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September 17th, 2020
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Is the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap Worth Buying?
Short answer: No!
And here’s why:
Yup – the thing broke after 8 months of use.
This strap has HUGE durability issues, and there are better options on the market.
Some of you might be thinking: “you should’ve taken better care of it.”
I don’t blame you for thinking that.
I thought the same when I saw other people posting their Elite Strap breaking on Reddit/Twitter.
But unfortunately, I was extra gentle with this strap, it still broke after 8 months of daily use because it’s really fragile. It simply broke down from ‘wear and tear.’
Each time you twist the knob at the back to adjust the headset, the material wears down gradually.
Do they improve comfort?
Even though they have horrible durability, the comfort they offer is amazing, I’m not gonna lie.
The weight is evenly distributed around your head instead of being front-heavy, and unlike the original strap, it doesn’t feel like a rubber band is placed around your head.
So is the Elite Strap Worth It?
Even though the strap is really good, I still do NOT recommend getting one, because there are better straps out there which are cheaper, more durable and even more comfortable.
The only reason you should buy the Elite Strap is because you want a battery pack as well. The Elite Strap can come in-built with a battery pack, so it’s very convenient in that regard.
Oculus also offers free replacements for Elite Straps that break so you don’t have to worry about wasting money – only the time for sending it back.
But if you don’t want a battery pack, then there are better alternatives:
The KIWI Strap is basically an ‘upgraded’ Elite Strap for a cheaper price.
For me, I felt the comfort was similar, but others report that it’s even more comfortable than the Elite Strap.
On top of that, the straps are made from upgraded Polymer materials which are much more durable, flexible and can withstand more bending.
How Much of a Difference Does it Make?
The good news – both straps are a huge upgrade to the original strap that comes with the Quest 2 🙂
The original Quest 2 straps are so horribly uncomfortable that I couldn’t even wear them for longer than 15 minutes without my head hurting. Having the strap allowed me to play much longer, but for the ULTIMATE comfort, I recommend this combo:
With these 2 mods, it’s super comfortable to the point where I could wear the headset all day and have no discomfort! I’d say the Quest 2 becomes most comfortable headset on the market due to how light it is compared to other headsets.
Tl;dr – Should you buy the Elite Strap? No, they break too easily – get the KIWI strap instead UNLESS you want a battery pack as well. The KIWI strap is just as comfortable, but cheaper and more durable.
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