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/ Expedition Kit / Tents

What is the right tent for a DofE expedition?

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, geo-desic, and semi geo-desic, so look around to understand the right tent for you.

DofE recommended tents

 Vango Banshee 200  Vango Helix 200  Vango Zenith 200

Vango Banshee

2-person tunnel
Super lightweight
7-minute pitch

View Banshee

Vango Helix

2-person tunnel
7-minute pitch

View Helix

Vango Zenith

Hybrid tunnel
For strong winds
7-minute pitch

View Zenith

 Vango Banshee 200  Vango Nova 300  Vango Halo 300

Vango Pulsar

3-person tunnel
12-minute pitch

View Pulsar

Vango Nova

3-person tunnel
7-minute pitch

View Nova

Vango Halo

3-person dome
12-minute pitch

View Halo

 Vango Omega 350  Vango Tempest 200  Vango Mirage 200

Vango Omega

3-4 person tunnel
Large living space
12-minute pitch

View Omega

Vango Tempest

2-person tunnel
10-minute pitch

ViewTempest

Vango Mirage

2-person semi-geodesic
12-minute pitch

View Mirage

All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended tents are lightweight, strong and very waterproof with a hydrostatic head (HH) of 5,000mm.

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 our exclusive DofE Reward Card to get your 15% discount* in all Cotswold Outdoor stores and online

* Full T&Cs apply

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.Putting up tents