Abstract: A pair of ski goggles is disclosed which has unitary upper and lower frame members that are each configured to extend substantially between a user's temples, and each include a pair of end regions. The upper and the lower frame members collectively define an aperture into which a lens is removably received, and the goggles further includes a pair of connectors. Each connector couples a respective one of the end regions on the upper frame member to a corresponding one of the end regions on the lower frame member, and the connectors enable the upper and the lower frame members to move between a closed position, in which the lens is securely engaged between the frame members, and an open position, in which the members are displaced from each other relative to the closed position and at least one of the frame members is free from engagement with the lens, thereby enabling the lens to be selectively removed and replaced.
Abstract: This invention relates to a leak-proof swimming cap with sealing structure for affecting a water-tight seal around the margin of the cap. More particularly, this invention relates to a swimming cap with sealing structure positioned generally below the wearer's ears, adjacent the mandible, extending upwardly and behind the ears, and over the mastoid process. The sealing structure comprises a cushion structure and an inflatable bladder structure disposed between the cap and the cushion structure.
Abstract: An intra-orbitally engaging pair of swim goggles is described. The goggles include two eyepieces connected by a bridge and a fastener for securing the eyepieces over the user's eyes. Each eyepiece has a planar eye-shaped lens, upper and lower walls extending backward and culminating in an inwardly sloping intra-orbital facing rim. A conformable pad is affixed to the rim for comfortably engaging an inner wall of the user's eye orbit. The upper and lower walls of each eyepiece meet along a lateral ridge extending perpendicularly backward from the lens.
Abstract: Footwear which is versatilely useful for both land and water sports is described along with a method of production. A stretchable fabric vamp is conformable around the upper arch region of a user's foot. The vamp is joined to an upper edge of an elastomeric base piece including sole and fin portions. The flexibility of the vamp provides comfort and versatility for various walking, running, surfing or swimming activities. The base piece is more rigid than the vamp. The fin is stabilized by a toe support which contains the user's toes and is part of the same unitary base piece. The rigidity of the base piece provides hardness for the sole to protect the foot from harsh ground conditions and stiffness for the fin producing desirable water resistance qualities for enhancing swim power.
Abstract: A swim fin which comprises a unitary member having a foot region, a blade gion and a device for securing the foot of a swimmer to the swim fin. The swim fin includes an expanse of water-buoyant material which provides for a swim fin which is water-buoyant as a whole. The swim fin is designed such that it may be easily applied to a user's foot and comfortably used both in and out of the water.
July 15, 1991
Date of Patent:
November 9, 1993
John L. Runckel Trust, John L. Runckel and Markie W. Runckel, Cotrustees