Igloo Tech For Winter Adventure

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Modern Igloos Are Built With Modern Tools

From Backpacker.com to Mt McKinley, experience shows an igloo is quieter, warmer and better in windy conditions.

If you basecamp for two or more days in snow then the igloo will surprise you.

But how do you build an igloo? Our ICEBOX® Igloo Maker finally controls the snow and speeds up the process. It solves the challenge of building the dome shape and molding the blocks of snow.

Many experienced snow hikers like Patrick Burke of Backpacker.com have shared their how and why’s. Read his article here.

Top 5 Reasons To Basecamp With An Igloo

  • Warmth:“On our coldest night, at 9 F outside, it was 37 F inside the igloo.” (read review)
  • Lightweight:The kit fastens easily to a backpack.
  • Big Sleeping Area:Adjustable to sleep up to 6
  • Quiet:Snow absorbs sounds so howling winds disappear inside the igloo. Read testimony from climbers on Denali
  • Cooking:Stay out of the elements by cooking inside with a camping stove. This is easily accomplished by incorporating a ceiling “chimney”.


In 2017 the ICEBOX® Igloo Maker was put to the test.

Conclusions: We were surprised by how well the tent held its own, temperature-wise, and it went up in a fraction of the time it took to make the other shelters. For backcountry trips where you’re breaking camp every day, it’s arguably the only option.

However, if you’re setting up a basecamp and have time to kill, it’s hard to pass up the warmth and headroom of an igloo. When the forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures, the igloo is our unanimous first choice, and worth the effort and weight.

The Takeaway: Overall, igloos are the warmest and sturdiest winter backpacking shelters we’ve tried. (Most of our igloo weekends end with a ceremonial “Fiddler On The Roof” photo-op, where we take turns summiting our shelter. No one has ever fallen through.) They’re comfortable, with the most headroom by far. And, like the quinzhee, you can just leave them there to melt. (link to full article)

Create an unforgettable winter camping experience, build an igloo with the ICEBOX® Igloo Maker!

Igloo Ed

Meet the inventor, Igloo Ed. He has built hundreds of igloos. Thousands have been built from his patented tool. He remains active in the winter with friends hiking, cross country skiing and having a great time.

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Igloo Tool

The ICEBOX® igloo construction tool is used for igloo building by creating sequential blocks in place. You set the clamps on the form then fill it while packing. After you have filled it you unclamp it and slide it to the next position.

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Igloo Tool & Door – Combo Pack

The snow only needs to hold its form well enough to stay in place until you start the next block. 8 total rows are built including the final cap. Product packing weight for 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 foot kit is a maximum weight 5lbs 6oz.

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Igloo Door

A snow-shelter door that has elastic strap loops used to hang the door with stakes. The door is 26 inches wide and 50 inches tall and will best fit an opening in a snow-shelter that is 23 to 24 inches wide and 45 inches tall.

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