Best Quest 2 Head Strap – CNET

$60 at Amazon

A Meta Quest 2 with a battery on the strap

GeekVR hot-swappable battery adjustable head strap

Keep on playing no matter what

$29 at Amazon

An oculus quest 2 with padded headstrap

Yoges Quest 2 head strap

Yo dawg, I heard you like padding

$50 at Amazon

Vr headset with battery on the back and a blue light coming from the lenses

Yoges battery headset

Comfort and power rolled into one

$56 at Amazon


Esimen K3 accessories Set

Bundles of fun (Update: Out of stock)

$12 at Amazon


Kiwi Design headset strap pad (Update: Out of stock)

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Now that Apple has announced its AR/VR headset, the Vision Pro, VR is once again in the limelight. The Meta Quest 2 is the current leader among the best VR headsets that don’t require a PC to run — though the PSVR 2 has emerged as competition and the Meta Quest 3 has been announced — but it does have issues (not least a price hike). 

My biggest gripe is the Quest 2’s head strap. It’s aggressively average, which means it can and should be replaced with something more pleasant to use for long periods of time.

What is the best Meta Quest 2 head strap?

I really like the GeekVR battery head strap right now. It is extremely comfortable, even for long gaming sessions, and it uses hot-swappable batteries to keep your gaming going as long as you like. In fact, it is so easy to swap the batteries you can do it while the headset is still on.

The best head straps have plenty of support around the back of your head, and firm fittings to the front. In order to test out these Quest 2 head straps, I spent a lot of time playing in VR. Playing games for a living is not easy, but I endure it for you. Here’s a list of my favorites.

The best Meta Quest 2 head straps

A Meta Quest 2 with a battery on the strap


Having a battery on the back of your head strap is very helpful, but most of the straps on this list have a battery integrated into the band, so they can only offer a finite amount of extra charge. Once the battery and the Quest 2 run out of power, you’re done playing. 

The GeekVR uses replaceable batteries that can be charged off of the head strap and swapped in as needed. This means if you had a few extra batteries, you could play indefinitely. The batteries are easy to swap, too, as they use copper contacts to transfer the energy. They simply slot into the back. It’s so easy you can do it while the headset is still on and running.

I love the level of comfort this strap gives me. The weight of the battery helps balance the HUD and the forehead cushion makes the entire headset feel secure through the most energetic games.

An oculus quest 2 with padded headstrap

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A new version of this headset was recently released with a new ratchet on the back and a more comfortable front shape. The extra comfort now makes this my go-to head strap.

One of the most important parts of a head strap is the padding, as it keeps your head secure while maintaining a good comfort level. This head strap from Yoges took that importance onboard and went all-in on making sure your head is padded everywhere. The strap even has extra pads that offer a counter to the pull from the back as the ratchet is tightened.

For long-term use, the Yoges offers one of the most comfortable experiences I’ve had so far. My only gripe is the center strap. It’s a little too short for my head, so it doesn’t feel as secure across the top.

kiwi head strap for Oculus Quest 2


The Kiwi head strap is a great budget alternative to the Elite strap, with a few nice editions that make it stand out from the competition. My son loves using this for long Beat Saber sessions, so it’s a firm favorite in our house.

Often when you’re wearing glasses with VR, the headset can often be uncomfortable to remove. I’ve banged my glasses and knocked them off a few times. The Kiwi head strap can tilt at an extreme angle, allowing you to put the headset on without knocking it into your face. It’s a far more comfortable experience than the Elite strap.

Vr headset with battery on the back and a blue light coming from the lenses


I am constantly impressed with the comfort of the Yoges straps. The padding all around makes it incredibly secure and the added weight of the battery helps to balance the front screen. The battery is only 5,000 mAh but that’s enough to fully charge the Quest 2 about one-and-a-half times, so should keep you playing for a good long while.

oculus-elite-strap on a mannequin head

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I bought the Elite strap as a bundle with my Quest 2 at launch, and while some people have suffered from breakages in that first batch, mine has performed admirably. This latest run of the Elite strap has removed the flaw altogether, so if you want to have a fully branded head strap, this is your best choice.

I’ve used my Elite strap for more hours than I count. From playing sweaty and energetic games like Supernatural to sitting in VR for an eight-hour workday, the only time the Elite strap felt uncomfortable was when I tightened it too much. If you can get it dialed in, it’s great.

Oculus quest 2 with battery strap on Star Wars chess table

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One of the best things about a wireless VR headset like the Quest 2 is sharing it with others. Having brought my headset to a number of parties, I can say that hearing a disappointed “aww, OK” when you tell someone they can’t play because the battery died is a real bummer. I’ve used third-party battery packs that clip to your belt in the past to keep other headsets going, but the Meta-made battery strap for the Quest 2 is something entirely different.

For starters, the added weight of the battery strap is a good thing — because it’s in the back of the headset, it causes a balancing effect that removes pressure from your nose and forehead. The battery also adds 2 hours of gameplay, and you never have to take it off. If you want to charge the headset, you just charge the battery. The power will flow through to both with no noticeable performance differences. It’s such a joy to use that I genuinely can’t imagine using a Quest 2 without one at this point.