In frigid temperatures, plastic utensils are the way to go (metal gets too cold). Our pick: this ultracheap, ultralong-lasting spoon, made from a super-tough plastic called acetal*. “I’ve used mine for hundreds of backcountry days and nights,” says one editor. “In half a decade of abuse, it’s never melted, cracked, or even started to show wear.” A hole in the end allows for easy hanging (or saw it shorter to fit in your bowl), and a wide spoon shape is great for scraping the last bit of chili without scratching nonstick coatings. $1; .4 oz.; gsioutdoors.com
*Acetal -- Because of health concerns over BPA in Lexan, in 2008, GSI began using this tough, alternative thermoplastic.