The Sea to Summit AlphaLight Long takes the versatility of a combination utensil to a whole new length. It not only doubles as a spoon and a fork, but its extra long handle makes it ideal for cooking in the backcountry. No need to worry about messy fingers or missing out on the last few bites when using this product to cook in a dehydrated food bag. Unfortunately, prioritizing cooking comes at the cost of comfort. Most of these technical utensils may seem strange to eat with, but this model is particularly awkward with its long handle and the L-shaped bend where the shaft meets the bowl.If ease of use with a JetBoil or dehydrated food bags is your primary concern, this is your spork. If comfort while eating is a must, even in the backcountry, then some of the other contenders ay be a better fit for you.
Sea to Summit AlphaLight Spork - Long Review
Cons: Awkward shape for eating, doesn’t pack well
Manufacturer: Sea to Summit
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Sea to Summit AlphaLight Spork - Long
|Price||$10.95 at REI||$9.95 at REI|
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|$11.95 at Amazon||$16.99 at Amazon||$2.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Great for JetBoils and dehydrated food bags, lightweight||Familiar feel, long lasting, versatile||Super lightweight, quality material, comfortable to eat with||Does not break, easy to clean, large capacity||Durable plastic, excellent value|
|Cons||Awkward shape for eating, doesn’t pack well||Too short for deep pots||Doesn’t reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags, pricey||More expensive than most||Uncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary|
|Bottom Line||While not the most comfortable utensil to eat with, the extra long handle is ideal for backcountry cooking||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||A titanium upgrade that solves the biggest issue with the plastic version of this spork||This sturdy plastic model offers the best price to performance ratio|
|Rating Categories||AlphaLight Spork - Long||Snow Peak Titanium Spork||Vargo Titanium ULV||Light My Fire Titanium||humangear GoBites Uno|
|Specs||AlphaLight Spork -...||Snow Peak Titanium...||Vargo Titanium ULV||Light My Fire...||humangear GoBites...|
|Material||Aluminium alloy||Titanium||Titanium||Titanium||High-temp nylon|
|Measured weight (oz)||0.4 oz||0.6 oz||0.3 oz||0.7 oz||0.5 oz|
|Dishwasher safe?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes - Top Rack|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Sea to Summit AlphaLight Long is 8.5-inches from tip to tines, a full 2-inches longer than the other competitors, and it only weighs 0.42 oz. With these specs, this utensil was clearly designed with one purpose in mind- feeding hungry backpackers. Although somewhat unnatural in your hand, this technical piece of backpacking equipment also received high marks for its strength and simplicity to clean.
As you can see reflected in its low score in this category, consuming food with this utensil is quite possible, but it's certainly not its best attribute. Its small bowl only held 2.75 cc's of fluid so putting down a large quantity of soup or stew is going to require some patience. The long handle feels clumsy in hand, and holding your utensil midway down the shaft draws your attention away from your food.
The rough texture of the aluminum alloy is also not as pleasant as the smooth surface of the titanium models, but the sides are soft on your gums. While the act of eating is easily accomplished with this utensil, it's not difficult to get distracted from your food by its unusual feel. At the end of a long hike when you're too hungry to care, you'll be psyched for the added reach to help you wolf down every last bit from the bottom of your bowl.
The long shaft and the thin metal make it slightly more prone to bending with significant torque, but with standard use (think cooking, not back-up aid-wall pin), it will last the duration of your adventure from start to finish.
This utensil is the king of camp cooking. Its extra-long handle and curved bowl are excellent for stirring and sauteing. No need to worry about singeing your tips while making breakfast halfway up El Cap as this model keeps your fingers high above the flame.
JetBoil Cooking Systems have cooking cups that range around 6 to 8.5-inches deep. With shorter utensils, cooking and eating out of JetBoil cup means getting your fingers dirty or foregoing the bottom few inches, but not with this utensil. If you plan to regularly cook and eat out of a JetBoil or dehydrated food bags, this model is a must-have.
While it rinses and wipes clean fairly easily, it holds onto oils and tastes without more thorough washing. Hoping to run it through the dishwasher as part of your post-trip de-mob? Sorry, this product is the only model we tested that is not dishwasher safe.
This product is one of the least expensive metal models we tested. If you're looking for a utensil geared for backcountry cooking and don't mind some awkwardness while eating, this product fills that niche at a reasonable price.
The Sea to Summit AlphaLight Long is a product designed for the specific purpose of backcountry cooking. It is great for getting at hard to reach spaces, easy to keep clean, and made of strong material, but its awkward feel while eating knocked it out of the awards.
— Leslie Yedor