The LowerGear Backpacking Center is full-service kayaking, outdoor gear rental, camping, backpacking and wilderness supply retailer serving the Tempe area from our store and distribution center located in Tempe Arizona, at 1828 E. University Dr, near the intersection of 101 and 202, just east of the Tempe campus of ASU.

We rent and sell Hammocks and other wilderness gear, as well as Hobie kayaks from our retail store, or can ship any gear or supplies you need nationwide. Camping hammocks are a great alternative to the traditional tent. Rocky or uneven ground surface is a problem of the past, and you can relax in a very comfortable hammock. We have hammocks from Hennessey and other brand names. Camping hammocks at our store are easy to setup; are pretty lightweight, and offer many advantages over traditional backpacking or camping tents.

Some of the gear brands we carry in our Tempe camping center include ThermaRest, MSR, MHM, Tarptent, Deuter, Oboz, Injinji, Sunday Afternoons, Marmot, Gregory, GoLite, Sierra Designs, Granite Gear, Kelty and Hobie Kayaks. If there’s anything these manufacturers offer that we don’t happen to have on our retail shelf, we’ll be glad to order it for you. If you’d like to research online before making your camping gear and supplies decision, check out our backpacking and camping user gear review page.

You can find a wide selection of used and consigned camping gear at our store, and we can rent or sell anything you need – including any type of Hammocks for any camping trip – we can even ship rental camping gear right to your destination so you don’t have to carry it in your car or on a plane! Our camping supply store hours are 9am – 6pm Monday thru Friday, and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays. Our retail location is easy for anyone looking for Hammocks to find and to get to from anywhere in Tempe. We are in zip code 85281 but serve local zip codes 85001 through 85399.

We teach Merit Badge classes in Backpacking and Geocaching for local Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts in our retail store’s class room. The room is also available for any Tempe-area outdoors club or wilderness organization that wants to use it for their monthly meeting. Our experienced outdoors employees offer classes to the public as well from our local store – some of the more popular camping-related educational sessions include:

Using a GPS
Wilderness First Aid
Map Reading and Navigation Skills
Lightening up your Backpack load
Backpacking 101
Gourmet Camp cooking
Leave No Trace Principles

Our focus is on ultralight backpacking gear and we are glad to share our expertise to help you lighten up your backpacking load so your next camping adventure is more fun. We rent and sell lightweight versions of sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, mattress pads and pretty much any other type of outdoor gear you can imagine.

At the LowerGear Backpacking Center, many people come into our store and ask about good places to go hiking. The Tempe and surrounding area is blessed with many opportunities to get outdoors for some exercise, but our favorites include these spots:

Dreamy Draw, in north-central Phoenix
McDowell Mountains, in Northeast Scottsdale
South Mountain, near Ahwatukee and South Phoenix
Camelback Mountain, in Paradise Valley
Piestawa Peak, in north-central Phoenix
Usery Mountain Park in east Mesa
Superstitions Mountains near Apache Junction

Be sure to visit our store for last minute supplies before heading out on your next hike!

For more info, give us a call at 480-348-8917, stop by our store at 1828 E. University Dr in Tempe, AZ 85281 or check out our Facebook page for the latest news and sales deals!

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