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  • #1315826
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Broken Lexan spoon

    Surprise on night 3 of a 7 night trip when I opened the cook kit and found half a spoon. I have no idea how this happened.

    Ate dinner with half a spoon, being very careful of the razor-sharp edge at the break.

    Luckily, the next day I was passing through Olema – the only town on the trip, and not much of a town, but the deli had giveaway plastic spoons. I picked up a couple to use for the rest of the trip.

    Lesson – Pack Different™ :-)

    Trip report to appear RSN.

    — Rex

    #2094415
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    Rex, admit it. You broke the spoon to reduce its weight.

    –B.G.–

    #2094417
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    I had already cut an inch off the handle!

    I think there is a weight-functionality tradeoff here:

    – With half a spoon, I take twice as long to eat dinner. Dinner gets cold, so I don't eat half. Eventually, I get so weak I can't climb hills. I call for a rescue, and get a huge bill :-)

    – Or I cut my tongue on the spoon, duct tape it (my tongue) back together, and I can't eat as much. Same outcome :-)

    — Rex

    #2094421
    Valerie E
    Spectator

    @wildtowner

    Locale: Grand Canyon State

    My husband's lexan spoon broke where the handle meets the bowl of the spoon (luckily) so it was still somewhat functional for the rest of the trip — now I make him bring a titanium one (a LOT harder to break!). :^)

    #2094431
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    Sea to Summit anodized aluminum spoon – 0.3 oz after you cut the handle off a little

    I cut the handle so it fits into 900 ml Ti pot, not really to save weight

    With small object, like spoon, difference between Ti and aluminum is small

    #2094433
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    One of mine, the sort of translucent type, broke a few years ago.
    I have used the long handle Ti version for some time and that works for me.
    A copuple of trips ago I left it at home by mistake (first time ever) but I was camping so had my Mora knife and used that to make a spoon.
    That used up some of the plentiful spare time.

    #2094448
    Don A.
    BPL Member

    @amrowinc

    Locale: Southern California

    I refuse to buy metal spoons anymore. I have a bad habit of losing them. In 2011 on a Sierra hike my partner broke her favorite pink spoon. I don't believe it was lexan but nontheless it broke her heart. I managed to glue it back together with super glue but it broke again a few days later. I told her not to worry we would find one (I was hoping to find one of my previously lost spoons). On the south side of Mather Pass I spy an object in the snow–yep a spoon. Unusual that is was a Chinese soup spoon.
    Later on my partner's ear buds broke. As I told her the trail would provide. Sure enough I found a pair of shorts on a log that looked like they had been there awhile. A working pair of ear buds was in the pocket.
    My current favorite spoon is this MSR foldable job. MSR folding spoon I thought it would break easily but after 300 miles or so on the trail it's still intact.

    #2094449
    Valerie E
    Spectator

    @wildtowner

    Locale: Grand Canyon State

    Funny you experienced that! I lost a really nice titanium spoon in Patagonia in 1999 — I hope someone in need found it and used it! :^)

    #2094463
    Delmar O’Donnell
    Member

    @bolster

    Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio

    No, Lexan spoons don't break. There must be something wrong with your camera. All my 1980-vintage lexan spoons, stamped PERMAWARE, are still going strong.

    OTOH, I recently purchased a spare Lexan spoon at REI and instead of being stamped PERMAWARE it was instead stamped CHINA. Have they always been Chinese made?

    #2094464
    Glenn S
    Member

    @glenn64

    Locale: Snowhere, MN

    I like eating from those foldable MSR jobs. The bowl is shaped like a regular household spoon, instead of a ladle, like the metal spoons. Unfortunately, when trying to stir hot water into my food, they get too soft from the heat IMO.

    #2094466
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    All my 1980-vintage lexan spoons, stamped PERMAWARE, are still going strong.

    Mine was about 10 years old, and stamped PERMAWARE. So it goes.

    — Rex

    #2094469
    Ralph Wood
    BPL Member

    @visualscapes

    Locale: Northern CA

    Funny, I had a sandwich in that deli on Wednesday. Kids were hungry after an overnighter at Sky Camp in Pt Reyes, so we stopped there on the way home.

    Spoon wise, we all used ti. None broke =)

    #2094475
    Matthew Black
    Spectator

    @mtblack

    They are no longer Lexan and have not been since the BPA scare. I believe the new material, Acetal, is less durable, just as the Nalgene Tritan bottles appear to be less durable and have a lower temperature rating than the old Lexan ones.

    #2094476
    Delmar O’Donnell
    Member

    @bolster

    Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio

    > Mine was about 10 years old, and stamped PERMAWARE. So it goes.

    Hm. Well, by deduction: We know Lexan doesn't break. If the problem with the image you posted doesn't lie with your camera, then the problem must be my eyes, because that spoon sure looks broken. I'll schedule an opthalmologist exam first thing Monday morning.

    #2094493
    Daniel Pittman
    Spectator

    @pitsy

    Locale: Central Texas

    My MSR Titanium spoon has served me well since '98. The handle is long enough to get the last of the peanut butter out of the jar. If I ever lose it I will be seriously pissed at myself.

    #2094578
    Brian Johns
    BPL Member

    @bcutlerj

    Locale: NorCal

    Rex I have a snowpeak titanium spork I"ll drop in the mail to you if you'd like a free replacement. Just send me a link when you get the trip report up. Trying to figure out how you did 7 days and passed through Olema. By land I am guessing but …. off to the maps.

    #2094580
    Miner
    BPL Member

    @miner

    Locale: SoCAL

    The Lexan spoons I bought back in the 90's never lasted for me so I only use metal ones now. But how do you loose a spoon on the trail? Hanging it off your pack?

    I've been using the same long handled lightweight titanium spoon since 2007 that I bought off this website when they use to sell stuff. Weighs 0.35oz (10g). Been on the PCT and AT and never looked stressed while scooping peanut butter out of the jar. I keep it in my food bag since I only use it with the food stored there. The only time I left it anywhere was leaving it at home because I forgot to pack it. Funny thing was, this was the start of my PCT thru-hike, my longest trip ever. You'd think I would have been even more careful to double check things before starting such a long hike. I had to get it sent to me 2 weeks up the trail while I used 2 cheap plastic spoons I begged for at a campground and prayed they wouldn't break before I could replace them.

    #2094608
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Brian,

    Thanks for the offer, but I have a couple titanium sporks in my collection. Didn't care for them.

    I've taken an REI Campware Long Spoon (bought when I was eating out of freeze-dried meal bags – never again), and cut that down to meet my needs – 11 grams. Should last another 10 years or so, at 20 cents per year, I'm OK with that.

    As I mentioned above, trip report Real Soon Now. 100 mile loop through Marin County, with no stealth camping.

    — Rex

    New spoon cut down from REI Campware Long Spoon

    PS – Does this prove my camera's not broken?

    #2094631
    Jay L
    BPL Member

    @jjlash

    Ive broken lexan spoons too. Now I use a McDonalds McFlurry spoon – long enough to get to the bottom of the FD or freezer bag meal, flexible enough that it doesnt break.

    #2094696
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Ahd here I thought my Lexan long handled spoon was indestructable.

    Well, I carry a tiny lockblade Gerber knife so If'n I break my spoon maybe I can whittle a "spoon" 'til I get lucky like you and pick up a Dairy Queen, Micky D, Booger King, Taco Hell, etc. plastic spoon.

    I will NOT borrow another person's spoon! – unless she's really hot.

    #2094716
    James Couch
    Spectator

    @jbc

    Locale: Cascade Mountains

    Nothing is indestructible – given sufficient provocation anything can be broken. Just handing it to a child is usually sufficient in most cases.

    #2094720
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    James m' boy, truer words were never spoken!

    I recently showed my 9 year old grandson how to make a fire using my Swedish striker.
    Later, after successfully starting a fire and after whirling it around a bit, he handed it back with half the sriker stick broken off. AMAZING!

    #2094946
    Nick Larsen
    Member

    @stingray4540

    Locale: South Bay

    Bamboo spoon from a Japanese store, or party store. 4g – 8g and cheap.

    #2094966
    Elliott Wolin
    BPL Member

    @ewolin

    Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia

    Related somewhat, I once found myself up in an alpine area in the North Cascades in Washington State when I discovered I had forgotten my spoon and had nothing else suitable to eat with. I figured I'd find some sticks and use them like chopsticks.

    Well just about every last piece of wood up there was wet and rotten (I didn't want to pull a live branch off the alpine trees). They just crumbled when I tried to use them. After a long search I found a pair of short, crooked sticks that had solid cores once I rubbed off all the decaying bark.

    They worked, sort of, at least I was able to eat something that was not cold. I think I still have them in my drawer, a reminder not to forget my spoon!

    #2095004
    Valerie E
    Spectator

    @wildtowner

    Locale: Grand Canyon State

    Directions on How to Lose a Titanium Spoon:

    1. Sit on rock to eat your meal with said spoon
    2. Finish meal
    3. Put spoon down on rock beside you
    4. Accidentally knock it off the rock without noticing
    5. Pack up and leave without checking under the bush beside the rock

    That certainly worked well for me! ;^)

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