The LowerGear Outdoors Center is full-service backpacking, camping, outdoor gear rental, kayaking and wilderness supply retailer serving the Mesa 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 Arizona State University campus.
We rent and sell Hiking Boots and other wilderness gear, as well as Hobie kayaks from our retail store, or can ship any gear or supplies you need nationwide. Good-quality hiking boots are the salvation to a more event-free backpacking or hiking trip. You can buy cheap hiking shoes just about anywhere, but you'll soon have the inevitable sore feet from blisters or tight spots, or, your soles may just split off from the upper portion. While painful perhaps to invest in the best quality hiking shoes you can find, it will will pay off in the long run on your next wilderness adventure - your feet wll be thankful! We carry hiking shoes from Oboz and other brands, from low-cut versions for trail running to heavy duty expedition-quality for rugged terrain and wet environments. We have sizes from small women's to size 15 for men.
Some of the gear brands we carry in our Mesa camping center include Big Sky, Gregory, Deuter, Fits Socks, Kelty, ThermaRest, MSR, Sierra Designs, Granite Gear, Oboz, Darn Tough, ULA, Riot Kayaks 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 any type of Hiking Boots 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 Hiking Boots to find and to get to from anywhere in Mesa. 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 Mesa-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:
Using a GPS
Leave No Trace Principles
Wilderness First Aid
Gourmet Camp cooking
Lightening up your Backpack load
Map Reading and Navigation Skills
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 mattress pads, sleeping bags, backpacks, tents 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 Mesa and surrounding area is blessed with many opportunities to get outdoors for some exercise, but our favorites include these spots:
Usery Mountain Park in east Mesa
Superstitions Mountains near Apache Junction
Dreamy Draw, in north-central PHX
Piestawa Peak, in north-central PHX
McDowell Mountains, in NE Scottsdale
South Mountain, near Ahwatukee and South PHX
Camelback Mountain, in Paradise Valley
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 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!