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What is the right tent for a DofE expedition?

Things to know before you buy a tent

DofE recommended tents

More tips and jargon-busting

Save money on expedition kit

Things to know before you buy a tent

Tents are usually supplied by your DofE Leader and carried between your group. You will need to check that they are not broken and have all their parts well in advance.

DofE recommended tents come in different sizes and layouts, for groups of two to four people, and are suitable for sleeping either mixed groups or just boys or girls.

Whilst it might seem like similar tents have very different prices, what you’re paying for are things like double-stitching, tensioning, waterproofing and lighter materials – things you can’t see.

There are different styles of tents available including tunnel, geodesic, and semi geodesic, so look around to understand the right tent for you and your expedition.

DofE recommended tents

Vango Trek Pro range

 Vango Banshee 200 Vango Tempest 200  Vango Banshee 200

Vango Banshee Pro 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– tunnel tent

– Super lightweight

– 7 minute pitching time

View Vango Banshee Pro tents

Vango Tempest Pro 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– Tunnel

– O shaped inner doors

– 10 minute pitching time

View Vango Tempest Pro tents

Vango Pulsar Pro 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– tunnel tent

– 12 minute pitching time

– fast pack tent bag

View Vango Pulsar Pro tents

 Vango Mirage 200 Vango Omega 350 Vango Halo 300

Vango Mirage Pro 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– semi-geodesic

– 12 minute pitching time

– Flysheet and inner pitch together

View Vango Mirage Pro tents

Vango Omega 250 and 350

– Sizes available – 3 and 4 person

– Tunnel

– Large living space

– 12 minute pitching time

View Vango Omega tents

Vango Halo Pro 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– Semi-geodesic

– Identical poles for ease of pitching

– 12 minute pitching time

View Vango Halo Pro tents

Vango Experience range

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Vango Nova 200, 300, 200+ and 300+

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– Tunnel tent

– Super lightweight

– 7 minute pitching time

View Vango Nova 200

Vango Scafell 300, 300, 200+ and 300+

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– tunnel

– + versions have extra large porch area

– 5 minute pitching time

View Vango Scafell tents

Vango Helvellyn 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 2 and 3 person

– Semi-geodesic

– O shaped inner doors

– 12 minute pitching time

View Vango Helvellyn tents

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Vango Nevis 100, 200 and 300

– Sizes available – 1, 2 and 3 person

– Tunnel tent

– Breathable polyester inner

– 12 minute pitching time

View Vango Nevis tents

All DofE recommended tents are lightweight, strong and very waterproof with a hydrostatic head (HH) of 5,000mm.

Tent jargon-busting

The amount of features and differences between tents can seem bewildering at first glance. Here’s a short glossary of terms.

– Tunnel tent: three similar height arched poles to create long and spacious tents. Great for lots of kit.

– Semi-geodesic: a three pole tent where the crossing poles create structure and rigidity. Good for exposed areas.

– Geodesic: a four pole interlocked tent. Very strong mountain tent for the most demanding of Gold expeditions. The extra pole and strength does add weight. Fully geodesic tents have five interlocking poles.

– Hydrostatic head: this is a standard measure of water resistance. It tells you how many mm of water can be applied before it gets through the material. DofE recommended tents have a 5,000mm HH.Read our blog to find out more about tent features.

Putting up tents

Ways to save money on your DofE expedition

A good tent can be a great investment for future expeditions and adventures, but if you’re not sure about shelling out there’s lots of other ways to save money:

– Check your local DofE centre to see if you can borrow a suitable tent.

– Snapped a pole? Lost a part? Ripped fabric? Save 10% on tent repairs at campingspares.co.uk.

– Use your exclusive DofE Card or Voucher to claim your discount* in all local GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors or Tiso store (Scotland only) and online.

*Full T&Cs apply

For DofE Adults’ discounts, click here.