Lowergear Outdoors is full-service camping, backpacking, kayaking, outdoor gear rental and wilderness supply retailer serving the Phoenix area from our store and distribution center located in Tempe Arizona, at 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281, which is on the SW corner of University and the 101, just east of the ASU campus.

We rent and sell Aquamira and other wilderness gear, as well as Hobie kayaks from our retail store, or can ship any gear or supplies you need nationwide. Water filtering systems own the biggest market share for back-country water treatment methods, but for minimalists and particularly funky water, chemical treatment remains a viable and sometimes preferred option for many hikers and backpackers. Chemical treatments like Aquamira use a form of chlorine not too dissimilar from your tap water treatment plants. Aquamira tablets or drops act to kill viruses, bacteria and other nasty bugs that can make some hikers too sick to continue on with their travels. The main disadantage over water filtering is that chemical treatment does nothing to get rid of dirt and sediment in the water, and it can take up to a few hours to kill the bigger dangerous organisms infecting the water source.

Some of the gear brands we carry in our Phoenix camping center include Gregory, Deuter, Oboz, Riot Kayaks, Sunday Afternoons, Fits Socks, Granite Gear, Kelty, ThermaRest, MSR, Big Sky, Darn Tough, ULA, MHM 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 backpacking 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 anything from Aquamira for any backpacking 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 retail store hours are 9am - 6pm Monday thru Friday, 10am - 4pm on Saturdays and 12- 4 on Sunday. Our retail location is easy for anyone looking for Aquamira to find and to get to from anywhere in Phoenix. 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 Phoenix-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 backpacking-related educational sessions include:

Backpacking 101
Gourmet Camp cooking
Map Reading and Navigation Skills
Using a GPS
Lightening up your Backpack load
Wilderness First Aid
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 backpacking adventure is more fun. We rent and sell lightweight versions of backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, mattress pads and pretty much any other type of outdoor gear you can imagine.

At Lowergear Outdoors, many people come into our store and ask about good places to go hiking. The Phoenix 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 PHX
South Mountain, near Ahwatukee and South PHX
McDowell Mountains, in NE Scottsdale
Usery Mountain Park in east Mesa
Superstitions Mountains near Apache Junction
Camelback Mountain, in Paradise Valley
Piestawa Peak, in north-central PHX

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

For additional assistance, give us a call at 480-348-8917, stop by our store at 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281, which is on the SW corner of University and the 101 or check out our Facebook page for the latest news and sales deals!

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