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Waterproof clothing

Advice on waterproof jackets, trousers and products that will keep you dry on expedition.

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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

Craghoppers Apex Jacket Craghoppers Reaction Lite II Jacket Craghoppers Kimba Lite Jacket

Craghoppers Apex

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

View Apex boysApex girls

Craghoppers Reaction Lite II

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

View Reaction Lite boys only

Craghoppers Kimba Lite

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Packable
  • Adjustable hem
  • Lightweight

View Kimba Lite – boys only

Craghoppers Ruhi Lite Jacket Craghoppers Ascent Overtrouser Nikwax Tech Wash

Craghoppers Ruhi Lite

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Packable
  • Adjustable hem
  • Lightweight

View Ruhi Lite – girls only

Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers

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

View Ascent boys | Ascent girls

Nikwax WaterproofingWash 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 Cotswold Outdoor store 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:

  • Don’t wash your waterproofs with normal washing powders – they’ll damage them and you’ll have to buy more! Use Nikwax Tech Wash, a specialist waterproofing solution.
  • Borrow or buy second-hand gaiters to keep your ankles and feet extra-dry.
  • You can get FREE professional advice before you buy, at your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store.
  • Use our exclusive DofE Reward Card to get a 15% discount* in all Cotswold Outdoor stores and online.
    *Full T&Cs apply

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.
DofE Recommended Kit
Craghoppers
Nikwax

Videos: Tips and info

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Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket - Mens - Cotswold Outdoor

Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket - Mens - Cotswold Outdoor

Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket - Womens - Cotswold Outdoor

Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket - Womens - Cotswold Outdoor

The layering system with Levison Wood - Craghoppers

The layering system with Levison Wood - Craghoppers