Current Retail: $10.95
Historic Range: $10.95
Reviewers Paid: $11.00
0.65 oz / 19 g
8 5/8 in / 220 mm
My trusty Long Handle Titanium spoon is the only eating utensil that I need in the backcountry. It is simple and functional, and does a much better job than any spork.
- Long handle (8.5" total length)
- Lightweight (0.5 oz)
- Relatively inexpensive
- Easy to clean
- Flat edge to scrape/cut
- Easy to lose or get mixed up with other hikers' spoons.
Ease of Use: A good eating utensil should be one of the simplest pieces of gear. Done right, most backpackers will find that they only need one utensil for fast and effective food delivery. But this is a piece of gear that people often get wrong, IMHO. For years I had it wrong too. I fell into the trap of thinking a spork was the one, all-purpose utensil that I needed for the trail.
Having used my long handle spoon for the past four years, I can no longer fathom why sporks have garnered such favor. They absolutely suck at being both a fork and a spoon. The ineffective tines can barely stab morsels of food but they make it so that you can't scrape a pot or bag of food, either. Other designs combining a fork and spoon or a knife and spoon at opposite ends of the handle have also come up short (literally and figuratively).
A revamp of the humble spoon was all that was needed, and this design is perfect for many reasons.
Features: The flat edge of this spoon is what makes it so useful. It is naturally great for scooping mouthfuls of food but also for scraping the bottom of a pot and even for slicing. I can cut slices of cheese and sausage, if needed.
The long handle is equally useful, especially for eating dehydrated meals out of a bag.
I like that there are no moving parts to the spoon. The handle does not fold or telescope...features that only add weight and make it harder to clean food off. To stow my spoon, I simply throw it in my food bag and it is ready to go for the next meal. There are no sharp edges to cut or stab the bag or other items.
Lastly, the polished bowl is a really nice feature. It makes it easy to clean and has a nice feel in my mouth. There is also a hole at the end of the handle for hanging or tying on a lanyard.
Construction & Durability: Because the spoon is made of titanium, it is about as durable as spoons come. It has been crammed into my pack thousands of times and has never bent. It is functionally the same today as when I bought it. I can't see how this spoon wouldn't last a lifetime...as long as I don't lose it.
The only difference between a new spoon and one that has seen thousands of miles it that some of the shine has worn off.
That brings me to the only downside: Because the spoon is small and rather drab in color, it is common to set the spoon down on a log while taking a break, forget it, and walk away. It is also one of the most ubiquitous pieces of gear that I have seen on the trail and therefore easy to mix up with someone else's. I tried to personalize my spoon by spray-painting the handle...most of the paint has since worn off but it is simple to repaint. I even write my name on it. I recommend using a neon color like florescent orange...something that will make your spoon stand out from the crowd and also against an outdoors backdrop. I have not lost one yet, but I have had several close-calls.
Conditions: I have used my spoon for about four years and on three long-distance thru-hikes. It has been in my pack for probably more than 6,000 miles. I like my spoon so much, I even use it at home. On the trail, I use it in combination with a Vargo Titanium Bot 700. These two items are the extent of my backpacking kitchen.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 11 USD
Super light, nice length.
- Just right for digging deep
- None - maybe price?
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $11