Chest Protector Patents (Class 2/463)
  • Patent number: 10551151
    Abstract: An attachment slot includes a layer of flexible material and a cut formed within the layer of flexible material. The cut includes a first cut end, a second cut end, a first segment, a second segment, and a third segment. The first segment extends from the first cut end to the third segment and has a first curvature defined by a first radius of curvature at a first intersection between the first segment and the third segment. The second segment extends from the second cut end to the third segment and has a second curvature defined by a second radius of curvature at a second intersection between the second segment and the third segment. The third segment has a third segment length that extends from the first intersection to the second intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Point Blank Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Jered LeMarbe
  • Patent number: 10337140
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a penetration-resistant article that includes a textile fabric made from aramid fibers finished with finish solids. The finish solids include a carbonic acid polyester. The penetration-resistant article can be a fragment protection mat, a bullet-proof vest, a flak jacket, a stab-resistant vest, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Rudiger Hartert, Peter Gerard Akker
  • Patent number: 10082370
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in facilitating force-on-force (FOF) training. Specifically, an impact marking vest (IMV) for use in registering a ballistic impact event upon a three-dimensional target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall M. Lee, Jerry L. Jones
  • Patent number: 9968474
    Abstract: A therapeutic stretching device includes a strap; a fulcrum member centrally located on the strap and arranged to be placed behind the back of a user's neck and operable as a fulcrum for cervical spinal extension; first and second shoulder pads attached to the strap on either side of the fulcrum member, the shoulder pads arranged to assist the strap in pulling shoulder joints of the user backwards and to create bilateral glenohumeral external rotation; and at least one pair of loops disposed on the strap, wherein shoulder pads are disposed between the fulcrum member and the pair of loops, the loops being disposed and sized for right and left hand or wrist placement during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GEBO LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9826783
    Abstract: A chest binder for holding breast tissue substantially flat relative to a thorax of a wearer's body has a front panel of an elasticized fabric, an inner front panel of a non-stretch material, and a back panel of the elasticized fabric. The front panel and the inner front panel are at least partially joined along corresponding peripheral edges by seams of stitching and are slidable with respect to each other between the peripheral edges. The front panel and the back panel are at least partially joined along corresponding peripheral edges by seams of stitching. The beast tissue of the wearer is held substantially flat relative to the thorax of the wearer's body when the chest binder covers the thorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Marli Washington Design, LLC
    Inventors: Marli J. Washington, Karen Larenas
  • Patent number: 9586125
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting against injuries to the head and neck includes a head harness; a body anchor component; and tensioners extending between and interconnecting the head harness and the body anchor component. The tensioners limit the range of movement of the head. Each tensioner is a composite band or strap having an elastic member and an inelastic member. An additional linking member in the connection between the tensioner and the body anchor component preferably has viscoelastic properties and cushions or dampens rapid acceleration of the tensioners during an impact to the head, such as when a tackle is made in football. The additional linking member preferably is a solid material with viscoelastic characteristics. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to be worn under a football helmet and shoulder pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: MIOFLEX, LLC
    Inventors: Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Jeremy Losaw, Michael Starkey, Juan Carlos Perez, Thomas James Philpott, Daniel Lee Bizzell
  • Patent number: 9427625
    Abstract: An airbag rescue system employed as a life-saving system to enable a person to survive an avalanche or other situation, such as a water rescue. The airbag system includes an air movement device that takes the form of a source of compressed air or an electrically powered air mover, such as one that includes a bladed rotor for inflating the airbag with ambient air, such as 100% ambient air, for example. The system further includes a supporting device, such as a harness or a backpack, for supporting the inflatable airbag and the powered air movement device on a user in a ready position of the airbag rescue system. The system also includes triggering device that includes a trigger handle configured and arranged to initiate inflation of the inflatable airbag by being manipulated by the user. In the ready position of the airbag rescue system, while the airbag is not yet in a deployed position, the trigger handle is conveniently externally accessible for the user to trigger the inflation of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Gordon Rose, Gary Bryant
  • Patent number: 9173436
    Abstract: A MOLLE system compatible garment has a lightweight attachment structure with a skeleton of horizontal bands connected by a vertical bands. The garment has a unitary bearing frame assembly composed of a glued layup of a substrate which is adhered to an outside layer. The layup is cut to define holes delimiting horizontal bands interrupted at regular intervals by vertical bands presenting attachment points that correspond to those of a conventional PALS webbing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: LINEWEIGHT LLC
    Inventor: Caleb Clark Crye
  • Publication number: 20150135420
    Abstract: Protective gear is disclosed including a protective vest and eyewear. An example method of protecting a user both during and after an attack may include providing the protective vest to be worn by the user during the attack; and providing eyewear to obscure vision of the user from traumatic scenes following the attack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Colin Daugherty
  • Publication number: 20150128334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a standalone wearable protector 1, comprising: a thin layer supporting fabric 2, at least one inflatable bag 13 housed in a seat 19 provided in said supporting fabric 2, at least one gas generator 12 acting as inflating means connected to said inflatable bag 13 and fastened directly or indirectly to said supporting fabric 2, a control unit 10 also fastened directly or indirectly to said supporting fabric 2 and suitable for activating said inflating means 12 and sensing means 5 connected to said control unit 10 and provided on said supporting fabric 2. The present invention also relates to a protective clothing assembly comprising a protective garment 30, 50 made of material resistant to abrasion and friction stresses and said standalone wearable protector 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Giovanni Mazzarolo, Marco Signorelli
  • Publication number: 20150113829
    Abstract: A chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid may include a tensile member extending between a first chamber barrier layer and a second chamber barrier layer and including a plurality of tethers extending between the first tensile member layer and the second tensile member layer. The chamber may include stitching through the tensile member in a stitched region. When the chamber is pressurized with the pressurized fluid, a substantial majority of the first tensile member layer is separated from the second tensile member layer by a distance that corresponds to a length of the plurality of tethers. In addition, the first tensile member layer is held in contact with the second tensile member layer by the stitching in the stitched region, thereby forming an area of the chamber having a reduced thickness relative to adjacent portions of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay A. Kodad
  • Patent number: 8997267
    Abstract: A protective garment comprising a form-fitting, stretchable inner garment for covering part of a body of a wearer, the inner garment including a plurality of cushioning pads attached thereto with portions of the inner garment being free of the cushioning pads, and an outer shell partially overlying the inner garment, the outer shell including a plurality of flexibly interconnected protective pads cooperating with the cushioning pads to protect at least a major part of the portion of the body, the protective pads being more rigid that the cushioning pads, and the outer shell being separable from the inner garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Leif Skottheim, Alain Castonguay, Pierre Paiment
  • Patent number: 8990971
    Abstract: A load bearing vest comprising a yoke, a core for carrying armor attached to the yoke, and a waist belt assembly for distributing weight to the waist or hips of a user attached to the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Archanged Armor LLC
    Inventor: Paul Carter
  • Publication number: 20150082524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system of personal body armor in which a chest protector is removably attached to the shoulder straps of a backpack. The chest protector and the backpack may be equipped with sleeves into which a variety of armor plates can be inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: David Ben David
  • Patent number: 8980773
    Abstract: This invention pertains to an article for use in body armor, comprising a plurality of discrete sheet subassemblies contoured to the shape of a female breast arranged in a stack, without bonding, such that the breast contours are positioned on top of each other, each of the subassemblies comprising at least two nonwoven layers of high tenacity yarns such as par-aramid, a binder and a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Minshon J. Chiou, Clifford K. Deakyne
  • Publication number: 20150059070
    Abstract: Provided is a post-operative pillow garment for therapeutic use by patients recovering from chest or abdominal surgery, particularly heart surgery, and having two detachable members wherein the members include a front member and rear member. The front member and rear member can be attached to one another via adjustable shoulder and torso straps forming a vest-like garment, covering the front and back midsection region of the patient and extending from the cervical area to the navel. The front member includes a soft stuffing or padded material intended to act as a pillow for compression when coughing, sneezing and the like, wherein the rear member may be padded for comfort. The post-operative pillow garment can be worn while sleeping and is reusable. There can be a fastener disposed on the exterior surface of the front member and both the shoulder and torso straps for adjustability thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Elliot Boston, JR.
  • Patent number: 8966723
    Abstract: An adjustment and fixation system can be adopted, for example, for use with a protection vest for two-wheeled vehicle drivers. The system can include: at least a set of a teethed strap (1); a plug-in device (2) of the strap; the strap (1) being composed by several teeth (4) with a quadratic form; a step in quadratic form belonging to the plug-in device (2), that due to its indenture (3), works as a lever, enabling together with the teeth (4), the blocking and/or fixing of the strap movement, enabling the protector's correct fitting. During use, it is only necessary to press the extremity (10) of the device. The system can be configured to enable a more suitable adjustment and fixation for protection vests, so that the same can be adjusted while the driver is in movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Polisport Plasticos, S.A.
    Inventors: Jeremy Len Lathrop, Sergio Bruno Oliveira Tavares
  • Patent number: 8959671
    Abstract: A protective device and methods for protecting a selected portion of a mammal's body from an impact is disclosed. In some embodiments, the protective device is placed adjacent to or in close proximity to the selected portion of the mammal's body, and the protective device acts to reflect, deflect, and/or otherwise divert impact energy that has been transferred to the protective device to areas of the mammal's body that are not within the selected portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Mandak
  • Patent number: 8918920
    Abstract: An impact protection device may include a front protective assembly and a rear protective assembly. The front protective assembly and/or the rear protective assembly may include protective pads that can be removed in order to better accommodate a neck brace. The protective pads may be left in place when no neck brace is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Shock Doctor, Inc.
    Inventors: Bastien Jourde, Bill Best
  • Patent number: 8869316
    Abstract: A modular body armor system (100) includes an upper shoulder harness (102) in which shoulder straps (106, 108) are pivotally rotatable relative to each other and also to front and back connecting bridges (112, 114) that define a closed loop for the harness (102). Armor plates (124, 126) are attachable to the bridges (112, 114) and extend generally downwardly to protect the front and back torso regions of a wearer of the body armor (100). Pivotal articulation of the body armor (100) permits the armor to roll advantageously with the movement of its wearer such that movement, such as crouching or the adoption of a firing position, is not generally restricted. A lower girdle (104) incorporates additional plates and panels (140, 142, 105, 152) to provide enhanced protection to the wearer, which lower girdle (104) may be entirely independent of the upper shoulder harness (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Mark Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140289939
    Abstract: A piece of apparel or wearable equipment is provided for wave surfers. The purpose of the apparel is to prevent undue pressure on a surfer's chest during the ‘paddling’ operation, where the surfer lies belly down upon the surfboard and paddles out to sea. The apparel consists of a wetsuit-like supporting article encircling the torso, having cushioning members embedded therein that absorb the pressure of the surfers body upon the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dotan OMER
  • Publication number: 20140245527
    Abstract: A comfort guard apparatus and method of use comprises a compartmentalized chamber positioned adjacent to protective equipment such as shin guards, chest protectors, and helmets. In one embodiment, the apparatus is interchangeable and removably positioned between the user and the protective equipment. In another embodiment, the apparatus is built in to the protective equipment including clothing such as shirts and pants. The apparatus can be replaced with a freshly cooled or warmed version during use. The apparatus conforms to the body of the user, keep the chamber in contact with a greater surface area, and prevent the contents of the compartments from gravitating towards edges. Adjacent compartments can be separated by a breakable membrane or contain breakable packets. The apparatus cushions the user from abrupt edges of the protective equipment. The apparatus, positioned against the body of the wearer, regulates the wearer's body temperature which contributes to enhanced athletic performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Brent Douglas, Noah Douglas
  • Patent number: 8819984
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a firearm stabilization apparatus having (1) a main body further having a stopped dado which forms a depression on a front surface of the main body; a first magnet positioned within the depression; a slot along a edge of the main body; and a second magnet positioned within the slot; and (2) a firearm further with a third magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Asymmetric Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Borkowski, Michael Cress-Holton Clanton
  • Patent number: 8813263
    Abstract: A vest incorporating a pull element operatively connected to a plurality of tether lines extending along pathways to panel connection points at which front and rear panels of the vest are adjoined. When the pull element is extended away from the vest, the tether lines are placed into tension thereby causing the connection assemblies to be disengaged and the front and rear panels of the vest can fall away from one another. Locking elements within the connection assemblies return to their locking position upon release of the tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Parisi, Jr., Martin J. Nilsen, Jeffrey D. Anderson, Christopher A. J. Iannello
  • Patent number: 8756718
    Abstract: An undergarment to be worn beneath a protective vest or uniform permits escape of perspiration and heat, and ventilation so that the wearer can remain reasonably comfortable while wearing the vest. The undergarment has vertically elongated ribs or bars space the vest away from the torso to create ventilation channels. Heat and perspiration vapor escape at the neck of the vest. The ribs or bars can each comprise a cloth strip or pocket sewn onto the garment, to contain a lightweight rod of open-cell or closed-cell polyethylene foam. Three or more of these ribs can be sewn onto the front, and two or more sewn onto the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Tymofy
  • Publication number: 20140020161
    Abstract: A head and neck protection system is provided that includes a dome including a rear frame and a cage attached to a front of the rear frame and an upper torso padded portion removably attached to a bottom of the dome portion. The dome is configured such that a when a wearer's head moves in its full range of motion, the wearer's head does not touch the inside of the dome portion in any direction such that a force from a collision is transmitted to the wearer's upper torso, thereby bypassing the wearer's head and neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Roger J. Mason
  • Publication number: 20140013495
    Abstract: This invention is a torso-body shaped frame vest-like garment that is designed to function as ballistic armor. This garment contains inserts comprised of unitary panels of pliable ballistic material capable of stopping bullets from most handguns. The use of a torso pattern sloper as a base structure for frame design allows this garment to be adapted for all types of wearable apparel besides vests such as jackets, coats, suits, shirts, etc., and allows for an increased range of movement and level of comfort. Unlike most other types of ballistic armor that is concealed by being worn under normal clothing this garment is designed to be used as outerwear that can complement casual, business, or other professional attire. Its function as fashionable, concealable, and comfortable ballistic armor is achieved by using design methods, sewing techniques, ornamental trim applications, and fabric applications common to high fashion casual and professional attire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Doo Kalmanson Aquino
  • Publication number: 20140007330
    Abstract: An appendage protector for an article of protective gear is provided. The protector includes an upper arm protector portion, a lower arm protector portion, and a protective arm hinge overlying a gap between the upper and lower arm protector portions. The arm hinge includes a forward-facing floater pad, a medial extension, and a lateral extension. The medial and lateral extensions are slidably coupled to at least one of the upper and lower arm protector portions to guide forward movement of the floater pad during rotation of the lower arm protector portion toward the upper arm protector portion, and to guide rearward movement of the floater pad during rotation of the lower arm protector portion away from the upper arm protector portion. The arm protector can form part of a goaltender chest protector to provide an integrated system allowing fluid movement of the wearer's arm with enhanced protection to the elbow region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: WARRIOR SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter B. Smith, Neal A. Watts, François O. Dagneau
  • Patent number: 8621674
    Abstract: A reversible chest protector includes internal padding configured to absorb impacts against both the front and rear-facing surfaces of the chest protector. The chest protector includes inner and outer layers of fabric that are molded to an internal foam core. The foam core may include outer layers of closed-cell foam molded to the fabric layers, and an internal layer of open-cell foam molded to the closed-cell foam layers, such that the padding layup is symmetrical. Other features and advantages will appear hereinafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Easton Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: David Perreault, Thomas Hoke, Dmitry Rusakov
  • Publication number: 20140000016
    Abstract: A shirt or jersey for sports such as soccer incorporates a slow rebound foam pad to aid in controlling a ball that strikes the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Claudio Storelli, Jing Liang
  • Publication number: 20130305440
    Abstract: Protective components may include a plate element and a cushioning element that are secured together with a hook-and-loop fastening system. The cushioning element may include a pair of material layers and a pad or a plurality of pad components located between the material layers. The plate element may include a polymer material and the pad may include a polymer foam material, with the polymer material of the plate element having greater rigidity and density than the polymer foam material of the pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Nike, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130291294
    Abstract: A protector for a goaltender is provided and may include an upper portion having a first surface opposing a thorax of the goaltender and a second surface formed on an opposite side of the upper portion than the first surface. A lower portion may be attached to the upper portion and may include a third surface opposing an abdomen of the goaltender and a fourth surface formed on an opposite side of the lower portion than the third surface. The third surface may oppose the second surface throughout a range of relative motion between the upper portion and the lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Manny Legace
  • Publication number: 20130276218
    Abstract: A vest incorporating a pull element operatively connected to a plurality of tether lines extending along pathways to panel connection points at which front and rear panels of the vest are adjoined. When the pull element is extended away from the vest, the tether lines are placed into tension thereby causing the connection assemblies to be disengaged and the front and rear panels of the vest can fall away from one another. Locking elements within the connection assemblies return to their locking position upon release of the tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Parisi, JR., Martin J. Nilsen, Jeffrey D. Anderson, Christopher A.J. Iannello
  • Publication number: 20130247289
    Abstract: An impact transfer device comprising a device body, an impact zone shield associated with a first body region, and at least one body contact associated with a second body region, each body contact comprising at least one contact surface, and at least one attaching means for attaching the impact transfer device to a person. At least a portion of a force applied to the impact surface is transferred to the second body region of said person through said contact surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: RONALD DUHAME
  • Publication number: 20130247288
    Abstract: An electrically conductive protective garment ensemble worn as an electric stun device misuse countermeasure comprising a variety of clothing articles made from metal coated fabrics with each individual clothing article selectively fastened to another in a manner as to ensure electrical continuity throughout the garment ensemble and to an electrical ground. An electric stun device will be effectively short circuited to itself and/or to an electrical ground when the stun voltage is applied to the garment ensemble and be rendered inoperable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Louis Kotos
  • Publication number: 20130219600
    Abstract: Multi-layer non-woven fabric material composed of non-woven fiber sheets of aramide/polyethylene fibers, impregnated with resin and/or a filler material, and oriented at various angles, which is used for manufacturing protection garments. The invention also describes a method for manufacturing said multi-layer non-woven fabric material and the protection garments thus obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: MULTI AXIAL, LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Atorrasagasti, Jorge Enrique Bosso
  • Patent number: 8505122
    Abstract: The invention provides a sports impact protection system adaptable for use with ordinary sports apparel such shirts, pants and shorts. The system includes one or more impact absorbing pads and means for reversibly attaching the pads to sports apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Michael S. Green, Cliff L. Zatz
  • Patent number: 8500670
    Abstract: The invention relates to a variable tension chest support for use by patients having undergone thoracic surgery. The chest support may be worn directly on the skin of a patient and comprises a band of stretchable material and one or more grips which are wholly or partially concealed within pockets with which the patient may alter the tension of the chest encircling band. The device allows a patient to modify the level of tension applied to the chest, thus managing the recovery process, while providing a basic level of support at all times the support is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Doris Hjorth Hansen
  • Publication number: 20130185852
    Abstract: Protective apparel for use in martial arts or fitness training exercises involving contact between two participants, such as pad work or spar training, comprises a strike surface (11) carried on an inflatable bladder (12), and securing means (21-23) to enable the apparel (10, 40) to be worn by a user (30) during spar training. During use, the inflatable bladder (12) is inflated to a sufficient pressure to withstand strikes from a sparring partner. The protective apparel may take the form of a torso protector (10) or thigh protector (40), or other variants. These may be worn by the user (30) either alone or in combination to increase the area of the strike surface (11), and thus also increase the area of the user's body (30) which is protected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Limited
    Inventors: Richard Vince, Andrew Woodhead
  • Publication number: 20130185851
    Abstract: A vest incorporating a pull element operatively connected to a plurality of tether lines extending along pathways to panel connection points at which front and rear panels of the vest are adjoined. When the pull element is extended away from the vest, the tether lines are placed into tension thereby causing the connection assemblies to be disengaged and the front and rear panels of the vest can fall away from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Martin J. Nilsen, Fred Fulcher, Martin Garcia
  • Publication number: 20130152290
    Abstract: A removable healthcare and protective multi-functional leisurewear, particularly the leisurewear with protective plates that can be changed according to a desired level of safety is disclosed. The multi-functional leisurewear includes a plurality of accommodating bags on the leisurewear, and each accommodating bag has a pocket formed on a surface of the leisurewear, and the accommodating bag is provided for containing a protective plate that is swapped from the pocket, and the protective plate is formed by sequentially stacking and combining a flexible wear-resisting layer, a polycarbonate layer with an increased or decreased thickness changed according to the desired level of safety, and a flexible buffer layer attached closely to a wearer's body, so as to improve the convenience of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Chi-Liang CHOU
  • Publication number: 20130145532
    Abstract: A torso protecting impact dampening aquatic sport vest for use by novice and experienced divers is an apparatus that reduces forces felt by a diver's torso upon impacting the water's surface after a dive. The present invention is lightweight and compact in construction and designed to cover and protect the diver's anterior and posterior areas of their torso without impeding their range of motion. The present invention is of negligible buoyancy relative to water. The garment detachably and adjustably fastens ensuring the best fitment on a particular diver. The present invention contains impact dampening material that does not impede or negatively impact the diver's ability to perform various complex diving maneuvers. The garment comprises an anterior section and a posterior section that are detachably and adjustably coupled by way of a fastener assembly. The anterior and posterior sections each comprise an impact dampening material enclosed within a water resistant layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Denis BONDARENKO
  • Publication number: 20130133130
    Abstract: A concealable armored vest is provided. The armored vest can include a ballistic insert and a contoured member that overlies the ballistic insert to obscure the outline of the ballistic insert from view. The foam insert can include tapered end portions that flatten as they extend laterally outward of the ballistic insert. The armored vest can also include a downwardly extending retention panel having a retention member to limit vertical movement of the vest. The retention panel can be tucked into a lower body garment, and the retention member can be oversized to inhibit the sliding retraction of the retention panel from the lower body garment. The retention member can include a longitudinal foam element generally parallel to the waistline and generally coextensive with the lowermost portion of the retention panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: LINEWEIGHT LLC
    Inventors: Caleb Clark Crye, Matthew Aaron Johnson
  • Patent number: 8449486
    Abstract: A back and neck cushion therapy device for wearing, attaching to a backpack, or placing over a chair. The device can include a pouch with a traction device disposed therein. The traction device can include a head, a body, and a lower back traction. Straps can be connected to the pouch, allowing a user to strap the device about the user. The traction device can have various indention load deflections, providing firmness or softness. The traction device can be shearable, allowing the user to cut the traction device to a custom size. The pouch can be fastened to a backpack. A reversible back and neck cushion therapy device can include two pouches with two traction devices, such that a user can select a firm side or a soft side. The reversible back and neck cushion therapy device can be hung over a chair back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Jose Gomez, Jr., Victor B. Ramos
  • Publication number: 20130036538
    Abstract: An apparatus to be worn on an individual's shoulders, chest and back below a full face helmet to limit the occurrence of cervical spinal cord injuries in the event of a crash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Brady Sheren
  • Patent number: 8365316
    Abstract: An airbag jacket having a good fitting performance of an expanded airbag for a body in the airbag jacket where the airbag is expanded along an outer surface of the body of the wearer. An airbag 2 is provided in a manner so as to cover a waistline and both shoulders of the wearer. An inside of the airbag 2 is partitioned into a plurality of cells 2a by means of that an inner panel 3 constituting a first surface on a wearer side of the airbag 2 and an outer panel 4 constituting a second surface on an opposite side to the wearer is partially stitched by means of a line-shaped stitching portion 6. Each of the cells 2a is formed to have a shape extending in a body height direction of the wearer. Thereby, the airbag 2 is brought to be expanded along an outer surface of a body portion of the wearer as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignees: Takata Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-soo Jan, Shinichi Sugimoto, Akifumi Takedomi, Tadahiro Igawa, Hiroshi Goto, Yuki Kobayashi, Masayoshi Orita
  • Publication number: 20130014318
    Abstract: A protective system (1) for protecting a user during a contact sport includes an undershirt (3) and an outer shell (7). The undershirt (3) is configured to be worn by the user, and is provided with a plurality of shock- absorbing pads (5) each being shaped and sized to protect different body parts of the user, each shock-absorbing pad (5) providing a close-to-the-body protection for a corresponding body part of the user. The outer shell (7) is configured to be worn by the user, over the undershirt (3), and is provided with a plurality of impact-dispersion pads (9) each being shaped and sized to protect different body parts of the user, each impact-dispersion pad (9) providing a floating protection for a corresponding body part of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: ID LAB INC.
    Inventors: Bastien Jourde, Steven Sdraulig, Martin Laberge
  • Patent number: 8353067
    Abstract: An umpire chest protector for use in a baseball game is disclosed to include a body member, a sternum plate, first left and right side plates, second left and right side plates, two shoulder plates, a shoulder strap assembly and a rear padding system. The rear padding system has an air channel defined therein, saving material, reducing the weight and enhancing wearing comfort. The left and right paddings, upper padding, outer left padding and outer right padding of the rear padding system are detachable, easy on and off and washable, material-saving and capable of dispersing impact force. The sternum plate is attached to one side of each of the shoulder plates and affixed thereto with rivets, and side flaps and bottom flaps of the sternum plate are respectively affixed to the upper portions and lower portions of the first left and right side plates with rivets, providing warp around feel and making the protector still and strong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Racer Sporting Goods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shyan-Wei Chen, Brad Jurga
  • Patent number: 8347422
    Abstract: A protective garment is provided and includes a jacket having various releasably mounted protective components. The jacket includes a protective collar of ballistic resistant fabric for protecting the neck of a wearer and has front and rear portions which are releasably connected together at opposed side portions of the collar so that the front and rear portions can fold down when not in use. A protective plate is releasably fastened to the front of the jacket and the fastening mechanism allows the plate to be held in a number of different vertical positions. The jacket also includes a rear pocket for housing a rear protective plate. The sleeves of the jacket include a sleeve extension which is slideably mounted to the main sleeve to vary its effective length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Allen-Vanguard Corporation
    Inventors: Shaik Kalaam, Danny Crossman, Clint Alexander Hedge, Aris Makris, Justin Myles, Richard Jean L'Abbe, Geoffrey Richard Fisher, Magda Slobozianu, Ildiko Palfy, Ismail El Maach, Amir Farshid, Brent Almstedt
  • Publication number: 20130000024
    Abstract: A reversible chest protector includes internal padding configured to absorb impacts against both the front and rear-facing surfaces of the chest protector. The chest protector includes inner and outer layers of fabric that are molded to an internal foam core. The foam core may include outer layers of closed-cell foam molded to the fabric layers, and an internal layer of open-cell foam molded to the closed-cell foam layers, such that the padding layup is symmetrical. Other features and advantages will appear hereinafter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: David Perreault, Thomas Hoke, Dmitry Rusakov