Gear Advice: Eating Utensils

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It use to be that everyone carried a mess kit, but those days are gone. For one, they are usually made of metal which is a problem in cold, and they can be heavy. Polycarbonate is one of the newer materials that is changing the backpacking world.

  • The material is almost unbreakable
  • It does not melt easily
  • It does not absorb odors
  • It is not expensive.

You can get plates, bowls, cups, and utensils made of this stuff.


Bill's Choice

I have multiple sets of the polycarbonate knives, forks, and spoons, and each has two small holes drilled in the handle to identify it as mine. If you do the same, I will likely claim your fork if we are on the same trip. Do come up with some sort of marking as many people use the same stuff. There is not much debate on this stuff. It beats the cheap plastic stuff or metal hands down, but I have seen a few "sporks" from fast food restaurants on the trail as well.

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