The Oculus Go came with a fabric strap that was pretty good; it split into two bands that cradled the back of your head and kept it in place.
The Quest came with a solid plastic headgear that did the same kind of thing, even better. Enthusiasts went further with add-ons, but the Quest satisfied me out of the box.
The Quest 2 is in many ways superior to the Quest. But they were back to a fabric strap again. But not even like the Go strap; the Quest 2 strap is just a straight bit of fabric that goes behind your head with nothing to keep it in place. It doesn’t favourably compare even to the Go strap, let alone the Quest.
It was thought that this was done to allow them to meet a price point, while also letting them sell an improved “Elite” headgear for another 50 quid.
Unfortunately, that plan didn’t work, as Oculus has been plagued with production problems, causing a decent proportion of Elite straps to break. When you consider it is holding a fragile combination of cameras, lens and lcd screens, you really don’t want that strap to break. The Elite strap is currently withdrawn.
Which is why I was drawn to a 3rd party padded rigid strap, made by Elygo. At £30, almost half the price of the Elite, it looks very similar, and had great reviews. Mine arrived today. It was easy to fit, and it feels marvellous. The knob at the back allows you to loosen and tighten the strap as required, although once you get it to fit nicely, you can simply pull it on and off your head without adjusting further. I’ve just been leaping around with it on, and it held firm to my head.
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