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    Quote Originally Posted by nsherry61 View Post
    Oh, come on. There's gotta be someone in these forums that likes sporks! How could they be so popular if nobody here likes them?

    Here's my spiel: Eating raman with a spoon sucks. Eating ramen with a spork works reasonably well. And, that goes for other longish noodles as well.

    So there, if you like noodles, you'll likely appreciate a spork, at least some of the time. The rest of the time, go with a good spoon. A metal spoon with a nice polished bowl rocks. I hate plastic spoons only because they bend when they're hot, so if you ever need to stir a boiling pot of noodles, you'll desperately wish you had a metal spoon. And, as for the polished bowl, you'll never now the mouth-feel joy you are missing until you try it. Then, you'll never go back. There is a reason your expensive dinnerware is polished!

    If you want ultra-light, aluminum spoons are lighter than titanium. Titanium is a heaver and stronger metal than aluminum. Since an aluminum spoon is plenty strong, don't pay the weigh penalty for having a titanium spoon . . . unless of course, you are going for the polished bowl which is probably worth the extra weight.
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    Short handled spoon, fits inside my cookpot. I have a long handled one and I kept losing track of it because it didn't fit. I even tried just clipping it to my pack, but I don't like stuff making noise and dangling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy of PA View Post
    Short handled spoon, fits inside my cookpot. I have a long handled one and I kept losing track of it because it didn't fit. I even tried just clipping it to my pack, but I don't like stuff making noise and dangling.
    Try clipping your long handled spoon onto that hook on your pack that is supposed to hold the top of the water bladder. Then the spoon will be tucked into your pack in a way it won't rattle around outside, be protected from too much crunching damage, and be readily available to eat with whenever it's needed.
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    Thanks to you all for the responses. As mentioned, the spork was something I had not considered but since they seem to be popular, I figured I would try one. I bought the spoon and if I don't like the spork, I will use the spoon and give the spork to one of my kids or wife. Both are long handle so eating from the bag should be much improved for me. The current one(s) I use are both a type of plastic so I look forward to the switch to aluminum for durability. At $9 each, it wasn't a spendy purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsherry61 View Post
    Try clipping your long handled spoon onto that hook on your pack that is supposed to hold the top of the water bladder. Then the spoon will be tucked into your pack in a way it won't rattle around outside, be protected from too much crunching damage, and be readily available to eat with whenever it's needed.
    I will keep this in mind, my pack is homemade so does not have bladder thingy. I could sew a loop in for a mini carabiner to hook to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketsocks View Post
    I gave my long handled spoon away, nothin' wrong with em, tried it...wasn't for me.
    yeah, long handled spoon is too long to fit inside my kit and the bowl is too small. I replaced it with Keith titanium folding spoons. 7.3" long and 4.7" folded, they fit inside my Snowpeak Solo Cup with 100gr canister and BRS 3000T stove.

    these are great. very sturdy, excellent finish, and the bowl is bigger than my soup spoons at home.

    2 for $20 -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy of PA View Post
    Short handled spoon, fits inside my cookpot. I have a long handled one and I kept losing track of it because it didn't fit. I even tried just clipping it to my pack, but I don't like stuff making noise and dangling.
    I just shove mine in the back mesh pocket of my pack with my maps, InReach and shovel

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    As a freezer bag cooker, sporks puncture holes in the bag. I can eat anything with my long handle spoon and it keeps my dirty hands out of my food. I store my spoon in my food bag with the food that needs it. Pointless to store in my pot as I use it with my peanut butter jar which is in my food bag.

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    I throw my long handled spoon into the DIY Cook Pouch and put both along the side of my food bag. I am kind of OCD with organization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miner View Post
    As a freezer bag cooker, sporks puncture holes in the bag. I can eat anything with my long handle spoon and it keeps my dirty hands out of my food. I store my spoon in my food bag with the food that needs it. Pointless to store in my pot as I use it with my peanut butter jar which is in my food bag.
    yah. a long handled spork with a pointy end, designed to dig around on the bottom of tall dehydrated meal bags, really illustrates the phrase "confused on the concept"...

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    I must be the only one that likes my spork!

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    I carry both a spoon AND a fork. If you eat the kinds of foods where a fork is convenient, he extra weight of a Ti fork isn't going to break anyone's back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    I carry both a spoon AND a fork. If you eat the kinds of foods where a fork is convenient, he extra weight of a Ti fork isn't going to break anyone's back.
    The lexan fork on one end, spoon on the other is even lighter though. Sporks didn't really grab me, my wife has transitioned to the long handled titanium spoon. I expect I might follow.

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    Somebody's gotta ask: since the "belly" of the device is usually larger than the tines, why is it a spork and not a foon? Or am I a foon for asking?
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    A spoon, 100%. I can not stand sporks. They suck at two different tasks. They're terrible at being a spoon, and even worse at being a fork.

    I actually carry a spoon and a fork (titanium) just because I want to have both.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaikases View Post
    The lexan fork on one end, spoon on the other is even lighter though. Sporks didn't really grab me, my wife has transitioned to the long handled titanium spoon. I expect I might follow.
    I once had one of those double ended devices. Kind of messy if you're trying to use both ends during the same meal. Stuff tends to drip or run down the handle, from the spoon especially. Not particularly hygienic either, not that I worry all that much about that aspect, but it is a concern. The 15 grams of extra weight for the fork is a pretty small "luxury" item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Grouse View Post
    Somebody's gotta ask: since the "belly" of the device is usually larger than the tines, why is it a spork and not a foon? Or am I a foon for asking?
    GSI markets some of its sporks as "foons".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    A spoon, 100%. I can not stand sporks. They suck at two different tasks. They're terrible at being a spoon, and even worse at being a fork. . .
    Well, maybe you're going about your thought process all wrong. My windscreen sucks at generating wind, hell it blocks it, and is a lousy screen, crap the mosquitoes go right through it, but, that doesn't mean it's not a lovely windscreen.

    Think of the spork as the iconic backpacking identity symbol. What could be better. You'd have to be a dork to use a spork in daily living. But, a spork is like an almost drilled out spoon, the ultimate in multi-purpose, multi-use, and ultra-light. If you are seen using a spork, it is a sure sign you are either hiker trash or trying to pretend to be. And, no spoon alone, or fork and spoon combination, will give that identity as clearly and unambiguously as a spork.

    Go sporks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsherry61 View Post
    What could be better.
    Literally anything.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    You're not a REAL hiker un less you have a foldable titanium spork.

    Chopsticks anyone? They work well too. Slows folks down so they can chew and taste their food rather than inhaling it like a pelican. All you with no teeth ignore.

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