Mamut Apto Review
Reviewed on AllAlso available on Sony PSVR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest and HTC Vive
Having already enjoyed my time with the MagTubeVR gun stock by ProTubeVR, (confusing naming convention, I know) I was still curious about the world of virtual reality accessories. I eventually stumbled across the Mamut Apto, an alternative stock made by a plucky Swedish company. Despite an incomplete Indiegogo campaign at the start of the year, I’m glad to say the Apto made it to the Mamut VR storefront, and I’ve had a couple of months to try it out.
Now, a significant portion of this review will compare the Apto to my previous review of the MagTubeVR stock, in large part because the products are so similar, but also because they have some key differences that makes each better suited to different users. I’ll leave a link to that review, here, if you want more insight into the benefits a virtual reality gun stock can provide you.
Firstly, let’s start with the big draw of the Apto - its versatility. Not only can the Apto be set up in a number of different firing positions, enabling you to customise the configuration to your liking, but it also comes with cups to fit a wide variety of VR systems. This means that you can easily swap between using your Mamut Apto with your Oculus Quest to setting it up for your Vive or Index controllers, for instance - free of charge!
This is obviously a massive bonus over stocks like the ProTubeVR, which not only charge extra for alternative controller mounts, but only allow you to configure the stock in one main orientation (with the controllers sitting above the frame.) Depending on which system(s) you own, the Apto can be set up so the controllers attach magnetically to the bottom of the frame, which gives a far more natural feeling to reloading a rifle, or cocking a shotgun. The magnetic components of the Apto are included in the base version, as opposed to being an optional paid extra.
Interestingly, though, the Apto doesn’t eclipse the ProTubeVR stock that I’d previously used. In fact, I found the metal construction of the latter to be superior to Mamut’s offering, with the Apto allowing a significant amount of bend and flex in it’s plastic joints. This may be more ideal for some, but it certainly felt less like I was holding a weapon in my hands, which broke my immersion somewhat. I also found the construction of the Apto was a little fiddly, and even had to pare down one of the plastic edges with a knife so that the grips could fit snugly.
Admittedly, other VR stocks aren’t exactly simple to assemble, but at least you have the option to pay for a pre-assembled ProTubeVR kit, if you’re the type of person that gets cold sweats at the thought of assembling IKEA furniture. There’s no doubt that the Apto is still a solid piece of kit, though, and I was unable to notice any difference in my in-game performance between the two stocks; both provide an immense improvement to long-distance shooting, and a major boost to immersion.
In terms of price, the Apto costs $159 USD plus shipping, which comes out to about £130 at the time of writing, almost identical to the price of the MagTubeVR kit that I reviewed previously. The modular upgrade system allowed by the ProTubeVR framework is definitely a bonus for people that want to “get in on the ground floor”, as it were, but you’ll struggle to find a package as complete as the Apto’s for £130 GBP.
The Mamut Apto, then, is clearly an excellent buy for anyone looking for a deeper level of immersion in their VR shooters, particularly those that have multiple VR systems in their house. It isn’t the cheapest option on the market, so it unfortunately falls short of being the best option for everyone, but the degree of versatility that it offers is truly unmatched.