An Igloo is the Best Winter Tent
Our natural instincts suggest that an igloo would be an awful place to spend a winter night. The snow is cold so it would make sense if the igloo is cold too. But when it comes to winter camping, an igloo is actually your best bet. In fact, the igloo is the warmest option when compared to winter tents.
This reality was recognized by Ed Huesers in 1975 when he moved to Colorado. Years of winter camping taught him that snow shelters were warmer, stronger, and quieter than winter tents. However, since snow caves can only be built in places with deep snow, his choices were limited.
That’s when he thought of building an igloo.
Although Inuit used to saw blocks of hard, compact bricks of snow to make an igloo, snow in many places, including Ed’s beloved Rocky Mountain, was too soft and powdery. As Ed owned a plastic company, his mind immediately went towards creating a plastic mold that would hold the snow together and prevent it from crumbling.
That was how the phenomenal ICEBOX® igloo maker was created. Ed has never looked back since.
The ICEBOX® igloo maker weighs just 2.3 kg, which is much lighter than a 4-season tent. It is also priced at a fraction of the cost of a winter tent.
The Igloo — It’s Open All Winter
Here’s why an igloo is superior to a snow tent:
Stable Structure: Unlike winter tents that flap around in the wind and may even blow away by strong winds, igloos don’t budge or become uprooted. That’s because igloos are supported by a stable catenary curve, which ensures the blocks of ice do not collapse in on themselves. Ed Huesers claims that igloos made from ICEBOX® igloo maker are strong enough to support three people (not recommended since the ice can be slippery). Even though building an igloo takes much longer than setting up a winter tent, it also lasts much longer. An igloo built out in the open can last for several weeks. An igloo built near the shelter of the trees, away from direct sunlight, can last for an entire season.
Warmth: Tightly packed snow is full of air. This trapped air serves as a great insulator. Although the molecular structure of the snow makes it hard for the temperature inside an igloo to rise too much, it can still reach as high as a balmy 40 degrees, — and even more in some cases. Compared to this, winter tents are only 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature and if you let open the flap, the cold rushes in and makes it even colder. Inside an igloo, heat is never lost and can be raised with the help of candles.
Space: Since an igloo is made in a dome shape, it has more space than a tent to stow your gear. I can also pack in more people than a tent can. The ICEBOX® igloo maker can make igloos of varying sizes with the help of an adjustable pole, which can give you a maximum space of 95 square foot. An igloo is also big enough for a person to stand up and stretch, unlike a winter tent’s cramped confines.
Not only will you experience a sense of adventure and exhilaration when making an igloo, the snow structure is much more practical and efficient than a winter tent, when nature decides to strike.
When the forecast reports sub-zero temperatures, the igloo is our undisputed first choice and is worth the extra effort.