OR - REI Ti Ware Spoon Ray Estrella
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REI Ti Ware Long-Handle Spoon
by Raymond Estrella
October 03, 2007
NAME: Raymond Estrella
LOCATION: Huntington Beach California USA
HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, and
in many of the western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round, and
average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I have made a move to
lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. I start early and hike
hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring. I usually take a
freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I
am usually with my brother-in-law Dave or fiancée Jenn.
Manufacturer: Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
Web site: www.rei.com
Product: Ti Ware Long-Handle Spoon
Year manufactured: 2007
MSRP: $ 9.95 (US)
Weight listed: 0.7 oz (19.8 g)
Actual weight: 0.6 oz (17 g)
Length listed: 8.5 in (21.6 cm) Verified accurate
Warranty: (from hang tag), "100% satisfaction guaranteed".
The REI Ti Ware long-handle spoon (hereafter called the spoon) is a
lightweight titanium spoon with an extra long handle that is
positioned to appeal to the ultra-light crowd.
As seen above the titanium is much shinier than other Ti cooking
accessories that I own. (See link at end of review.) It looks as
though it was made by stamping the spoon out on a die. The edges have
been meticulously smoothed off though. I can not find a single rough
spot along the edge.
The handle has a raised center giving it added rigidity to compliment
the inherent strength of the titanium. It has the REI logo and the Ti
Ware logo etched into the handle. An oblong hole has been punched out
of the end of the handle. According to REI the added length is to
help get to the bottom of a freeze-dried meal bag or Jetboil pot.
The bowl or ladle of the spoon measures 1.5 in wide by 1.75 in wide.
(3.8 x 4.5 cm) It is squared off at the ends to facilitate getting
into the bottom of bowls and cups. It is also set at an angle to the
handle to help get the last vestiges of nutrition out more easily.
I have used the REI spoon in backpacking camp sites along hundreds of
miles (km) of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Santa Rosa Mountains
in the south to the Sierra Nevada to the north. It has been used at
elevations ranging from 3000' to 12000' (900 - 3660 m) and in temps
from freezing to 92 F (33 C).
I used it on a four-day 84 mile (135 km) trip in Kings Canyon
National Park. Elevations were from 5100' to 12300' (1554 to 3749 m)
and temps from just below freezing to 91 F (33 C).
It saw use for four days on a backpacking trip in Grand Teton
National Park. Temperatures ranged from 35 to 82 F (2 to 28 C).
Elevations ranged from 6790' to 10675' (2070 to 3254 m).
It was also used for a few trailhead camp sites in the Sierra Nevada
and some car camping in Yellowstone National Park.
It has been used in Utah a few times also. This has been a very busy
hiking year for me, and the REI spoon has been along for all of it.
I bought the REI spoon at the beginning of April on a whim while
purchasing maps. As seen in my MealGear spork review I have been in
search of the perfect eating utensil for a long time. I just do not
need the tines of a spork, and when I saw the size, length and weight
of this spoon I had to try it. (I got one as an Easter gift for my
fiancée too. Aren't I romantic? Must mean I like spooning )
I liked it right away. The construction is simple and impeccable.
There is not a rough spot anywhere along the edges of the spoon.
(Either of them.) I am not sure what the hole is for in the handle.
Maybe to tie a lanyard to for use on a porta-ledge
It is very strong. Mine got sat on with no detriment to the spoon. I
won't comment on the part that sat on it. I have seen no bending of
the spoon so far.
The length is just about perfect. It is great for freezer bag
cooking. It fits into freezer-bags and FoodSaver bags well. Some of
my bigger freeze-dried meals would benefit from another inch (2.5 cm)
in length. If they made one 10 in (25 cm) long I would buy it. The
highly polished finish of the spoon makes it easy to lick off the
food that clings to it from digging deep into the bags. That keeps it
off my hands. Here is a picture of it in use in the Santa Rosa
I can't really think of more to say about it. It seems to be a close
to perfect as I can find at this time. But who knows, maybe I will
find another "perfect" eating utensil. Check this same Bat Channel
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- Hi Ray, I had to look really hard to find anything to comment on as
far as what you wrote.
> I used it on a four-day 84 mile (135 km) trip in Kings Canyonm)
> National Park. Elevations were from 5100' to 12300' (1554 to 3749
### Comment: Tiny nit - you could round the elevations to the
nearest 100 meters, similar to the rounding used for the elevation in
feet. This is optional and entirely up to you.
Now, you asked for suggestions of things to add/lengthen the report.
The only things that come to mind as I read the report is whether the
spoon transfers a lot of heat from hot food due to the transfer
properties of titanium. (A friend of mine burnt her lip on a Ti
Spork eating food that was hot). Does the handle get too hot if food
needs stirred a lot? (Assuming you do any real cooking - I don't!)
Equally, is it uncomfortably cold to hold the handle in freezing
Is the bowl very deep? Does it work as well for soup as for pasta
dishes? Does the angled design make it difficult to eat some foods
or use in some containers?
Is it easy to pack? Where do you store it? I don't imagine it fits
inside pots (of course if a spoon fits inside the pot, it probably is
too short to effectively eat out of that pot).
Is it useful for anything else? Emergency trowel, tent stake, etc.
That's all that comes to mind. If you want to add anything feel
free, if not you are cleared for upload:
BTW, I thought you were Joker, not Batman. <grin>
- Oops. I forgot the proper title earlier.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "pamwyant" <pamwyant@...>
> Hi Ray, I had to look really hard to find anything to comment on
> far as what you wrote.in
> > I used it on a four-day 84 mile (135 km) trip in Kings Canyon
> > National Park. Elevations were from 5100' to 12300' (1554 to 3749
> ### Comment: Tiny nit - you could round the elevations to the
> nearest 100 meters, similar to the rounding used for the elevation
> feet. This is optional and entirely up to you.the
> Now, you asked for suggestions of things to add/lengthen the report.
> The only things that come to mind as I read the report is whether
> spoon transfers a lot of heat from hot food due to the transferfood
> properties of titanium. (A friend of mine burnt her lip on a Ti
> Spork eating food that was hot). Does the handle get too hot if
> needs stirred a lot? (Assuming you do any real cooking - Idon't!)
> Equally, is it uncomfortably cold to hold the handle in freezingfits
> Is the bowl very deep? Does it work as well for soup as for pasta
> dishes? Does the angled design make it difficult to eat some foods
> or use in some containers?
> Is it easy to pack? Where do you store it? I don't imagine it
> inside pots (of course if a spoon fits inside the pot, it probablyis
> too short to effectively eat out of that pot).20Ti%
> Is it useful for anything else? Emergency trowel, tent stake, etc.
> That's all that comes to mind. If you want to add anything feel
> free, if not you are cleared for upload:
> BTW, I thought you were Joker, not Batman. <grin>
- Hi Pam,
Thanks for the edits. I added a few paragraphs along the lines you
suggested. Good call. I rounded off the numbers some too.
- Looks great Ray. I like the info you added.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "rayestrella1"
> Hi Pam,
> Thanks for the edits. I added a few paragraphs along the lines you
> suggested. Good call. I rounded off the numbers some too.