I fancy myself a bit of a chef — a rank amateur chef — but a chef nonetheless. There’s little I like more than showing off my culinary skillz (note the z!) when I’m camping, so when Baladeo sent me its ECO100, which it calls a “travel cutlery set,” I wasted no time getting to work with it.
Baladeo ECO100 Features
The ECO100 sports seven functions:
(Bullet List of Features)
- Removable spoon and fork
- Locking knife
- Locking can opener
- Bottle opener
- 2-mm flat-head screwdriver
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The Baladeo ECO100 is has everything I need — under normal conditions — to rustle up some serious grub. I find myself wondering, however, why the screwdriver? If Baladeo meant the ECO100 to also be a stove repair tool (which would be terrific) then a single 2-mm flat head is woefully inadequate. To fill that role it needs at least a Phillips head and a pair of pliers. It would be nice if it also had a gas-jet poker and a small plastic brush, too.
- The ECO100 is nice and stout. I’m not worried about breaking it.
- The fork and spoon attachment system is awesome! It’s very secure.
- The ECO100 has everything I need to eat outside.
- The screw driver is either a waste of space and weight, or it’s inadequate to repair much of anything. Take your pick.
- Though it’s nice and compact, the ECO100 is a little bit heavy. If I’m shaving ounces for an extended trek, this little baby is staying home.
It’s not as though the Baladeo ECO100 is inadequate or unusable, but to me, a multitool has to provide some advantage over carrying separate tools. It has to be more compact and/or lighter and/or have every function I need in one package. The Baladeo ECO100 gets the compact part right, but I think it falls a little shy when it comes to weight and a lot shy when it comes to utility. If I’m backpacking, I can carry a Leatherman plus a plastic fork and spoon. It will weigh about the same and I can actually fix a broken stove with it. If I’m car camping, then to be honest, I’d rather trot out the big-boy tools — a chef’s knife, a cutting board, the works.
Where I can see the ECO100 being especially useful is when traveling-not-necessarily-backpacking-or-camping. Hitchhiking your way across Europe? This might be your tool. Going on a guided mule trek across the Grand Canyon? This’ll be a good choice for that, too.
Buy Now: Baladeo’s ECO100 is perfect for outdoor eating, but not for outdoor cooking.