One of the most important considerations for any DofE participant is footwear. From 1 January 2020, the DofE will be recommending a range of Hi-Tec boots for DofE expeditions.
The Hi-Tec expedition boots are all waterproof, and as DofE recommended kit are fit for purpose and value for money. There are a variety of fabric and leather boots, that are affordable and durable for all levels of expedition:
– Eurotrek Lite WP
– Eurotrek III WP
– Bandera II WP
– Bandera Lite WP
– Aysgarth WP
– Mount Lennox WP
These styles are widely available from all good nationwide outdoor retailers including the DofE Recommended Retailers of Expedition Kit – GO Outdoors, Blacks Outdoors, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors, and Tiso. All have suggested prices from £40- £60, and you can save at least a further 10% when using your DofE Card, meaning you can now get market-leading walking boots for less than £50!
For those adventuring further or looking for a higher performing boot, the DofE is recommending a further two models which are available for £90-100 in selected retailers:
– Ravine WP
– Summit WP
More than half of participants said they had to buy boots for their expedition when surveyed by the DofE* and walking boots are the number one item that DofE participants and volunteers save on by using their DofE Card.
“By including the Hi-Tec range of boots on the Kit List our aim is to offer choice, value and availability for such a key piece of expedition kit,” says Peter Schooling, Commercial Director at the DofE. “We look forward to working closely with Hi-Tec to help to support participants and parents with a range of expedition boots to fit growing feet at affordable prices.’’
Ian Cameron, Managing Director, Hi-Tec Europe Ltd comments, “Hi-Tec are extremely proud and honoured to be named as the Recommended Kit supplier for expedition boots. It is a true badge of honour for Hi-Tec and the best commendation of our footwear. We look forward to working in close partnership with the DofE team to support their inspirational charity work which transforms the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life”.
*Participant Research Summer 2018 – 3309 responses