Hands-on Gear Review

humangear GoBites Uno Review

This durable plastic utensil performed well across the board and boasts an inexpensive price tag, earning it our Best Buy Award.
Humangear GoBites
By: Leslie Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 17, 2018
Price:  $3 List  |  $2.95 at REI
Pros:  Durable plastic, excellent value
Cons:  Uncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary
Manufacturer:   humangear
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  • Eating - 35% 6
  • Cooking - 20% 7
  • Cleaning - 15% 8
  • Durability - 30% 7
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Best Buy Award

Our Verdict

The idea of a plastic utensil may bring to mind the flimsy white sporks found at places like Taco Bell, but the humangear GoBites Uno couldn't be further from its chintzy fast-food cousins. This on-the-go utensil consists of thick, durable nylon that the makers are so confident in they back it with a lifetime warranty. This competitor threw a surprising twist into the competition with a strength that even surpassed a few of the metal designs. If you're interested in a metal version, check out the Snow Peak Titanium. Despite the drawbacks of the double-ended design, leading to messy hands and being awkward to hold, the GoBites Uno is reasonably comfortable to use, easy to keep clean, and comes with an exceptionally low price tag. Its above average performance combined with a cost less than a third of the higher scoring products landed it our Best Buy Award.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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Among the models we tested, the humangear GoBites Uno is truly unique in its delivery of a sturdy design made of plastic. With a standard length of 6.5-inches and weighing in at 0.53oz, it is mid-range in weight amongst its peers. Backed by a lifetime guarantee and a solid performance in our durability testing, this product proves its value is beyond its $3 price-tag. When it comes to comfort, however, you won't be quick to forget you are eating with a piece of unconventional cutlery. With a fork on one end and a spoon on the other, we aren't quite sure if this constitutes a true spork, but it certainly gets the job done when transporting food from plate to palate.

Color Options
While we tested the standard Magenta option, it also comes in Black, Dark Gray, Light Gray, Light Green, Medium Green, Mint, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Yellow, Pink, Orange, and Red. If you want to get fancy, special order it with personalized text printed on the back.

Performance Comparison


Both inexpensive and sturdy enough for adventures  the GoBites Uno wins our Best Buy Award.
Both inexpensive and sturdy enough for adventures, the GoBites Uno wins our Best Buy Award.

Eating


While still operating above average, this model struggles a bit in this category. The main drawback is its double-ended design. With a spoon on one end and a fork on the other, you lose some of the versatility of the standard combination design. You are forced to pick either a spoon or a fork to eat with or face messy hands when you flip the utensil around mid-meal.


Getting a little food on your hands may not seem like too big of a deal but don't forget to consider the opposite. Sanitation in the backcountry is a challenge. Nature's restroom comes with a beautiful view, but it doesn't provide warm running water and soap. With that in mind, grabbing one end of this product with your dirty hands and then flipping it around to eat food takes some of the yum out of your meal.

You loose some versatility having to pick between either the spoon end or the fork end but the tines of the fork are reasonably comfortable in hand.
You loose some versatility having to pick between either the spoon end or the fork end but the tines of the fork are reasonably comfortable in hand.

We also don't love having to hold either a spoon bowl or fork tines in our hand. While it may feel awkward, it's far from uncomfortable. The thick plastic has smooth edges making it gentle on your palm and fingers. We also measured the total cc's of fluid each bowl could hold and this model was above average, making it a good choice if you're a soup lover.

The double-ended design makes eating a bit awkward  but it handled ramen like a champ.
The double-ended design makes eating a bit awkward, but it handled ramen like a champ.

Cooking


Once again, this product surprised us and proved to be quite sturdy to cook with virtually no flexing or bending. The handle is long enough to mostly hold the shaft when stirring rather than the tines on the fork end, but the tines are still a bit uncomfortable in your hand.


You may think the plastic material of this model is a safe bet for a non-stick pan, but unfortunately, this product along with all of the other competitors save the Light My Fire Original were quick to scratch the coating of the pan we tested. Overall it may not be designed for cooking, but it still managed better than average ratings in this category.

This product was easy to cook with and held up to boiling and sautéing even over a camp stove.
This product was easy to cook with and held up to boiling and sautéing even over a camp stove.

Cleaning


The sleek material makes for easy cleaning. A little bit of cool water with gentle rubbing was all it took to remove any food bits.


Dried on mac n' cheese and almond butter were no match for this utensil. As with all plastic, the protein in eggs sticks to the material, but getting it off wasn't much of a challenge.

Its smooth nylon surface made cleaning a breeze.
Its smooth nylon surface made cleaning a breeze.

Durability


This is where this spork shines. Before we started testing, we anticipated a flimsy construction for all of the non-metal versions, but this product proved us dead wrong. It even scored higher in this category than some of the metal options! It held up to scooping straight-out-of-the-freezer ice cream with no distortions, and we even caught a glimpse of it in the hands of a stranger at our local ice cream shop.


This model was one of the shining stars in our break test. It didn't flex, bend, or break when we hung a 10-lb weight off of the bowl with the shaft c-clamped to a table at the midpoint.

This plastic model didn't budge with an added 10-lbs.
This plastic model didn't budge with an added 10-lbs.

Best Applications


If you are looking for an on-the-go utensil with a low buy-in point but that you can trust to withstand regular use, this is product has you covered. With fun color options and no sharp edges, it's a great product for kids and adults alike.

Lightweight and sturdy  this product is great for day-to-day lunches or backcountry adventures for both kids and adults.
Lightweight and sturdy, this product is great for day-to-day lunches or backcountry adventures for both kids and adults.

Value


Clocking in at a whopping $3 it's hard not to buy into this product. Its price to performance ratio is practically off the charts making this a great option for your first foray into technical cutlery. If you're willing to shell out a few extra bucks for a more familiar feeling utensil or prefer to avoid eating with plastic, check out our Editor's Choice winner, the Snow Peak Titanium.

Inexpensive and durable  this was a clear choice for our Best Buy Award.
Inexpensive and durable, this was a clear choice for our Best Buy Award.

Safe Plastic
It's smart to be wary of plastic due to its potential for well-established negative health effects. Head over to our Water Bottle Buying Advice for more information on the research on BPA and other chemicals found in plastics.

Conclusion


While not our absolute favorite model, humangear GoBites Uno is inexpensive in comparison to the other products and performed above average across the board. We heartily enjoyed all of our meals with it, found it simple to clean, and it resisted melting when cooking. We were surprised by its durability and feel confident using it for everyday lunches as well as extended backpacking trips.

Leslie Yedor


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