The Best Sporks Review

Frustrated by the burden of carrying a specific utensil for every food medium? Looking for something versatile, something light, or something to add that extra bit of pizzaz to your meal? Look no further than the compound spoon-fork known as the spork. We brought together three of the best sporks on the market and tested them side-by-side on short backpacking trips in the Sierra. We then brought our sporks to Northern Ontario and ate with them, quite vigorously, for seven weeks straight, evaluating each for comfort, durability and performance. In this review you’ll learn which sporks proved their mettle, and which bent under pressure.
Behold the results.

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Review by: ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab

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Snow Peak Titanium Spork
Snow Peak Titanium Spork
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Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork
Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork
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Light My Fire Spork
Light My Fire Spork
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33% recommend it (3/9)
Pros Comfortable, elegant, durable.Light, strong.Spoon and fork are separate, has semi-functional knife edge.
Cons Heavy.Sharp edges, uncomfortable, short tines.Plastic, Inelegant.
Best Uses Backpacking, car camping, cooking.Ultralight BackpackingBackpacking, car camping.
Date Reviewed Nov 06, 2011Nov 06, 2011Nov 06, 2011
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Product Specs Snow Peak Titanium Spork Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork Light My Fire Spork
Weight (oz) 0.5 0.3 0.36
Material Titanium Hard-anodized aluminum alloy Polycarbonate
Warranty Limited REI Unknown

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Comfort
When we say “comfort”, we don’t only mean physical comfort. We don’t just want to know how it feels in the hand. We want to know how it feels on the eyes, in the soul. We mean elegance. We mean panache.

Considering this, the Snow Peak Titanium Spork is the clear victor. With clean, sleek edges, balanced weight and appropriate heft, the Snow Peak Titanium Spork is delicately refined, without feeling fragile. The runner up? The Sea To Summit Alpha Light. A cleverly designed rib down the middle renders it nearly indestructible, but makes marathon grub sessions ever so slightly less comfortable.

Durability
Have you ever bent a utensil during a particularly heavy meal? I know I have. Consequently, I’m concerned about the structural integrity of my sporks. And none of the sporks tested exemplified enlightened engineering more so than the Sea To Summit Alpha Light. A rib of aluminum down the center shaft of the Alpha Light gives it unquestionably solid construction. Even conscious efforts to bend it were met with defeat. The Snow Peak Titanium Spork was strong, but the unreinforced Titanium was no match for the Alpha Light’s construction. And finally, the Light My Fire Spork was the least durable. It melted on hot cast iron.

Performance
For this catagory, we evaluated each spork on its performance and as a fork and as a spoon. And, by far, the frontrunner was the Light My Fire Spork. The clever design allows for full use as a fork, spoon, and even a knife. (I guess "spornife" doesn’t flow off the tongue quite as well.)

The functionality differences between the Alpha Light and the Snow Peak Titanium are barely noticeable. That being said, the Snow Peak Titanium has a slightly deeper bowl and slightly longer prongs.


Editors' Choice: The Best Camping Sporks
The tester favorite was the Snow Peak Titanium Spork. It was big enough to cook with, deep enough to hold soup, and stylish enough to make any campsite feel like home. This spork distinguished the line between eating and dining.

Best Buy: The Best Value in Sporks
The best value, by a significant margin, was the Light My Fire Spork. Light, functional, and only $3, the Light My Fire Spork is our recommendation to anyone on a tight budget.

The runner up was the Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork, with complete functionality and a $7 price tag.

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