Meet Giftogab, Reviewer of the Month


Giftogab at Nevada's Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Congratulations to community member giftogab (Karen Whelan), author of June's most helpful gear review.

The Trailspace community voted Karen's review of her Deuter Futura Pro 42 backpack the most useful review of the month. She wins a Trailspace goodie pack for her efforts.*

Write your own helpful gear review and you might be next month's most helpful reviewer.

Meet giftogab/Karen



How did you get started exploring outdoors?

My grandparents owned a fishing resort at Baker Lake, Washington. We would drive up from Seattle and spend weekends as well as longer times in the summer when I was a kid. We spent hours exploring the woods and enjoying the mountains all around us. Once in college I started hiking in the Enchantments as well as the eastern slopes of the Cascades.

What do you enjoy doing outdoors?


Everest Base Camp Trek, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal.

BEING outdoors is a great start. But hiking, kayaking, and biking are my faves. I also golf and do some minor ugly rock climbing.

Why were you motivated to review your Deuter Futura Pro 42 pack?

Backpacks are hard to buy. You sort of take a leap at it, so the more you know going in the better chance you have of loving that critical piece of gear.

Because I have so much time with this pack on my back, both here in Nevada and then in the Himalayas, I figured it was one of the pieces of gear I know intimately. Also, being a bigger girl, I wanted to share that in case other big girls don't know which packs work for us.

What are your favorite pieces of outdoor equipment? Why?

I love my Patagonia Fitz Roy 800 fill jacket. It fits well and makes me feel good when it is on. It doesn't lose the down, seems like the shell was tougher than my Mountain Hardwear down sweater as well. Rick-Pittsburgh named me Sunkist Ninja in that jacket.


Everest Base Camp Trek, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal.

I also love my Keen Oregon PCT's because they really protect my ankles while providing a big toe box for my Fred Flintstone feet.

Tell us about your favorite outdoor destinations.

I really love the Red Rock area outside Las Vegas. It is my playground for hiking and rock climbing.

I am in awe of the Himalayas and hope I can go back again some day. I want to go back up to the Cascades as well. So much trail, so little time.

Anything else you'd like to share with the Trailspace community?

This community has contributed so much to my outdoor experience. I have met a couple great members in person and feel a couple more could be counted as friends!


Great job, Karen!

*Besides Trailspace glory, shegets a goodie pack with a pair of Darn Tough 1/4 Socks, a Trailspace Trail Runner Cap, a Trailspace pint glass (for après-backcountry use), some energy bars from Clif Bar and ProBar, and Trailspace stickers.

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Comments

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
588 reviewer rep
3,051 forum posts
July 6, 2012 at 10:20 a.m. (EDT)

Congratulations, giftogab!

Rick-Pittsburgh
1,631 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
July 6, 2012 at 10:25 a.m. (EDT)

Way to go Sunkist.... errr I mean gifto. 

Very well done(highkick:)

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
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July 6, 2012 at 10:43 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks soooo much! This is really a cool thing to me!

Callahan
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July 6, 2012 at 12:51 p.m. (EDT)

You deserve this well

Patman
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July 6, 2012 at 12:56 p.m. (EDT)

well done Karen!

denis daly
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July 6, 2012 at 3:02 p.m. (EDT)

Congrats. Well done..

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
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July 6, 2012 at 5:26 p.m. (EDT)

Thanks you guys!

trouthunter
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
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July 7, 2012 at 8:35 a.m. (EDT)

Congratulations Karen!

I think you are right, backpacks are such a critical piece of gear it's good to be able to read other peoples experiences with them as part of a decision making process.

Mike G.

gonzan
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
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July 7, 2012 at 3:14 p.m. (EDT)

Congratualtions, Gift! 

Jake W
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605 forum posts
July 7, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. (EDT)

Nice work gifto!!!!!!!!!

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
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July 8, 2012 at 1:55 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks so much! I am so excited for my new sox! And to write some more reviews!

rob5073
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July 8, 2012 at 2:15 a.m. (EDT)

Awesome! Congrats!

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
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July 8, 2012 at 10:18 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks...OH MY! IT BECAME A KILLER REVIEW!!!!!

Rick-Pittsburgh
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3,962 forum posts
July 8, 2012 at 10:24 a.m. (EDT)

giftogab said:

OH MY! IT BECAME A KILLER REVIEW!!!!!

I saw that as well.

Awesome job gifto...

JerseyWreckDiver
121 reviewer rep
291 forum posts
July 8, 2012 at 10:52 p.m. (EDT)

Hey, Congrats Giftogab.

I have the Futura Pro 38 and love it. I know exactly what you meant when you said "the balance is so good that it is just THERE".

Enjoy the crown till next month.

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
592 reviewer rep
1,514 forum posts
July 8, 2012 at 11:43 p.m. (EDT)

Thanks, jersey! I am feeling pretty big for my britches right now!

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
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July 10, 2012 at 12:21 a.m. (EDT)

Got a goodie bag FULL of stuff today! Thanks Seth! Stickers! Trail Bars! Pink sticker clad nalgene bottle! Cap! Darn Tough socks! Trailspace Pint Glass! I am hap hap happy with my new swag! Dave and Alicia....this stuff is fab!!!

Seth Levy (Seth)
TRAILSPACE STAFF
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July 10, 2012 at 8:32 a.m. (EDT)

Glad you're enjoying your goodies gifto, and that we had socks in your size!



Alicia
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July 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT)

giftogab said:

Got a goodie bag FULL of stuff today! Thanks Seth! Stickers! Trail Bars! Pink sticker clad nalgene bottle! Cap! Darn Tough socks! Trailspace Pint Glass! I am hap hap happy with my new swag! Dave and Alicia....this stuff is fab!!!

 You're welcome! I'm glad we could make your day.

Bill S
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July 13, 2012 at 7:56 p.m. (EDT)

Get back from time in the hills, and what do I find? A Killer Review by Gifto! Talk about going to the ends of the Earth to do a gear review! Wow!

giftogab
REVIEW CORPS
592 reviewer rep
1,514 forum posts
July 14, 2012 at 9:51 p.m. (EDT)

Thanks, BillS!

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