- Feb 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm #3520969
Full Disclosure: This is my project of passion. I’ve spent the last year designing this camping spork. This is the utensil I always dreamed of. It’s called Morsel, and it’s finally ready to get some feedback from the community.
I’ve been backpacking since I was in diapers. And somehow, over the years, I evolved into a bit of an outdoor gear snob. If you’re on this forum, you might be too. I also spent the last decade working as a product designer. For whatever reason, I was never completely satisfied with the camping utensils on the market. Stubby fork tines, drippy spoons, fragile handles, awkward shapes. So I decided to have a go at crafting my take on the perfect(ish) camping utensil.
Working with an industrial designer friend, we’ve spent the last year working on this. We were trying to address all of the minor annoyances of eating through clever design. Something that fit and worked where other utensils didn’t. We went from concepts on post-it notes to detailed sketches, from crude mock-ups to refined prototypes. And then we took a bunch of pretty pictures and put them on the internet.
Alright, enough of the monologue. Here’s Morsel. Please take a look and let me know what you think:
Happy trails :)Feb 27, 2018 at 2:10 pm #3520978
Steve MeierBPL Member
Really interesting design. My first reaction is its too big overall and the spoon bowl not big or deep enough (a common complaint I have with hiking spoons in general). But I watched the video three times and liked it more and more. Since its too long to be stored with the cookset I would want some kind of sleeve to keep it clean. Other than that, I signed up for more information once it becomes available.Feb 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm #3520984
Richie SBPL Member
Yep. It looks interesting. My only concern would be the level of function with the spoon, but I’d give it a go. I signed up for notification.Feb 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm #3520991
J RBPL Member
I like the name, interesting design.
Specs?Feb 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm #3521004
Ken T.BPL Member
Mouthfeel on a plastic and rubber spoon, different.Feb 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm #3521005
Erik GBPL Member
@fox212Locale: Central Coast
Very clever design. +1 that a slightly deeper spoon would be nice.
Will there be a lefty version? :)Feb 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm #3521077
Ken RossBPL Member
I, too, am curious regarding the “mouthfeel” of the rubber. How is the rubber edge joined to the plastic? Is there any crack that could allow accumulation of food particles make it difficult to clean?Feb 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm #3521105
Thank you all for the feedback! It’s great to hear all of your thoughts on Morsel.
Re: specs – Morsel is about 10.4″ long and 0.6 oz. We wanted it to be long enough to easily reach the bottom of Mountain House meals.
Re: “Mouthfeel” and rubber bond – The materials are lightly textured to improve “mouthfeel” – the added texture makes it less “sticky.” The rubber is naturally bonded to the plastic at a molecular level in the molding process. There will be no crack or spot for food particle collection.
Re: Lefty – If our kickstarter succeeds, we’re happy to release a lefty version if there’s enough interest. It would be quick and easy to do a follow-up lefty kickstarter because we can just flip all of our photos and videos ;)
Similarly, if we have a big launch we plan on releasing a shorty (normal length) version in short order as well.Feb 28, 2018 at 1:30 am #3521192
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
I like the scraper aspect – more calories in one’s stomach, less in the dishwater, and less time repeatedly scraping the inside of the pot. Further, the asymmetric scraper makes it more universal for different cups, bowls and the curves within them.
10+ inches beats almost all other spoons out there (short of much larger, heavier serving spoons) for FD pouches and FBC. Less food on my knuckles is good.
I’m a spoon guy. Not a spork guy. At least the tines don’t muck-up the functionality of the spoon, but I’d rather have a plain end on a spoon. If I need to gig a frog or if I get attacked by a green salad on the trail, I can quickly sharpen two or three twigs, lash them together, and stab at my food. But that almost never happens. At least the fork is further from the spoon than the Sea-to-Summit sporks – those nest nicely but (1) break, (2) are too short for FD or FBC and (3) when held as a spoon, the fork digs into my palm.
You could steal a tag line from a sub sandwich shop up here, “over 10 inches of pure satisfaction”.Feb 28, 2018 at 2:40 am #3521210
J RBPL Member
I would find it very difficult to use the full 10+” length because of the other utensil on the “end”, for example if using as a spoon I wouldn’t be grabbing the fork part at the other end but holding only the handle, which would cut down that length to about 8″ usable. Still comparable to standard long-handle backpacking utensils.
Erik, great point I hadn’t considered, but as a lefty myself I expect I would find that the asymmetrical shape of the spoon would work against me.
Like Dave, I only use/need a spoon, but this looks like a well-designed piece of gear for right-handers who want 2+ utensils.Mar 5, 2018 at 1:27 pm #3522450
Just a quick update: our Kickstarter will be launching in 2 weeks on March 19th. We’ll have big discounts for early-bird backers. After over a year of hard work, it’s finally time to light this firecracker!
We’re still trying to spread the word and to help ensure a successful launch, so we’re doing a give-away contest. All you have to do to win is help us spread the word using a website called Thunderclap. It works by making one single automated social media post on your behalf when we launch.
All of our Thunderclap supporters will be automatically entered into a raffle to win the following prizes:
- 1x Rumpl High Performance Blanket
- 1x Photo Print from Award-Winning Photographer Sean Bagshaw
- 5x Morsel Spork 10-pack
Here’s a link to our Thunderclap page – just click the big red “Support” button:
Thanks for your support, and hope to see you on the trails :)Mar 20, 2018 at 1:10 am #3525744
Just a quick update, our Kickstarter for Morsel is now live! We’ve got a few early-bird discounts, so grab em while you can. Here’s the link:
You guys might recognize a few quotes on our campaign page ;)
If we have a wildly successful campaign we’ll be able to release a Morsel Mini and a Morsel Spoon at the same time, so please help us spread the word if you think it’s cool.
(Sorry for all the edits. I’m tired and full of typos.)
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