TOAKS Titanium Folding Review
Cons: Difficult to lock open, uncomfortable to eat with, high price for low performance
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TOAKS Titanium Folding
|Price||$10.95 at Amazon||$9.95 at Backcountry|
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|$11.95 at Amazon||$11 List||$2.95 at REI|
|Pros||Durable material, packable||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||Difficult to lock open, uncomfortable to eat with, high price for low performance||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||A hybrid utensil that packs into tight spaces but provides an underwhelming performance||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||TOAKS Titanium Folding||Snow Peak Titanium Spork||Vargo Titanium ULV||AlphaLight Spork - Long||humangear GoBites Uno|
|Specs||TOAKS Titanium...||Snow Peak Titanium...||Vargo Titanium ULV||AlphaLight Spork -...||humangear GoBites...|
|Material||Titanium||Titanium||Titanium||Aluminium alloy||High-temp nylon|
|Measured weight (oz)||0.6 oz||0.6 oz||0.3 oz||0.4 oz||0.5 oz|
|Dishwasher safe?||Yes (assumed due to material)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes - Top Rack|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Measuring the length of a standard utensil at 6.5 inches when extended, but shrinking to 3.75 inches when folded, the Toaks Titanium Folding is a clever concept aimed at reducing both the number of utensils and the occupied space of your cutlery needs. Unfortunate for this model, convenience comes at the expense of performance, and it scored poorly compared to the other models tested.
Despite having fairly standard dimensions when at its full length, this product proved to be altogether uncomfortable to eat with. Its wide bowl was a poor fit in every testers' mouth, and the clanking of metal on teeth with each bite of food is sure to make any dentist cringe.
While the hollow design of the handle saves on weight, it's awkward to hold. To keep this utensil at full attention, a thin metal bar is slid down the shaft pushing the sides of the handle apart and jamming the folding joint into place. In theory, it may be simple, but in practice, it takes some serious elbow grease to slide the metal locking mechanism far enough into place to prevent this model from collapsing with every bite of food. This model is too good at folding to perform well as an actual utensil.
Regarding true breakability, this model performed well in our durability testing. It didn't break or bend; it was prone to collapsing instead. When the locking mechanism is not engaged, it's also easy to separate the handle from the main body of the spork. The avid backpacker can expect to lose one half or the other eventually. Let's hope its the handle or that the rest of your meals make good finger food.
Cooking with this product was similar to eating with it. While it got the job done, it was uncomfortable to hold, and the hollow handle made it harder to keep your fingers out of your food when stirring. Like most of the other competitors, a non-stick pan was no match for this utensil.
The bowl and tines of this product were easy to wipe or rinse clean, but the locking mechanism collected bits of food which were difficult to get out without the meticulous use of a sponge. Even though mustaches might be cool, but no one wants a flavor saver for a utensil.
This is one of the more expensive models we tested, and it performed poorly across the board. If you're devoted to finding a folding option, try the MSR Folding for a fraction of the price.
While we loved the idea of a folding titanium model, the Toaks Titanium Folding comes up short in the execution of such a clever concept. Its uncomfortable bowl and handle combine with its poorly designed locking mechanism make it tough to recommend.
— Leslie Yedor