Ski, Boot, And Shoe Fasteners Patents (Class 24/68SK)
  • Patent number: 6163941
    Abstract: An adjustable buckle device used in conjunction with a strap or the like for holding an object firmly in position is provided. The buckle device includes a buckle body fixed to one end of the strap and a ratchet member fixed to the other end of the strap for firmly releaseably engagement with the buckle body. The buckle body has a base and a locking plate pivotally coupled to the base for firmly engaging with the ratchet member. The locking plate is formed with a stopper for stopping the ratchet member from being released from the buckle body after the ratchet member enters and passes through the buckle body. The locking plate also allows the disengagement of the buckle body and the ratchet member to be conveniently operated by simply lifting up the locking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Taiwan Industrial Fastener Corp.
    Inventor: Jefferson Lai
  • Patent number: 6145168
    Abstract: A lever which is used in particular in the field of sports shoes and includes a lever arm 5 which is rotatably associated, at one end, with a support 3 which is rigidly coupled to a flap of the shoe. An auxiliary grip lever 11 for the user is associated with the lever arm at the free end and allows to increase the working length of the lever arm, thus ensuring easier closure thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: HTM Sport SpA
    Inventors: Giorgio Baggio, Luca Marconato, Dino Giusti
  • Patent number: 6055707
    Abstract: Fastener for a sports shoe comprising, on the one hand, a strip (1) carrying a clasp (3) the position of which can be adjusted along the strip and, on the other hand, a tensioner (4) fitted with a strap (8) which catches on the clasp. The strip has sawtooth teeth (2) and the clasp (3) has a pawl for holding it in place between the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Lange International S.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Simioni
  • Patent number: 6049955
    Abstract: This shoe fastening device particularly for conventional shoes such as sneakers and similar footwear comprises a pair of track members each longitudinally secured to a flap of an associated shoe, and a pair of corresponding slidable members each located within a respective track member and laterally set apart at a predetermined distance. Since the fastening of most conventional shoes is effected by laterally directing together their parallel and opposing flaps, the present invention achieves this by laterally and fixedly setting apart the slidable members at a distance less than that between said track members when track members are secured to their respective flaps and when shoe is in a normal unfastened state, and subsequently slidably positioning them within their respective tracks, and directing them along a path parallel to the longitudinal median of shoe. As a consequence the track members experience lateral forces directing them towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Richard Bowen
  • Patent number: 5974633
    Abstract: A lever fastening device comprises a lever articulated to a base about a first axis and formed in two adjoining portions of which the first has one of its ends articulated to the base on the first axis whereas the second portion is articulated to the opposite end of the first portion about a second axis; a tie element is connected to the second portion in a position spaced from the second axis on the opposite side to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Dolomite S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mariano Sartor, Massimo Bettio
  • Patent number: 5887318
    Abstract: A device for clamping the toothed strap of a fastening for sports footwear comprises a base and a stop ratchet mechanism including a pawl which is articulated to the base and can engage the teeth of the strap in order to stop it, and a second-order lever articulated to the base and acting on the paw to move it away from and towards a position of engagement with the teeth of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Bauer Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Graziano Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 5852852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tightening device including a strap portion provided with a serrated portion and with a tightening element, such as band or flap, on which is mounted a locking member including a base fixed on the tightening element; a ratchet connected to the base by a journal and having at least one complementary retaining serrated portion adapted to cooperate with the serrated portion of the strap portion; an elastic return device which maintains the serrated portions in contact with one another in the locking position; and a lever that can be actuated against the force exerted by the elastic return device for disengaging the serrated portions, wherein the strap portion engages through the locking member into a space provided between the journal and a complementary retaining serrated portion of the ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Rigal
  • Patent number: 5845371
    Abstract: A securing device for footwear includes a toothed band fixedly connected a first end thereof to an item of footwear and a second end thereof inserted into a frame pivotally connected to a lever member which is pivotally connected to a base member fixedly disposed to the item of footwear. The lever member has an operation member biasedly received therein and disengagably connected to a protrusion extending from the base member so as to position the lever member. The frame has an actuating member pivotally connected thereto which is located close to the first end of the toothed band, the actuating member having a hook edge formed to an underside thereof so as to be disengagably engage the toothed band. Therefore, when pivoting the actuating member, the toothed band is loosened and can be adjusted by engaging the hook edge with the toothed band again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Chin Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 5791021
    Abstract: An adjustable fastening system is disclosed for cinching together first and second opposing cinching members, interconnected via a closed-loop cablecable assembly, or a cable assembly including a discrete-length cable. The cable assembly is cooperable with an anchoring member which maintains the cable assembly in a tensioned state, thereby cinching the first and second cinching members together. The anchoring member includes at least one groove for receiving the cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Laurence H. James
  • Patent number: 5779259
    Abstract: A toe-strap including a toothed strap and a plain strap respectively connected to the ski boot binding of a ski at two opposite sides and a buckle fixedly fastened to the plain strap and adapted for securing the toothed strap to the plain strap to hold down a ski boot in the ski boot binding, the buckle including a base frame fixed to the plain strap, a handle pivoted to one end of the base frame, a baffle plate pivoted to the base frame and retained in engagement with the toothed strap by a torsional spring, a front push plate pivoted to the handle and forced downward by a torsional spring and controlled by the handle to push the free end of the toothed strap forwards, and a retainer plate pivoted to the handle remove from the front push plate and forced downward by a torsional spring into engagement with the base frame to lock the handle in the close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Jack Lin
  • Patent number: 5745959
    Abstract: A ratchet buckle for incrementally tightening and quickly releasing a strap, such as a snowboard binding strap and the like. A housing supports a pawl, a release actuator and a drive actuator. The housing slidably receives a serrated strap, which is engaged by the pawl to prevent an inadvertent release from the buckle. The drive actuator allows a user to selectively tighten the strap relative to the buckle. The release actuator is arranged to both disengage the pawl from the strap and separate the buckle from the strap using one continuous motion. The pawl, release actuator and drive actuator may be pivotally mounted to the housing about separate axes, and the drive actuator may be pivotally attached to the release actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Dodge
  • Patent number: 5720084
    Abstract: A securing device includes a base capable of being fixedly disposed on a side of a footwear, a receiving member pivotally connected to the base, a toothed band having a head pivotally connected to the receiving member and an actuating member slidably received in grooves defined in the receiving member. The base has a first hook member extending upwardly therefrom. Two springs are disposed between the receiving member and the actuating member which has a second hook member extending downwardly from a bottom thereof so as to be engaged with the first hook member. The actuating member has two stops extending from the bottom thereof and the receiving member has two slots defined therein for the stops to be movably received therein such that when pushing the actuating member toward the head of the toothed band, the first hook member and the second hook member are disengaged from each other so that the receiving member together with the head of the toothed band can be pivoted to loosen the toothed band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventor: Chin Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 5701639
    Abstract: A securing device for footwear includes a receiving member pivotally connected to a base which is fixedly connected to the footwear and a stop extending upwardly therefrom, a toothed band having one end pivotally connected to the receiving member and the other end of the toothed band fixedly connected to a fixing member on the footwear, and an operating member which is pivotally and slidably received in a receiving space defined in the receiving member. The receiving space accesses a lateral side of the receiving member and is defined by a top, an end wall and a bottom in which a slot is defined. The operating member has a limit member extending therefrom and extending through the slot, a hole defined through the operating member so the stop movably received in the hole. An inner periphery defining the hole has a hook member extending therefrom so as to engage with the stop when tightening the toothed band and disengaged with the stop when pushing the operating member in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: He-Jin Chen
  • Patent number: 5669116
    Abstract: A shoe fastener with a rotary actuating element (35) that has a pulley (3) coupled thereto via a self-locking reduction gear which is in the form of an eccentric drive (10, 12). An unwinding gear is pivotally mounted in a housing (1) of the fastener and is formed of a disk (24) having a grooved outer catch rim (26). The unwinding gear can be fixed in any of several angular positions via a catch element (42) which can be released via a tension element (47) which, at the same time, can be used to pull open the shoe by lifting of a tongue or instep cover (55) of the shoe upon which the fastener is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport
    Inventor: Roland Jungkind
  • Patent number: 5642555
    Abstract: A press-type fastener comprises a retaining bottom base, a retaining block, a press top base, an action toothed block, and a one-way toothed belt. The retaining block is fastened pivotally with the retaining bottom base while the action toothed block is fastened pivotally with with the press top base. The one-way toothed belt is fastened or unfastened by the action toothed block when the press top base is pressed and released repeatedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Ching-mau Lin
  • Patent number: 5638588
    Abstract: A shoe closure mechanism having a rolling disk which lies on a bottom wall of a housing part, with the rolling disk being a flat, narrow ring whose inner face forms an inner gearing and whose outer face forms a rotatable guide path with the inner wall of a peripheral edge of the housing part. Furthermore, an eccentric driving disk lies on the bottom wall of the housing part within the rolling disk in the same plane with it. A cable pulley lies on the rolling disk and the eccentric driving disk, and it engages with drive pegs in circular openings of the eccentric driving disk and rotates on a section of an axle unit. The driving disk has a central hole which receives an eccentric driving peg that projects axially from the axle unit into a central opening of the driving disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: PUMA Aktiengesellschaft Rufolf Dassler Sport
    Inventor: Roland Jungkind
  • Patent number: 5606779
    Abstract: A buckle device for shoes includes a base member secured on a first upper side portion of a shoe upper, a detent device pivotally and resiliently mounted on the base member having at least a pawl formed on a bottom portion of the detent device for locking a ratchet toothed strap secured to a second upper side portion of the shoe upper with the strap insertable through the base member, and an adjusting device resiliently secured on at least a cantilever mounted on the base member to be normally separable from the ratchet toothed strap for a fastening of the strap on the base member as locked by the detent device, and the adjusting device operatively driving the ratchet toothed strap step by step for microscopically adjusting the tightness of the strap and the shoe to be worn by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Monotype Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinny Lu
  • Patent number: 5606778
    Abstract: A shoe closure, consisting of a rope pulley mounted rotatably in a bearing element to wind up at least one ropelike tightening element to close the shoe, a rotating element to actuate the rope pulley and a reducing gear between rotating element and rope pulley in the form of an eccentric drive, is to be improved so that no nonuniform tightening or pulling movements of the tightening element occur. This is achieved in that rope pulley (3) is designed as an independent unit mounted rotatably concentrically to central axis (9). Eccentric knob (10) is mounted movably parallel to rope pulley (3) and is movable, by eccentric driving pin (12), in a plane parallel to rope pulley (3). Eccentric knob (10) has one or more sector or sectors (16) on a circle (14) concentric to its axis of rotation (13), sector or sectors whose center or centers (15) lies or lie on concentric circle (14) and whose double radius (r.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport
    Inventor: Roland Jungkind
  • Patent number: 5600874
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to improve a central closing device for shoes with a rotationally supported cord disc for at least one cord-type tensioning member for closing the shoe in such a way that the number of rotations of the cord disci is limited without any increasing the space required. This object is achieved by the fact that both the cord disc (3) and a stationary member (1 or 41) each have mutually-cooperating tooth profiles (41a, 42a or 41b, 42b) having the same tooth pitch but of different diameters. Located in the intermediate space (49) created due to the different diameters of the tooth profiles (41a, 42a or 41b, 42b) is an idling pinion (43) of the same pitch, which meshes with the two tooth profiles (41a, 42a or 41b, 42b). At least one stop (46, 46') is provided to limit the travel of the idling pinion (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport
    Inventor: Roland Jungkind
  • Patent number: 5592722
    Abstract: Closure device particularly for sports shoes including a shell and a quarter and provided with a first flap and a second flap to be secured or with straps to be tensioned and secured. The device includes grip elements and at least one engagement element which are associable respectively with the first flap and with the second flap, or with the shoe and with the band. The grip elements selectively and detachably interact with the engagement element by using an auxiliary lever. The device has low manufacturing costs, allowing to standardize the individual components and limiting protrusions with respect to the surfaces of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giancarlo Foscaro, Mirco Battistella
  • Patent number: 5586367
    Abstract: Simplified hook closure for a sport boot including an elastic means for returning into a position pressed against the shell of the boot. The hook closure has at least one element, such as a lever made out of flexible metal wire in the form of an open buckle whose lateral arms are of unequal lengths of a value "X", the curved ends of the said arms being affixed in corresponding holes formed on another element, such as a base, on which it is mounted. By virtue of the offset "X" of the curved ends of the element, any pivoting of the latter generates a certain elastic deformation of its arms, which automatically return to their initial position as soon as the lever is released thus assuring the elastic return function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Louis Benoit
  • Patent number: 5575045
    Abstract: A roller skate fastening device has a positioning seat to receive a pressing fastener. The seat has a positioning hole and two lugs. The lugs extend upward from two sides of the seat. Each lug has a hook recess. The pressing fastener has a pressed portion, a groove and a jag. Two through holes are formed on the walls abutting the groove. A spring recess is formed on the pressing fastener. A spring has the first and the second legs. The spring and the first leg are embedded in the spring recess. The second leg hooks the hook recess. The groove receives a movable fastener which has a protruded fang, a round recess, and a trip bar. A pin passes through the holes of the lugs, the through holes, and the round recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Hsien-Kuang Chu
  • Patent number: 5553361
    Abstract: A fastening device for sports shoes, such as ski boots or skates. The device comprises a plastic body and a metal element which constitutes a containment frame for the plastic body. The metal element can thus be interlocked with the plastic body, so as to obtain a device that has high stress resistance despite having a low weight and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Tacchetto, Mirco Battistella
  • Patent number: 5530997
    Abstract: Lever for sports shoes, constituted by a free lever arm, one end whereof engages an abutment associated with a first flap to be fastened. A toothed strap is freely pivoted to the lever arm and selectively interacts, in a ratchet-like manner, with a first tooth of a pawl rigidly coupled to a second flap to be joined. The strap has a larger last tooth adapted to interfere with the first tooth of the pawl. The pawl has a second safety tooth for locking the larger last tooth of the strap once it has disengaged from the first tooth, so as to prevent its extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pino Tessari
  • Patent number: 5526555
    Abstract: Fastening device, particularly for fastening two flaps of a sports shoe, including an engagement element for being rigidly coupled to a first flap, a traction element, and a lever arm that is rotatably associated a with a first pivot interposed between a first pair of wings that protrudes from a base for being associated with a second flap to be fastened. The back of the lever arm interacts with the traction element to allow to lock the traction element adjacent to the base and to subsequently place the lever arm, with no forces applied to it, in the direction of the engagement element. The lever arm has a very limited protrusion and a secondary lever is provided to allow the rapid and easy release of the traction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A
    Inventors: Mirco Battistella, Roberto Gorza, Giancarlo Foscaro
  • Patent number: 5509180
    Abstract: Buckle, comprising a tensioning lever (4) which is articulated onto a base (1) and has a longitudinal notch (6) in which a link rod (7), connected to a fastening member (10), is articulated. The notch (6) and the link rod (7) are laterally offset relative to the longitudinal mid-axis of the tensioning lever toward the side of the buckle which is intended to be arranged toward the rear of the boot, while the other side of the tensioning lever has a decreasing height forming a ramp (16, 16a) over which the slalom poles which the boot encounters can slide without risk of catching or opening the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Lange International S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Benetti, Denis Gallon
  • Patent number: 5495683
    Abstract: An engagement device, particularly usable for toothed bands of sports shoes, such as for example ski boots, roller skates or ice skates, including a single body that can be associated with the shoe and has at least one first slot for the sliding insertion of the toothed band. First teeth for the temporary engagement with traction of the band are provided at the first slot. There is also a curved surface suitable to force the interaction of the set of teeth of the band with the first teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignees: Nordica S.p.A., AM S.r.l.
    Inventors: Onorio Miotto, Claudio Zorzi
  • Patent number: 5491910
    Abstract: Sealing device, particularly usable for ski boots including a shell provided with a first inner flap and with a second outer flap which can mutually overlap. The sealing device is constituted by a single body including a band which can be arranged below the second flap and from which a wing protrudes upward. The wing is arranged adjacent to the lower surface of the second flap and interacts with the upper surface of the first flap. Since the band and the wing are both resilient, perfect tightness to infiltrations between the flaps is achieved when the first and second flaps are made to overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Claudio Zorzi
  • Patent number: 5467508
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a structure of tightening-up belt which comprises two belts, two holding-down plates and an embowed assembly plate, wherein the two sides of embowed assembly plate are provided with a slot and a shaft respectively, each of these two belts fas a plurality of check strips, the fixed ends of these two belts are pivotally fixed on two sides of a frame of the article to be used, and the free ends thereof pass through the slots on the two sides of the embowed assembly plate to be reversely folded around the shaft; each of two sides of the embowed assembly plate is provided with a holding-down plate capable of tightening or lossening the reversely-folded belts, thus the length of the tightening-up belt as a whole composed of two separate belts is adjustable, the tightening-up belt can be tightened through pulling the two belts toward two outer sides from the position where the two belts are connected, the tightness adjusting operation is handy and quick, and the tightening force t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: Le-Jang Feng
  • Patent number: 5433648
    Abstract: A ratchet spool mechanism including a rear or bottom housing having a central column, and positioned around the central column a belleville-type spring, positioned thereover a rotary spool having affixed therebetween two lengths of twine and positioned over the top portion of the spool a rotary cap having beveled projections which cooperate with correspondingly positioned orifices in the top surface of the rotary spool whereby operation of the belleville spring, the beveled surfaces and the orifices provide for a locking mechanism and one-way rotation to tighten or draw in the twine, and upon pressing the rotary cap downward against the belleville spring, the beveled projections become disengaged from the orifices, and the spool may be rotated in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: Larry G. Frydman
  • Patent number: 5425161
    Abstract: Separable parts of a sports shoe are movable toward and away from one another by means of a traction cable which can be wound on and off a cable pulley which is rotatably mounted in a housing, has an engaging projection, and cooperates with a stationary stop and with a stop construction which is rotatably mounted coaxially with the pulley. The stop construction has two rotatable stop arms which enable up to almost three turns of the cable pulley between extreme positions. In this way the rotary closure is on the one hand constructed for a relatively large adjustment of length and on the other hand is secured against overstreching of the traction cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Heinz Egolf
    Inventor: Robert Schoch
  • Patent number: 5416952
    Abstract: A snowboard ratchet-type buckling arrangement includes a housing and a strap slidably received within the housing. The strap has a rack of teeth on its upper surface. A tab is pivotally mounted to the housing about a first axis and is spring-biased into engagement with the rack of teeth on the strap. The tab allows the strap to move in a first direction and prevents movement of the strap in a second direction. A lever arm is pivotally mounted about the housing about the first axis and a second axis which is spaced from the first axis. When the lever arm is pivoted about the second axis, saw teeth engage the rack of teeth on the strap to incrementally ratchet the strap through the housing in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Burton Snowboards
    Inventor: David J. Dodge
  • Patent number: 5402958
    Abstract: A tamper evident seal for assembled components having aligned apertures. The seal includes a hollow housing, a stem, a flexible elongated element, a means for rotating the stem, and a means for opposing the rotation of the stem. The hollow housing has a circular side wall surrounding a central axis, and the side wall has a first wall opening. The stem is contained within the housing for rotation about the axis, and the stem has a stem opening aligned at an initial setting with the first wall opening. The flexible elongated element protrudes from the housing. The means for rotating the stem operates in one direction. The means for opposing rotation of said stem relative to the housing opposes rotation in the opposite direction. In use, the free end of the flexible element is passed through the aligned apertures of the assembled components and then through the circular side wall and stem via the wall and stem openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Inner-Tite Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Mahaney
  • Patent number: 5392535
    Abstract: A closed loop fastening system for running and other shoes. The fastening system includes a harness, a strap, guides and a tension lock buckle. The harness includes strap portions which can tightly retain a user's foot inside the shoe. The guides are attached to the harness for guiding the strap. One end of the strap is attached to the harness and the other end of the strap is attached to the buckle. An effective length of the strap can be defined such that a shorter effective length yields a tighter harness and a fighter fit, and a longer effective length yields a looser harness and a looser fit. The tension lock buckle used in the closed loop fastening system is adaptable for use with numerous other products having a strap. The tension lock buckle includes a body, a pivotal locking member and a sliding bar. The sliding bar is mounted within the body for longitudinal movement therein. The pivotal locking member is pivotally attached to the body for relative pivotal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen W. Van Noy, Perry W. Auger
  • Patent number: 5386617
    Abstract: Closure lever, particularly usable for sports shoes such as ski boots, ice skates and roller skates etc., including three elements: a hollow body, a threaded pivot with which a traction element is associable, and a knob. The knob is temporarily rotatably associable with the hollow body without requiring coupling pins or rivets. The lever obtained is very simple, easy to industrialize and relatively low in cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Gorza, Renato Serafin, Mirco Battistella
  • Patent number: 5383258
    Abstract: The ski-boot fastening described has a device for adjusting the fastening tension, in which a slide operated by male-and-female screw means supports the pin which connects the engagement element to the tensioning lever of the fastening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Canstar Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Graziano Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 5379531
    Abstract: A fastening device 7 for fastening a skier's foot inserted in an outer shell 1 of a ski boot. A lock member 17 having an operation portion 16 and an engagement portion 15 is disposed in one of a clamping-lever 11 or the outer shell 1, and an engagement portion 20 is provided in the other. The engagement portion 15 of the lock member 17 can be resiliently moved by a biasing spring 18 into engagement with the engagement portion 20 to thereby secure and hold the clamping lever 11 at the clamping position thereof. This makes it sure to prevent the clamping lever from releasing its clamping force due to shocks given when the skier skis in a heavily bumpy slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Daiwa Seiko, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Iwama
  • Patent number: 5357690
    Abstract: A shoe buckle, especially for use on a roller skate boot, includes: a buckle body suspended and positioned on a central tongue of a shoe; two straps respectively secured to two upper side portions of a shoe upper and protruding inwardly to the buckle body of the shoe; a reel pivotally secured in the buckle body engageable with the two straps for fastening the two straps; a fastening device provided on a front or first end portion for driving the reel for fastening the straps for wearing the shoe on a wearer's foot; and a releasing device provided on a rear or second end portion for releasing the two straps for removing the shoe, thereby enabling a stable and convenient fastening of a shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Diana Ho
  • Patent number: 5327620
    Abstract: A fastening means to secure a gaiter to a roller skate or the like is composed of at least a buckle integral to the back of the skater and a fasten belt on the gaiter adopted to be detachably secured to the buckle in a manner that the position of the fasten belt with respect to the roller skate is adjustable. The fastening means will also proect sportsman from twisted their ankle in exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Far Great Plastics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 5233729
    Abstract: The device comprises a tensioning lever which acts on a traction member connected to the tensioning lever by means of a slide. At the time of opening of the tensioning lever, the traction member is held at the end of the slide close to the axis by an automatic retention member, such as a catch articulated on the tensioning lever. Pressure on the tensioning lever has the effect of acting on the catch which then frees the traction member which slides to the other end of the slide. Three positions can thus be obtained: closed, relaxation, open. A second traction member can be connected to the same tensioning lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Lange International S.A.
    Inventor: Gilles Marmonier
  • Patent number: 5197165
    Abstract: A lever structure for securing one or more pressers and/or for closing the flaps of a ski boot, includes a device for the fine adjustment of the working length of one or more traction elements. The device includes at least one knob which can be accessed by the skier and is associated with a lever arm in an oscillating manner and without fixed connections. The knob has an internally threaded cavity which acts as seat for a complementarily threaded pawl which is rigidly associated with a traction element. The device is considerably simple in execution and has modest costs in view of the absence of pivots, rivets and other means for interconnection between the lever and the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Zorzi, Valerio Tonel, Giuseppe De Bortoli
  • Patent number: 5187884
    Abstract: A lever, pivoted to a pair of brackets which protrude from the boot, is constituted by a hollow central body which is pivoted to the lever body and is internally threaded complementarily with respect to a pawl with which at least one traction element is associated. A cover is furthermore slidably associated with the hollow central body and interacts with a bellows for forcing the cover into abutment with the pawl. Thus, a rotation imparted to the pawl, for example by means of the traction element, is followed by a movement of the cover which allows the skier to immediately visualize the degree of adjustment of the tension which can be imparted to the traction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Baggio, Claudio Zorzi
  • Patent number: 5172454
    Abstract: The device includes a base which is rigidly connectable with a first flap of an item of footwear; a pair of shoulders protrude from the base for the pivoting of a lever arm which is provided with a pivot for a support provided with a rachet system for engagement with a toothed tab. The support and the lever arm have first and second longitudinal slots which accomodate the pivot, which interacts selectively with seats defined on the shoulders. The tab is furthermore removably connectable with a second flap of the item of footwear. The device allows to achieve a rapid and easy securing and release of the first and second flaps and has a considerable safety during closure, which makes it free from accidental openings due for example to the contact of the lever arm with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Officine Everest S.p.A.
    Inventor: Dino Martignago
  • Patent number: 5157813
    Abstract: A device is provided for regulating the tension on shoelaces of the type worn in conventional footwear. The shoelace tension regulating device is mounted on the top of the shoe with which it is used, preferably by lacing the shoelace ends through a pair of apertures in the housing of the device. The shoelace ends which emanate from the uppermost eyelets of the shoe adjacent the wearers ankle are not tied, as in conventional practice, but are captured by a hook mechanism that is wound onto a drum within the device by means of a crank in the form of a rotatable cap. The drum is carried in rotation as the cap is turned until the desired level of tension on the shoelace ends has been achieved. A pawl and ratchet wheel in the device prevent counter-rotation until the user desires to release tension on the shoelace ends, at which time the pawl can be disengaged from the ratchet wheel by an actuating mechanism operable externally of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: William Carroll
  • Patent number: 5158559
    Abstract: A ski boot composed of a shell inside which one or more pressers are provided and with which a front quarter and a rear quarter are associated. The peculiarity of the invention resides in the fact that it comprises a lever body which is pivoted to the front quarter or to the rear quarter and has independently activatable adjustment and/or securing devices for the front and rear quarters and for the pressers which are arranged inside the shell. It is therefore possible to act directly on one of the devices, for example to vary its adjustment, without affecting the other device, regardless of the activation of non-activation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Pozzobon, Roberto Gorza, Renato Serafin
  • Patent number: 5156644
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a kinematically correct safety release binding is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Inventors: Gary W. Koehler, Erik Strand
  • Patent number: 5152038
    Abstract: In this rotary closure according to the invention for a sports shoe a traction cable arrangement for drawing together the shoe closure flaps can be wound onto and unwound from a rotatable cable pulley. The traction cable arrangement consists of one single traction cable, and coaxially with the cable pulley a stop element is provided and rotatably mounted in such a way that the cable pulley can carry out a maximum of up to approximately two revolutions in one direction of rotation. In this way a particularly compact rotary closure is produced with reliable security against over-rotation of the cable pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Weinmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Robert Schoch
  • Patent number: 5150537
    Abstract: Securing and adjuster device for ski boots, composed of a circular winder, which is actuated by a knob and is connected for example to a foot presser, and of a vertical lever, which actuates a cable for closing the quarters; when the lever is opened, the winder is also released automatically; the adjustment of the two devices is independent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Tacchetto, Claudio Zorzi, Giuseppe De Bortoli, Alessandro Pozzobon, Renato Serafin
  • Patent number: 5107608
    Abstract: A ski boot for lessening the incidence of knee injuries when the boot exerts a forward directional force on the skier's leg and includes a foot portion and a leg element. The foot portion and the leg element are in a first essentially rigid support position for the foot and lower leg for normal operative skiing position. Releasing means changes the rigid support position for the foot and the lower leg on application of a predetermined level of force by the boot on the wearer. Movement of one element of the leg portion permits the lower leg and foot of the wearer to adopt a second position different to the relative fixed location for normal skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Inventor: Arthur Kreitenberg
  • Patent number: RE35418
    Abstract: The device includes a base which is rigidly connectable with a first flap of an item of footwear; a pair of shoulders protrude from the base for the pivoting of a lever arm which is provided with a pivot for a support provided with a rachet system for engagement with a toothed tab. The support and the lever arm have first and second longitudinal slots which accomodate the pivot, which interacts selectively with seats defined on the shoulders. The tab is furthermore removably connectable with a second flap of the item of footwear. The device allows to achieve a rapid and easy securing and release of the first and second flaps and has a considerable safety during closure, which makes it free from accidental openings due for example to the contact of the lever arm with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Dino Martignago