GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Kung Foon Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Transforms into multiple utensils, durable metal
Cons: Heavy, poor ergonomics
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoors
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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 texture, least expensive of the titanium options||Durable plastic, excellent value|
|Cons||Heavy, poor ergonomics||Too short for deep pots||Doesn’t reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags, pricey||Does not reach bottom of dehydrated food bag, not as durable||Uncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary|
|Bottom Line||This spoon-fork-chopstick hybrid is sure to amuse while its bulky design renders it best for front-country fun||This model is a utilitarian, familiar, and practically indestructible on the go utensil, earning it our favor over all others||Designed for long distance backpacking due to its durability despite a very minimal weight||Sufficient for backcountry travel due to its design features including a smooth bowl for improved mouthfeel and textured handle to enhance gripping while you refuel||This durable plastic utensil performs well across the board and boasts an inexpensive price tag|
|Rating Categories||GSI Outdoors Glacie...||Snow Peak Titanium...||Vargo Titanium ULV||Toaks Titanium||humangear GoBites Uno|
|Specs||GSI Outdoors Glacie...||Snow Peak Titanium...||Vargo Titanium ULV||Toaks Titanium||humangear GoBites Uno|
|Material||Stainless steel, wood||Titanium||Titanium||Titanium||High-temp nylon|
|Measured weight (oz)||1.8 oz||0.6 oz||0.3 oz||0.6 oz||0.5 oz|
|Dishwasher safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes - Top rack recommended|
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
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