After operating mostly online for the first 8 years or so starting in 2002, we expanded operations to include a full service outdoor retail store in Tempe Arizona in 2010. We moved to our current location on the corner of University and the 101 in Tempe in early 2016. 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. See the kayaks and more photos, and take advantage of weekly specials, on our Facebook page, and a partial list of some of the brands we carry here.  

2155 East University Drive (at 101)
Tempe, AZ 85281

Mon-Fri 9 - 6
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday 12 - 4

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.

Rent camping gear from LowerGear

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!

Of course we have a huge selection of backpacks, but also a lot of local and regional trail maps and hiking guides!