|Rating:||8.4 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.0 / 2.5|
|Comfort||2.1 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.0 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.3 / 2.5|
Still one of my my favourite eating tools for the past three years. As someone who is moving towards being an ultra lighter I don’t do full on cooking on the trail so I don’t really need to do full-on food preparation as one would if car camping. I’m used to eating commercially prepared or home made pre-prepared meals on the trail that just need some form of implement to get food from the container to my mouth and this spoon is a great choice. I have large hands and find many other smaller implements such as Sporks or short handled spoons annoying – I’m either eating with an uncomfortable handle or a short handle covered in food.
If you are eating meals out of bowls or off plates then this spoon works just like any other but where it really excels is for those of us who eat out of commercially pre-prepared foil food bags. With a shorter spoon you need to cut the bag down which tends to create mess or eat from the full bag and get messy hands. The long handle on this spoon ensures your hands stay clean even when eating out of a full size bag.
This spoon is made from titanium so it lightweight and very durable. It also has a matt finish which is one of the few negatives – most of us are used to household cutlery with a shiny finish and is easy to clean. However, the matt finish means you really do need to lick the spoon clean or wash thoroughly otherwise you run the risk of food drying on the spoon which has the potential to become a health issue. Equally this spoon works well for those with small hand so there is no real disadvantage. Typically when Gill and I hike as a couple we will share this spoon for dinner purely because of the long handle. While not the cheapest implement on the market, it is by no means the dearest so is still very good value for money. The main downside on this spoon is that the head is a matt finish so you have to work a bit harder to clean it at the end of the meal.
This is one of the most readily available pieces of cutlery and you should be able to locate it in just about any store.
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This image shows the spoon from the back. Note the white patina (discolouration) forming on the spoon. This is cosmetic only and doesn’t affect the use
I have reasonably large hands and there is still plenty of grip to get comfortable or to reach the bottom of a dehydrated meal bag without getting covered in food
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer