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What waterproof jacket and trousers do I need for a DofE expedition?

How do I pick the right waterproof clothing?

Waterproofs are an important part of your expedition and keep out rain, wind and cold. Good waterproofs are lightweight and breathable, so you stay free of moisture inside your jacket.

Choose a jacket with a front zip for easy removal. You can wear waterproof trousers over your normal walking clothes – choose a pair with wide legs to slip on over your walking boots.

DofE recommended waterproof clothing

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Craghoppers Apex Jacket – Mens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • 3 zipped pockets
  • Adjustable hood
  • Lightweight

View Craghoppers Men’s Apex Jacket

Craghoppers Apex Jacket – Womens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • 3 zipped pockets
  • Adjustable hood
  • Lightweight

View Craghoppers Women’s Apex Jacket

Craghoppers Ascent Overtrouser Nikwax Tech Wash

Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers

  • 2 zipped pockets
  • Adjustable ankles
  • Lightweight and packs away small

View Ascent Overtrousers


Nikwax Waterproofing

Wash and treat your waterproof clothes without damage.

All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended waterproof jackets are durable, windproof, breathable and offer UV protection. They have hoods to beat the rain, zips for easy removal, and reflective tags for safety. The trousers have a stretchy waist and open at the ankle.

You can get FREE advice at your local GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors or Tiso store (Scotland only) before you buy.

Ways to save money on your DofE expedition

Waterproofs can be a great value purchase that you can use for all kinds of activities. Here are some more great tips to save money:

Waterproof clothing

How to look after your waterproofs

  • Avoid ‘3 in 1’ jackets so you can manage your temperature with different layers.
  • Take a set of gaiters to keep the water out of the top of your boots.
  • Treat your waterproofs regularly with Nikwax waterproofing, especially Nikwax Tech Wash when you wash them – otherwise you could ruin them.