Whether you are renting from us or buying elsewhere, selection of the right gear is always an important decision. Fit, strength, size, weight, length of trip, weather, hiking experience and destination are all important considerations when selecting the gear that's best for you. And, duh, it also helps to know how to use everything you're carrying. We've got all the info you need to be well prepared.

In our articles you can learn how to measure your torso, and why you would want to know that. How to order our gear if you're over 6' tall. What to take for supper, and other things to consider before deciding which of our gear items to order. Or watch one of our more than 20 videos about our gear and its use while camping and backpacking. If you want personalized, hands-on training, we offer a Backpacking 101 Class.

From Top 10 Essentials to dozens of tips to make your trip as safe and as fun as possible, we've prepared a number of discussions on gear and camping issues that we believe might be helpful to our users.

These are already linked to at lots of places around the site within relevant product context, but here they all are in one list: Follow the links (located in the navigation bar to your left) to various pages that just might turn you into the next Daniel Boone. You can also find answers about our rental process. If all else fails, feel free to contact our rental office.

For gear usage and maintenance instructions we have included links to manuals, instructions and specs for most of the equipment we make available for rent. User guides and how-to videos are also linked near each product description/rent rate page. Review, watch and print as needed.

For some third-party user reviews of this and other gear we rent and sell, visit our backpacking and camping user gear review page.We get a lot of questions at our store about good places to hike in the Phoenix area, so check out our top 10 recommended hiking areas.

We put some information together to help make the trails a more courteous atmosphere. See and take heed what we have to say about trail etiquette!

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