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After focusing on our rental e-commerce operations for the first 8 years or so starting in 2002, we opened up a retail store in Tempe Arizona in 2010. We moved to a bigger location in early 2016 to start our 14th year serving our outdoor-loving friends. Of course you can rent anything at our store you can online, but on the retail side we specialize in ultralight, but practical backpacking gear. We also have Hobie and fishing kayaks on display for sale and rent in our retail showroom and a big selection in used gear, especially in the Fall. And we have a class room for wilderness education sessions, as well as personalized, hands-on training via our overnight Backpacking 101 Class. See the kayaks and more photos, and take advantage of weekly specials, on our Facebook page.
2155 East University Drive (at 101)
Open Mon-Fri 9-ish to 6-ish
If you are flying in to Phoenix to start your travels, we're only 10-15 minutes away from the airport, so you can stop by to pick up gear and supplies rather than having it shipped somewhere. It you are arriving at a late hour, or need to leave early before we open, we suggest staying at the Quality Inn down the street from us at 1375 E. University Dr as a reasonably priced and nearby option. If you stay there on your way in or out, we can leave/pickup gear there if you can't make it to the store during regular hours.
We're about 2 miles east of ASU in Tempe, not far either way from the intersection of the 101 and 202 Freeways. From our 6,000' + facility, we operate our national rental business as well as our local and internet retail sales.
We have some top quality footwear no one else in town has, and in fact we represent a number of smaller, high-quality specialized brands that don't always appeal to the big box retailers. We're looking for quality and innovation, not mass appeal to the lowest common denominator. But that doesn't mean it's expensive!