Best Hand Straps for Oculus Quest Android Central 2020
Quest gamers tired of holding a tight, rigid grip on their Touch controllers at all times should give the best Oculus Quest hand straps a shot. These custom mods replace the built-in straps and keep your Touch controllers fixed to your hands even when you let them go. Fair warning: most of the straps available today were built for the first Quest and may not fit the new Touch 2 design. That being said, here are the best hand straps and grips for the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 to make long gaming sessions more bearable.
- Extra straps and accessories: AMVR Touch Controller Grip Cover
- Thin double-band design: Mamut Touch Grips
- Hand + wrist strap combo: KIWI design Knuckle strap
- Smooth, 3D-printed grip: NinjaGrip OG Oculus Quest Controller Grips
Quantity meets quality for our top choice. This AMVR bundle gives you two sets of two silicone grip bands, giving you a free backup set if they break. Plus, along with the two anti-sweat TPU plastic grips, you get a bonus lens protector and a nose gap-closing attachment. These perks aside, you'll want this for the reliable straps, which slot into one of three notches for different hand sizes and don't budge during vigorous motion thanks to velcro strips. The comfortable grips also prevent the Touch battery covers from sliding off, a common Quest 1 user complaint. Unfortunately, the new Touch controllers have a larger base and redesigned grip button that make AMVR unlikely to fit them.
Originally an Indiegogo product, the Mamut Touch Grips first tackled the hand-strap market with a two-band, shoelace-style design for each hand. Some buyers will appreciate this design for grip versatility, while others may find it difficult to find a snug, comfortable configuration. The sweat-proof grip and thin bands make Mamut's grips excellent for intense VR movements. As of publication, Mamut is the only manufacturer to claim that its grips work with the new Quest 2 controllers, though it frequently goes out of stock as a result.
This combination hand and wrist strap is KIWI's second model, featuring several design improvements over a standard strap. The flat rubber loop, which can wrap around the tracking loop or controller, is less likely to budge over time than a round loop. Thicker, adjustable wrist straps offer more comfort than the base Oculus model, and the "magic tape" velcro ensures the band holds steady against your palm. Keep in mind, however, that we've checked the Quest 2 controllers and have found that the strap interface is very different, so we don't think KIWI's replacement strap will slide into it correctly.
Before retailers sold hand straps, VR fans with 3D printing skills found their own solution. Made of NinjaFlex filament, these NinjaGrips offer more vibrant color options, a comfortably smooth grip without any rough ridges, a strap with extra fabric padding, and two strings for keeping the contraption locked to the tracking band. These look less "professional" than the other options, and may take several weeks to ship, but also offer better finger comfort and easy installation. We asked the manufacturer about Quest 2 support, and he said that while he isn't certain if the current prints will fit the new Touches, he will (if necessary) update his listings with an updated grip once his Quest 2 arrives, making it an option for new headset owners to watch.
Choose your grip wisely
We scoured the internet for the best Oculus Quest hand straps. What we found was that outside of the big-name models, the rest appeared to be knock-offs with suspiciously positive reviews mixed in with unhappy customers claiming the straps damaged the Touch's buttons, blocked off sensors, or simply broke after a couple of play sessions. We don't suggest you stray beyond this list when making your final choice.
If you're looking for a complete set of Oculus Quest 1 accessories, the AMVR Touch Controller Grip Cover set offers an excellent variety of products in one package. You can switch between the four interchangeable red, white, and blue elastic bands to keep them fresh. You can cover your lenses between play sessions and even close the notorious Oculus Quest nose gap to reduce light leakage.
On the other hand, new Quest 2 owners will need to choose their hand straps carefully, thanks to the redesigned Touch controllers. The Mamut Touch Grips are a popular option and allegedly work with the new controllers, but we found in our review that they were difficult to insert into the original Touch controllers' wrist strap slot. The new controllers have a redesigned slot, but we don't think that will necessarily make it easier to install.
We will update our list once manufacturers begin designing mods that were designed specifically for the Quest 2. In the meantime, you may want to stick with the default wrist straps and keep a firm grip while playing all of the new games confirmed for the Quest 2.
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