Perfection.It doesn't get any better. I bought one years ago and liked it so much I bought a four pack at a few months later. I just bought four more from REI Outlet since they were on sale. I have three workplaces and I keep one in each office. I also keep one in my backpack. I got more so I could keep a couple in my backpacking equipment and also at home. I love these things. I've never had one break. I don't know how these things could break under normal usage. Maybe if you gave one to a starving gorilla. I don't know. I like the various bright colors. I absolutely love having separate ends for the fork and the spoon. I hate the traditional spork designs that combine the fork and the spoon into one end. That bugs the crud out of me. The tines on those designs aren't long enough to be useful and they don't feel that great on the lips when using it as a spoon. Having seperate ends solves that problem. The spoon is deep enough and has a pleasant feeling shape. These come in various sizes as well. I've got a larger one I keep in my camping gear. They are ultra light weight ( 0.2 oz!!!) and fun to use. I would like to see a lightweight titanium version. LMF says the plastic is heat resistant, but I haven't tried to see how much heat these things could take. I've put them in boiling water to stir in some noodles and not noticed any change in the plastic at all. No sign of any weakening or malformation. You wouldn't have to worry at all about melting a titanium model though. I'm sure that a titanium model would weigh more than this ultralight plastic, but probably not much more so as to be objectionable.At any rate, these things are awesome.
but its not a spork its better
all I have to say is what a great product, compared to the ultra light backpackers that take plastic forks and spoons and not much more on the heaviness scale either. I think the most important thing is to know what you want to do with it, don't think you can compare it to your stake knife at home or fork for that matter when you have a fraction of the weight. I think its best to keep in mind that if you want a steak you will either have to eat it like a caveman or bring along a metal knife which in that case i bring my coleman fork knife spoon set that all clips together and is steel but also much heavier. I also refuse to spend $20 on a titanium spoon or fork when this is only [$]. so i thought light weight, versitile, durible enough especially with how light it is and with the price you can't go wrong, just keep in mind its not for cutting meat such as steaks, but does everything else, my parents, brother, and girlfriend all asked for one, which is why im purchasing 7 more. awsome job!!
Good spork overall
This spork is good for what it does. I use this spork everyday at work for lunch. It also occasionally makes a trip to local deli, etc. Most of the time I use either fork or spoon and not both at the same time, which can be messy. The thing I particularly like about this spork is the fine surface texture. It seems to make wiping off easier. I like the vivid color as well. Mine was orange and it was easy to find on a messy picnic table in dark.
It was doing fine for a year for regular use... eating soups, pasta, rice, etc. Then I tried to eat super-dense bread pudding straight out of fridge yesterday and it snapped in half in the middle. For the cost (even at the full price), I think I got fair time from it, but I learned it eventually breaks unless I baby it. I will still use this spork for daily lunch and casual camping and picnics where the chance of getting it lost is high (it happens to me more often than I'd like to admit) and reliability is not the most important thing.
Great All-In-One Utensil
Great all-in-one utensil! I have been using 6 of these daily for about 3 years. Unlike other reviewers, I have not had any break though my family seems to have lost one or two, so I'm back to buy a few more. My experience is that they have been very durable despite the abuse that we've put them through. I put them in the dishwasher all the time. I use them daily for my lunch box for work and keep one in my purse at all times to avoid having to take plastic utensils when eating out. Overall a great product at a great outlet price. I highly recommend!
The only downside is the knife part can be difficult to use because it is hard to cut (sawing motion) without having a second utensil to hold down the food in place. If you can hold the food down, though, the knife part works just fine for being made of plastic!
I give my highest recommendation to this product!
Does good for what it designed for
Ok heres my scoop on this was. I was the first one in my youth camping group to start using one and was very happy. Now I'm seeing lots of them around the dinner area. I probally have three or four of these now me my son back ups. The only issue I've had was after 6 meals every month for about 2 years my first won started showing stress fractures and eventually broke in the middle. But I still carry one in my backpack. Of course keep in mind we sanitize in boiling water that may have had an ill effect on it. Good product handy compact light. I am try the Mighty bight system brand now but still have this one aswell.
Great For The Money And The Weight
Will it break? Yeah, sure. There was a standing bet on the PCT that not a single one of these would make it more than 400 trail miles. On the flipside, they can be found at just about any gear store anywhere, they're stupidly inexpensive, and they weigh next to nothing. Even on a long through-hike, this is what I would go with, and when it does break, I shrug and make do for a few days before I can get another one. Or if you wanted you could bring two. Like I said, light and cheap, so why not?
Colorful addition to gear, works well
This is a functional tool for backpacking, but my kids and I also have used them in our lunch pails for yogurt, soups, and whatever can be eaten with a spoon or fork. We have pink, green, and red ones–very vibrant colors that are hard to lose or misplace. That's a great thing when you have kids.
One broke recently and I suspect it was from running through the dishwasher, though it's supposedly okay. The spoon portion snapped off!
I find it's slightly awkward to hold, but as an all-in-one utensil, it's hard to beat.
I have several, use every day.
I use 1 of these in my lunch every day. I have several so I can rotate for cleaning. 2 have had 1 of the interior tines break of after minimal use. The others have worked fine for years. I really like the design, as the spoon is a normal spoon, and not a spork which can "leak" when using for soup. Also recommended at [@] site. Also keep on in my toiletry bag, and have used on Mt. Katahdin. Very handy and light. If you can get them on sale, they are a great deal.
Good spork for averge use
Good spork, I have several in various packs, vehicles, boats, etc. They're good for average use but not built to take abuse - if you want something bulletproof go for REI TiWare or something similar. These do however work well for MREs, Mountain House or other dehydrated foods, making sandwiches (easily spreads mustard, mayo, jam, jelly, peanut butter, etc.). Additionally, these work well in hot water for making cocoa, coffee, tea, cooking pasta, etc.
This is a great camping and even everyday use utensil. I own a few of these babies to keep with my gear and picnic stuff. I have never had one break on me but I do only use them as a spoon and a fork (as intended) not a utility camping instrument. If you are trying to saw through a steak with the mini-blade, probably won't happen- but everything else is great.