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 East University Dr, near the intersection of 101 and 202, just east of the Tempe campus of Arizona State.
We rent and sell the Leki Brand and other wilderness gear, as well as Hobie kayaks from our retail store, or can ship any gear or supplies you need nationwide. Leki is one of the market leaders in hiking and trekking poles. We have a number of pole models in stock, including some from the Trail series, Khumbu, and Makalu. Our favorite hiking poles are the ones with the foam-type handles and the anti-shock feature on the Leki poles is pretty nice as well.
Some of the gear brands we carry in our Tempe camping center include Riot Kayaks, Sunday Afternoons, Sierra Designs, Granite Gear, Kelty, ThermaRest, MSR, Big Sky, Gregory, Deuter, Oboz, Darn Tough, ULA 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 outdoors 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 Leki Brand for any outdoors 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 rental 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 Leki Brand to find and to get to from anywhere in Tempe. We are in zip code 85288 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 outdoors-related educational sessions include:
Map Reading and Navigation Skills
Using a GPS
Gourmet Camp cooking
Wilderness First Aid
Leave No Trace Principles
Lightening up your Backpack load
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 outdoors adventure is more fun. We rent and sell lightweight versions of tents, mattress pads, sleeping bags, backpacks 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:
Superstitions Mountains near Apache Junction
Dreamy Draw, in north-central Phoenix
South Mountain, near Ahwatukee and South Phoenix
McDowell Mountains, in Northeast Scottsdale
Camelback Mountain, in Paradise Valley
Usery Mountain Park in east Mesa
Piestawa Peak, in north-central Phoenix
Be sure to visit our store for last minute supplies before heading out on your next hike!
For more help, give us a call at 480-348-8917, stop by our store at 2155 East University Dr in Tempe, AZ 85288 or check out our Facebook page for the latest news and sales deals!