After using your Vive for too many hours, having showed it off to too many friends and experienced a few of the less than pleasant scenarios that come with sharing a headset, it’s time to do something about it. Great, you’ve just found out we exist! We’ve been quietly adding to our HTC Vive product range for over a year and now offer eight different solutions, but which one is right for you? Here we take a look at benefits of the different products so you can make a more informed choice.
VR is great for working out. Whether you’re intentionally trying to shift some pounds or you just get a little carried away playing Holopoint, sweat is a real problem and one of the big reasons people begin looking for alternative accessories. Whereas you might assume our popular PU leather foam replacements would be best for this, we actually recommend otherwise. These three products will help to control sweating and allow you to enjoy the HTC Vive harder, and for longer than ever before.
The disposable hygiene covers are made with a special moisture absorbing material making them perfect for sweaty VR sessions. The starter kit includes a ‘base foam’ that attaches to your Vive in place of the stock foam, the covers are then attached with a light adhesive for a secure fit. Don’t bother with the distracting, paper-thin ninja-masks.
Our Velour foam replacements are machine washable and designed to absorb sweat. The soft Velour material feels great on the skin and at 10mm it will result in an improved field of view. Sold in sets of two, when one gets sweaty just throw it in the washing machine and attach the second. Available in Grey and Black.
Our first ever accessory for the HTC Vive is still much loved by the VR community. It’s a simple cotton cover that attaches with Velcro straps over the stock foam adding an extra layer of protection. The covers absorb sweat well and are machine washable. Available in grey, red & blue.
Believe it or not, you can make your HTC Vive experiences more immersive by using thinner foam. The stock foam is attached with Velcro and can easily be pulled off, give it a try and see what it’s like to use the Vive with no foam at all – pretty uncomfortable and blurry probably but you’ll get an idea of the difference in FOV (field of view) compared with using the stock foam. These two foam replacements will improve FOV without compromising comfort too much.
HTC Vive Foam Replacement 6mm – $29.00 – Top Pick
Our highly reviewed 6mm Foam Replacement brings your eyes closer to the lenses and pushes immersion to the max. It’s made from PU leather for easy cleaning and better suited for less active experiences where you aren’t likely to sweat too much. Share your Vive with friends and family often? This is the foam for you.
As well as helping with sweat, the Velour foam replacement also improves immersion. Only slightly thicker than the 6mm PU leather variant, you will still notice a considerable difference in field of view with this foam.
If you regularly share your HTC Vive, whether it’s with friends and family at home, or you plan on using it at a demo with hundreds of people – hygiene has to be a major consideration. The stock foam on the HTC Vive can absorb sweat, dirt and germs that you don’t want to be sharing. Our PU leather foam replacements and covers have been scientifically tested to ensure no moisture is absorbed and the surface drys quickly using commercial antibacterial wipes.
The 14mm Foam Replacement attaches to the headset with Velcro in place of the stock foam so is simple to attach and remove. The PU leather doesn’t absorb any moisture and can be easily cleaned with antibacterial wipes between uses. The memory foam offers similar comfort to the stock foam making it perfect for demoing the Vive.
Our waterproof covers for the HTC Vive attach over the top of the stock foam with Velcro straps.The covers are designed for situations where hygiene is the number one priority. They can be submerged in water and fully disinfected making them ideal for hospitals and healthcare environments.