By Plural-part Rigging Patents (Class 2/420)
  • Patent number: 10306941
    Abstract: A sports helmet for protecting a head of a wearer, that comprises: an outer shell comprising an external surface of the sports helmet; inner padding disposed between the outer shell and the wearer's head; an adjustment mechanism operable by the wearer to vary an internal volume of the cavity to adjust a fit of the sports helmet on the wearer's head; and a rotational impact protection device disposed between the external surface of the sports helmet and the wearer's head when the sports helmet is worn, the rotational impact protection device comprising a surface movable relative to the external surface of the sports helmet in response to a rotational impact on the outer shell to absorb rotational energy from the rotational impact, the surface of the rotational impact protection device undergoing displacement when the adjustment mechanism is operated by the wearer to vary the internal volume of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Jacques Durocher, Jean-Francois Laperrière, Marie-Claude Généreux, Denis Coté
  • Patent number: 10299527
    Abstract: Headwear having an opening and a size adjustment device that are formed in a head receiving portion is provided, wherein the size adjustment device includes a first size adjustment unit that is disposed at a lower part of the opening and that can adjust a minute size, and a second size adjustment unit that is connected to the first size adjustment unit to adjust a size to a constant gap. Thereby, headwear that can adjust a minute size and that can satisfy various head sizes without an oppressive feeling can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: YUPOONG, INC.
    Inventor: Byoung-Woo Cho
  • Patent number: 10238165
    Abstract: A bicycle helmet system comprising a helmet and a chin bar is disclosed. The chin bar is removably coupled to the helmet and wrapped circumferentially around a portion of the helmet. The chin bar may include a rear buckle configured to tighten the chin bar around the helmet. The chin bar may also include two side buckles that engage with side recesses on the helmet when the chin bar is removably coupled to the helmet. The chin bar may also include two alignment protrusions positioned to engage with alignment recesses on the helmet when the chin bar is removably coupled to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Erin Kyle Ellison, Eamon Briggs, Benjamin Warren Penner
  • Patent number: 10149511
    Abstract: Protective headgear systems are disclosed. One protective headgear system includes an impact-resistant pad and a helmet. The impact-resistant pad includes a top portion configured to be positioned covering a top of a user's head, and first and second side portions extending downward from the top portion. The helmet is unconnected to the impact-resistant pad. The helmet is configured to be positioned overtop of the impact-resistant pad when the impact-resistant pad is positioned on the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Matscitechno Licensing Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 9717297
    Abstract: An improved protective shell for a helmet, where the shell has angled panels forming pyramid-like surface structures covering the surface of the helmet. Each pyramid-like structure has three or more panels conjoining to form an apex. In one embodiment, each of the panels is a triangle having a base and a point that conjoins adjacent panels, thereby forming the apex. The limited number of apex points and the orientation of the angled panels reduce the probability that an impacting object will deliver a square blow to the helmet. The probability is increased that such blows will be only glancing in nature, thereby reducing the severity of the blow and head injury to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Lenard Harris
  • Patent number: 9585432
    Abstract: A helmet has an inner liner made of foam material forming a body of the helmet. The inner liner has a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface defining a cavity for receiving the wearer's head. The inner liner has a plurality of beams extending from front to rear of the helmet and spaced apart to form vents therebetween, the vents being free of foam material between adjacent beams. Rigid bridge members are comolded with the inner liner to be partially concealed in the inner liner, the at least one bridge member having at least one bridge projecting out of the foam material of two adjacent beams and extending transversely in at least one of the vents. At least one strap is provided to attach the helmet to a wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: LOUIS GARNEAU SPORTS INC
    Inventors: Louis Garneau, Dominic Hamel
  • Patent number: 9392831
    Abstract: A non-rigid head guard assembly that provides protection against head collisions. The head guard is circular with a narrower section at the forehead and a wider section at the rear to protect the back of the head. The head guard, at the sections in contact with the temple area of the head and the back of the head, is reinforced with an additional layer of foam. The exterior of the assembly is made of breathable and moisture wicking fabric. The interior protective element consists of either a single layer of viscoelastic polyurethane foam or a dual layer viscoelastic polyurethane foam separated by a thin layer of semi-dry lubricant, which is a low friction material, for enhanced wear and corrosion protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: STORELLI SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Claudio Storelli, Jing Liang, Thomas Vincent Marchesi, Matthew Weill
  • Patent number: 9345282
    Abstract: An adjustable helmet having first and second shells and a single actuator comprising at least one tooth, the single actuator being moveable between: a first locked position, wherein the at least one tooth retains the first and second shells and the first and second shells define a first hollow space; a released position, wherein the at least one tooth no longer retains the first and second shells such that one of the first and second shells is moveable relative to the other of the first and second shells; and a second locked position, wherein the at least one tooth retains the first and second shells and the first and second shells define a second hollow space, the second hollow space being different than the first hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, INC.
    Inventors: Jacques Durocher, Marie-Claude Généreux
  • Patent number: 9314063
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a one-piece molded shell with an impact attenuation system. This system includes an impact attenuation member formed in an extent of the front shell portion by removing material from the front portion. The impact attenuation member is purposely engineered to change how the front portion responds to an impact force applied substantially normal to the front portion as compared to how other portions of the shell respond to that impact force. In one version, the impact attenuation member is a cantilevered segment formed in the front portion of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio Bologna, Nelson Kraemer, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 8881315
    Abstract: A helmet, which includes an injection molded shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, the injection molded shell including a first main body portion and a second main body portion, wherein the first and second main body portions are formed of a first material; and a first molded hinge portion formed intermediate the first and second main body portions, the molded hinge portion adapted to allow the first main body portion and the second main body portion to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: André Desjardins, Philippe Martin, Ryan Crelinsten
  • Patent number: 8856975
    Abstract: The invention relates to a headband means (1) used for applying a breathing mask (2) in a user's facial area. Said headband means (1) comprises a flexible band body that is provided with upper and lower band portions (3, 4) and is used for transmitting the mask holding forces required for applying the breathing mask. At least some portions of the band body are made of a foamed plastic material. The invention further relates to an application device (102) for a breathing mask, comprising a headband means which extends around the back of a user's head. The headband means encompasses a supporting structure (S) made of a material that can at least once be temporarily brought into a state in which at least some portions of the headband means can be individually adjusted to the shape of the back of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed R&D Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Lang, Achim Biener, Martin Bechtel, Harald Vögele, Caspar Graf Stauffenberg
  • Patent number: 8856973
    Abstract: A sports helmet having a front shell and a rear shell, and a plurality of straps interconnecting the front and rear shells. At least one of the straps is connected to the front shell along an inner surface thereof, and a portion of the at least one of the straps extending from the rear shell to the connection with the front shell is completely contained inside the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Bastien Jourde, Martin Laberge, Sebastien Morin
  • Patent number: 8832869
    Abstract: A helmet massager and a helmet thereof are provided. The helmet massager comprises a helmet. The helmet comprises a first helmet body. The first helmet body comprises a first left helmet body and a first right helmet body which are butt jointed. The first left helmet body and the first right helmet body respectively have a first left rack and a first right rack. The helmet further comprises an adjusting device. The adjusting device comprises a base, a gear, a ratchet body with ratchet teeth, and a knob for driving the ratchet body to rotate. The base is located at a butt-joint site of the first left helmet body and the first right helmet body. Each of the first left rack and the first right rack engages with the gear. The ratchet body is positioned on the gear. The knob is mounted on the ratchet body. The base has a ring of locking teeth. The ratchet body has a rotating state and a rest state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen Breo Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuejun Ma, Xuliang Wu, Tao Zhang, Yong Wan
  • Patent number: 8832870
    Abstract: An adjustable hockey helmet includes a front shell that is longitudinally movable relative to a rear shell to adjust the length of the helmet. One or more substantially rigid straps or similar elements are attached to the front shell and extend to the interior of the rear shell. A cam mechanism or similar device is included on the rear shell for securing the straps directly or indirectly against the interior of the rear shell to prevent longitudinal movement of the front shell relative to the rear shell once the helmet is adjusted to a desired length. Alternatively, the one or more straps may be attached to the rear shell and the cam mechanism may be included on the front shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Easton Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillaume Belanger, Jean-Francois Beland
  • Patent number: 8800065
    Abstract: A helmet is provided which is to be worn on the head of a helmet wearer and can be removed from the head with a comparatively small force. Operation for removing the helmet, including preliminary operation for it, can be performed easily and quickly. A recess-projection engaging mechanism to attach a blockish inside pad to a head protecting cap portion side includes an engaging pin on the inside pad side or head protecting cap portion side, and a notched engaging hole on the head protecting cap portion side or inside pad side. When pulling the inside pad outward from inside the head protecting cap portion at least partly, the engaging pin moves relative to outside the engaging hole through a notch of the engaging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8793816
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a protective headpiece for an athlete of a game using a projectile to protect at least a portion of the brow, temple and jaw of the athlete's head against impacts by the projectile. The protective head piece is releasably securable to the athlete's head and includes a mask portion comprising an impact resistant material. The mask portion includes a brow portion adapted to substantially shield the athlete's brow area and having opposed sides. A temple portion is positioned at each side of the brow portion and adapted to substantially shield the athlete's temple areas. The mask portion also includes a jaw portion extending from each of the temple portions and adapted to substantially shield at least the athlete's lower jaw. The jaw portion includes a front portion which defines an opening sized to permit frontal viewing of the athlete's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Hoplite Armour LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Emrich, John Larkin, Frederick Mariani, William Rempe
  • Patent number: 8745770
    Abstract: A head suspension includes a headband portion having a length and two transition arms. Each transition arm is coupled to the headband portion and extends away from the headband portion length at an angle greater than zero degrees. Each transition arm has a distal end and a pivot at the distal end. The pivot characterized by a pivot point and a rear support portion is pivotally connected to each pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Lars-Olov Ahlgren, Niklas Lilenthal, Arne O. Linderstrand
  • Patent number: 8713718
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Moelker
  • Patent number: 8572767
    Abstract: Technology for protective helmets is provided, with a particular focus on rear opening full-face helmets. Embodiments are primarily focussed on an emergency release mechanism for such helmets, which allows the helmet to be separated into a front and rear shell thereby to facilitate removal from a wearer's head with minimal stress to the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Voztec Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Bryant, John Vozzo
  • Patent number: 8505121
    Abstract: A head suspension includes a headband portion having a length and two transition arms. Each transition arm is coupled to the headband portion and extends away from the headband portion length at an angle greater than zero degrees. Each transition arm has a distal end and a pivot at the distal end. The pivot characterized by a pivot point and a rear support portion is pivotally connected to each pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Lars-Olov Ahlgren, Niklas M. S. Lilenthal, Arne O. Linderstrand
  • Patent number: 8443805
    Abstract: A respiratory mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a frame and a headgear assembly removably attachable to the frame. The headgear assembly includes a pair of side portions and a rear portion that interconnects the pair of side portions. The pair of side portions includes at least one strap. The rear portion has at least one strap constructed of at least two layers of material. One of the layers of material has a more rigid construction than the other of the layers of material to resist compression of the at least one strap of the rear portion in a first direction which resists movement of the at least one strap of the pair of side straps in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Amal S. Amarasinghe, Perry D. Lithgow, Memduh Guney
  • Patent number: 8418270
    Abstract: A helmet, which includes an injection molded shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, the injection molded shell including a first main body portion and a second main body portion, wherein the first and second main body portions are formed of a first material; and a first molded hinge portion formed intermediate the first and second main body portions, the molded hinge portion adapted to allow the first main body portion and the second main body portion to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: André Desjardins, Philippe Martin, Ryan Crelinsten
  • Patent number: 8359672
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Moelker
  • Patent number: 8353066
    Abstract: Strap buckles for headgear can be independently adjusted by single-handed operation while the headgear is worn. To tighten the straps, the wearer pulls a strap buckle toward the chin. The adjustment preferably involves a 1:1 length-adjustment ratio, such that the strap is shortened substantially by the amount the wearer pulls on the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Artisent, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Rogers, Edward R. Hall
  • Patent number: 8296868
    Abstract: An adjustable hockey helmet includes a front shell that is longitudinally movable relative to a rear shell to adjust the length of the helmet. One or more substantially rigid straps or similar elements are attached to the front shell and extend to the interior of the rear shell. A cam mechanism or similar device is included on the rear shell for securing the straps directly or indirectly against the interior of the rear shell to prevent longitudinal movement of the front shell relative to the rear shell once the helmet is adjusted to a desired length. Alternatively, the one or more straps may be attached to the rear shell and the cam mechanism may be included on the front shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Easton Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillaume Belanger, Jean-Francois Beland
  • Patent number: 8191179
    Abstract: The present invention covers a hockey helmet for receiving a head of a player. The helmet comprises an outer shell made of first and second materials having respective first and second flexibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacques Durocher, Jean-François Laperrière, Marie-Claude Généreux, Denis Côté, Sébastien Lambert
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20110265254
    Abstract: A helmet massager and a helmet thereof are provided. The helmet massager comprises a helmet. The helmet comprises a first helmet body. The first helmet body comprises a first left helmet body and a first right helmet body which are butt jointed. The first left helmet body and the first right helmet body respectively have a first left rack and a first right rack. The helmet further comprises an adjusting device. The adjusting device comprises a base, a gear, a ratchet body with ratchet teeth, and a knob for driving the ratchet body to rotate. The base is located at a butt-joint site of the first left helmet body and the first right helmet body. Each of the first left rack and the first right rack engages with the gear. The ratchet body is positioned on the gear. The knob is mounted on the ratchet body. The base has a ring of locking teeth. The ratchet body has a rotating state and a rest state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: SHENZHEN BREO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuejun Ma, Xuliang Wu, Tao Zhang, Yong Wan
  • Patent number: 8015625
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components
    Inventors: Michael Grim, David E Stroud
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090044315
    Abstract: An adjustable hockey helmet includes a front shell that is longitudinally movable relative to a rear shell to adjust the length of the helmet. One or more substantially rigid straps or similar elements are attached to the front shell and extend to the interior of the rear shell. A cam mechanism or similar device is included on the rear shell for securing the straps directly or indirectly against the interior of the rear shell to prevent longitudinal movement of the front shell relative to the rear shell once the helmet is adjusted to a desired length. Alternatively, the one or more straps may be attached to the rear shell and the cam mechanism may be included on the front shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Guillaume Belanger, Jean-Francois Beland
  • Publication number: 20080189835
    Abstract: A protective helmet, particularly for sports and work use, comprising a rigid outer shell which itself comprises a front cap (2) having a concavity able to cover at least the upper part of the cranium, and a rear cap (3) having a concavity able to cover the rear part of the cranium. Said caps (2, 3) are mutually movable, the rear cap (3) being connected to the front cap (2) in such a manner as to rotate relative to this latter about an axis (A) transverse to the vertical plane of symmetry of the cranium, between a raised position and a lowered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: MANGO SPORT SYSTEM S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonio Vincezo Mangone
  • Publication number: 20020035748
    Abstract: An adjustable protective helmet for sporting activities comprising a first and second shell component, each having respective cooperating overlapping segments extending transversely across the top portion of the wearer's head for connecting together to form a helmet shell assembly circumscribing the wearer's head. The shells are movable relative to one another in the overlapping segments to provide size adjustability of the helmet. The protective helmet includes a shock absorbing pad assembly inside comprising at least two padding sections, one padding section comprising an opening, the other padding section comprising an extension loosely fitting within the opening and shaped to allow relative longitudinal motion between the padding sections; the padding sections further comprising stopping means to limit the relative longitudinal motion between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Inventor: Bertrand Racine
  • Publication number: 20020007508
    Abstract: An adjustable helmet, particularly a cyclist's helmet having at least one longitudinal spar which is intended to be positioned above the parting, two end pieces one of which is intended to be positioned above the forehead and the other one above the back of the head. Guides between the end pieces and the longitudinal spar which are aligned approximately in parallel with the parting. Two lateral elements which are intended to be positioned above the temples, guides between the end pieces and the lateral elements which are aligned obliquely to the parting, and an adjusting and/or locating device for the relative position of the longitudinal spar, end pieces, and lateral elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventors: Theo H. Grepper, Martin Knoepfli
  • Patent number: 6324700
    Abstract: An adjustable protective helmet for sporting activities comprising a first shell and second shell, having respective cooperating inner and outer overlapping portions extending transversely across the top portion of the wearer's head for connecting together the shells to form a bowl shaped shell assembly circumscribing the wearer's head. The shells are movable relative to one another in the overlapping portions to provide size adjustability of the helmet. The helmet includes a shock absorbing liner inside the shell assembly. The shell assembly comprises a ramp defined by a plurality of raised formations on the inside surface of the shell assembly, that is adjacent and facing a free edge of the inner overlapping portion thereby increasing the contact surface area between the liner and the shell assembly around said overlapping portions in order to reduce the concentration of force of an impact in the vicinity of the overlapping portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Bauer Nike Hockey Inc.
    Inventor: Todd McDougall
  • Patent number: 6085357
    Abstract: A headgear fitting and accessory system is disclosed for use with headgear having a forward portion, a rearward portion, two lateral portions, a continuous lower rim and an upper crown. The headgear fitting and accessory system includes a flexible pad configured to be positioned within the interior of the headgear. The pad has a lower ring-forming portion configured for placement adjacent the headgear lower rim. The pad may incorporate one or more suspension straps extending from the lower ring-forming portion and configured for placement adjacent the headgear upper crown. The pad may also be provided with one or more sizing flaps pivotally connected to the lower ring-forming portion and configured for placement between a folded position wherein the sizing flaps are folded between the ring-forming portion and the headgear, and an unfolded position wherein the sizing flaps are not folded between the ring-forming portion and the headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Troxel Cycling & Fitness, LLC
    Inventor: Lester Broersma
  • Patent number: 5996126
    Abstract: Crown pad of flexible material including a central body portion and a plurality of radially disposed members for flexing inwardly to conform to the crown of a person's head. The crown pad is for being connected to the central portions of head straps residing interiorly of a head-protective helmet. The flexible crown pad may be compressible causing the crown pad to attenuate or absorb some force or energy upon an object striking the helmet. A head-protective helmet in combination with such crown pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Cairns & Brother Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Barthold, Louis Orotelli
  • Patent number: 5956776
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable helmet having a front shell and a back shell that are movably secured to one another and that comprise engaging members that may be held together by a locking mechanism comprising a cam that pivots about an axis extending in a direction that is substantially parallel to a side portion of the helmet. The locking mechanism of the present invention has the advantage of exerting a compressive force on a substantial portion of the engaging members thereby providing a more solid engagement. The locking mechanism also has the advantage of being easily replaceable by a conventional mounting screw assembly. The helmet of the present invention is particularly well suited for use in hockey or other like sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Bauer Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Chartrand
  • Patent number: 5953761
    Abstract: The protective headgear, such as a catcher's/umpire's headgear, is defined by a forward substantially concave rigid shell and a rear substantially concave rigid shell articulately interconnected together adjacent upper portions thereof. Resilient straps snap-secure opposite lower side portions of the forward shell to opposite lower edge portions of the rear shell. A rigid framework having a relatively large view opening is fastened to a view opening of the forward shell to afford maximum visibility to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: AMPAC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Jurga, Charles O'Brien, Eric Niskanen
  • Patent number: 5806101
    Abstract: An accessory such as a welding helmet is attached to a protective cap by means of a continuous band mounted to the inside of the accessory. The band is in the form of two pieces having overlapping ends which are adjustably connected together to accommodate different size protective caps. A hook structure may be provided on the band for hooking around the lower edge of the protective cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Fibre--Metal Products Co.
    Inventors: Gary J. Thurwanger, Timothy Bishop
  • Patent number: 5584073
    Abstract: An integrated helmet system for presenting the wearer with visible images in which an outer helmet providing a surface on which the images are projected is adapted to be assembled on the frame of an inner helmet having a headband on which the frame is mounted for adjustment in front to back and side to side directions. A fixture adapted to be mounted on the frame provides a simulation of the images to be presented to the wearer on a surface positioned in front of the frame at a distance equal to the distance between the frame and the outer helmet viewing surface when the outer helmet was assembled on the frame, thus to permit the frame to be adjusted relative to the headband so that the outer helmet viewing surface is properly positioned with reference to the wearer's eyes when the outer helmet is assembled on the inner helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William Radzelovage, Frederick M. Ingram, William H. Jagoe
  • Patent number: 5079780
    Abstract: A protective helmet assembly including an outer impact shell and an inner impact attenuation liner assembly wherein the inner liner assembly includes an adjustable headband assembly comprised of a front headband member and a rear spring-loaded headband member under the control of a chinstrap into a fitted configuration about the head of the user by a clip assembly. The inner impact attenuation liner assembly is mounted within the outer impact shell to separate therefrom under predetermined load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Cairns & Brother, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Coombs, Adolfo A. Ferreira, Scott J. Miller
  • Patent number: 5012533
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single-shell helmet made from a styrene or polystyrene-based foam plastic. Unlike in the case of the hitherto known one-piece helmets of this type, the invention subdivides the helmet into shell parts, which are integrated together by means of hinged areas and can be easily adapted to different head sizes by means of an adjusting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: K. W. Hochschorner GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Raffler
  • Patent number: 4942628
    Abstract: A head protection or helmet suspension is shown having a ratchet adjustment apparatus for the adjustment of the suspension size where the ratchet apparatus is comprised of three parts, all pre-molded of resilient plastic material and having a pre-molded spring fixed around the center of the adjustment knob to engage pins in the ratchet case to lock the suspension size in position. The assembly has no metal parts and is therefore suitable for use around electricity and electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventor: Paul X. Freund
  • Patent number: 4888831
    Abstract: An adjustable head band suspension system for use in a safety hat shell is disclosed. The suspension system includes a head encircling head strap having overlapping rear end portions and an arc shaped channel adapted to fit the back of a wearer's head. The overlapping end portions of the head strap are slidably disposed in the channel. A suitable adjusting device, such as a rack and pinion or buckle is attached to the channel to adjust the amount of overlap of the end portions. The channel is attached by means of a pair of tabs to a rear interior surface portion of the shell and a front end portion of the head strap is connected to a forward interior surface portion of the shell. A manually compressible, resilient buckle assembly is disclosed which can be used by itself for adjusting and maintaining the desired length of overlap of the overlapping end portions of a head strap or which can be used in association with the arc shaped channel as a central portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: E. D. Bullard Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Oleson
  • Patent number: 4766614
    Abstract: A lightweight protective headgear having ventilating qualities and having an outer shell, an elastomeric liner with a plurality of elastomeric members arranged with airspace therebetween and a porous material to keep the wearer's hair from filling the airspace between said elastomeric members. The elastomeric members have a base and a surface tapering towards a truncated apex and are arranged in a loosely fitted side by side pattern with their small ends directed axially inward for engaging the head of a wearer and with their large ends engaging the inside of the outer shell. The elastomeric members vary in height to conform the liner to the wearer's head and are arranged along the inside of the outer shell in front to back rows having greater spacing between the rows than between the elastomeric members in the rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Inventors: Jay S. Cantwell, William R. Burkett
  • Patent number: RE32569
    Abstract: An improved protective helmet for use by an infantryman or the like in which a suspension frame of relatively rigid material has a peripheral channel provided at one location around the frame with a slightly inwardly inclined portion adapted to receive a slightly outwardly directed portion of the edge of a rigid outer ballistic helmet body to permit the body to be swung to a position in which the entire edge thereof is received in the channel and in which position the body is securely held by a single fastener. The frame is formed with a plurality of generally upwardly extending fingers which removably receive envelopes carrying pads of resilient material which adapt the frame to accommodate a range of head sizes. A light line or cord is threaded through holes and slots around the frame releasably to secure both the crown assembly straps and the chin strap supports to the frame while maintaining the positions of the strap ends at predetermined locations around the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jackson A. Aileo, Leonard P. Frieder, Jr.