Throughout March, we’ve got a whole host of great offers on all your DofE essentials to make sure you’re spending those budgets wisely coming up to year-end! And they’re ALL DofE recommended… But what does that really mean? And why is it important when taking your DofE group on expedition?
‘DofE recommended kit’ – what does this mean?
No doubt you’ve seen this logo when looking to replenish your equipment stores in preparation for DofE expedition season.
The DofE has great relationships with expert expedition kit suppliers like ourselves, and manufacturers such as Vango – one of our key outdoor brands.
Vango are proud to be an official manufacturer of Recommended Kit for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. For 60 years the Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been inspiring, guiding and supporting young people in their self-development, recognising their potential and awarding their achievements.
Vango and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award conduct extensive field testing to ensure that their DofE Recommended Kit is performance led, easy to use and suitable for the variable conditions encountered by DofE participants and leaders.
Completing an expedition is integral to achieving each level of the Award, and for many participants one of the first challenges is finding the right kit. To make this easier Vango work closely with the DofE to develop tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and sleeping mats that meet and exceed the high standards set by the DofE.
DofE recommended equipment doesn’t have to cost the earth! It’s not necessarily the kit at the higher end or the most expensive option, but the kit that is fit for purpose and represents good value for money.
Keep an eye out for the DofE Recommended logo: not only will this tell you that you’re getting great quality products suitable for expeditions, but for every item purchased Vango will make a contribution to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Charity to help enable them to work with more young people across the world.
Take a look at our top picks for DofE recommended kit - all from the 2018 Vango range…
Halo Pro 300
Designed to be simple to use by all, the Halo offers a rock-solid semi geodesic structure with three identical length poles. The Halo is known for its large living and porch space as well as the two large doors which create additional flexibility. The introduction of Yunan Eco Alloy poles and Ripstop flysheet offers great strength and durability. A trekking tent perfect for group camping on a campsite and longer wild camping expeditions.
TRADE PRICE: £129.99 ex. VAT
PITCHING TIME: 12 MINS
PACKSIZE: 50.0 x ø21.0cm
Tempest Pro 300
A core model in the Vango trekking range, Tempest Pro is ideal for wild camping and multiday trekking. Now includes ripstop flysheet and Yunan Eco Alloy Poles. One of the best performing tents around.
TRADE PRICE: £106.40 ex. VAT
PITCHING TIME: 10 MINS
PACKSIZE: 52.0 x ø19.0cm
New for 2018, the Nevis, with side entry tunnel, balances pack weight, pack size and living space perfectly, to provide a fantastic 3 man shelter. The Nevis features Vango’s TBS®II technology increasing performance in adverse conditions, especially in strong and changeable weather. A terrific tent for those getting started in the exploring the great outdoors!
TRADE PRICE: £70.00 ex. VAT
PITCHING TIME: 5 MINS
PACKSIZE: 46.0 x ø17.0cm
STORM SHELTER 400
A DOFE life-saving essential – every expedition needs one! This is a versatile piece of kit for anyone spending time on the hills, suitable for 4 people. In more extreme situations be reassured that the bright orange colour and reflective tape on top provide high visibility meaning if in difficulty on the mountain it acts as a beacon for rescue teams to look for. The Storm Shelter 800 also available for up to 8 people.
TRADE PRICE: £19.60 ex. VAT
PITCHING TIME: 1 MIN
PACKSIZE: 22.0 x ø15.0cm
Designed for backpackers and explorers on multi night expeditions, the Contour rucksack offers exceptional performance and fit. 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.
TRADE PRICE: £ 46.20 ex. VAT
RUCKSACK DIMENSIONS: L27.0 x H80.0 x W24.0cm
A classic – one of Vango’s most popular hiking rucksacks! The Sherpa is fully equipped with the Self Adjust back system, durable components and clever features giving an edge when it comes to efficient load control and performance. Sherpa 60:70 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.
TRADE PRICE: £ 49.70 ex. VAT
RUCKSACK DIMENSIONS: L25.0 x H76.0 x W36.0cm
A firm favourite with adventurers, festival lovers and youth expeditions as it gives a great blend of durability, design, comfort and value for money.
TRADE PRICE: £25.20 ex. VAT
SUGGESTED USE MAX/MIN: 18°/-2°
MAX. USER HEIGHT: 190cm
INTERNAL FOOT WIDTH: 48cm
INTERNAL CHEST WIDTH: 83cm
Ideal for those in need of a dependable sleeping bag, the Vango Thermal Embrace System increases the effectiveness of the sleeping bag's insulation while the Thermal-Reverb reflects heat back to the user for extra warmth. Insulite™ Helix insulation uses a mix of hollow and multi-channel fibres, which wicks moisture, regulates temperature and provides effective insulation.
TRADE PRICE: £39.20 ex. VAT
SUGGESTED USE MAX/MIN: 20°/-7°
FILL TYPE: Insulite Helix
MAX. USER HEIGHT: 190cm
INTERNAL FOOT WIDTH: 48cm
INTERNAL CHEST WIDTH: 80cm
TRANGIA 25.1 STOVE
Made from ultralight aluminium, 50% stronger than ordinary aluminium, this stove designed for 3-4 people is strong and lightweight, spreading heat quickly and evenly. The 25 Series stove with burner and pans also includes a 22cm frying pan, pan handle, simmering ring, screw cap, and upper and lower windshields.
- Also available with a gas burner
- We can also supply spares for trangias
Don’t forget your Trangia fuel bottle with safety valve – and remember… there’s a safe way to refill your stoves: https://www.dofe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Stove-safety-instructions-1.pdf
Find out about our fall range of MAD MARCH OFFERS – call Amy on 01270 757890 or email our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have great offers on a wide range of DofE approved tents, rucksack, sleeping bags and cooking essentials!