What kit do i need to carry? Here is our recommended kit list for DofE. We have stripped it down to help you pack lighter and smarter. Make sure it has a good sole- Vibram and provides ankle support and are broken in.
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Read more What Vango say: Designed for backpackers and explorers heading out on multi night expeditions, the Contour S rucksack offers exceptional performance and fit. The S stands for shorter back length giving a better fit for smaller users.
Recommended by DofE and Scouts, because of its brilliantly designed Quick Adjust back system, this rucksack allows the user to customise for a perfect fit on a wide range of back lengths.
The feature packed Contour backpack balances great value with top quality design and construction, making it ideal for those who want to comfortably carry the world on their shoulders.
The size is great and has two side pockets and one on top. What Vango say: Designed for backpackers and explorers heading out on multi night expeditions, the Contour rucksack offers exceptional performance and fit. This backpack is ideal for smaller students, those with a smaller back but still offering the same volume as the other bags.
What makes this rucksack slightly more desirable is that it comes with an easier back adjustment set up that slides up and down a couple of rods, AirMesh straps allowing more airflow keeping you cooler, more compartments that includes a waterproof pocket, small pocket on the waist band for easy access, two pockets in the top component and other small smart details.
This DofE rucksack should be chosen if you are looking at progressing to your Gold. Sherpa is an all-round rucksack recommended by the DofE because of its shaped adjustable harness providing optimum fit and comfort alongside the AirMesh straps allowing air to flow, keeping the user cool. Ideal for multi-day treks and activity. The S stands for shorter back length and will provide a better fit for smaller users.
What makes this rucksack slightly more desirable is that it comes an easier back adjustment set up that slides up and down a couple of rods, AirMesh straps allowing more airflow keeping you cooler, more compartments that includes a waterproof pocket, small pocket on the waist band for easy access, two pockets in the top component and other small smart details. This bag should be chosen if you are looking at progressing to your Gold expeditions.
The comfort rating being 2 degrees and the suggested usage being -3 degrees, it will give you a good nights sleep! Cumulus recommends this one! What Vango say: The Latitude is ideal for those on adventure trips and expeditions in need of a dependable sleeping bag.
With the comfort rating being -1 degrees, this sleeping bag is the warmest we are offering and will certainly keep you comfortable throughout every expedition. More suited to those of you that feel the cold! Cumulus also recommends this one if you feel the cold more! What Vango say: Latitude is ideal for those on adventure trips and expeditions in need of a dependable, year-round sleeping bag.
It will certainly be ok for Bronze; however, moving into Silver and Gold, space is key and you will find that this sleeping bag will take up a lot of room and add to the weight. This sleeping bag is one of the warmest being a season. Offering embossed polyester and a double layer of insulation for extra warmth, the season Nitestar is an ideal choice for Youth Groups and first time expedition use. And still a 3 season sleeping bag!
It is still guaranteed to keep you warm for all the expeditions that you may take on and being the smallest and lightest, makes this sleeping bag top of the range! What Vango say: Vango Ultralite Pro sleeping bag is designed for year-round explorers who demand low weight and small pack size. The wicking 4T synthetic insulation — structured in a Trilateral construction -improves warmth, eliminates cold spots and conforms closer to the body.
Thermal-Reverb redirects heat radiated from the body back to the user making the bag warmer. Pack size is very small rugby ball size and only weighing 0. What Vango say: The Trek sleeping mat range is the perfect choice when durability, strength and affordability are paramount. The small pack size and light weight are ideal features when you need to carry your bed on your back.
The non slip print also helps with not slipping off the mat during the night which always seems to happen somehow! A top of the range sleeping mat to get you through everything. The non-slip print added to key pressure areas ensure your sleeping bag stays put making the Aero ideal for backpackers who wish for lightweight comfort in a small pack size when on adventures. Getting your sleeping bag wet is game over.
This set offers a large 60l bag to put your sleeping bag in, a medium bag for important warm clothes and a smaller one for bits that have to remain dry, such as spare batteries and headtorch. Constructed from tough, durable fabrics, this set is perfect for lining your rucksack, keeping your sleeping bag dry, storing wet kit or keeping valuables safe from exposure to water. An indispensable companion for the wet and wild outdoors! Very small, light and compact, the self inflating pillow will add to a good nights sleep.
Once fully inflated, just close the valve to trap the air inside. The LED headtorch is very powerful and we were very impressed, with over 14 hours battery life and two settings high beam at 50m and low beam at 30m. Or clip it in your tent to use as a lantern! Great piece of kit and certainly the best value for money.
Compact and versatile the Flux headtorch can be easily removed from the headband and clipped onto your helmet clothes or rucksack providing an adaptable light-solution to all your outdoor needs. Get them the perfect gift this year
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