact down to just under 4" long, so it takes up as little space in your pack as possible. PRODUCT FEATURES: Telescoping design compacts to 3.875 long. Color-coded to coordinate with other nFORM Ultralight and Crossover items. Major Dimension: 6" Weight: 3 oz. Dimensions: 3.90" x 1.50" x 0.80" Material: Co-polyester and Acetal

- Appalachian Outdoors