Snow Peak Titanium Spork Review
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Sleek, smooth, and nearly indestructible, this spork is beloved by our editors.
Nothing turns a lengthy hike or springtime camp trip into a slog faster than overpacking. The solution to combatting an overstuffed backpack is ultralight camping gear—and I’m not talking about an expensive sleeping bag or a two-pound tent. I’m talking about a spork.
Sporks are a popular choice for outdoor adventures—why pack a spoon and fork when you can pack a tool that does both? The Snow Peak titanium spork is one of the most popular options on the market, beloved by hikers and sustainability nuts for its simple design, durable build, packability, and easy maintenance.
I tested the tool for a month, taking it out on the trails and using it at home to see how it fares. (Spoiler alert: I love it.)
Camping kitchenware that replicates a feeling of home is best, and it's through continued use that the Snow Peak spork excels. It feels natural in hand when cooking and eating, and it's as competent at picking up and stabbing food as it is scooping it up. The prongs are sharp enough to dig into meats and vegetables. Its bowl is large enough for big mouthfuls of granola and yogurt. (Pro tip: For an extra delicious scoop, spear a piece of fruit with the prongs and then pile a spoonful of yogurt and granola onto the scoop—that's the beauty of a spork.)
I’ve been using this at home for eating everything from stir fry and white rice to cereal and milk, and I didn't notice a significant difference in effectiveness between foods. And good news for those who love soups and Italian foods: This spork can pick up pasta and noodles.
It doesn't matter if this utensil is tucked away in a lunchbox or out on a long hike—this thing is basically indestructible. Titanium is thin and airy, which may cause some to doubt the spork's sturdiness, but it's plenty tough compared to aluminum, and—most obviously—plastic. Its high heat resistance makes it great for cooking with a portable stovetop or over a campfire.
The fact that it's so hard to bend makes packing the Snow Peak spork thoughtless. I haven't scaled a mountain and I’m not accident-prone, but our deputy editor, Zoë Hannah, has taken this spork to the top of many mountains and is a bona fide klutz, and her Snow Peak is still her go-to camping utensil. In fact, she used this exact spork as her main eating utensil for over a year while she lived in a van, thru-hiked, and camped—even still, it's barely started to patina and the handle is still straight as ever. The riskiest part of relying on this spork, she says, is the potential to lose it.
It's so strong that it doesn't crush under the weight of heavy camping gear, and it can definitely survive a high drop—both drawbacks of even the strongest plastic utensils. I even tested to see if it was strong enough to hold my body weight, and after a quick balancing act, I found that it most certainly was.
After I told our photo editor, Dustin Fenstermacher, that I was reviewing the Snow Peak titanium spork, he brought his into the office to show me how it's been holding up. After seven years of use, his spork has a slightly darker patina than mine, which I’ve used for the last two months. Unsurprisingly, it still looks as sturdy and well-kept as my newer spork. His spork's prongs haven't dipped or bent out of shape, and its body still seems sturdy—proof that aging will be kind to this utensil.
The Snow Peak titanium spork is 6.25 inches long and its bowl is 2.5 by 1.5 in. in length and width. Compared to the average dinner spoon, typically seven inches long, the spork is slightly shorter than a utensil you’d use at home. Still, it provides ample room for your hand.
Unlike other sporks on the market, it feels natural in your hand and is designed to replicate the feeling of eating at home rather than camping outdoors. Snow Peak's spork is the modern choice when compared to the Light My Fire titanium spork or UCO ECO's plastic two-ended spork. Rather than a double-sided utensil, this design is more aligned with the classic spoon-shaped bowl with prongs at its end, as you’d find in a school cafeteria or Taco Bell takeout bag.
Those who love packing light on backpacking trips and long hikes will be glad to know that this utensil weighs just 0.53 ounces, which is exceptionally lightweight, and easily slips into a pocket or on a carabiner (just add a zip tie).
Snow Peak's titanium spork is capable and functional, but a flaw may lie in its length for some. While that 6.25-inch length is suitable for most campfire eats, it's not built for cooking in deep pots or sinking into dehydrated camp foods in tall bags.
The relatively short stem can get messy in large bags, which we recommend ripping as you eat for less mess, and cooking with it may put your hand too close to a hot pot to sauté or mix food. If you’re backpacking on a days-long trip, don't expect to use this spork for anything other than eating—Snow Peak makes a 10-inch titanium spork that's better suited for cooking and meal prep.
Competent, comfortable, and contemporary, the Snow Peak titanium spork is a handy eating utensil that's as useful at a campsite and on the trail as it is at office lunchtime. Its ultralight weight and minimal presence make it a beautifully constructed, durable piece of titanium bound to impress anyone who uses it. Although it may be too short for cooking and eating out of dehydrated bagged camp meals, it's helpful when eating on the go and packing away for travel without hogging space. This is the quintessential camping spork.
Kevin Cortez is a Commerce Editor for Popular Mechanics, Bicycling, and Runner's World. A culture and product journalist for over ten years, he's an expert in men's style, technology, gaming, coffee, e-bikes, hiking, gear, and all things outdoors. He was most recently the style editor for a leading product-recommendation site and previously covered music and podcasting at Mass Appeal, Genius, and The A.V. Club. His work can also be seen in WSJ, Leafly, Input, and Vulture. He enjoys reading graphic novels, birding, and taking long, meandering walks in his spare time.
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