Our eldest will be doing her Duke of Edinburgh award, so we’ve been doing an early test of the DofE approved Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Inspiring New Adventurers
So we’ve reached that time in our life: what was once the little toddler playing around the campfire with a stick will now be doing her Duke of Edinburgh (or D of E for short) award.
The D of E is not all about hiking and camping though; there are lots of other parts to it. And we’re not worried about our eldest doing that part of the D of E – she’s already a seasoned young adventurer.
However, there’s a big kit list of items that must be purchased.
there’s a big kit list of items that must be purchased
It appears what you need to get differs between doing the D of E through schools vs. doing it through one of the branches of the Scouts Association. (We’ll write about that soon).
What doesn’t change though, is that your child needs to be properly kitted out.
As you can imagine, we do a lot of outdoor activities and try to keep our kids kitted out anyway. Try to. They’re always growing out of things!
One thing you’ll definitely need to buy for the D of E is some decent outerwear.
Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket
We’ve bought quite a lot of Craghoppers gear over the years, and were chuffed to receive a parcel from Craghoppers with this D of E jacket.
The Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket is a lightweight shell jacket designed to provide an outer shell that keeps wind and rain out.
This is no kid’s mac, but a proper adult jacket for outdoor activities. It even includes a zipped inner pocket that’s sized to fit an O/S map.
It is, of course, breathable, which is to be expected. It also has a few other things like hidden pockets to hide a few valuables.
We’ve been taking it out on some not-so-great-weather and the jacket has been good and certainly gets the approval of our eldest young adventurer.
If you need to kit someone out for the Duke of Edinburgh award, we’ve found that this shell jacket works well.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Craghoppers for providing us with a Reaction Lite Jacket for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.
Price Guide: D of E Craghoppers Reaction Lite Jacket – Good Outerwear Shell for New Adventurers