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 Tempe campus of Arizona State.



We rent and sell the National Geographic Maps Brand and other wilderness gear, as well as Hobie kayaks from our retail store, or can ship any gear or supplies you need nationwide. We have lots of maps in our camping supply store, including a large selection from National Geographic's Trails Illustrated series. This includes all of their maps for the state of Arizona, as well as major recreational areas in Utah, California and Colorado. The trails are highlighted and easy to follow, and there are full contour lines to show elevation changes.



Some of the gear brands we carry in our Mesa camping center include Riot Kayaks, Sunday Afternoons, Fits Socks, Deuter, Oboz, Darn Tough, Sierra Designs, Granite Gear, Kelty, ThermaRest, MSR, Big Sky, Gregory 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 National Geographic Maps 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 backpacking equipment 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 National Geographic Maps Brand 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 outdoors-related educational sessions include:

Wilderness First Aid
Gourmet Camp cooking
Using a GPS
Leave No Trace Principles
Lightening up your Backpack load
Backpacking 101
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 outdoors 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 Mesa 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 PHX
Usery Mountain Park in east Mesa
McDowell Mountains, in NE Scottsdale
Superstitions Mountains near Apache Junction
Dreamy Draw, in north-central PHX
South Mountain, near Ahwatukee and South PHX

Be sure to visit our store for last minute supplies before heading out on your next hike!

For more 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!

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