Quest 2 Elite Strap Review: Is It Worth It?

I’ve just received and tested out my Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap and this is a complete review of the product. It’s intended to give you a better idea about what the Elite Strap does and if its worth it to upgrade the default soft strap on the Quest 2 VR headset.

To give you a better idea of my situation, I’ve owned both the Quest 1 and 2 and have been playing using the default soft strap for the past week. I’ve never owned a Rift S, but I’ve done some research on the ‘fit wheel’ design and knew a little bit what I was getting into.

After you are done this review, go and check out our ultimate Oculus Quest 2 guide, which contains everything you need to know about the new headset!

Before I get into the review, a quick plug for the Elite Strap on Amazon and through Oculus’ official website.

How to Buy the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap

Click here to buy the Elite Strap directly from Oculus.

Use the link below to buy it off of Amazon:

Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap for Enhanced Support and Comfort in VR
  • Premium rigid hard strap enhances stability and ergonomics while playing
  • Flexible brace supports your head for longer, more comfortable playtime
  • The rear fit wheel easily adjusts tightness with a quick twist

UPDATE: Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap Breaking

Since the review below was posted, an increasing number of elite straps have been breaking. Most happen in the same spot – a vertical crack up the middle of the side strap.

So far, Oculus has not addressed this problem, but they have made the Elite Strap unavailable to purchase through their official website.

Check out what some users have been seeing below and click here to check out 4 Elite Strap alternatives.

Unboxing

the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap comes in a rectangle box that feel nearly the same size as the actual headset. This is because the side straps on the headband are rigid and straight and don’t fold up like the default soft strap does.

Included in the box is the strap, a support booklet, and a quick start guide. Cool.

The entire assembly is one single piece and there is nothing needed to put together, which is nice.

Installation

To install the Elite Strap, you first have to remove the soft strap that comes with your headset by default. If you are like me and have been babying the entire device, you might be a little nervous. First, you have to remove the facial padding cover. This sits on some of where the upper head strap loops through and needs to be out of the way. You remove this quick a gentle pull on all sides and it just pops out.

Next, your have to remove the side straps off of the headset too. This part took me a minute because the instructions in the Quick Start booklet are the size of your fingernail and its not immediately clear how the strap comes off. Again, you have to pull the soft strap away from a smaller side bar which houses the Quest 2’s audio system. The soft strap should pop right off of this side bar.

Once the soft strap is off, installing the Elite Strap is so much easier. Simply snap the side bars into place, loop the top strap through the same spot as the original strap, and re-install the facial interface.

In total, the process only takes a minute, but I don’t think you’ll be switching back and forth without a good reason.

If you have any trouble, check out our installation guide for the strap, with step-by-step instructions.

quest 2 elite strap review side shot

Fit

To wear the Elite Strap, you just turn the fit wheel (shown in the image above) counter clockwise to loosen the band. When you place the headset on your head, you simply reach back and turn the wheel clockwise until the headset is tight on your face.

The first thing I immediately noticed is how easily everything “snaps” into place with the upgraded Quest 2 strap. I always felt like I had to tinker with the soft strap to get my face sitting properly. And the straps were always a bit too soft to hold everything in place when my head moved.

With the Elite Strap, this struggle is gone instantly. The rigid side straps hold the headset solid and the rear assembly keeps your head and headset in unity while moving around.

The top band on the soft strap was something I could always feel on my head. Here, it barely plays a part. You don’t notice it sitting on your head at all and 99% of the effort is in the side and rear pieces.

My daughter’s head is too small for the soft strap, even at its tightest setting. The Elite Strap tightens small enough that it fits on her head without having to hold the headset in place. This is a key point if you have kids who you are introducing to VR games or 360 degree videos.

quest 2 elite strap side shot 2

Gameplay

So the fit is awesome, but how does the new strap hold up during gameplay? For me, the original soft strap was fine once it was in place. I spent over an hour playing the new Walking Dead game when I first got my Quest 2 and had no complaints. Every so often, I would adjust my headset into place again after some quick movement, but it was manageable. I always knew my headset was on my face, which doesn’t seem unordinary.

With the new Elite Strap, the first thing I immediately noticed while playing is how little you actually notice it. There is a lot less pressure on the top of your head and at the crown of your skull at the back.

Fast movements are even better. You feel like your head and headset are moving in unison around the room and the headset slips a lot less.

My one reservation about the elite strap was the extra weight it had over the original. I’m happy to say that this weight is not noticeable at all. In fact, the more comfortable fit puts less pressure on everything and it makes the headset feel lighter.

With the Elite Strap, there is a lot less pressure on the top of your head and at the crown of your skull at the back.

Price

There are two different types of people that will look at the $49 price tag on this upgraded strap. Some people will see the extra $49 on top of their $300 headset as being too much and write it off instantly. For others, the Quest 2 is $100 cheaper than the original and hundreds less than any alternative. So, the extra price for the Elite Strap is built into the price tag already.

I was somewhere in the middle of those two opinions, but I think the Elite Strap is overall worth it. It’s hard to make a head strap sound sexy and justify the price tag, but it is.

What’s the Downside?

Other than the price tag, is there a downside to this strap? Overall, there isn’t much to be upset about. One downside we see is for those who like to travel with the headset. The rigid straps don’t allow for as much compaction as the soft strap does. This might make it hard to travel with or fit into a case.

We haven’t tested out the official Oculus case to see how the headset fits in it with the upgraded strap.

A few reports have been posted online of the upgraded strap cracking or breaking if you tighten the fit wheel too tight on your head. So far, I think this is rare and Oculus support should be able to help you get a replacement if this happens. The strap feels sturdy enough that most people shouldn’t have any issues.

elite strap 2 done

Final Verdict

The Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap is a worthy upgrade for all Quest owners. Specifically, it takes care of all comfort and fit concerns if you aren’t a fan of the soft strap. Once installed, everything about this accessory feels like an upgrade. It is easier to get a comfortable fit on your head. Your Quest 2 moves around less in motion while you are playing games. And taking off your headset is a quick spin of the fit wheel.

If you tend to use your headset with friends and family, the Elite Strap is much better for switching between people with different head sizes. The range of head sizes who can wear the headset comfortable is much higher with this strap.

The added cost might seem like a lot at face value, but its easily justifiable for those who are not new to virtual reality and know what the comparable cost of other headsets is.

One More Time: How to Buy the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap

Click here to buy the Elite Strap directly from Oculus.

Use the link below to buy it off of Amazon:

Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap for Enhanced Support and Comfort in VR
  • Premium rigid hard strap enhances stability and ergonomics while playing
  • Flexible brace supports your head for longer, more comfortable playtime
  • The rear fit wheel easily adjusts tightness with a quick twist

Elite Strap Video Review

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