The LowerGear Outdoors Center is full-service camping, outdoor gear rental, kayaking, backpacking and wilderness supply retailer serving the Tempe 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 the BearVault Brand and other wilderness gear, as well as Hobie kayaks from our retail store, or can ship any gear or supplies you need nationwide. BearVault bear canisters are well-proven as a reliable deterrent to bears gaining access to your food while you're out camping or on a backpacking trip. Bear Vaults work like a giant child-proof container - the don't odor-proof your food in the backcountry, but they do deny even the most clever bear an opportunity to get inside to your food, so the bears will soon go away and find something easier to get to.
Some of the gear brands we carry in our Tempe camping center include Granite Gear, Kelty, ThermaRest, Big Sky, Gregory, Deuter, Oboz, Darn Tough, ULA, Riot Kayaks, Sunday Afternoons, Fits Socks, Sierra Designs 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 anything from the BearVault Brand 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 gear 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 the BearVault Brand 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:
Wilderness First Aid
Gourmet Camp cooking
Leave No Trace Principles
Lightening up your Backpack load
Map Reading and Navigation Skills
Using a GPS
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 tents, backpacks, mattress pads, sleeping bags 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 Tempe and surrounding area is blessed with many opportunities to get outdoors for some exercise, but our favorites include these spots:
Camelback Mountain, in Paradise Valley
Piestawa Peak, in north-central Phoenix
Usery Mountain Park in east Mesa
Dreamy Draw, in north-central Phoenix
Superstitions Mountains near Apache Junction
South Mountain, near Ahwatukee and South Phoenix
McDowell Mountains, in Northeast Scottsdale
Be sure to visit our store for last minute supplies before heading out on your next hike!
For 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!