Technical clothing and layers

Advice on what to wear and layering your clothes to be comfortable whatever the weather on expedition.

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What kind of clothes are best for a DofE expedition?

What clothing should you wear under your waterproofs?

The word is: layers. Underneath your waterproofs you’ll want a middle layer – warm and insulating, like a fleece. Under that, you’ll need a base layer – breathable and tight-fitting to absorb moisture away from your body.

Remember – avoid cotton and denim! They let heat escape, get heavy when wet, and dry slowly. So no jeans or joggers.

All this helps you manage your temperature on your journey, and keeps you comfortable in all weathers.

DofE recommended expedition layers

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Base layer: Craghoppers Fusion Base T-shirt – Mens

  • Lightweight
  • Moisture control
  • Fast-drying

View Craghoppers Fusion Base T-shirt – mens

Base layer: Craghoppers Fusion Base T-shirt – Mens

  • Lightweight
  • Moisture control
  • Fast-drying

View Craghoppers Fusion Base T-shirt – womens

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Mid layer: Craghoppers Vector Hooded Jacket – Mens

  • Insulating
  • Wash and wear
  • sweat/fleece hoody
  • Lightweight

View Craghoppers Vector Hooded Jacket – mens

Mid layer: Craghoppers Vector Hooded Jacket – Womens

  • Insulating
  • Wash and wear
  • sweat/fleece hoody
  • Lightweight

View Craghoppers Vector Hooded Jacket – womens

Craghoppers Vector half zip top

Mid layer: Craghoppers Vector Half Zip Top – Mens

  • Technical fleece
  • Half-zip
  • Insulating
  • Reflective detail

View Craghoppers Vector Half Zip Top – mens

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Craghoppers Traverse Trousers – Mens

  • SolarDry polyester
  • Water repellant
  • Sun protective
  • Zip pockets
  • Toughened fabric

View Craghoppers Traverse Trousers – mens

Craghoppers Traverse Trousers – Womens

  • SolarDry polyester
  • Water repellant
  • Sun protective
  • Zip pockets
  • Toughened fabric

View Craghoppers Traverse Trousers – womens

All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended clothing is affordable, breathable and lightweight. It’s designed for a specific role and layer. And ideally, you can get FREE professional advice on what clothing to buy at your nearest GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors or Tiso store (Scotland only).

Ways to save money on your DofE expedition

Whilst lots of layers of specialist clothing might seem unnecessary, it’s really important to wear the right clothing during your expedition to be prepared for all weathers. There are lots of ways to keep your costs down:

*Full T&Cs apply 

For DofE Adults’ discounts, click here.

DofE Recommended Kit
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Levison Wood - How the layering system will keep you warm when hiking - Craghoppers

Levison Wood - How the layering system will keep you warm when hiking - Craghoppers