GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Kung Foon Review
Cons: Heavy, poor ergonomics
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoors
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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Kung Foon
|Price||$15 List||$9.95 at REI|
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|$11.95 at Amazon||$10.95 at REI||$2.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Transforms into multiple utensils, durable metal||Familiar feel, long lasting, versatile||Super lightweight, quality material, comfortable to eat with||Great for JetBoils and dehydrated food bags, lightweight||Durable plastic, excellent value|
|Cons||Heavy, poor ergonomics||Too short for deep pots||Doesn’t reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags, pricey||Awkward shape for eating, doesn’t pack well||Uncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary|
|Bottom Line||While a bit too heavy for deep backcountry use, this witty utensil combines 3 pieces of cutlery into one||The best model for your on-the-go meal needs||This model has an exceptionally low weight and top-notch durability, making it the ideal backcountry utensil||While not the most comfortable utensil to eat with, the extra long handle is ideal for backcountry cooking||This sturdy plastic model offers the best price to performance ratio|
|Rating Categories||Glacier Stainless Kung Foon||Snow Peak Titanium Spork||Vargo Titanium ULV||AlphaLight Spork - Long||humangear GoBites Uno|
|Specs||Glacier Stainless...||Snow Peak Titanium...||Vargo Titanium ULV||AlphaLight Spork -...||humangear GoBites...|
|Material||Stainless steel, wood||Titanium||Titanium||Aluminium alloy||High-temp nylon|
|Measured weight (oz)||1.8 oz||0.6 oz||0.3 oz||0.4 oz||0.5 oz|
|Dishwasher safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes - Top Rack|
Our Analysis and Test Results
There isn't much you can't eat when armed with chopsticks, a fork, and a spoon. The GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Kung Foon packs a punch, or perhaps we should say a karate chop and delivers all three culinary tools in a single device. Weighing in at nearly 2-ounces and reaching 10.5-inches when combined, this was the heaviest and longest model we tested. While it's good for car camping and makes an amusing gift, it's not worth its weight in the backcountry.
This product was designed for chopstick lovers. It handles food like any classic set and was wonderful to have when eating noodles. The stainless steel spork, on the other hand, was cumbersome. The metal handle curves to allow the chopsticks to be securely inserted, but the shape makes holding the handle without the chopsticks uncomfortable. The tines are also tiny and close together which impedes its fork-like function of stabbing food.
The metal portion of this model is considerably hefty rendering it practically indestructible. The chopsticks, on the other hand, are quite the opposite. Thinner than traditional chopsticks, this pair is prone to breaking, particularly in a rugged backcountry environment. Unfortunately, the unique shape of these chopsticks is required for combining this product and the manufacturer does not sell replacement chopsticks.
Although we liked the added reach of the extended configuration, it felt flimsy in hand and occasionally came apart with vigorous stirring. A non-stick pan is no match for this competitor. One pass across the non-stick surface and it left a deeper gouge than any of the other models we tested.
Alone, the chopsticks excelled at cooking and made a great addition to a camp kitchen. They also won't scratch your non-stick pans. If you have space, try bringing a pair on your next backpacking trip, but opt for one of our other contenders as your accompanying utensil.
The smooth titanium surface of the spork made cleaning a simple task, but the wood chopsticks were a different matter. Food particles clung to the unfinished wood making them difficult to rinse clean. The teeny tiny holes at the tops of the chopsticks also accumulated food that we still haven't figured out how to remove without a needle.
Can you put a price on humor? If not, this is a great buy, but it's also one of the most expensive models of all of the products we tested. There are more other contenders that are a bit more practical and affordable.
We love the witty humor of the GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Kung Foon, but it's cutlery capabilities didn't exactly live up to its name. While it scored slightly above average in every category, it was just too middle of the road to take home any awards. GSI needs to head back to the dojo if it wants to be promoted to a darker belt after the next competition.
— Leslie Yedor