Including Adjustment For Wearer's Head Size Patents (Class 2/417)
  • Patent number: 8291512
    Abstract: A face shield includes a brim having a front portion, a rear portion, an upper portion, and a lower portion. A channel is formed in the lower portion adjacent the rear portion of the brim. The front portion includes a plurality of spaced apart catch members disposed thereon. A head band is unitary with one side of the brim and configured to surround a head of a wearer. The head band has a free end that is adjustably insertable into the channel of the brim to select a size of the head band for the head of the wearer. The face shield may include a removable transparent shield having a plurality of holes formed therein. Each of the holes is configured to cooperate with one of the catch members of the brim to releasably hold the transparent shield on the front portion of the brim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Walter Stoll
  • Patent number: 8262601
    Abstract: An emergency helmet trauma bandage and method of use, which, when applied, applies minimal pressure to stop bleeding, doesn't compromise cervical spine immobilization, allows for fast and effective application of ice/cold packs to control intracranial/internal swelling, doesn't come apart during treatment and transport, and doesn't require a caregiver to re-wrap the dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle Cumming, Mitchell Kastros
  • Patent number: 8261374
    Abstract: A protective helmet is composed of an external crown made from plastic material, and a semi-rigid neckband adjustable by adjustment means. At least one end of the neckband is joined to the crown by a sliding mechanical link comprising position indexing means controlled from a slide able to be moved from the outside in a slit of the crown. The indexing means are formed by a rack molded directly along with the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Raphaël Lanez, Emmanuel D'Adhemar
  • Patent number: 8214928
    Abstract: The present claimed invention is directed to a protective headguard, comprising a rear pad to protectively cover at least the occipital lobe on the back of a human head. The rear pad has an eccentric dimple for accommodating the occipital lobe. A front pad is configured and arranged to protectively cover at least the forehead of a human. The front pad is releasably interconnected to the rear pad at separate and distinct upper and lower connection points on the rear pad positioned on opposite sides of the dimple. The fit of the headguard can be adjusted between a first and second configuration by disconnecting the front and rear pads, rotating the rear pad 180° and reconnecting the front and rear pads with the front pad connections to the rear pad exchanged as between the upper and lower connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: FULL90 Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. Cleveland, Russ Boelhauf
  • Publication number: 20120159696
    Abstract: A method or device for providing an opening on a head strap on a Baseball or Softball sports protective face mask: permitting the person to tie their hair back or place their hair in a ponytail style, wherein the head strap would remain properly secured to the person's head
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew Evan Polstein, Jason Michael Polstein, Michael Allan Polstein
  • Patent number: 8206327
    Abstract: A head massager includes a helmet (10) having a first parallel hoop (11) and a second parallel hoop (12) connected to each other for forming a ring surrounding the user's head. The helmet (10) has a first meridian hoop (21) and a second meridian hoop (22) connected to each other to form an arc structure and hang the head massager on user's head. The distance adjustment devices (3) are provided to connect the first parallel hoop (11), the second parallel hoop (12), the first meridian hoop (21), and the second meridian hoop (22) together for adjusting the size of the helmet (10) to provide a comfortable fit to user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Shenzhen Breeze Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xu Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 8161576
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to protective headgear worn by a user to protect his eyes, head, and face. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a protective headgear assembly used by welders and the like wherein a headgear strap can be tightened or loosened upon the ratcheting of a knob connected to the headgear strap. The headgear strap can also be automatically disengaged for removal of the headgear by pulling the knob away from the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sellstrom Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Lemke, James A. Piper, Mark Edward Miller, Daniel Ryan Somen
  • Patent number: 8156574
    Abstract: A protective sport helmet, such as for lacrosse, includes a hard shell portion, a lining portion, and an adjustment mechanism. The inner side of the adjustment mechanism includes an adjustment protective pad. Together, the lining portion and the inner surface of the adjustment protective pad define an interior region of the helmet wherein the user's head is introduced. The adjustment mechanism includes a lower rear shell portion having a clutching mechanism that allows the user to manually adjust the size of the interior region via a strapping system of the helmet to couple snugly around the user's head. The clutching mechanism also prevents the interior region from being easily altered in the absence of manual adjustment to the adjustment mechanism. The strap includes a hard end material that engages the adjustment mechanism and a flexible, durable and tough material that conforms to a wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Stokes, David C. Rogers, Duco W. Noordzij
  • Patent number: 8146177
    Abstract: A protective helmet, particularly for sports and work use, including a rigid outer shell which itself comprises a front cap having a concavity able to cover at least the upper part of the cranium, and a rear cap having a concavity able to cover the rear part of the cranium. The caps are mutually movable, the rear cap being connected to the front cap in such a manner as to rotate relative to the front cap about an axis transverse to the vertical plane of symmetry of the cranium, between a raised position and a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mango Sport System, S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonio Vincenzo Mangone
  • Patent number: 8116477
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fit adjuster for a neckband type headset, which includes a headset band and a pair of earpieces connected to both ends of the headset band and placed on the ears of a user. The fit adjuster includes at least one opening formed at a stress concentration portion of the headset band; and an adjustment pin inserted into the opening to be movable in a longitudinal direction of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Jae Lee, Ki-Yeol Yoon, Ki-Taek Kim, Young-Ki Kim, Jae-Chul Jin
  • Patent number: 8113200
    Abstract: A respirator mask has a removably mounted support frame that adjustably and removably mounts a corrective lens frame. The corrective lens frame further has a molded bridge with a biasing member embedded therein. A pivotal tab on the support frame is received in one of a plurality of detents on the lens frame for releasably securing the lens frame in the desired position on the support frame. Laterally disposed mounting lugs on the support frame are received in integrally molded pockets in the respirator mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Avon Protection Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian E. Davis
  • Patent number: 8095995
    Abstract: A hockey helmet (20) comprising a front helmet portion (22) and a rear helmet portion (24) disposed to be moveable relative to each other so as to define an internal cavity of varying volume, a securing member (26) being mounted to a location on the front helmet portion (22) adjacent the temple thereof, the securing member (26) being slidable between a first or open position and a second or closed position, the rear helmet portion (24) having a restraint (28) configured and disposed to be complimentary to the securing member (26) such that when the securing member (26) cooperatively engages the restraint (28), the relative displacement of the front helmet portion (22) and the rear helmet portion (24) is inhibited. The restraint (28) comprises a number of positions in which the securing member (26) can be cooperatively engaged such that the volume of the helmet (20) may be modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Garnet Alexander, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 8091148
    Abstract: A fixing structure for safety helmet fastening strap, including a frame body mounted under a bottom of a helmet shell. The frame body has multiple fixing seats each of which is formed with a passage and an opening through which a fastening strap can pass. The fixing seat has arms extending from the fixing seat. The fixing seats are securely connected with the frame body with better load capability. Accordingly, the fixing seats can bear the extrusion force of the injection molded foam material without deflection or displacement. The helmet shell, the frame body and the fixing seats are bonded with a foam material filler to together form an integrated body. The arms of the fixing seats help the fixing seats and the frame body to hold the foam material filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Chang-Hsien Ho
  • Patent number: 8087099
    Abstract: A cap-like head backing cover includes a plurality of types of cover components. The plurality of types of cover components include cover main body portions, and connecting means capable of separably connecting and combining the cover main body portions of one of the cover components to and with the cover main body portions of another at least one of the cover components. The cover main body portions of the plurality of types of cover components are connected to and combined with each other by the connecting means, to form the cap-like head backing cover which includes the plurality of types of cover components and is independent. With the helmet having this arrangement, even when a helmet wearer whose head shape is different from that of an average human head is to wear the helmet, the helmet can be matched to the head of the helmet wearer substantially optimally. The helmet size can be not only partially decreased but also partially increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Sawabe
  • Patent number: 8056150
    Abstract: A protective sport helmet, such as for lacrosse, includes a hard shell portion, a lining portion, and an adjustment mechanism. The inner side of the adjustment mechanism includes an adjustment protective pad. Together, the lining portion and the inner surface of the adjustment protective pad define an interior region of the helmet wherein the user's head is introduced. The adjustment mechanism includes a lower rear shell portion having a clutch mechanism that allows the user to manually adjust the size of the interior region via a strapping system of the helmet to couple snugly around the user's head. The clutching mechanism can prevent the interior region from being easily altered in the absence of manual adjustment to the adjustment mechanism. The strap includes a hard end material that engages the adjustment mechanism and a flexible, durable and tough material that conforms to a wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Stokes, David C. Rogers, Duco W. Noordzij
  • Patent number: 8037548
    Abstract: A helmet (20) comprising a mechanism (28) to increase or decrease the internal volume thereof through the displacement of one or more portions (32) of the protective material (24) lining the helmet shell (22). The adjustment mechanism (28) is mounted on or adjacent the shell (22) of the helmet (20), from which project one or more connectors (30) which are operationally connected to the movable portions (32) of the protective material (24). When the adjustment mechanism (28) is activated, for example clockwise or counterclockwise, the connectors (30) are displaced, which causes the movable portions (32) of the protective material (24) to either be displaced away from the shell (22) of the helmet (20) or towards the shell (22) of the helmet (20) and thus allowing for a fine tuning of the fit of the helmet (20) on a player's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Garnet Alexander, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 8028349
    Abstract: A protective helmet is composed of an external crown made from plastic material, and a semi-rigid neckband adjustable by adjustment means. To ensure that the helmet is efficiently secured on the user's head regardless of his or her hair-style, the neckband is in the shape of an Omega composed of lateral securing zones and a curved central part for free passage of the user's hair worn in a pony tail. The ends of the lateral securing zones of the neckband are joined to the adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Raphaël Lanez, Emmanuel D'Adhemar
  • Publication number: 20110167543
    Abstract: An article of protective apparel for placement on and protection of a portion of the body of a user includes a protective shell and bi-directional device that receives a first and second line that each extend to the shell. Rotation of a control handle of the bi-directional device causes portions of the lines to be drawn into the device, thereby tightening the protective shell about the user. Optionally, the article is a helmet for having an adjustable chin strap that is capable of being tightened by manual rotation of the control handle of the device. Optionally, the article of protective apparel is capable of being loosened by manual positioning of the control handle into a release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: ENVENTYS, LLC
    Inventors: Ian D. KOVACEVICH, Kevin J. DAHLQUIST, Tom PHILPOTT, Daniel Lee BIZZELL
  • Patent number: 7975318
    Abstract: A head strap for helmets, particularly welders' helmets, is configured in three parts and can therefore be provided with a separate forehead band. The head strap offers the possibility of connecting the helmet with the head strap in resilient or fixed manner, and, in this connection, of displacing the helmet relative to the head strap and/or rotating it between defined positions. Additional convenient adjustment possibilities for the back-of-the-head band and the head band are also implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: AKO Kunststoffe Alfred Kolb GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Zuber
  • Patent number: 7958572
    Abstract: This protective helmet comprises a rigid or semi-rigid external shell comprising a plurality of rigid or semi-rigid flaps joined together and a compressively deformable internal liner acting as a shock absorber, the latter also comprising several elements associated with said flaps. At least some of the flaps that constitute the external shell are capable of moving relative to each other at their respective means of connection and the elements that constitute the internal liner associated with the flaps in question are designed so that they retract inside the volume defined by the helmet during relative displacement of the corresponding flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: PJDO
    Inventors: Paul Loury, Pascal Joubert Des Ouches
  • Patent number: 7950073
    Abstract: Headgear of the type having an outer layer and a relatively flexible inner layer includes a belt which extends around the inner layer within the outer layer, and a tensioning device which can tension the belt causing the belt to urge the inner layer inward away from the outer layer and against the helmet wearer's head. Preferably, the tensioning device includes a chinstrap assembly releasably fastened to the front of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Xenith, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent R. Ferrara
  • Patent number: 7937779
    Abstract: A surgical garment includes a head gear apparatus for supporting a face shield and shroud. The head gear apparatus includes a helmet that supports a fan assembly, and that defines forward and rear ventilation passageways. The helmet includes a chin bar that defines a centrally located slot, and an upper ledge. The upper edge of the face shield contacts the upper ledge, while the lower edge of the shield includes a tab that extends through the slot. The chin bar and face shield include a plurality of magnetic elements that magnetically connect the lower edge of the face shield to the chin bar. The helmet is suspended from a strap assembly that is carried directly on the head of the wearer. The strap assembly includes an adjustable occipital support that bears against the occiput of the wearer. The face shield can include a plurality of film layers that can be removed when soiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: DePuy Products
    Inventors: Conrad Klotz, Chris Clupper, Rudy R. Diaz, Kimberly A. Dwyer, Sam Sackett, Trent Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 7908678
    Abstract: A protective sport helmet having an interior liner capable of conforming to the head of the wearer in the fore and aft direction and/or the side-to-side direction is disclosed. The sport helmet can comprise a protective outer shell and an inner energy-absorbing liner. The liner can comprise a top portion and a base portion flexibly connected therebetween to adjust the fit of the helmet to the head of a wearer in the fore and aft direction. The liner can comprise a side liner portion and the outer shell can comprise a slider mechanism for engaging the side liner portion to adjust the fit of the helmet to the head of the wearer in the side-to-side direction. The liner can comprise a plurality of grooves to transfer energy across the liner material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: William H. Brine, III, Eric Darnell, Jonathan Baker, William H. Brine, IV
  • Patent number: 7870618
    Abstract: A helmet having a helmet shell including cooperating first and second sections in slidable engagement with one another, at least one locking assembly inter-connecting the first and second sections, the locking assembly including a pivoting member pivotable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the pivoting member in the locked position pressing the shell sections against one another such as to prevent a relative sliding motion therebetween, the pivoting member in the unlocked position allowing the relative sliding motion, and at least one engagement member connected to the first shell section and removably engaging the pivoting member in the locked position to prevent accidental movement of the pivoting member toward the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Pilon, Philippe Martin, Ryan Crelinsten, Sébastien Morin
  • Patent number: 7854024
    Abstract: An adjustable fitting ring structure includes a connecting base, a fitting ring, a guiding part, and an adjustable part. The connecting base has a receiving slot. There's a plurality of concave wedged slots on the receiving slot. The end portions respectively pass through the connecting base and each have a long slot. A gear portion is located in the long slot. The guiding part includes a base portion, a gear, and a plurality of flexible arms. Each of the flexible arms has a wedged body that contacts the wedged slot. The adjustable part is pivoted with the base portion to make the guiding part rotate so that the two end portions move in the same direction or in different directions. Thereby, the dimension of the fitting ring can be adjusted. It is easy for users to adjust the fitting ring. The structure is simplified and the assembly process is simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth Fang
  • Patent number: 7845353
    Abstract: Mask apparatus and methods for providing positive airway pressure therapies are disclosed. The mask apparatus includes a mask secured to the mount with the mask cantilevered from the mount. A circumferential band, a first lateral stabilizing band and a second lateral stabilizing band secure the mount to the head of a user. The methods include securing a mask apparatus to the head of a user and administering a positive airway pressure therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: AEIOMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven S. Bordewick, Bruce Bowman, David Markovich, Laurel D. Brandt, Mark J. Weimholt, Amy Raatikka
  • Publication number: 20100281604
    Abstract: A helmet adjustment mechanism is adapted to adjust the size of a helmet having first and second retention members (e.g., plastic straps) movable with respect to each other. The adjustment mechanism includes an actuating member (e.g., a pinion) coupled to at least one of the retention members and movable (e.g., rotatable) in two directions to move at least one of the retention members relative to the other. A clutch mechanism is coupled to the actuating member and includes at least one locking member (e.g., two locking members) that inhibits movement of the actuating member in both of the two directions. The adjustment mechanism also includes a release mechanism (e.g., including a rotary dial) adapted to move the locking member from a locked position to an unlocked position to allow movement of the actuating member. When the actuating member is being moved, the adjustment mechanism also provides a ratcheting detent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Grim, David E. Stroud
  • Patent number: 7797763
    Abstract: In a protective helmet, especially a bicycle helmet, having a head band made of plastic, which is fastened to the helmet calotte and which is height adjustable for adapting to the head anatomy of the wearer, provision is made that the head band is supported on both sides of the helmet calotte so as to be pivotable and that extensions are provided that extend at both end regions of the head band approximately perpendicular to the same toward the top and interior of the helmet, which engage into holding elements that are fixed in the helmet calotte, the extensions being adjustable lengthwise relative to the holding elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Uvex Sports GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Werner Grau
  • Patent number: 7770239
    Abstract: A suspension system and chin strap assembly for a helmet including two downwardly extending top straps; strap adjusters coupled proximate the end portions of each top strap; a helmet attachment means coupled to each of the top straps; a headband coupled to each of the top straps; a front strap that is adjustably coupled to a first front strap adjuster and a second front strap adjuster; a nape pillow pad is coupled to the front strap, and a portion of a quick release buckle and a strap ring are slideably coupled to the front strap; a chin strap coupled to the quick release buckle and a strap ring; and a back strap that is adjustably coupled to a first back strap adjuster and a second back strap adjuster and attached to a nape pillow pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Blackhawk Industries Product Group Unlimited LLC
    Inventors: Marty Goldman, Fredrick W. Storms, Jr., Eric M. Yeates, Thomas A. Marx
  • Patent number: 7765622
    Abstract: A replacement pad kit for use in an Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) system helmet comprises a plurality of replacement pads for disposition within an ACH helmet. At least one of the replacement pads comprises a fabric layer for contacting the skin of a wearer, an anti-bacterial hydrophilic foam layer, a shock absorption SRF foam layer, and a hook and loop fastener material for engaging some of the plurality of pad receiving hook and loop type fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: William A. Wiles
  • Publication number: 20100170022
    Abstract: A helmet for an aircraft pilot is provided including an inner shell and a liner attached to the inner shell configured to closely contact the pilot's head. The helmet also comprises adjustable tensioning means disposed at the rear of the helmet configured to tension the inner helmet and liner onto the pilot's head, to secure and locate the helmet in place on the pilot's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony GRIFFITHS
  • Publication number: 20100095438
    Abstract: A headgear support that comprises a headband and a pad. The headband has a first end and a second end and forms a substantially closed perimeter having a length which is selectively adjustable. The pad is pivotally connected to the headband such that the pad is disposed within the substantially closed perimeter and pivots relative to the headband about a pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Michael G. Moelker
  • Patent number: 7694354
    Abstract: An article of protective apparel for placement on and protection of a portion of the body of a user includes a protective shell and bi-directional device that receives a first and second line that each extend to the shell. Rotation of a control handle of the bi-directional device causes portions of the lines to be drawn into the device, thereby tightening the protective shell about the user. Optionally, the article is a helmet for having an adjustable chin strap that is capable of being tightened by manual rotation of the control handle of the device. Optionally, the article of protective apparel is capable of being loosened by manual positioning of the control handle into a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Enventys, LLC
    Inventors: Tom J. Philpott, Kevin J. Dahlquist, Ian D. Kovacevich, Daniel Lee Bizzell
  • Publication number: 20100050323
    Abstract: Hockey helmet for receiving a head of a wearer, the helmet comprising: (a) a front shell for facing the crown region of the head; (b) a rear shell for facing the left and right side regions, the back region and the occipital region of the head, the rear shell comprising outer and inner surfaces and left and light elongated slots positioned symmetrically about a longitudinal axis of the helmet; (e) a rear inner pad for facing the back and left and right side regions of the head, the rear inner pad being affixed to the inner surface of the rear shell; (d) an occipital inner pad located between the rear shell and the occipital region of the head; (e) a central member extending along the longitudinal axis of the helmet, the central member comprising an upper part that is hingely mounted with respect to the rear shell and a lower part that is mounted to the occipital inner pad; and (f) left and right wedging members located between the occipital inner pad and the inner surface of the rear shell, each of the left a
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Jacques Durocher, Jean-Francois Laperriere, Marie-Claude Genereux, Denis Cote, Sebastien Lambert, Philippe Jean
  • Publication number: 20100050325
    Abstract: A structure for adjusting inside circumference of a helmet is implemented as a strap assembly coupled to a rear side of a safety helmet or bicycle helmet and includes a casing and a cover fitted therein. The cover is sequentially connected with a transmission gear, a resilient element, a positioning gear and a knob. By pressing the knob, the positioning gear is disengaged from toothed portions on an inner periphery of the cover, thereby allowing the knob to rotate an end of the transmission gear. Consequently, a first driving portion of the transmission gear drives two straps inserted in the casing to move toward or away from each other. The knob is released after a relative position of the straps is adjusted. The resilient element returns the positioning gear into engagement with the toothed portions on the inner periphery of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Tzu-Feng Wang-Lee
  • Publication number: 20100050324
    Abstract: A helmet includes, a body, a retention system, and a fit system. The fit system includes a hanger extending from the body and a base configured to be coupled to the hanger at one of a plurality of attachment points on the hanger to adjust the position of the base relative to the body. The fit system also includes a plurality of arms extending from the base and an adjustment mechanism operable to regulate the position of the base relative to a front portion of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Musal
  • Publication number: 20090320186
    Abstract: A protective helmet is composed of an external crown made from plastic material, and a semi-rigid neckband adjustable by adjustment means. At least one end of the neckband is joined to the crown by a sliding mechanical link comprising position indexing means controlled from a slide able to be moved from the outside in a slit of the crown. The indexing means are formed by a rack molded directly along with the crown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: ZEDEL
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Raphael Lanez, Emmanuel D'Adhemar
  • Publication number: 20090320187
    Abstract: A protective helmet is composed of an external crown made from plastic material, and a semi-rigid neckband adjustable by adjustment means. To ensure that the helmet is efficiently secured on the user's head regardless of his or her hair-style, the neckband is in the shape of an Omega composed of lateral securing zones and a curved central part for free passage of the user's hair worn in a pony tail. The ends of the lateral securing zones of the neckband are joined to the adjustment means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: ZEDEL
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Raphaël Lanez, Emmanuel D'Adhemar
  • Patent number: 7634820
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a helmet. A first sliding surface is defined in a first portion of the helmet and includes an opening. A second sliding surface is defined in a second portion of the helmet. Two spaced apart arms extend from the second sliding surface. The first and second sliding surfaces are in sliding engagement with one another with the arms sliding within the opening. A lever is pivotally connected to the first portion in proximity of the opening and pivotable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The lever has a series of regularly spaced apart parallel teeth which in the locked position protrude through the opening with at least a selected one of the teeth being engageable between the two spaced apart arms to prevent the first and second sliding surfaces from sliding relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: David Rogers, Charles H. Rogers, Peter Stokes
  • Publication number: 20090293180
    Abstract: In a protective helmet, especially a bicycle helmet, having a head band made of plastic, which is fastened to the helmet calotte and which is height adjustable for adapting to the head anatomy of the wearer, provision is made that the head band is supported on both sides of the helmet calotte so as to be pivotable and that extensions are provided that extend at both end regions of the head band approximately perpendicular to the same toward the top and interior of the helmet, which engage into holding elements that are fixed in the helmet calotte, the extensions being adjustable lengthwise relative to the holding elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Werner Grau
  • Publication number: 20090265840
    Abstract: A helmet including a structure for protecting the user's head, a comfort structure positioned between the user's head and the protective structure, and a customization structure arranged between the protective structure and the comfort structure, the customization structure making it possible to vary the inner volume of the helmet depending upon the user's morphology. The customization structure includes a thermoplastic envelope made of a polymeric material of the polycarbonate, polyurethane, or polypropylene type, to which an additive of the caprolactone type is added in order to lower the softening temperature thereof. The proportion of the additive in the material of the envelope ranges between 30% and 90% or between 50% and 80%. A free space can be provided between the envelope and the protective structure for the head, such free space remaining empty and having a depth ranging between 2.0 mm and 5.0 mm, such as approximately 3.0 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventors: Herve FAVRE-FELIX, Gilles RENAUD-GOUD
  • Publication number: 20090222976
    Abstract: “This protective helmet comprises a rigid or semi-rigid external shell comprising a plurality of rigid or semi-rigid flaps joined together and a compressively deformable internal liner acting as a shock absorber, the latter also comprising several elements associated with said flaps. At least some of the flaps that constitute the external shell are capable of moving relative to each other at their respective means of connection and the elements that constitute the internal liner associated with the flaps in question are designed so that they retract inside the volume defined by the helmet during relative displacement of the corresponding flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: PJDO
    Inventors: Paul Loury, Pascal Joubert Des Ouches
  • Patent number: 7570170
    Abstract: A distributed array of force sensors disposed in the inner lining of a safety helmet measure forces between the inner periphery of the helmet and a user's head, and a microcontroller responsive to the force measurements and other sensor data determines if the helmet fits the user properly. The force sensors are preferably provided at the front, back, sides and top of the inner lining, and the microcontroller compares the measured forces to calibrated threshold values to evaluate and indicate the fit of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward J. Wallner
  • Patent number: 7565704
    Abstract: A safe protective sports helmet is provided which includes a hat body, the hat body is provided therein with a circle of a head encircling element, and is provided rotatably thereon with a rotatable adjusting button. The head encircling elements and the rotatable adjusting button are movably connected with each other. By rotating the rotatable adjusting button, the head encircling elements can be adjusted to fit the head size of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Inventor: Happy Wu
  • Patent number: 7562658
    Abstract: A holding device for a respiratory mask, especially for use in the field of sleep medicine, includes a headband which, in an application position, extends from the forehead area of the patient to behind the ear area of the patient, whereby the headband is provided with a flexible reinforcing insert for reinforcing the headband in a lateral direction. This makes it advantageously possible to provide the mask retention forces, which are necessary for reliably applying a respiratory mask, in a manner that is very compatible with regard to ergonomics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: MAP Medizin Technologie GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Madaus, Harald Vögele
  • Publication number: 20090158506
    Abstract: A helmet includes an outer shell, an energy-absorbing layer disposed inside the outer shell, and a liner disposed inside of the energy-absorbing layer. The liner includes a central portion configured to extend along a longitudinal axis that runs between a front portion of the helmet and a rear portion of the helmet, a first side portion releasably coupled to the central portion, and a second side portion releasably coupled to the central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Thompson, Kennon Yong Yi
  • Publication number: 20090064386
    Abstract: An improved edge band for a protective helmet includes a flexible woven-fiber elongate band applied to the edge of a helmet shell. The elongate band is positioned such that side edges of the elongate band extend in intimately conforming contact along a surface contour of the helmet shell. The edge band includes a matrix material in contact with fibers of the elongate band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: David Charles Rogers
  • Publication number: 20090050147
    Abstract: A diving helmet (10) of the type having an air supply pumped to it during use. The helmet (10) including a head portion (12) substantially formed from a transparent material such that a user can see both forwardly and rearwardly. The helmet (10) further including a body contacting collar portion (18) extending from the head portion (12). The collar portion having a shoulder engaging portion (24) adapted to prevent said helmet (10) from tipping during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Greg Ginn
  • Publication number: 20090031482
    Abstract: A protective sport helmet, such as for lacrosse, includes a hard shell portion, a lining portion, and an adjustment mechanism. The inner side of the adjustment mechanism includes an adjustment protective pad. Together, the lining portion and the inner surface of the adjustment protective pad define an interior region of the helmet wherein the user's head is introduced. The adjustment mechanism includes a lower rear shell portion having a clutch mechanism that allows the user to manually adjust the size of the interior region via a strapping system of the helmet to couple snugly around the user's head. The clutching mechanism can prevent the interior region from being easily altered in the absence of manual adjustment to the adjustment mechanism. The strap includes a hard end material that engages the adjustment mechanism and a flexible, durable and tough material that conforms to a wearer's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Stokes, David C. Rogers, Duco W. Noordzij
  • Publication number: 20080184463
    Abstract: A cap-like head backing cover includes a plurality of types of cover components. The plurality of types of cover components include cover main body portions, and connecting means capable of separably connecting and combining the cover main body portions of one of the cover components to and with the cover main body portions of another at least one of the cover components. The cover main body portions of the plurality of types of cover components are connected to and combined with each other by the connecting means, to form the cap-like head backing cover which includes the plurality of types of cover components and is independent. With the helmet having this arrangement, even when a helmet wearer whose head shape is different from that of an average human head is to wear the helmet, the helmet can be matched to the head of the helmet wearer substantially optimally. The helmet size can be not only partially decreased but also partially increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Akira Sawabe