REPOST: OR- Snow Peak Titanium Spork -- Mark Wood
Thanks for the edit! I'm updated the perspective to be about simply
my experince while leaving that they were purchased for both my wife
I also included the other suggestions and posted in the Owner Review
Snow Peak Titanium Spork Owner Review
Reviewed June 25, 2005
Name: Mark Wood
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Email Address: woodmark0 at yahoo dot com
Location: Chenango County, NY, U.S.A.
I grew up camping with my parents and have taken a few short
backpacking trips as well as two 10-day trips. My wife and I have
really gotten into hiking this year and our goal is to try to take one
weekend overnight trip every month through fall. We mainly hike on
rather rocky, hilly terrain.
We try to purchase gear that performs well, while lowering our total
carried weight. As an engineer, I enjoy researching different gear
options in order to make an informed decision. My general base pack
weight is currently around 25 lb (11 kg).
Manufacturer: Snow Peak
Year of Purchase: 2005
URL of Manufacturer: http://www.snowpeak.com
MSRP: $8.95 U.S.
Listed Weight: 0.6 oz (16 g)
Weight as Delivered: 0.6 oz (16 g)
Listed Dimensions: None Listed on Manufacturer's Web Site
Measured Dimensions: 6.5 in x 1.5 in (16.5 x 3.8 cm)
The Snow Peak titanium spork is a ultralight, backpackers eating
utensil, sufficing as both a spoon and a fork. It came in very minimal
packaging consisting of only a plastic bag with a cardboard tag at the
top. No instructions were included on the cardboard tag, only the
listed weight and the price. I'll venture a guess that if you need
instructions on how to use a spork, you probably would be better
suited to the traditional two piece fork and spoon set also available
from Snow Peak.
Basically, this utensil is a spoon with slots approximately 0.4 in
deep (1 cm) cut into the front of it to form teeth, somewhat like a
fork. The spork is constructed of titanium, a metal which is actually
heavier than stainless steel. The weight savings of titanium comes
from the fact that it is much stronger and therefore, items can be
made thinner and still be strong. Because of this, the Snow Peak
titanium spork is quite thin. Initial impressions rationalized that
this might make the spork hard to hold in one's hand. However, Snow
Peak does a good job of ensuring that there are no sharp edges on the
handle and therefore, I find the spork quite comfortable to hold. The
design is reminiscent of the fast food sporks I grew up with as a child.
Reason For Purchase
I'd like to say I purchased these for my wife and I because we wanted
to find the most effective ultralight utensil around. But let's face
it, plastic utensils, though not as durable, are in fact lighter.
Truth be told, my wife and I saw these and decided they were just too
cool to pass up! Plus, we justified the extra weight over the plastic
versions since we no longer needed to carry two things (I know, it's a
weak argument -- but we had to rationalize spending close to $20 on
I believe my initial impression after getting the spork home was
something like "WOW! An official titanium spork!" I noticed after I
had calmed myself somewhat how light these utensils really are. These
handles appear strong and the fork points are sharp enough to be useable.
It didn't take me long to try it out on a bowl of raman noodles.
Since I figured I'd be eating this type of food on the trail, I wanted
to try the spork at home first. I was impressed. The tines function
very well to pick up noodles and the slits cut to make the tines
aren't so deep that they render the spoon portion unusable. Granted
the spork is not a spoon while eating the broth, nor a fork when
eating the noodles, but it works pretty darn well! Plus, have you
ever tried to eat long raman noodles with a spoon? Rather messy.
This spork has been tested on a weekend backpacking trip in the
Catskills of New York at 1000 - 3000 feet (305 - 914 m) and on a 10
day backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park at 1000 - 3700 feet
(305 - 1126 m) above sea level as well as numerous meals around the
house and on day trips to multiple hiking destinations. During those
two major trips, the temperature varied from 35 F (1 C) to 70 F (21
C). On both trips, rain was experienced.
The spork has performed well. It cleans easily and works quite
efficiently to get the burning hot food from the bowl into my mouth.
If left in the hot food for too long, it does get quite hot. I
haven't burnt myself yet, but I have purposely been careful. These
sporks were also used to stir cooking food to keep it from sticking to
the bottom of the pot. For this task they worked well also, but I
would have liked the handles to be about one inch (2.5 cm) longer. I
realize this would add more weight, but I felt I had to get my hand a
little too close to the flame from the stove to stir the food.
However, the sporks fit quite nicely into the 2 L (2 quart) MSR Alpine
pot so they can be packed with the cookset. An inch on the end of the
handle would no longer allow this. As hot as the spork can get while
eating, I haven't noticed the heat rising up the handle and burning my
fingers when stirring. However, I usually don't stir food for long
periods since I'm usually racing to put the lid back on the pot and
therefore, I have never left the spork in the hot food for any length
One important thing to note with the spork is that since it are made
out of titanium and I use a stainless steel cooking set, there is the
possibility of scratching the pot while stirring food. I havn't been
overly careful but I noticed no scratches -- most likely due to the
rounded edges of the spork.
The Snow Peak Spork is a very neat utensil with lots of "cool factor".
While it may not be ideal in all instances, it works well enough for
me! Plus, it does provide a bit of interesting conversation with those
less informed about the entire spork concept!
- Both the fork and spoon functions work well
- Weigh very little
- Very high "cool factor"
- Clean very easily
- Handle could be slightly longer
- May scratch cookware