With Camber Or Flexibility Control Patents (Class 280/602)
  • Patent number: 6270108
    Abstract: Device for damping ski vibrations constituted by at least one flexible strip rigidly attached to the ski and at least one flexible connection piece, the rigid attachment being spaced longitudinally apart from the flexible connection piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Axel Phelipon, Jacques Le Masson
  • Patent number: 6267402
    Abstract: A torsionally-damped ski having a durable, low friction ski base and non-rusting durable ski edges that have exceptional edge-retaining qualities, including an elongated snow-contacting base surface made of a Nitinol sheet having two opposed longitudinal edges on opposite sides of an elongated medial portion. A Nitinol ski edge structure extends longitudinally along both of the edges of the sheet, having a greater thickness than the medial portion of the sheet. The edge structures form an integral part of the Nitinol base sheet by welding the sheet along opposite edges thereof to the edge structures. Preferably, the ski edge structure is Type 60 Nitinol. The base sheet can be superelastic Nitinol or Martensitic Nitinol having shape memory characteristics. A torsional vibration structure is built into the ski, including Nitinol structures extending along one or more axes lying oblique to the longitudinal axis of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Nitinol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Julien
  • Publication number: 20010008053
    Abstract: A vibration absorbing device, particularly for use in shoes or sports implements, is constituted by a mesh which has a vertical warp and two faces, has no filling, is elastically deformable and is embedded or coated with at least one layer of plastic material which is adapted to change its deformability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Publication date: July 19, 2001
    Applicant: BENETTON GROUP S.p.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Belli
  • Publication number: 20010005072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a glide board having at least one entropy-elastic inlay arranged at any position on the glide board between its top layer and the layers thereunder. In accordance with the invention, the region of the surface beneath which the entropy-elastic inlay is disposed in raised with respect to the remaining glide board surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Publication date: June 28, 2001
    Inventor: Johann Heitzmann
  • Patent number: 6244616
    Abstract: An interface device including a rear wedge and a front wedge connected by a link. The front zone of the rear wedge is integrally connected to the ski. The front wedge is mounted to float on a plate. The front wedge and the plate cooperate by means of inclined surfaces. An elastically deformable cushion is inserted between the front wedge and plate. The link is attached to the rear wedge by a fold pressing against the surface of a housing of the wedge. In the front, the link is attached by a screw-nut system adjustable in length along the link and engaged in a housing of the wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Jo{haeck over (e)}l Arduin, Jean-Paul Mousselard, Gilles Silva
  • Patent number: 6241272
    Abstract: A pair of skis for alpine skiing, with asymmetrically waisted skis (1, 2), each ski (1, 2) at its outside comprising a sidecut (24) of heavier curvature than at its inside; to facilitate parallel guiding of the skis when going through curves, with equally loaded skis (1, 2), the waisting at the outside of each ski (1, 2) is rearwardly offset relative to that at the inside by a distance (X) in the range of centimeters, and the beginning of the waisting (24) at the outside of each ski (1, 2), following upon the shovel region, is outwardly offset as compared to the waisting (25) at the inside, by a distance (Y) in the range of millimeters; in this manner, when going in curves, when the two skis (1, 2) are guided at a distance (D) in the range of decimeters from each other, with the outer ski (1) rearwardly offset in travel direction relative to the inner ski (2), the waistings (24; 15) of the outside of the inner ski (2) and of the inside of the outer ski (1) describe at least approximately concentric arcs (16,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Atomic Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Hämmerle
  • Patent number: 6237932
    Abstract: A board having a lower assembly composed of a sole optionally bordered by metal edges, a central core, and an upper cover forming a shell, composed of an upper wall extended laterally by side walls whose lower corners bear on two longitudinal reinforcement elements which themselves bear on the lower assembly. This board is equipped with at least one vibration damper element which is made of viscoelastic material and is located on one side of the board and emerges visibly on this side, and lies in the region contained between a lower corner of the upper cover and the lower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Zanco, Max Mermet, Eric Restani, Thierry Schrobiltgen
  • Publication number: 20010001520
    Abstract: A snowboard suspension system which comprises a mounting plate (27) which is connected to a binding plate (29) via one or more hinges (26). One or more dampers (30) situated between the binding plate (29) and the mounting plate (27) serve to dampen any compressive forces. A connection plate (31) may be added to produce a compound system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Publication date: May 24, 2001
    Inventor: KAJ GYR
  • Publication number: 20010001519
    Abstract: Shock-absorbing wedge provided to be arranged between a boot and a board, or between the boot and a device for retaining the boot on the board, the board being adapted to snowboarding. The wedge is characterized in that it has at least two layers of materials of a different hardness. A first layer has a support surface provided to make contact with the boot and has a bonding surface opposite to the support surface. A second layer is joined to the bonding surface of the first layer. The hardness of the second layer is less than the hardness of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Publication date: May 24, 2001
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
  • Patent number: 6234513
    Abstract: A snowboard that facilitates turn carving by distributing the load applied by the rider over a much greater portion of the edge of the board preferably comprises a spider mount drive system operably mounted on the board. The drive system includes a drive base that is operably coupled to a boot binding and is adapted to distribute a load applied by a rider to multiple locations along the edge of the snowboard. The drive base preferably includes a central cross member and first and second elongated leg members extending outwardly from its heel and toe locations and is preferably pivotally mounted to the board. The drive base may be formed integrally with the binding or, alternatively, be formed as a separate insertable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventors: James Steele Busby, Jr., Mark Patrick Nex
  • Patent number: 6217055
    Abstract: A ski in the form of an elongate beam extending in a longitudinal direction and having a sole, an upper surface and lateral edges. In a central part, the ski is overhung by a raised rigid platform, the platform having, in an upper part, mounting zones provided for the boot retaining elements. The platform of the ski has a front plate and a rear plate which have, in their lower part, lateral side edges with support surfaces. Further, beneath the level of the upper surface of the ski, the ski has bottom surfaces located opposite the support surfaces, and the support surfaces and the bottom surfaces are predetermined such that when the ski is at rest, the platform bears on the ski in the area of the median part of the platform. Further, the distance between each support surface and its bottom surface progressively increases in the direction of the ends of the plates, such that the surfaces progressively enter into contact with one another as the ski bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Gilles Silva
  • Patent number: 6217041
    Abstract: The support structure is formed essentially by two support bands which are each assigned to one longitudinal edge of the snowboard. A central strip remaining therebetween is, at least at the longitudinal ends of the snowboard, designed to be very flexible in such a manner that the longitudinal ends of one support band can bend in the upward or downward direction of the snowboard as independently as possible of the longitudinal ends of the other support band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Marker Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Ruedi Hauser, Shaw Kaake
  • Patent number: 6199893
    Abstract: A snowboard binding comprising a flat base which is provided with elements for fixing to a shoe and is centrally provided with a circular opening which is shaped complementarily to a plate for fixing to the snowboard so that the base can be rotated adjustably about the plate. The base has, around the opening, notches for engaging the plate in preset angular positions, the base further comprising, adjacent to at least one of its lateral edges, two arms which protrude from the base and converge in a region where the arms are mutually opposite and rigidly coupled to elements for adjusting the mutual distance between the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Calzaturificio Piva S.r.l.
    Inventor: Martino Fumagalli
  • Patent number: 6193262
    Abstract: An interface device between a boot and a ski including a front platform and a rear platform. The front and rear platforms have adjacent ends located near one another between the mounting zones of the front and rear retention elements, wherein at least one of the platforms is mounted to be floating along a longitudinal direction with respect to a median stud provided to be affixed to the ski, with an adjacent end provided to rest in simple support against the stud, in a direction that tends to distance it from the other platform, an opposing end being free to slide along a longitudinal direction, and an abutment to be affixed to the ski just beyond the opposing end at a predetermined distance so as to limit the free sliding thereof during bending of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Gilles Silva
  • Patent number: 6182998
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing device for a gliding board. The gliding board includes two laterally spaced apart transmission rods; at least one fixed connection making it possible to rigidly connect the first ends of both rods to the gliding board; and at least one casing adapted to be connected rigidly to the board at a certain distance from the fixed connection, which has an opening for the introduction of an inserted portion of each rod, and at least one housing containing a viscoelastic material which is in contact with the longitudinal sliding surface along at least a certain length of the insertable portion of each rod in the housing, the material being biased in shearing during the displacement of each rod portion in the housing. An object of the invention is to provide a device that absorbs both the flexional and torsional forces of the portions of a gliding board that are the most exposed to these phenomena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Huyghe, Axel Phelipon
  • Patent number: 6158747
    Abstract: Skiing equipment includes an elastically deformable structure which can assume a variety of curved configurations as a function of the dynamic actions occurring in use. The equipment includes at least one deformable chamber filled with a damping fluid and disposed in such a way that the variations in configuration of the deformable structure cause corresponding variations in the form of at least a part of the deformable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Mario Magnani
  • Patent number: 6131939
    Abstract: A snow ski of the type having separately constructed and joined together upper and lower elongate ski sections wherein the two sections are joined together by an elongate slide rail which slidingly interconnects the opposed faces of the upper and lower ski sections together. A connector arrangement is provided for captively holding the two sections together along the slide rail to thereby permit relative sliding movement between the upper and lower ski sections when the snow ski is flexed longitudinally. The lower ski section preferably is relatively thin and of uniform thickness between its ski tip and ski tail and is also uncambered. A camber is imparted to the lower ski section when it is slidingly interconnected to the upper ski section which itself on its lower surface is longitudinally curved. The upper ski section also preferably functions as a torsion tube and is more resistant to longitudinal flex and lateral twist than the lower section to which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Fels Canadian Ski Company Ltd.
    Inventor: David M. Fels
  • Patent number: 6113126
    Abstract: A board for gliding over snow is provided which is structured such that it has a central support region having a cross-section selected from the group consisting of the sandwich cross-section, the shell cross-section, and the hybrid cross section; a front region located between and connecting the central region and a tip; and a rear region located between and connecting the central region and a tail portion. The front region, central support region, and rear region each may have either a sandwich cross-section, a shell cross-section, and a hybrid cross section. The sandwich cross-section can have a first upper layer, a first upper reinforcement layer, a first core, a plurality of longitudinal reinforcing elements, a first lower reinforcement, a first sole, and a plurality of first edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Zanco, Denis Redor
  • Patent number: 6105991
    Abstract: A core for incorporation into a gliding board, such as a snowboard. The core includes anisotropic structures that are oriented so that a principal axis is non-parallel to the orthogonal axes of the board. The core may be tuned to provide anisotropic structures with the load carrying ability specific to a localized region of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Dodge, R. Paul Smith, Paul J. Fidrych
  • Patent number: 6102425
    Abstract: Skis are manufactured so as to have a convex longitudinal curvature in the unloaded state. This ensures that the ski has good contact with the snow, keeps to the track and does not chatter during skiing, but impedes turning the skis and skiing through narrow curves. However, by securing two Z-shaped rigid levers (10) with a power arm (11) and a load arm (12) to a ski (1) such that the power arms (11) are positioned under the heel or toe of a ski boot and by variously distributing the weight (Gh, Gv) on the power arms (11), the tail (3) and/or tip (2) of the ski are/is lifted and the ski (1) obtains a concave longitudinal curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Sabine Gotzfried and Karl Peter Ernst Gotzfried
    Inventor: Peter Gotzfried
  • Patent number: 6102426
    Abstract: A sports implement includes an electroactive element such as a piezoceramic sheet attached to the implement and a shunt circuit attached to the electroactive element to counteract strain or alter stiffness of the implement to affect its performance. In a ski, one shunt circuit is neither a linear nor a highly tuned shunt, but is a low Q resonant inductive shunt tuned to a performance band of the ski to enhance dissipation of energy from of the electroactive element. The performance band includes at least one structural mode of the ski and a neighborhood of that mode. The neighborhood may include variations in the frequency of a first or higher free structural resonance which arise from production variations or size variations of the ski or its components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Active Control eXperts, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Lazarus, Jeffrey W. Moore, Robert N. Jacques, Farla M. Russo, Ronald Spangler
  • Patent number: 6095547
    Abstract: A board, such as a ski or snowboard, that includes a piezoelectric damper. A sensor such as a piece of piezoelectric material is located on the body of the board such that, as the board vibrates or deforms, the piezoelectric sensor is also deformed. As the piezoelectric sensor deforms, it produces an electrical signal that is provided to a control circuit. The control circuit receives the electrical signal and generates a control signal of proportional amplitude and frequency, but an inverse waveform to the sensed vibration. The control signal causes a piezoelectric damper to stiffen and resist deformation of the board, thus damping the vibration. The sensed signal may also be stored within a memory device and subsequently downloaded to provide a skier profile for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Vandergrift, Anthony O. DeRocco, Bard Glenne, Shane M. K. Sterling
  • Patent number: 6086084
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elongate metal body, for instance an aluminium rod with a chosen cross-sectional form manufactured by extrusion. It is a first object of the invention to make an elongate metal body stiffer and stronger without this entailing an increase in weight. In respect of this objective the metal body according to the invention has the feature that the body has at least one cavity extending at least to a considerable degree in longitudinal direction, in which cavity is received a pre-manufactured elongate reinforcing rod, of which at least the ends are coupled to the body in force-transmitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Geert Wemmenhove
  • Patent number: 6079730
    Abstract: The platform (1) comprises a rigid part (3) and an elastic part (4), the latter extending asymmetrically relative to the axis of the platform and continuously in a zone located above one of the edges (12) of the ski, which constitutes the outer edge of the ski, while the rigid part (3) is in direct contact with the ski on the side corresponding to the other edge (11), which constitutes the inner edge of the ski. A ski equipped in this way is less sensitive to edging mistakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventor: Denis Mantel
  • Patent number: 6059306
    Abstract: A gliding board for use in snowboarding. The board includes two off-centered portions located on either side of a central portion or middle sole along a longitudinal axis of the board. At least one off-centered portion of the board includes at least one reinforcement that provides the off-centered portion with a greater mechanical resistance during torsion, along the longitudinal axis, than the mechanical resistance during torsion of the middle sole along the same longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Metrot, Thierry Marion
  • Patent number: 6056310
    Abstract: A transmission device (100) for a snowboard comprises a longitudinal base plate (101) to which is fitted a binding (11, 12) for a boot (6) and two spacers (131, 132) allocated to the base plate (101) and the snowboard body (1). The spacers (131, 132) are fitted in the central longitudinal region of the base plate (101) and are themselves a distance (F) apart. The base plate (101) has downwardly directed and longitudinally running ribs (105). The spacers (131 and 132) have a U-shaped cross-section with a base (133) and arms (134, 135). The base plate (101) lies on the base (133) and between the arms (134, 135) of the spacer. The base plate (101) and the spacers (131, 132) are secured to the snowboard body (1) by screws (141, 142).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Andreas Hangl
  • Patent number: 6032974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for retaining a boot on a gliding board. The device includes especially a dorsal support element and a base, the dorsal support element being journalled on the base along a substantially transverse Y-Y' axis of the device, wherein at least one braking mechanism opposes a journal movement of the dorsal support element with respect to the base along the Y-Y' axis, in at least one journal direction, and wherein a return mechanism maintains the dorsal support element substantially in contact with the lower part of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Benoit Saillet
  • Patent number: 5988668
    Abstract: The invention concerns a gliding board, especially a snowboard, which is intended to support both boots of a skier. The board includes a base structure of which at least the front end is turned up to form the shovel. It further has a central zone with two mounting zones for the binding elements, a front zone, and a rear zone. The board has, at least in one of the front or rear zones, a long reinforcement shaped according to the length and width of the zone. The reinforcement extends from the vicinity of the end of the front or rear zone to at least the vicinity of the mounting zone located near the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique DeVille, Vincent Forest, Maurice LeGrand
  • Patent number: 5984344
    Abstract: A binding has a carrier arrangement having at least one elongated portion, which extends in the longitudinal direction of the ski, is flexurally rigid and/or can be subjected to shearing. A first region of the carrier arrangement, is fixed to the ski, a second region is spaced apart from said first region in the longitudinal direction of the ski and is coupled, or can be coupled, compliantly to the ski. The carrier arrangement alters the bending properties of the ski to change the stiffness of the ski and/or damp vibrations of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Marker Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Harsanyi, Edwin Lehner, Werner Messerschmidt, Piero Ruffinengo, Premek Stepanek
  • Patent number: 5984343
    Abstract: A snowboard includes one or more stiffening plates mounted to the top surface of the snowboard. The plates serve to stiffen localized areas on the snowboard in order to change the flexion and torsion characteristics of the snowboard in that localized area. The location of the stiffening plates can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of riding stances and orientations. The stiffening plates can be utilized on a symmetrical snowboard to provide asymmetrical flexion and torsion characteristics in order to accommodate the asymmetrical stance of the rider. The stiffening plates can also be adjusted to enable a ski or snowboard to perform well in both soft snow conditions and hard packed snow conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Robert J. Harrington
    Inventors: Lucio Longoni, Robert J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 5954356
    Abstract: A snowboard that facilitates turn carving has an elongated body with first and second elevated bases mounted thereto, and an area of increased stiffness extending radially from the first and second bases toward the central axis of the body of the snowboard. V-shaped, diamond shaped or T-shaped drive members are mounted to the body or formed integrally therewith to increase the stiffness of the body in the area between the bases. The combination of the elevated bases and area of increased stiffness increases the flex area and the positive running edge of the snowboard. Additional stiffener fingers can be included to extend outwardly from the bases toward the nose and tail ends to provide shock absorption and vibration dampening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: James Steele Busby, Jr.
    Inventors: James Steele Busby, Jr., Mark Patrick Nex
  • Patent number: 5944335
    Abstract: There is disclosed a sliding device, in particular a ski (1), having a carrying structure (1') as well as a core (11) at least substantially rigidly connected therewith, and a binding carrier arranged above the core (11) in the longitudinal middle portion of the sliding device and extending at least over the binding area in the longitudinal direction of the sliding device, the binding carrier being elastically supported relative to the carrying structure and the core (11) so as to avoid a transmission of oscillations and impacts from the ski (1) to the ski binding; to increase the stiffness and for an improved introduction of forces, the binding carrier is designed as a deflection-resistant shell carrier (2; 2'; 2") which also laterally embraces the core (11). (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Atomic Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Riepler
  • Patent number: 5927743
    Abstract: A gliding board is equipped with, in a binding and boot support region, a stiffener device to modify the stiffness of the board under the effect of a thrust, exerted by a user, toward the upper face of the board, wherein the stiffener device includes: an elongate upper platform to accommodate a boot binding on its upper face, the front end of the platform being secured to a point linked to the board; a rigid and nondeformable intermediate stud of fixed height located between the lower face of the platform and the upper face of the board; and means for stretching at least one part of the board under the action of a vertical thrust exerted in the rear region of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventor: Denis Mantel
  • Patent number: 5928045
    Abstract: A body or sports board having a continuous strip rail extending over the width of bevelled side, nose and side and optionally, also over the tail surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Earth & Ocean Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory L. Szabad
  • Patent number: 5924707
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shock absorption device comprising at least one elongated element for transmitting flexional forces, oriented longitudinally with respect to the ski and having a free end adapted to be displaced longitudinally during bias in flexion. The device comprises likewise: a housing rigidly connected to the ski, provided with an opening for the passage of the free end of the elongated element and an internal seat allowing for the free back and forth movement of the said free end in translation; at least one shock absorption plate guided in translation in the said seat, comprising at least one layer made out of flexible and/or viscoelastic material in direct contact with the free end; and an indexing means making it possible to select the number of small plates in the translationally latched position in this said seat, and whose layer of flexible and/or viscoelastic material is biased in shear during displacement of the free end in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Metrot
  • Patent number: 5924717
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for changing the hardness, elasticity or rigidity of a sliding device for snow, which sliding device has a level of convexity which is predetermined during manufacture, having a stiffening device which can be fitted on the sliding device and can be changed, in terms of its action on the sliding device, by a control mechanism. The aim of the invention is, by changing the level of convexity, to be able to adapt the travelling properties of the sliding device to the respective skiing/snowboarding conditions in a particularly effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: HTM Sport-Und Freizeitgeraete Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Janisch, Hubert Wuerthner, Karl Stritzl, Helmut Wladar
  • Patent number: 5921564
    Abstract: A snow board comprising a flexible core element enveloped by a covering of resin impregnated fiberglass wherein the core includes a plurality of parallel grooves running the longitudinal direction of the board such that in conjunction with resin impregnated fiberglass form a series of parallel integral hollow beam members increasing the strength of the board while simultaneously reducing the overall weight
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: CSOC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael T. Olson
  • Patent number: 5915716
    Abstract: A sliding board includes a device of the "stress plate" type, having a layer of viscoelastic material covered by a stress plate with a high elasticity modulus, the layer of viscoelastic material being joined to one outer surface of the sliding board and to the stress plate. According to the invention, the stress plate has at least one strip-shaped area that is not joined to the board over part of the width and part of the length of the plate, the strip being elastically flexible and being connected to the board by its ends so that when the board flexes, it behaves like a leaf spring acting mechanically by buckling between its two ends connected to the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Artus
  • Patent number: 5915717
    Abstract: A board for sliding on snow has a body extending over the entire length of the board and forming a tip and a heel at the ends of the board and at least one upper plate that extends and rests on at least part of the board, except at the tip and the heel. The upper plate is rigidly attached to either a middle, front or rear zone of the body. The base of the upper plate and the corresponding upper surface of the body having matching shaped projections and indentations at a portion of the upper plate that is not rigidly attached to the body. The matching projections and indentations are designed to convert a lengthwise sliding movement of the upper plate on the body into a force that includes a pressure component that is perpendicular to the surface of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Faye
  • Patent number: 5909894
    Abstract: A snowboard binding for securing a snowboard boot to a snowboard that includes a rigid baseplate, a strap, and an isolation member. The rigid baseplate includes sidewalls and a heel loop extending upwardly therefrom. The baseplate is adapted for attachment to the snowboard and includes a plurality of isolation apertures extending therethrough. A disk aperture is also provided for receiving an attachment disk for fastening the baseplate to the snowboard. The strap is connected to the sidewalls of the baseplate for releasably securing the boot to the binding. The isolation member is formed from a unitary substantially elastic, rubbery material. The isolation member extends beneath the baseplate to substantially isolate the baseplate from the snowboard. The isolation member has a plurality of upward projections extending through the isolation apertures in the baseplate. The upward projections have T-shaped cross sections with head and neck portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Allen L. Meader, Geoffrey E. Rittmeyer
  • Patent number: 5895067
    Abstract: A ski having a tip region, a heel region, and a central zone, is provided with a running sole having longitudinal sides and a longitudinal axis, an edge formed on each of the sides of the running sole, and an upper face including at least two side faces being non-parallel to the running sole. The at least two side faces intersect each other above the running sole to create an apex extending longitudinally over at least part of the ski. The apex is asymmetrical with respect to a longitudinal mid-plane through the longitudinal axis of the running sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol SA
    Inventors: Milena Stephanova, Jacques Perenon
  • Patent number: 5884932
    Abstract: A sliding device, in particular a ski, comprises a sliding body and means on the sliding body for controlling vibration thereof. The controlling means comprises at least one sequence of a plurality of spatial, planar or linear areas, each of which is distinguished from at least a part of its vicinity by at least one differently dimensioned or distributed vibration parameter. The center distances between subsequent distinguished areas, or the distances between certain sections within subsequent distinguished areas, is dimensioned according to at least one predetermined increasingly or decreasingly varying progression. The increasingly or decreasingly varying distances are configured such that the areas establish a vibration active structure of the sliding body with a plurality of natural or resonant frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Georg Ignatius
  • Patent number: 5865459
    Abstract: A ski structure has a core that can be provided with reinforcing elements and is provided with upper and lower covering elements. At least one cavity is provided in the core and has a terminal end that terminates in at least one of the upper surface and lower surface of the core. The ski structure cavity is covered by at least one of the upper and lower covering element and the edges of the ski. At least one block made of, for example, elastic, hyperelastic, or viscoelastic material is provided in the at least one cavity. The height of each block is preferably greater than 5 mm while the ratio between the height and the length of the block is preferably between 0.3 and 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventor: Yves Piegay
  • Patent number: 5857694
    Abstract: A sports implement including an electroactive element, such as a piezoceramic sheet attached to the implement and a circuit attached to the electroactive element. The circuit may be a shunt, or may include processing such as amplification and phase control to apply a driving signal which may compensate for strain sensed in the implement, or may simply alter the stiffness to affect performance. In a ski, the electroactive element is located near to the root in a region of high strain to apply damping, and the element captures between about one and five percent of the strain energy of the ski. The region of high strain may be found by modeling mechanics of the sports implement, or may be located by empirically mapping the strain distribution which occurs during use of the implement. In other embodiments, the electroactive elements may remove resonances, adapt performance to different situations, or enhance handling or comfort of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Active Control Experts, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Lazarus, Jeffrey W. Moore, Robert N. Jacques, Jonathan C. Allen
  • Patent number: 5855389
    Abstract: A snowboard having a forward end with a shovel and rearward end with a heel. The forward shovel and rearward heel include forward and rearward contact areas on both the right and left sides. The snowboard includes a base sheet, a core, a top sheet, forward and rearward binding fastening regions, and a first reinforcement member. The core is disposed above the base sheet. The top sheet is disposed above the core. The forward and rearward binding fastening regions are disposed between the shovel and heel. The first reinforcement member is disposed between the core and the top sheet and extends from adjacent one of the forward and rearward binding fastening regions to adjacent both contact areas on one end of the snowboard. The first reinforcement member includes a right leaf spring member and a left leaf spring member. The right leaf spring member extends generally from the binding fastening region toward the right contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Cameron W. Andrus, Luke J. Edgar, Patrick M. Timmons
  • Patent number: 5845923
    Abstract: A raising device (1) intended to be placed in the support region (3) of a ski and to accommodate a safety binding formed at the front by a toe piece (15) and at the rear by a heel piece (16), said device being composed of two opposing arms (3, 4) extending in regions having an overlap along the longitudinal direction of the ski, each of the arms (3, 4) having a bearing point (7, 8) located on the ski, wherein each of the arms has a floating end which is raised relative to the upper face of the ski and is connected to the ski solely by a viscoelastic block (5, 6), these two blocks being equipped on their upper face with a metal platform (17, 18) capable of accommodating respectively the toe piece (15) and the heel piece (16), the fixed bearing points and the floating ends of the arms being opposite one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventor: Alain Zanco
  • Patent number: 5829776
    Abstract: An assembly adapted for use in skiing, particularly alternating steps skiing. The assembly includes in particular a ski and an assembly for increasing the rigidity in flexion of the ski, in a manner so as to preserve or increase the lifting in the vertical direction of the lower surface of the ski, at least in a portion of the gripping zone, during the lowering of the heel of the foot. This assembly includes in particular a plate, positioned above the upper surface and maintained by linkage elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique Deville, Jacques Quellais
  • Patent number: 5826909
    Abstract: A relocatable ski camber sensor provides active sports training for skiing and the like including levers extending from a planar surface to be sensed for camber, a force sensitive resistor affixed to one of the levers, a resilient compressible element for applying varying amounts of compressive force to the sensitive resistor, and a device for indicating a predetermined amount of sensed camber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Mountain Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl D. Brommer, Thomas G. Hebert, Peter J. Schibly
  • Patent number: 5823562
    Abstract: A snowboard is disclosed having two cambers centered, respectively, below each of the two boot mounting zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: North Shore Partners
    Inventor: Donald P. Stubblefield
  • Patent number: RE36586
    Abstract: A ski with a non-rectangular cross section has a filling core, for example made of polyurethane foam, a shell forming the upper face and at least a part of the lateral faces of the ski, a lower face equipped with longitudinal metal edges and with a central sliding sole. The ski includes two longitudinal reinforcement elements which extend at least in the binding mounting area of the ski and are arranged on either side of the core, each reinforcement element has a lower face which extends to a great extent over the width of an edge so as to afford it an effective support, and extends over at least a part of the height of the ski, the reinforcement elements not being covered laterally by the shell and thus forming the narrow sides of the ski, at least in the binding mounting area of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventors: Roger Abondance, Jean Bauvois, Jean-Marc Forneri