With Camber Or Flexibility Control Patents (Class 280/602)
  • Patent number: 10286288
    Abstract: A torsional stabilizer increases the torsional rigidity of skis without influencing the ski's flexural characteristics. There are numerous embodiments of the invention disclosed for preventing torsional rotation of a ski about its longitudinal axis while at the same time having little to no impact on the flexing characteristics of the ski. The innovations defined by the invention may be delivered through exoskeletal means (via mechanisms and linkages attached directly to snow skis) or through dynamic structural members or mechanisms integrated within the ski design itself. In all cases, the stabilizers according to the invention effectively reduce the ski's tendency to twist about its longitudinal axis when subjected to the turning forces created during the sport of alpine skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Alpine Radius Control Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Kendall Gross
  • Patent number: 10272318
    Abstract: A snowshoe provides a way for outdoor enthusiasts to traverse the backcountry effectively and efficiently. The snowshoe allows the user to glide through the snow like a cross-country ski, but with the minimal footprint of a traditional snowshoe. The snowshoe includes a board and a binding mechanism that secures the user to the board, but allows for a pivoting motion. The pivoting motion allows the user to ascend steep terrain by performing a motion similar to cross-country skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: QUARRY TRAIL, LLC
    Inventors: David Rupp, Nicholas Hansen
  • Patent number: 10265604
    Abstract: A shock absorbing device designed to be mounted to a sliding board, includes a mobile device connected to a mechanism transmitting the forces generated during the deformation of the board and including a part of a deformable viscoelastic material, such that the part is shaped in such a way that its transversal section varies longitudinally in an increasing and decreasing manner, to form hollows and ridges, wherein the distance between the hollows and/or the distance between the ridges varies during the deformation of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SKIS ROSSIGNOL
    Inventor: Arnaud Moenne-Loccoz
  • Patent number: 10099108
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a support apparatus. The support apparatus might comprise a body configured to support an entity. The body might comprise a material that has a physical property. The support apparatus might further comprise a coupler system configured to couple electric current from a power source to the material. The material is arranged such that coupling an electric current to the material changes the physical property of the material. Embodiments are further directed to a method. The method might comprise forming one or more cavities in a support apparatus. The method might further comprise providing one or more couplers in electrical contact with each of the one or more channels. The method further comprises filling each of the one or more cavities with a fluid that has electrically changeable rigidity. Finally, the method might comprise connecting a power source to each of the one or more couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Briggs, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Bartlet H. DeProspo, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 10078024
    Abstract: A force responsive transducer is disclosed. The force responsive transducer can include a force conductive cover, a pretensioner, and a force sensitive resistor. The pretensioner can be located between the force conductive cover and the force sensitive resistor. An apparatus can include a plurality of force responsive transducers, wherein a first transducer and a second transducer are configured to control a window. Processing circuitry in communication with the force responsive transducers can be configured to repeatedly zero calibrate the force responsive transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FARADY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Jorge Alejandro Esteves, Sean Mehdi Stone
  • Patent number: 10065731
    Abstract: A system for modifying a stiffness of a structure of a vehicle using vibrational energy of the vehicle includes a variable-stiffness layer, having a selectively controllable Young's modulus, attached to the structure, and a conversion layer, coupled to the variable-stiffness layer, the conversion layer configured to convert vibrational energy from the structure into electrical energy, and to supply the electrical energy to the variable-stiffness layer to adjust a stiffness of the variable-stiffness layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sofya A. Suntsova, Christopher J. Felker
  • Patent number: 9993716
    Abstract: An apparatus which damps oscillation in a ski, the apparatus comprising an enclosure, a cavity encompassed by the enclosure, and an aggregate located in the cavity. The cavity has a dimension in a direction perpendicular to a gliding surface of the ski which is larger than a thickness of the ski in a location adjacent to the enclosure. The aggregate, in its tapped density, occupies substantially less volume than a volume of the cavity, thereby allowing significant travel of the aggregate in the cavity. Oscillation accelerates and decelerates the enclosure, resulting in accelerations and decelerations of the aggregate which cause it to acquire and lose kinetic energy. The aggregate's acquisition and loss of kinetic energy attenuates the oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Barry Lyn Holtzman
  • Patent number: 9950242
    Abstract: A ski for use on ice or snow is disclosed. The ski includes a ski body having a tip portion, a tail portion, and a longitudinal running length extending between the tip portion and the tail portion and a substantially flat bottom surface for sliding on snow or ice. The ski also includes a suspension system comprised of a substantially rigid support structure secured to the longitudinally central region of the said ski body at two attachment locations separated by a distance of at least 5 inches along the longitudinal axis of the ski body, and at least one resilient element configured to exert an opposing force between the support structure and the ski body in the area between the two attachment locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Anton F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9610492
    Abstract: A snow-gliding board with adjustable camber includes a mobile actuator attached to a first portion of the board and an adjustment mechanism attached to a second portion of the board. The adjustment mechanism and mobile actuator are engaged, and travel of the mobile actuator with respect to the adjustment mechanism causes a change in camber of the snow-gliding board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: John Moran
  • Patent number: 9592438
    Abstract: A binding system is mounted atop a rider-support surface of the board. The binding system comprises: a pair of rails locatable on opposing sides of a generally flattened foot-receiving surface for the rider's foot, each rail comprising a central portion mountable to the recreational board, a toe-side leg which extends from the central portion toward a toe-side of the recreational board and a heel-side leg which extends from the central portion toward a heel-side of the recreational board. Each rail is moveably coupled to a corresponding stand-off flange of a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: JF Pelchat Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Pelchat
  • Patent number: 9586104
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a golf club head having a multifunctional damping assembly. In certain aspects, the invention provides a damping assembly configured to provide dampening of vibrational response of the club head upon impact of the club face with a golf ball, thereby improving the feel of the club. The damping assembly is further configured to provide information to a golfer in the form of visual and/or audible feedback indicative of one or more characteristics of a golf ball strike with the club face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventor: Ryan L. Roach
  • Patent number: 9381422
    Abstract: Gliding board with a damping device for the vertical movements of the front or rear zone of the board said system including an arm whose first end is integral with an attaching point located in the front or rear zone of the board and whose second end is integral with the piston of a hydraulic device connected to the board near the attachment, said hydraulic device applying a retaining force during the movement of the second end of the arm in order to dissipate part of the kinetic energy from the front or rear zone of the board transmitted by said arm, wherein when the movement of the arm is consecutive to the movement of the attaching point downwards, the hydraulic device applies a retaining force which is less than the force applied when the movement of the arm is consecutive to a movement of the attaching point upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SKIS ROSSIGNOL
    Inventors: Nicolas Puget, Arnaud Moenne Loccoz, Benjamin Talon, Yan Chabrerie
  • Patent number: 9305120
    Abstract: A first component and a second component of a sports board may be controlled to configure the sports board. The first component may be coupled with a plurality of layers of the sports board. The second component may also be coupled with the plurality of layers of the sports board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Bryan Marc Failing
  • Patent number: 9108100
    Abstract: A board for snowboarding, having forward and rear contact lines; lines of greater width located beyond the forward and rear contact lines respectively; binding-mounting areas, each including a set of mounting points by which the binding is secured to the board; a non-zero camber (C), measured substantially midway between the forward and rear contact lines; forward and rear shovels; wherein seen from above, the forward and rear contact lines pass through forward and rear areas respectively, each delimited on the one hand, board center side, by an inner transverse line located at a maximum distance (D1,D3) of 50 mm relative to the central position of the binding-mounting area, and on the other hand, shovel side, by an outer transverse line located at a maximum distance (D2,D4) of 150 mm relative to the central position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol
    Inventors: Adrien Reguis, Arnaud Repa
  • Patent number: 9073676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a quick and simple method of securing the bottom of a goalie leg pad to their skate toe area. The apparatus includes a toe hook including a flat portion and a hook portion which is attached to the goalie pad. The apparatus also include an extension which has loop portions at each end which is attached at one end to the goalie skate and then has its other loop portion connected to the hook portion of the toe hook to attach the goalie leg pad to the goalie skate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Reidel Toehook Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Reidel
  • Patent number: 9024462
    Abstract: A ski or snowboard having an interface power source is provided. The power source uses reverse electrowetting technology to generate a charge to power devices connected to the interface. The power source includes a flexible, non-conductive substrate having a first side and a second side opposite the first side with a channel between the first and second sides. Electrodes are arranged about the channel in a predefined pattern. A liquid is contained in the channel. The liquid includes a dielectric liquid and a conductive liquid that do not mix. The electric change is generated by moving the liquid back and forth across the electrodes. The force to pump or move the liquid is provided by motion of the ski or snowboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff Thramann
  • Patent number: 8967655
    Abstract: In order to assure smooth and essentially equidistant running of correspondingly loaded pair of skis over ground when turning left or right without any sideslip, a ski is bent at its tip at a pre-determined angle around its longitudinal axis and deflected from the ground by a radius along a that longitudinal axis. Despite a practically symmetric appearance of the circumference of such ski when observed in top view, the distance between a front inflection point and a rear inflection point on the left ski edge and the distance between the front inflection point and the rear inflection point on the right ski edge differ from each other such that the active lengths of the ski edges differ from each other. A weak area of the ski is provided adjacent at least one inflection point to provide different compression distributions between the ground and each of the ski edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Elan, D.O.O.
    Inventors: Luka Grilc, Marko Kozjek, Vinko Avgustin, Matej Bozicnik
  • Patent number: 8919790
    Abstract: A snow gliding board, including front and rear lines of maximum width, and having sidecuts including a central area having a curvature directed towards the outside of the board, wherein said central area extends towards the front and/or the back in an adjacent area having a curvature oriented toward the inside, which extends at least all the way to the respective front and/or rear line of maximum width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol
    Inventors: Adrien Reguis, Arnaud Repa
  • Patent number: 8910966
    Abstract: A foil wing for creating lift force on snowboards and skis is disclosed. By use of this invention on skis or snowboards, the act of translating through powder creates the necessary lift force on the leading end and down force on the aft end that is required to stay afloat in powder. The snow wing generates lift upon need when the snow gets deep enough. Therefore, the rider is kept afloat in unforeseen loose-snow areas, carrying him safely over and out. On overall snow powder days, the use of this invention keeps riders from tiring so quickly and, therefore, makes the rider more in control, and thus safer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Brian M. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140312597
    Abstract: Suspension systems are provided for skis. In some implementations, the suspension system includes a spring-like element and a support structure configured to attach one end of the spring-like element to the central half of the longitudinal running length of a ski body. The spring-like element is configured so that the opposite end of the spring-like element contacts the ski body at a contact point on the front-most or rear-most fifth of the longitudinal running length of the ski body, and applies a downward force at the contact point such that the degree of free camber of the ski is increased relative to the natural free camber of the ski body without the suspension system attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Anton F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8794658
    Abstract: Suspension systems are provided for skis. In some implementations, the suspension system includes a spring-like element and a support structure configured to attach one end of the spring-like element to the central half of the longitudinal running length of a ski body. The spring-like element is configured so that the opposite end of the spring-like element contacts the ski body at a contact point on the front-most or rear-most fifth of the longitudinal running length of the ski body, and applies a downward force at the contact point such that the degree of free camber of the ski is increased relative to the natural free camber of the ski body without the suspension system attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Anton F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8684393
    Abstract: A ski which when it is flat on a horizontal plane, and loaded at its waist in such a way that the edges touch said horizontal plane at the waist, has a side cut extending between the front and rear contact lines; when it is pivoted around its longitudinal axis and tilted by a non-zero angle ? relative to said horizontal plane, and loaded at its waist in such a way that one of the edges touches said plane at the waist, has a side cut extending between two end contact points, front and rear respectively wherein for a tilt (?) equal to 35°, the ratio of the distance (D?) separating the front end contact point and the front contact line, related to the distance (D) separating the mid-point (9) of the shoe and the front contact line, is more than 12%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol
    Inventors: Nicolas Puget, Vincent Bregeon, Johan Vailli
  • Patent number: 8480112
    Abstract: A ski or a snowboard in the form of a board-like sliding device, comprising a multi-layered sliding board body and at least one board-like force-transmitting element supported on the top side of the sliding board body, the upper side of which force-transmitting element is provided for supporting a binding device for a potentially releasable connection with a sports shoe. In at least one of the two lateral upper edge sections of the sliding board body running in the longitudinal direction of the sliding board body at least one interlocking coupling means is formed. Said at least one interlocking coupling means is formed by at least one physically independent strip or profile-like coupling element which is arranged between the board-like force-transmitting element and the sliding board body and is provided for forming an interlocking connection between the board-like force-transmitting element and the sliding board body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Atomic Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Rupert Huber
  • Patent number: 8371604
    Abstract: An improved bi-directional snowboard having a board member with a pair of parallel, downwardly extending, reverse cambers or rockers disposed between a pair of snow boot bindings mounted on a top surface of the board member. The reverse cambers provide for reduced snow contact upon engaging the snow surface and increased speed during downhill racing. Also, the board member includes a pair of convex-shaped, traction planes on opposite sides of the board member between the board bindings. The traction planes provide for increased edge control and stability when making hard turns and during difficult snow conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Shawn Soucy
  • Patent number: 8297640
    Abstract: Snow-ski board, especially a ski, having at least one trimming mechanism with at least one trimming rod with its axis oriented in the longitudinal direction of the snow-ski board, including at least one damping element and at least one adjusting or tensioning mechanism for supporting the trimming rod on both ends by adjustable mechanical tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Marker Volkl International GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Ametsbichler
  • Patent number: 8286988
    Abstract: Snow ski attachments to toe of ski consisting of boat haul/navicular design bottom component J-tip 10 along with top support brace 30 and top cover 42. This will allow the ski to cut through the snow instead of bouncing over it and therefore reducing vibration and improving the control of the ski. These attachments will also strengthen the toe to body connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Lynn Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 8262123
    Abstract: A ski in accordance with the invention increases in width from a tip or shovel portion to a mid-portion. The mid-portion includes at least a slight sidecut. The ski then decreases in width from the mid-portion to a tail portion. The ski also includes an undersurface with a substantial portion being rockered. A substantial portion of the mid-portion of the ski is not rockered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Armada Skis, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian H. C. Smith, Alan Trimble
  • Patent number: 8251395
    Abstract: Gliding boards having removable edge sections and methods of modifying gliding boards are disclosed herein. A gliding board of one embodiment includes a board body having top and bottom sides and defining a recessed area therebetween. A plurality of edge sections are removable from and replaceable to the board body, and each edge section has an engaging region complementary to the recessed area of the board body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew Wade Ellison
  • Patent number: 8246070
    Abstract: A snow glider comprises a longitudinally-extending runner for supporting a rider on ridden snow and having a generally central, longitudinally-extending slot. The glider further comprises an elevated rider-supporting deck and chatter-absorbing means straddling the slot for supporting the deck above the runner. Preferably, the bottom surface of the runner is preferably generally convex across its width, with curved outer edges that provide directional control to the rider when turning, and at least one longitudinally-extending, generally straight longitudinally-extending inner edge adjacent the periphery of the slot for greater directional control when the rider is going straight. To enhance controllability, the deck of the preferred embodiment is preferably coupled to the runner near the runner's outer periphery so that the force exerted by the rider is transmitted from his/her feet directly to the outer edges of the runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: An Hao Adams Lin
  • Patent number: 8240697
    Abstract: A gliding board including a primary core positioned between a lower sub-assembly and an upper sub-assembly, the upper sub-assembly and the lower sub-assembly including at least one first upper reinforcement and one first lower reinforcement, respectively, extending longitudinally over at least two thirds of the length of the gliding board, and further including a frictional damping arrangement. The damping arrangement includes a blade having a thickness of less than 2 mm and a structure that enables the sliding of at least one of the ends of the blade. The damping arrangement is positioned between the first lower reinforcement and the first upper reinforcement, and the distance separating the damping arrangement from the first upper reinforcement, or from the first lower reinforcement can range, for example, between 0 mm and four times the thickness of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventor: Gilles Silva
  • Patent number: 8172250
    Abstract: A ski including a structural unit, gliding structure, as well as a decorative and protective structure. The structural unit includes at least one lower reinforcement, at least one upper reinforcement, and an intermediate structure, or core, positioned between the upper reinforcement and the lower reinforcement. The ski has a longitudinally extending cambered shape such that, when the gliding structure is positioned on a flat surface, the ski rests on a shovel contact point and a tail contact point. The ski further includes a tension structure that exerts a tension force between a first anchoring, positioned longitudinally beyond the shovel contact zone, and a second anchoring, positioned on rearward of the shovel contact zone. The tension structure is positioned for most of its length beneath the decorative and protective structure, such tension structure being positioned for most of its length above the neutral axis of the ski, such as above the upper reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventors: Bertrand Krafft, Gilles Silva, Christian Huyghe
  • Patent number: 8172251
    Abstract: A ski or a snowboard is in the form of a board-type gliding device. By reference to the width of the gliding device, at least one recess is provided in its middle portion extending in its depth direction from the top face of the gliding device in the direction towards the running surface facing and disposed in its longitudinal direction essentially parallel with the longitudinal direction of the gliding device with a view to causing a cross-sectional weakening. At least one manually adjustable adjusting device is provided, which is designed to produce an individually adjustable change in the load-dependent deformability of the cross-sectional shape or to produce an individually adjustable limit to the maximum permissible load-dependent cross-sectional deformation of the gliding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Bernhard Riepler
  • Patent number: 8087677
    Abstract: A snow gliding board includes an upper protective layer and an internal mechanical structuring beam. The upper protective layer partially covers the internal beam, without significantly influencing the mechanical behavior defined by the internal beam while also including a visible skin, and a 3D visible decorative element which projects above the skin while being fixed in a cutout perforated in the visible skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Skis Dynastar
    Inventor: Denis Bouttie
  • Patent number: 8042827
    Abstract: A snowboard or ski (1) is made having a flat sole, seen in cross-section, and with a longitudinal bendable zone or zones so that the whole or parts of the right-hand and/or left-hand part of the board are bendable in such manner that the sole, seen in cross-section, is or can be curved upwards in these parts of the board, thus causing the steel edges outermost on the upward curved portions to be higher than the sole in the middle of the board. The board may be equipped with tensioning means to hold these portions permanently flexed upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: HiTurn AS
    Inventor: Jorgen Karlsen
  • Patent number: 8037961
    Abstract: A snowmobile having a double A-arm front suspension is disclosed. The double A-arm front suspension includes an upper A-arm, a lower A-arm, and a spindle connecting the skis the upper A-arms and lower A-arms, the connection of the upper and lower A-arms to the spindle defines a caster angle, the upper A-arm and the lower A-arm are connected to the front portion of the frame such that the caster angle decreases when the front suspension is compressed. Also disclosed is a snowmobile having a suspension travel of at least 8 inches and a steering assembly having a single pitman arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
    Inventor: Berthold Fecteau
  • Patent number: 8029013
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the inventive technology relates to a snowboard having a lower surface that does not at any point along at least one specified portion thereof contact a horizontal surface underlying the snowboard when the snowboard is unweighted. Such portion(s) may be defined, at least in part, by one or more cambers. A rocker may be used to impart additional board performance benefits to a rider. Other embodiments may relate more specifically to the positioning of cambers relative to mount regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Never Summer Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Canaday, Tracey Canaday
  • Publication number: 20110233900
    Abstract: The system comprises a first elongate blade and a second elongate blade. The second elongate blade is substantially in superposition with reference to the first blade. The first and the second blades are affixed together at one end. The system includes a user-actuated mechanism is connected at least to the second blade. The mechanism is selectively operable by a user of the snow-riding device to longitudinally reposition at least a portion of the second blade with reference to the first blade. This longitudinal repositioning modifies the efficient length ratio between the two blades and thereby the camber of the system. The system is self-contained and once integrated to the snow-riding device, the system permits a selective camber adjustment of at least a portion of the snow-riding device upon modifying the camber of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Michel-Olivier Huard
  • Patent number: 8020887
    Abstract: The invention describes a ski (2) or a snowboard in the form of a board-type gliding device (1). By reference to the width (13) of the gliding board body, at least one slot (14) is provided in its middle portion extending in the depth direction—arrow (15)—from the top face (7) of the gliding board body in the direction towards the running surface facing (10) and in its longitudinal direction essentially parallel with the longitudinal direction of the gliding board body. This at least one slot (14) is provided with a view to causing a cross-sectional weakening and reducing the stiffness of the gliding board body transversely to its longitudinal direction. Also provided is at least one geometry-influencing means (19), by means of which the cross-sectional shape or contour of the gliding board body is variable as a function of load and/or can be manually varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Riepler, Rupert Huber, Helmut Holzer
  • Patent number: 8002304
    Abstract: In a snow glide board, in particular a ski with a glide board body, the outer surface of which is formed at least on one top side opposing the gliding or running surface by a shell of at least one layer made of a flat material and the glide board body of which comprises at least one channel extending in the longitudinal direction of the glide board body for holding at least one trim rod, the shell is made of a shell element on which at least one hollow or tubular section forming a channel for at least one trim rod is formed or pre-mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Marker Völkl International GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Heil, Andreas Ametsbichler
  • Publication number: 20110181023
    Abstract: A ski or a snowboard is in the form of a board-type gliding device. By reference to the width of the gliding device, at least one recess is provided in its middle portion extending in its depth direction from the top face of the gliding device in the direction towards the running surface facing and disposed in its longitudinal direction essentially parallel with the longitudinal direction of the gliding device with a view to causing a cross-sectional weakening. At least one manually adjustable adjusting device is provided, which is designed to produce an individually adjustable change in the load-dependent deformability of the cross-sectional shape or to produce an individually adjustable limit to the maximum permissible load-dependent cross-sectional deformation of the gliding device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Bernhard Riepler
  • Publication number: 20110148074
    Abstract: A two-piece snowboard includes an improved bottom shape and connector. The bottom surface of each snowboard section facilitates three primary functions: riding in a straight line, turning, and stopping. The bottom surfaces are concave or substantially flat, and grooves or ribs are provided along bottom edges of the sections to provide for turning and/or braking. Thus placed, the grooves and/or ribs do not interfere with straight line riding. The connector is somewhat stiff, and resists twisting. An example of a suitable connector is a length of reinforced hydraulic hose. The connector allows both vertical and horizontal flexing to facilitate riding over irregular terrain, while resisting twisting between sections to facilitate control. In one embodiment, the two-piece snowboard is constructed from sandwiching upper platforms provided by a donor snowboard between a connector assembly and bottom platforms according to the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Shane Smith
  • Patent number: 7954841
    Abstract: Gliding board that includes an upper sub-assembly, a lower sub-assembly, and an intermediate core, the upper sub-assembly including a first longitudinal opening, the lower sub-assembly including a second longitudinal opening, and the intermediate core including a third longitudinal opening, each of the first, second, and third longitudinal openings being positioned at the rear end of the gliding board, the gliding board further including a rigidifying element that is inserted simultaneously in the first, second, and third longitudinal openings. The rigidifying element can have a planar, bulging, or convex lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Guex, Patrick Metral, Aldric Bourgier, Lionel Favret
  • Patent number: 7946608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ski (2) or a snowboard in the form of a board-type gliding device (1), comprising a multi-layered gliding board body. A force-transmitting element (13) is supported on the top face (7) of the gliding board body, the top face of which is provided as a means of supporting a binding mechanism (3) for a connection to a sports shoe which can be released as and when necessary. The force-transmitting element (13) is of a plate-type design and extends across more than 50% of the length of the gliding board body. Within its longitudinal extension, the plate-type force-transmitting element (14) is supported in at least part-portions on the top face (7) of the gliding board body so as to transmit load and is connected to the gliding board body by means of a plurality of connecting zones (30) disposed in the longitudinal direction of the plate-type force-transmitting element (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Riepler, Rupert Huber, Helmut Holzer
  • Patent number: 7942436
    Abstract: The invention describes a ski (2) or a snowboard in the form of a board-type gliding device (1). By reference to the width (13) of the gliding device (1), at least one recess (14) is provided in its middle portion extending in its depth direction—arrow (15)—from the top face (7) of the gliding device (1) in the direction towards the running surface facing (10) and disposed in its longitudinal direction essentially parallel with the longitudinal direction of the gliding device (1) with a view to causing a cross-sectional weakening. At least one manually adjustable adjusting means (20) is provided, which is designed to produce an individually adjustable change in the load-dependent deformability of the cross-sectional shape or to produce an individually adjustable limit to the maximum permissible load-dependent cross-sectional deformation of the gliding device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Bernhard Riepler
  • Patent number: 7900950
    Abstract: A ski or a snowboard in the form of a board-type gliding device has by reference to the board body width, at least one slot in its middle portion extending in the depth direction from the board body top face towards the running surface facing and in its longitudinal direction essentially parallel with the board body longitudinal direction to cause a cross-sectional weakening and reduce the stiffness of the board body transversely to its longitudinal direction. At least one geometry-influencing device produces a cross-sectional board body shape or contour which is variable manually or as a function of load. The slot is then faced with a bridging element which is elastically stretchable or expandable, at least transversely to the longitudinal extension of the slot to prevent snow from being transferred or getting inside the slot from the running surface facing towards the top face of the gliding board body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Riepler, Rupert Huber, Helmut Holzer
  • Patent number: 7887079
    Abstract: A gliding board having a front end and a rear end, the front end and the rear end being spaced from one another along a longitudinal axis, the board being made by superimposing the following elements: a gliding sole; at least one lower reinforcement; at least one upper reinforcement; an intermediate structure, positioned between at least one lower reinforcement and the at least one upper reinforcement; wherein, at least on of the ends of the gliding board, at least one lower reinforcement and/or the at least one upper reinforcement respectively include/each include a longitudinal slit so that in a zone of at least one of the ends there is a reduced reinforcement thickness above and/or below the intermediate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventor: Bertrand Krafft
  • Publication number: 20100327560
    Abstract: A gliding board including a primary core positioned between a lower sub-assembly and an upper sub-assembly, the upper sub-assembly and the lower sub-assembly including at least one first upper reinforcement and one first lower reinforcement, respectively, extending longitudinally over at least two thirds of the length of the gliding board, and further including a frictional damping arrangement. The damping arrangement includes a blade having a thickness of less than 2 mm and a structure that enables the sliding of at least one of the ends of the blade. The damping arrangement is positioned between the first lower reinforcement and the first upper reinforcement, and the distance separating the damping arrangement from the first upper reinforcement, or from the first lower reinforcement can range, for example, between 0 mm and four times the thickness of the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventor: Gilles Silva
  • Publication number: 20100320731
    Abstract: Skis and methods of skiing are provided. In some implementations, the skis include a preload, and/or have a relatively low spring rate. In one aspect, the skis include (a) a ski body having a front and a back, the front and back terminating, respectively, at a tip and tail at opposite ends of the ski body; and (b) a suspension system connected to the ski body so as to apply a load to the front and back of the ski body. In some cases, the suspension system is configured to provide the ski with a spring rate that diminishes as the ski is flexed from a normal unloaded state or a predetermined state of deflection to a state of greater deflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Anton F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7841089
    Abstract: A snowmobile ski with a pair of outboard keels and laterally projecting, upwardly slanting, lateral wings attached proximate the outboard keels is disclosed. A ski of this structure has improved flotation and resistance to side slippage in turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Starting Line Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Roberts, Joseph Brigham Hokanson
  • Patent number: 7837217
    Abstract: A ski or snowboard having improved the transmission of forces from a binding mounting area to the respective edge of a ski or snowboard is disclosed. Such a ski or snowboard comprises a gliding surface with the associated edges as well as a lower support comprising a number of support layers over which a core with its associated lateral flanks is built. Over the core, a support is arranged in a uniform and relief-like manner that is constructed as a uniform whole from the shaped flat material, for example from laminate or in principle also from shaped sheet metal, or a plate or laminate or a similar flat semi-finished product of metallic or non-metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Elan, d.o.o.
    Inventors: Vinko Avgustin, Matej Bozicnik, Marko Kozjek, Franci Smit, Luka Grilc