MSR Folding Spoon
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $4.95
Perfect fit for my pot.
- Long handle
Had a spork which broke when I tried to fit in my cook pot. This spoon fits easy in my pot and my fairshare mug. When it's fully extended it easily gets to the bottom of my fairshare mug without hand getting in the mug like the spork. It seems durable enough (it is plastic).
Price Paid: $4.95
I have the spoon and spork version of these utensils. Both are great. They weigh .46 ounces and measure 4 5/8" folded, 8 3/4" unfolded. They come in a choice of 4 colors.
I have wanted a spoon that is longer than my regular lexan spoons (6 1/4") for some time. The reason is that I use the Freezer Bag Cooking method when on the trail and I don't like to get food from the bag all over my hand while I eat. But, the 8" titanium spoons need to be stored in a space 8" long and where they can not be bent. They wont fit in a pot, so you have to find a spot else where. Most other extendable spoons are less than 8" long. Enter the MSR spoon.
I use mostly pint size freezer bags for my meals, and with the spoon my hand never enters the bag. Also, it folds to fit inside my pot for carrying on the trail ( I use a SnowPeak Solo set or a Brunton IB cookset if not alone). This protects the spoon from breakage as well as keeps all my kitchen things in a neat modular set.
I was concerned that food would get caught in the hinge on the folding part of the spoon, but with 10 trips that has not proven to be a problem. The eating surface is sufficient without being too big (a bit over teaspoon size, well under tablespoons size).
The only drawback that I can see to this spoon is for those who actually cook on the trail as opposed to boiling water to rehydrate their food. If used to actually cook there is a definite possibility of melting or at least warping. This should be considered.
If you are wanting a compact spoon that extends to a long size, this spoon could be just what you are looking for.