All Rental Items

This is our catch-all listing of the rental gear we carry. Browse by category, or scroll through the listings below.  Click on any product for more information and to add to your cart.  We also have supplies and accessories for any kind of rental - see that category below, or find an even wider selection under the "Buy New" tab above.  Shop for food, fuel and any other accessory right from the shelf at our retail store when picking up the gear in person.

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  • Rent Tents

    We rent general camping and backpacking tents via nationwide shipping or local pickup at our retail store.  Big tents for families. Little tents for the weight-conscious ounce-counter. In-between tents for the rest of us. We've got them all, but not so many as to get you confused with too many choices.

    We bounce around a bit in the tents brands we carry, but in recent years have stuck with a few select, high quality tents by Alps Mountaineering for car-camping styles, and Big Sky International for backpacking tents. All tents are shipped to you clean, with no smells, tears or holes, and are easy to setup. All tents are already seam-sealed, so if it rains, you will stay dry. These tents are much better quality than the cheapies you find a sporting goods store and at most rental outlets. Here's what to look for:

      • The listed capacity for a given tent means there is enough room in the tent for that many adults, typically sleeping on a standard size mattress pad, and yes, we rent mattress pads
      • . But don't expect lots of extra room if you're at the rated capacity, especially in the backpacking lines - a 3-person backpacking tent is more realistically sized for 2.5 persons.
      • Going out by yourself or in a group where everyone is packing their own tent? Check out our one- and two-person backpacking tents.
      • Have a partner you want to (or at least are willing to) share a tent with? Try the two- or three-person backpacking tents if you are headed down the trail, or otherwise any of the car-camping tents if weight and size are no issue. If the latter, we suggest getting the biggest tent your budget allows; there's no point being cramped.
      • Most of the backpacking tents are free-standing - that is, they do not require staking - but some do. Free-standing ones are sometimes more convenient and easy to setup and move around, but are usually heavier for their size and may cost a bit more. The descriptions under each item will specify.
      • Taking the family gang out to the great outdoors for a weekend camping adventure? Take a look at our 4 - 8 person free-standing tents to see which one best meets your needs. Suggestion - for more comfort, rent the tent rated at least one-person capacity greater than your planned number of campers - so if for example there are 4 adults going camping, rent at least a 5-person tent so you'll have some extra elbow room for you and your gear. Learn more about tent size.
      • If you're headed out into potentially gnarly weather - high winds, lots of rain, or several inches of snow is a possibility - rent our four-season tent. It's more expensive than our standard "3-season" tents, but it's pretty darn bomb-proof.
    • Finally, we also have a Screen Tent that is good for bug-free and dry picnics, or for sun protection on the beach. It's not a good option for overnight camping though - no floor!

    Following are links to LowerGear videos that include individual setup instructions for some of the tents we've offered for rent over the years. I have less hair today than when some of these vidoes were done, if that is possible. But even if that specific tent isn't offered today - and most have changed since the video was done - you can still get the concept of setup and use from these videos:

    Sierra Designs Lightyear One-Person

    MSR Hubba One-Person

    Sierra Designs Flashlight Two-Person

    MSR Hubba Hubba Two-Person
    Car-Camping / Base Camping Tents

    Read thru each product description to learn more about our offerings. We have lots of advice about the great outdoors including more information on tents and shelters for camping and backpacking such as how to choose the best tent and how to find and make a good camp site. Feel free to call us anytime at 480-348-8917 with any question about your camping and backpacking gear rental needs!

  • Rent Backpacks

    We rent backpacks via nationwide shipping or local pickup at our retail store.  We have a wide variety of packs for any type of trip - ultralight trekking in the backcountry, two-month adventure across Europe; packing the baby around on a day hike; or for tackling Everest. Pick your pack based on the type of trip you envision taking; how much gear you need to carry; and your torso length. Read the detailed product description for each pack, but here's a quick guide:

    For the typical weekend trip just carrying gear for yourself, consider one of our Medium Capacity Backpacks.

    For longer trips, or even a short weekender where you're packing a lot of gear and food for yourself and maybe others, one of our Hi Capacity Backpacks might be a better option. The Hi-Capacity packs will also more effectively carry heavier weights - a lot of water, for example.

    We also have Expedition Packs for those carrying a real serious load on their backcountry adventure. And see the baby carriers for your most precious cargo.

    Most of our Medium- and Hi-Capacity packs are adjustable within a "one size fits most" range, so unless you're at one size extreme or the other, they should be adjustable to fit. The lightweight and expedition pack selections may indicate a more limited size range they will fit.

    Learn more about backpacks, including the pros and cons of externals vs internals; info on fitting; how to load up with your gear and how to select the best pack for you. We also have a series of videos about backpacks. Or just give us a call at 480-348-8917 to ask any questions about the best backpack for your needs.

  • Rent Sleeping Gear

    We rent sleeping bags and mattress pads via nationwide shipping or local pickup at our retail store.  A lot of campers and backpackers spend a lot of time working on minimizing weight, getting a comfortable pack, packing the right amount of food and water - which are all important - but then give short thrift to the value of quality rest at night.

    We believe in the importance of a good night's rest - odds are you'll be sleeping (or at least trying to sleep) longer than you'll be hiking - and so we offer a wide range of options to accommodate any sleeping style under any weather conditions.

    We offer top-quality, lightweight sleeping gear from Sierra Designs, Kelty, Marmot, ThermaRest, Klymit, Big Agnes and others. All sleeping gear is recent model issue in brand new or virtually new condition. Everything is cleaned and disinfected after each rental. Here's me in action. Lot's of fun.

    For starters, browse through sleeping bags and make a selection considering your lowest expected night-time temperature. Keep in mind if you tend to sleep hot or cold, but warmer bags will be heavier, so keep that in mind if you're backpacking. And also select based on whether your are backpacking or car-camping, as weight will may come into play. We also carry offer an ultralight bag liner for rent to add warmth to one of our other bags or to use by itself on hot summer nights. See the product description section for more details. 

    The best sleeping bag is only part of the equation, as what's underneath you is equally important. We have a selection of mattress pads from ThermaRest and other brands. The mattress pad can have as much to do with how warm you sleep as the sleeping bag, and don't believe what you see in Westerns where the cowboy just throws down a saddle and sleeps on the ground - it is actually quite miserable without a mattress pad, even on a tent floor. Select the one best for your trip and weather - see the individual mattress pad product descriptions for more details.

    See our Advice Pages, including more info on sleeping pads, sleeping bags and general info on getting a good night's snooze in the woods or just give us a call.

  • Rent Navigation Gear

    We rent GPS and satellite devices via nationwide shipping or local pickup at our retail store.  In addition to camping gear sales and rentals, we have for many years rented GPS navigation units for everything from a backcountry hike in the Sierras to driving the streets of Budapest. We feature Garmin handhelds for geocaching and trail use; Magellan and Garmin units for travel in the US and Canada, and Garmin units for international travel. Also check out the SPOT and InReach rescue devices to stay in touch with friends and family when out in the hinterlands.

    We've probably rented more GPS units over the years than anyone else on the web and will be glad to answer any questions you may have on the subject. We consult with and meet the temporary and long-term GPS needs for many large corporate team-building exercises, church youth groups, sales blitz projects, and car rental companies. For lots of details, check out our helpful Advice Pages on GPS, including information on geocaching if you are planning an event, and for the basics, see a great article on how the GPS system works. If you prefer, just give us a call.

    We also have a nice library of other GPS how-to articles. Here are the links to our other articles in this series:

    How to Mark a Waypoint with a GPS
    How to Manually Enter a Waypoint Coordinate into a GPS
    How to Navigate to a Waypoint with a GPS
    How and Why to Change Map Orientation on a GPS
    How to Change Measurement Units and Map Format Setting on a GPS
    How to Record a Track of Waypoints on a GPS
    How to Use a GPS to Find Your Location on a Map
    What does WAAS Mean for a GPS

  • Rent Cooking Gear & Supplies

    The generals say ""An army marches on its stomach."" I understand where that comes from - especially after struggling up and down hills on the trail in the backwoods with a pack on my back for a few hours.

    You'll want to eat heartily along the way on backpacking trips, and dining under the stars is always a treat on the family camping trip. We carry the cooking gear you need to get you through your trip - whether you want to barely get by or feast like royalty.

    Find below the stoves and cookware to help you stay fueled up. Tip - don't cook in the Titanium Kettle - it's a bear to clean; just use it for boiling water. The other pots clean up easy enough. Add some dehydrated food for backpacking if you're traveling light.  Raid the grocery store and your kitchen to fill in the missing pieces.

    See our Advice Pages for more information on cooking in the woods, preparation tips and eating right while on the trail, or give us a call for some recommendations.

  • Rent Lighting and Viewing

    When out on the trail, you can't just flip on a light switch, and the traditional flashlight can be too heavy and cumbersome to pack along. So we offer a hands-free headlamp and a small battery operated camp lantern as lighting options.

    Don't be caught in the dark trying to make your way along a precarious trail, or trying to set up camp by feel. At a minimum take along the headlamp - only a few ounces but very practical and reliable.  We make sure the lights work before we ship, but have no idea on the remaining battery life - always take extra batteries!

  • Rent Hydration Gear

    Management of water for drinking is of utmost importance while you're out in the backcountry. You can't - or shouldn't - drink right from the source in most places, and sources may be far apart. So you need to be prepared to treat the water you find and efficiently carry water with you to stay well hydrated on the trail.

    We have all the hydration gear needed to meet backcountry demands. Check out our water treatment options and water containers below. Read the product descriptions for full details on each item, and check out the product videos.

    See our advice pages for more information on hydration and water treatment options or just give us a call for our suggestions.

  • Rental Accessories & Supplies

    "Accessories and Supplies" does cover a lot of territory, but there is a lot more to a comfortable and successful camping trip than just the basics - backpack, tents, sleeping bags, etc - that doesn't neatly fit into some other category.

    While you can rent as many items as practical, some items are consumables and just need to be purchased instead.  Find food, soap, first aid and the like here.   There's even a broader selection under our general camping supplies, or you can pickup anything at our outdoor retail store in Tempe if your travels have you close.  

    Browse around, see which items make sense for your trip, and add it to your order to make sure you have everything you need. To learn more about what all you should take with you on a trip, see this helpful article or call us anytime. We'll be glad to help!

  • Rent Safety Gear

    Traipsing around in the backcountry can be fun and relaxing, but things can go wrong sometimes. You can have a bite taken out of you by anything from a mosquito to a bear, you can get lost, and if you drink some bad water, you will have had better days. So be prepared. Gear here can keep you upright on a slick trail, always a good thing.  We've lumped together some gear and supplies you ought to consider, depending on where you're headed and what kind of trip you have planned. See more information on what to take or feel free to give us a call for pointers.

  • Rent The Other Stuff

    Once you've chosen the biggies - your backpack, tents, cooking/hydration equipment and sleeping bags - here's some of the accessories that can make or break your comfort and safety on the trail.

    This is also the stuff you probably won't find for rent at your local retailer and often uniquely available from us. We offer the entire spectrum of gear you need for a pleasant backpacking or camping trip at very economical and practical rates.

    Going into bear country? We've got you covered. Need a first aid kit and bug repellents? Check. How about a GPS and compass to stay on track? That's right, get it here, folks.

    Browse around, learn what each piece of gear can do for you, and add to your basics.

  • Rent Kayaks

    We've been shipping rental gear around the country for about 16 years, but kayaks, not quite as easy! So you'll have to stop by our stores in Tempe or Lake Havasu Arizona to rent a kayak. But once you do, what an experience! There are kayaks, and then there are Hobie Kayaks. Engineering, power, tracking, stability - all are noticeably better in a Hobie. And no one else has the amazing pedaling system - the Mirage Drive system - where you use your strong legs for propulsion rather than those weak muscles in your shoulders! But for those that want to just work out the arm muscles, we do rent paddle-only versions as well (the pedal versions do come with a paddle so you can do both).

    Hobie offers many kayak options, and we rent a few to match the type of water adventure you're planning. See the product listings for each kayak we rent at the bottom of this category page, or here's a brief recap:

    Single person, traditional paddle-only Lanai 9/Quest 13
    Two-person, traditional paddle only Kona 12
    One-person, fishing kayak, pedal system Pro Angler 12

    The 24-hour rental rate you see beside each product listing is pickup after 10am and back by 10am the next day. The weekend rate assumes pickup Friday after noon and back Monday morning.  Rates for weekday after the first day are about half of the first day rate. Rentals at our Havasu store are available for short day trips as we're right on the water with our own private dock.  See each product description for full details on each kayak model and their respective rates for the Tempe store; there are more options at the Havasu location. Of course you can always just give us a call to discuss your needs.

    We also have many useful kayaking accessories for sale, and it's lots of fun to combine kayaking with camping. See our full selection of camping gear options.  Keep in mind you'd need some safe means of transporting the kayaks away from our store in Tempe, but at Lake Havasu you can hit the water right from our store!

  • Rent GPS Units

    We rent GPS and satellite devices via nationwide shipping or local pickup at our retail store.  Rent a GPS for your next trip to Europe, around the USA, or in the backcountry. There's no need to spend lots of money to buy a GPS navigation unit for Europe or any other destination for that once-in-a-lifetime trip. We've been renting GPS navigation units to our customers for more than 15 years, all with easy-to-use menus and instructions and our quick and convenient rent-and-ship process.

    Driving and getting around in a foreign country can be challenging enough without worrying about getting lost. A rental GPS is the perfect solution. And beware the car rental company that says they'll have one waiting for you. You're much safer taking one with you from home to be sure you'll have it, and our GPS rental is much less expensive than one from a car rental company.

    Many US drivers these days could use their phone for guidance assistance for travel in the US, but if you're visiting from overseas, the US navigation models will come in handy. 

    And for backcountry navigation, we have a couple of options that will get you around safely.  Note that the backcountry handhelds do not have built-in maps like the car navigation ones. 

    We'll ship any selection direct to your home along with a prepaid return label. Just drop off at any UPS shipping point when you get back. Or if you are in Arizona, just stop by our store if that is more convenient.

    For lots of details, check out our helpful Advice Pages on GPS, including information on geocaching if you are planning an event, and for the basics, see a great article on how the GPS system works. If you prefer, just give us a call.

  • Rent Light Weight Gear

    I'd guess anyone would agree that a light load is better than a heavy load, but we're not always extreme ounce-counting fanatics here. Sometimes I'd rather carry a few extra pounds so I can eat well, sleep comfortably, and be safe in bad weather. Want to shave 5 pounds of wear and tear off your knees when you go backpacking? Maybe eat fewer cheeseburgers and waffles. Whether the weight is around your stomach or in your backpack, your knees aren't going to know the difference.

    But, on really long treks, every pound counts. We have some choice gear that is really light but doesn't sacrifice comfort and safety. If you're going on a long or strenuous trip where those extra pounds matter, try to incorporate some of this gear into your mix - it's the lightest we carry within their respective categories. Also, if you want to get some weight off your back and knees, take along trekking poles you'd have to shave at least 10 - 15 pounds off your back to get the same effect as backpacking with a good set of poles.

    It's easier to hike light in the summer as you'll have less clothing to pack around, and packing a bear canister where required can eat up a lot of pack space. Lastly, you probably don't want to rent a small, lightweight pack unless you also rent a lightweight bag, pad and tent. If you have any questions on what combination of gear would work best for your trip, just give us a call.

  • Rent Winter Gear

    We're busy bees during the summer, which means that's when all the crowds hit the popular places.  If you want more solitude, consider a winter adventure trip.  Precautions are required, but no more than a desert trip in the middle of summer here in Arizona - just more clothes.  We rent those items you may not have frequent need for - ice axes, snowshoes, 4-season tents and more.  Browse the gear below and let us know if you have any questions.

  • Rent SPOT and InReach Satellite...

    We rent GPS and satellite devices via nationwide shipping or local pickup at our retail store.  We offer several products related to satellite-based GPS navigation and communication. For the latter, we have rented the SPOT and InReach devices since they were first introduced, and they continue to be high-demand items for anyone wanting to stay in touch with friends, family or work while outside of cell phone range.  Either device allows you send preset messages to designated recipients, and both  alow pressing a single button to iniate a rescue to your exact location.  The InReach takes it a step higher, by allowing custom texting - not just preset messages - back and forth between you in the wilderness and friends and family back home. It is in effect a super-light satellite phone, for texting instead of voice communication, that also serves as an emergency rescue device. The SPOT however, is less expensive and works perfectly fine for most experiences in the backcountry.

    For either device, you'll need access to a computer to setup your profile online - emergency and personal contacts, preset messages, etc.  That will be easier on your own computer than a public one along the way, so you should get the device well ahead of your departure date. 

    Read the details within the product descriptions and check out the related videos.  Choose which device best suits your needs for the money. Feel free to give us a call to discuss in more detail at 480-348-8917.

  • Rent Sleeping Bags

    We offer top-quality, lightweight sleeping bags from Sierra Designs, Kelty, Alps Mountaineering, and others. All sleeping bags are recent models in good condition. Everything is cleaned after each rental in our front-loader washer; it will be cleaner than the linens at most hotels. Here's me in action. Lot's of fun.

    For starters, select your bags based on the temperature range you expect at night. Then further refine your selection from the drop-down box for that item based on criteria such as whether you are backpacking or car-camping. We also carry offer an ultralight bag liner for rent to add warmth to one of our other bags or to use by itself on hot summer nights. See the product description section for more details. 

    Then be sure to rent a mattress pad - you'll kick yourself on your trip if you try to save a few bucks and go without one. We could put you in a $500 sleeping bag, but without a pad, it will still be a bad night.

    See our Advice Pages, including more info on sleeping pads, sleeping bags and general info on getting a good night's snooze in the woods or just give us a call.

  • Rent Mattress Pads

    A key to a good night's rest when out on the trail starts with the right mattress under your sleeping bag. Cushioning and insulation can be major factors in the quality of your rest, and we carry a full selection for virtually any conditions you might face. Whatever you do, don't try to save money by going without a mattress pad of some sort - it can be more important to your comfort than the sleeping bag.

    The ThermaRest products have earned the Backpacker Magazine's Editors' Choice Gold Award and others for decades, and have been proven must-haves by campers and backpackers for many years. We also have mattress pads from other brands that may be even better for your particular trip. Read the product descriptions on each product and see which one best matches your plans.

    To review all of the sleep-related products we carry, including sleeping bags, click here.

    See our Advice Pages, including more info on sleeping pads, sleeping bags and general info on getting a good night's snooze in the woods or just give us a call.

  • Rent Mt Whitney Camping Gear

    Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet, and is a very popular destination/event for hikers and backpackers to knock off their "to-do-someday" list. It is located at the boundary between California's Inyo and Tulare counties in the beautiful Sierras. The summit is the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail which runs 211.9 miles from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley.

    The most popular route to the summit is by way of the east-side Mount Whitney trail which starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles from Lone Pine. This hike is about 22 miles round trip with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet. You can also reach the summit from the west side approach accessed from the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. Permits are required year round, and to prevent overuse a limited number of permits are issued by the Forest Service between May 1st and November 1st.

    Some hikers make the up-and-back trek in the same day, but if you want to camp overnight during the trip, we have everything you need. Bear canisters, lightweight tents, sleeping bags and packs, trekking poles and more. We can ship to your home before your trip, or even have the gear waiting for you in Lone Pine if you prefer. If you'd like advice about your upcoming Whitney hike give us a call.... I've been up and down it several times, and will be glad to share some pointers. Below is a selection of some of the gear you might need, or to see a complete list, click here)

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