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

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.

Craghoppers Orion Jacket – Mens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Three pockets
  • Waterproof 8,000mm
  • Adjustable hem

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Craghoppers Orion Jacket – Womens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Three pockets
  • Waterproof 8,000mm
  • Adjustable hem

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Craghoppers Atlas Jacket – Mens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Three pockets
  • Waterproof 8,000mm
  • Adjustable hem

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Craghoppers Atlas Jacket – Womens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Three pockets
  • Waterproof 8,000mm
  • Adjustable hem

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Craghoppers Explore Jacket – Mens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Four pockets
  • Waterproof 10,000mm
  • Adjustable hem

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Craghoppers Explore Jacket – Womens

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Four pockets
  •  Waterproof 10,000mm
  •  Adjustable hem

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Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers

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

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Craghoppers Horizon Jacket – Mens

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

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Craghoppers Horizon Jacket – Womens

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

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Tips and advice to get the most from your waterproof clothing
  • Avoid ‘3 in 1’ jackets so you can manage your temperature with different layers.
  • Always choose ‘waterproof’ over ‘water resistant’ for better protection against the elements.
  • Choose a bright colour for your jacket to help you stand out.
  • Take a set of gaiters to keep the water out of the top of your boots.
How to look after your waterproof clothing
  • Dry anything before it goes into your rucksack if you can – this will help save weight.
  • Don’t wash your waterproofs with normal washing powders – they’ll get damaged and you’ll have to buy more. Use a specialist waterproofing solution such as Nikwax.
Ways to save money

 

  • Think ‘multi-use’ when buying your jacket so that you get the most out of it. Choose a jacket that you’d wear for other outdoor activities or everyday use.
  • A good proofer will help you get the most out of your waterproofs.
  • Borrow or buy second-hand gaiters to keep your ankles and feet extra dry.
  • Use your DofE Card to save at least 10% on expedition kit at our recommended retailers. Find your nearest store.

Helpful resources

Waterproofing and weather protection poster

Know how to look after your kit, and yourself, in hot, cold, wet or windy weather.

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