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Zoom+ Beacon

Hone in fast with the Ortovox Zoom Beacon. In the event of an avalanche, speed of recovery is paramount, and that is borne out of simplicity and accuracy. The Zoom has only two buttons, a large LED display that shows direction, and proximity visual and acoustic cues for quickness; and it uses Smart-Antenna three-antennae technology for precision. Add to that an automatic switchover in case of further slides, and you have yourself a beacon of brilliance.

  • Smaller of the two Ortovox beacons built for backcountry touring
  • Triple antenna boasts 40m digital range
  • Smart-Antenna Technology boosts range in worst coupling positions
  • Intuitive design includes two buttons and LED display
  • Visual + Acoustic searching assists with intuitive searching
  • Automatic switch over to transmit mode if left still for 120 seconds in search mode
  • Item #ORT0145

Digital Range
AA alkaline
Battery Life
[in transmission mode] 250 hours
Claimed Weight
7.05 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

When time matters simplicity is key!

I've put it through the wringer

When you have minutes to find your partner buried under the snow you don't need the fanciest beacon on the market, you need one that is intuitive and simple and one that you have PRACTICED with! That said I've used this one while teaching multiple avalanche courses and it has a very short learning curve. Students figure it out quite quickly which makes this an excellent choice for someone who doesn't (but should) practice a few times a year. I am an Ortovox Ambassador and received this beacon to test and use.

>Rating: 5

Sleek and easy

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm a causal backcountry skier, trying to get out once or twice a week this winter, not going for anything epic. Wanted a simple beacon that's compact and intuitive, and the Zoom+ fits that bill perfectly. I've practiced with it a few times and found it easy to use. I also appreciate the feature where it switches back to send if you get caught in an avalanche during a search. Haven't had to use it in an emergency yet, but I'm hoping I never will!

>Rating: 5

Simple and Comfortable

I've used it several times

I'm not a member of SAR and I'm not Heli Ski Guide. I just want a beacon that does what what a beacon is meant to do.....Get people to find me and allow me to find them and nothing else. This does that and it does it in a straight forward clean reliable style. In addition it's reasonably priced, it comfortable to hold and to have strapped to my chest and the battery last a reasonable amount of time. Although fortunately I have never had to use this is a life saving environment, hopefully I never will.

>Rating: 5

Ortovox avy gear

I've used it several times

This beacon is a great product. It's ease of use is phenomenal, even inexperienced folks can figure this baby out. Some great features (multiple burial and it's ability to switch back to transceiver mode is great) highly recommend this product


Ortovox Smart Antenna Demo

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal. The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z). All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search. The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna. This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim’s transmission range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility). When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate. When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device’s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.


Does this product come with a body harness/houlster?