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Customer Review

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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on November 20, 2021
Update 12/29: Still 4 out of 5 stars.
I received the Kiwi headstrap and concluded that the Bobovr is much superior in face comfort. Both are stable in their halo and traditional strap way. But after using a halo strap with the facial interface just lightly touching your face with no pressure, going back to a traditional one like the Kiwi where you have to tighten it to your face is a deal breaker.
Unless something catastrophic happens, I will be sticking with the Bobovr - it's not perfect as it requires a lot of fiddling to get a sweet spot and additional $$ for the extras (spare battery and facial interface with fan).

Update 12/19: Changed from 3 to 4 stars.
Well it's been a few weeks since I got this, I've since made a few more adjustments with my setup. I've removed the two top nubs and replaced it with one of the long foam straps I removed from the back. This makes the top and front very stable and comfortable (with some tinkering). It still tends to slip at the back especially when I'm sweating for a workout, but not as much as with the stock setup. I've since bought another battery and also the Kiwi so I can compare the two. Will update further.

Original Review:
My VR Background: I've been using a Vive Deluxe Audio Strap for active VR and the default strap + soft back cushion add on for chill/movie sessions. I've attached battery counterweights on both of my previous setups. I've been doing this setup since Quest 1.

Old:
Pros: This strap is lightweight, mostly plastic which is a change from my DAS (metal frame). Foam padding all around is soft. Overall construction is solid. The battery it comes with has a nice attached feel, very easy to take off/put on. Adds about another few hours to your play session. It has a built-in cable from the back that connects to the HMD's USB C port via an L connector. Finally packing this up is much easier and is not as bulky as my DAS.

Cons: Overall it's very slippery, remember this word while I lay out my reasons. The padding is definitely soft but too firm for me. I understand why they had to do this as because of slippage you will have to really tighten the halo enough to give some headaches (view reddit reviews). There's really a slim sweet spot for this setup as it's prone to wobbles, this could be attributed to having no top vertical strap and the padding not easily having any give. So playing active games you'll feel the HMD shake a bit and this contributes to some experiencing the back strap starting to slip up. The battery pack, it's definitely smaller that the packs I use which are 10 and 20k mah so the trade-off of having a lighter set up is that you will definitely have to charge the battery pack after every play session (if you say play about an hour or so every round or leave your Quest 2 powered on for a bit more for it to do background updates) or else your next session you'll likely be eating up your HMD's battery. Plus this battery mounting design is proprietary and you'll have to hope Bobovr puts out more battery packs (+$$). Finally it gets hot, for someone like me that sweats a lot this covers a lot of your forehead - and I'm prone to sweating a lot there.

Workaround: But there is hope! I really want to keep this as I like the overall use-case and having a strap where I can use my own over-ear headphones (the DAS has built-in ones that you'll have to unscrew if you want to use your own). Here's how I modified the M2 Pro, you won't really need anything except an extra foam facial interface (I used the thinner version of the 2 VR Cover ones that everyone should have gotten for free due to Facebook's facial interface recall - Google it)
1. Take off the back strap foam, it'll break off into two foam strips.
2. Take off the thick front forehead foam.
3. Take your extra facial interface and position it upside down while you stick it on the back strap. (view pic)
4. Take one of the two stock foam strips you got from the back strap and just stick it on the forehead strap. (view pic)

Reasoning and conclusions: By using a thinner facial interface in the back it has a wider middle part that can better cup the back of your head while the foam is still soft and plush enough for support. Replacing the forehead foam with just a thinner one makes it less hot and sticking it closer to the top where the M2 Pro's two head "foam nubs" are will take pressure off your forehead and move it a little above it where you have less blood vessels to constrict. I'm going to play with this setup more but I recommend you set your expectations as this strap does ticks some boxes but has some drawbacks too. Hopefully the workaround will be a long term solution for me, if it does then I'll update my 3 starts to something higher.

Hope this helps!
Best of luck!
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4.0 out of 5 stars slippage but there's a workaround, read more below
By Just another nerd on November 20, 2021
Update 12/29: Still 4 out of 5 stars.
I received the Kiwi headstrap and concluded that the Bobovr is much superior in face comfort. Both are stable in their halo and traditional strap way. But after using a halo strap with the facial interface just lightly touching your face with no pressure, going back to a traditional one like the Kiwi where you have to tighten it to your face is a deal breaker.
Unless something catastrophic happens, I will be sticking with the Bobovr - it's not perfect as it requires a lot of fiddling to get a sweet spot and additional $$ for the extras (spare battery and facial interface with fan).

Update 12/19: Changed from 3 to 4 stars.
Well it's been a few weeks since I got this, I've since made a few more adjustments with my setup. I've removed the two top nubs and replaced it with one of the long foam straps I removed from the back. This makes the top and front very stable and comfortable (with some tinkering). It still tends to slip at the back especially when I'm sweating for a workout, but not as much as with the stock setup. I've since bought another battery and also the Kiwi so I can compare the two. Will update further.

Original Review:
My VR Background: I've been using a Vive Deluxe Audio Strap for active VR and the default strap + soft back cushion add on for chill/movie sessions. I've attached battery counterweights on both of my previous setups. I've been doing this setup since Quest 1.

Old:
Pros: This strap is lightweight, mostly plastic which is a change from my DAS (metal frame). Foam padding all around is soft. Overall construction is solid. The battery it comes with has a nice attached feel, very easy to take off/put on. Adds about another few hours to your play session. It has a built-in cable from the back that connects to the HMD's USB C port via an L connector. Finally packing this up is much easier and is not as bulky as my DAS.

Cons: Overall it's very slippery, remember this word while I lay out my reasons. The padding is definitely soft but too firm for me. I understand why they had to do this as because of slippage you will have to really tighten the halo enough to give some headaches (view reddit reviews). There's really a slim sweet spot for this setup as it's prone to wobbles, this could be attributed to having no top vertical strap and the padding not easily having any give. So playing active games you'll feel the HMD shake a bit and this contributes to some experiencing the back strap starting to slip up. The battery pack, it's definitely smaller that the packs I use which are 10 and 20k mah so the trade-off of having a lighter set up is that you will definitely have to charge the battery pack after every play session (if you say play about an hour or so every round or leave your Quest 2 powered on for a bit more for it to do background updates) or else your next session you'll likely be eating up your HMD's battery. Plus this battery mounting design is proprietary and you'll have to hope Bobovr puts out more battery packs (+$$). Finally it gets hot, for someone like me that sweats a lot this covers a lot of your forehead - and I'm prone to sweating a lot there.

Workaround: But there is hope! I really want to keep this as I like the overall use-case and having a strap where I can use my own over-ear headphones (the DAS has built-in ones that you'll have to unscrew if you want to use your own). Here's how I modified the M2 Pro, you won't really need anything except an extra foam facial interface (I used the thinner version of the 2 VR Cover ones that everyone should have gotten for free due to Facebook's facial interface recall - Google it)
1. Take off the back strap foam, it'll break off into two foam strips.
2. Take off the thick front forehead foam.
3. Take your extra facial interface and position it upside down while you stick it on the back strap. (view pic)
4. Take one of the two stock foam strips you got from the back strap and just stick it on the forehead strap. (view pic)

Reasoning and conclusions: By using a thinner facial interface in the back it has a wider middle part that can better cup the back of your head while the foam is still soft and plush enough for support. Replacing the forehead foam with just a thinner one makes it less hot and sticking it closer to the top where the M2 Pro's two head "foam nubs" are will take pressure off your forehead and move it a little above it where you have less blood vessels to constrict. I'm going to play with this setup more but I recommend you set your expectations as this strap does ticks some boxes but has some drawbacks too. Hopefully the workaround will be a long term solution for me, if it does then I'll update my 3 starts to something higher.

Hope this helps!
Best of luck!
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