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Optimus Sliding Long Spoon

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Optimus Sliding Long Spoon utensil

An extendable-handle spoon that's lightweight and perfect for reaching into the corners of food pouches.


  • Lightweight
  • Extendable
  • BPA Free


  • A bit flat
  • Has a moving part

What an ingenious little spoon! Collapsed the Optimus Sliding Long Spoon is slightly less than 7 inches long. Fully extended it is 9.5 inches long.

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Collapsed versus extended

Weighing in at a paltry 25 grams, this little spoon is great for stirring your tea, eating soup, or digging into a bowl of your favorite breakfast cereal. Slide the handle into its extended position and, voila!, it's now perfect for digging out your dinner from the deep, dark recesses of those freeze dried food pouches! No more sloppy hands from using a too short spoon!

Taller than a food pouch!

When extended, the Optimus Sliding Long Spoon locks into place with a little spring-loaded button. While this seems to work perfectly, it does add a moving part to a spoon, which, in time, may malfunction. Only time will tell.

Push the little button again and slide the extendable handle completely off the spoon for easy cleaning! Marvelous!

The spoon is bomber when short and has just the tiniest wiggle when extended. Nothing that would even be a concern, though.

BPA free!

It's left or right-handed!

Comes in any color you want as long as it green!

Says OPTIMUS on the handle!

What are you waiting for? Go get one!

Seriously, this is a great little spoon.

Warning: Not to be use for digging cat holes. 


Thanks to Optimus for providing the spoon free of charge for this review. 

Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Optimus for testing and review)

Keeps your finger and knuckles clean when stirring and reaching into freeze dried food pouches.


  • Extends and retracts
  • Cleans easily


  • None




I just used this spoon for the first time on a three-day trek in the Idaho Selkirks. A hiking buddy of mine and I complained last September while on a Glacier NP hike about eating out of freeze dried food pouches and getting your fingers and knuckles sticky and messy when stirring and reaching down inside the pouch. We were both using titanium sporks. We wondered if longer spoons were available.

I discovered and purchased each of us one of these last winter. Good buy. No messy fingers, it retracts to a convenient length, stores inside my mess kit, and cleans very easily.

Sometimes it's the little things that make for a more enjoyable experience.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: less than eight bucks

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