I looked in my gear closet yesterday and wondered why I have so many sporks and other eating utensils for the backcountry. Why do we collect these things? The following might sound a bit like an Andy Rooney tirade pondering our daily minutia but it gave me pause for thought—I’m sure a lot of us have accumulated an unnecessary amount of these backpacking knick knacks. Maybe it’s because they’re so cheap. Maybe it’s because we just love gadgets. Maybe we are on an obsessive quest to reduce our eating utensil weight from 0.5 oz. to 0.3 oz. Whatever the reason, I am guilty of buying & trying every spork, spoon, foon, and fork on the market. I’ve had many others and have traded them, given them away, returned them or given up on them.
My current favorite has to be the GSI telescoping spoon. The Lexan “bowl” won’t melt in boiling water or scratch my titanium pots when stirring coffee. It folds down to an easily-storable size, and is cheap. Plus, you can’t beat the 0.3 oz weight!