The Ortovox Zoom is new transceiver this season. We are expecting our winter stock any day soon, but I’ve had a production sample to test.
First impressions are good. With this unit Ortovox appear to be concentrating on search simplicity over complex search features. I think this is a great move, most recreational skiers don’t realistically do that much training and even experienced searchers benefit from a simple to use model when under stress.
So it just has one search button, and that’s it. It’s also a nice size and the casing seems very robust and well made.
So how does it operate in search mode?
Single burial search is the most likely search feature someone will use in real emergencies. The zoom works really nicely here, guiding you through search in a simple an intuitive manner. I thought it was very good without any confusion.
Zoom serching for a single victim:
Multiple burial search. Again it does this quite well, displaying an icon to make you aware there is a multiple burial situation. Searching for multiple burials is always tricky, but I think it works well with this unit
Zoom searching for multiple victims
Overall I liked this transceiver it offers good value for money and a simple intuitive search process for all.
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