With Edge Or Guide Strip Patents (Class 280/608)
  • Patent number: 10086255
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gliding board for cross-country skiing, intended to receive a shoe fastener (F) including an upper face, a lower face and side ridges, characterized in that at least one of the side ridges of the board is provided with a series of notches (11) whereof each rim (11a) defines, on the one hand, a transverse stop face (12) making it possible to stop the board in the backwards direction, and on the other hand, a longitudinal connecting face (13) between the notches (11) allowing forward gliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SKIS ROSSIGNOL
    Inventors: Nicolas Puget, Johan Vailli
  • Patent number: 9937407
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a binding apparatus for use on a splitboard. The binding apparatus may be used to change the splitboard between a snowboard for riding downhill in a ride mode and touring skis for climbing up a hill in a tour mode. The binding apparatus can include at least one board joining device. The binding apparatus can also include a binding interface configured to receive a boot and selectively attach to a ride mode interface in a snowboard configuration and to a tour mode interface in a ski configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Bryce M. Kloster, Tyler G. Kloster
  • Patent number: 9656724
    Abstract: A snowmobile ski tip is configured to be removably fitted over a snowmobile ski and has a bottom surface for contacting the snow and a top surface configured to contact a bottom surface of the ski, a side wall, and a top wall extending from the side wall. The ski tip forms a pocket configured to accept a front end of the snowmobile ski such that the ski tip widens at least the front end of the ski when installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Yvon Bedard, Pascal Gagnon
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130264797
    Abstract: One embodiment of a stabilizing flange for a skate ski comprised of a thin metal plate attached to the inner side of each ski directly beneath the skier's boot with a portion of said plate protruding past the bottom of said ski into the snow beneath. The sharpened leading and bottom edges of said plate offer negligible resistance to forward motion of the ski whereas the broad side of said plate resists lateral motion, thus stabilizing the ski, especially on icy snow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Lief Harry Carlsen
  • Patent number: 8517410
    Abstract: A sport board is provided having a running surface which provides improved steering and directional control of the sport board. In one embodiment, the sport board has an arcuate bottom with a series of alternating ridges and grooves. The central ridges and grooves run parallel to the longitudinal axis of the board, while the ridges and grooves in the side areas run perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the board. In a second embodiment, the sport board comprises a bottom having a small number of a larger ridges and grooves which arrangement provides better control. By use of either approach, however, turning and cornering of the board is more controllable. The board is also fitted with foot straps so as to be easily convertible from a sport board configuration to a snowboard configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Tech 4 Kids, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Pedersen, Kyle Jeffs
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130038041
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ski or a snowboard, comprising a multilayered sliding board body comprising at least one strength-providing upper strap, at least one strength-providing lower strap, at least one strip-like core element arranged in between which is delimited essentially by a first and a second flat side and by lateral side surfaces, and which core element comprises at least in sections of its longitudinal extension an essentially trapezoidal cross section with a first base side with a first length and a second base side essentially parallel thereto with a second comparatively shorter length. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for producing a prefabricated semi-finished product for the production of such a ski or snowboard, a suitably assembled semi-finished product, as well as a method for producing the ski or snowboard according to the invention by using the prefabricated semi-finished product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: ATOMIC AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Georg Klausner
  • Publication number: 20120292886
    Abstract: Edges for skis snowboard and skates that with the incorporation of more than one edge allow for an increased grip when turning and braking. It has a special application in the sports sector where you move over snow or ice, where edges of these characteristics are required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Ulf Morgan Friberg
  • Patent number: 8256791
    Abstract: A gliding board with an effective edge length to waist width ratio of 3.8 to about 4.35, a waist width of at least about 250 mm, a core that has an approximately constant thickness of greater than 5 mm along substantially the entire running length of the board and to within about 80-100 mm of the effective edge points, but thins to a thickness of about 2 mm or less in areas nearer the effective edge points, and/or side edges that include a curved, concave sidecut portion at the waist, curved, convex transition zones at the forward and rear effective edge points and a straight section in the running length adjacent each transition zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Gerndt, Peter J. Bergendahl, Christopher Fidler, Brendan Murphey, Scott Seward, Todd King
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120119470
    Abstract: A gliding board with an effective edge length to waist width ratio of 3.8 to about 4.35, a waist width of at least about 250 mm, a core that has an approximately constant thickness of greater than 5 mm along substantially the entire running length of the board and to within about 80-100 mm of the effective edge points, but thins to a thickness of about 2 mm or less in areas nearer the effective edge points, and/or side edges that include a curved, concave sidecut portion at the waist, curved, convex transition zones at the forward and rear effective edge points and a straight section in the running length adjacent each transition zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Gerndt, Peter J. Bergendahl, Christopher Fidler, Brendan Murphey, Scott Seward, Todd King
  • Patent number: 8096573
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gliding board including a structural beam defining a longitudinal direction and having a gliding surface bordered on each side with a lateral running edge, each running edge having an edge body and an anchoring blade, the anchoring blades of the two running edges being oriented opposite one another. An inextensible connecting element locally connects the anchoring blades, at least along a portion at least of the length of the beam, and the connecting element is oriented in the extension of each of the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jéröme Francois, Eric Pignol, Axel Phelipon, Aldric Bourgier, Lionel Favret
  • 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: 8075014
    Abstract: Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a snowboard or ski or the like comprises a base body having at least one edge, a top surface and a bottom surface; wherein the edge comprises at least one channel formed therein to provide two or more edge elements to contact a medium during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Peter F. Phibbs
  • Publication number: 20110285109
    Abstract: A splitboard is disclosed comprising two longitudinal halves, each longitudinal halve comprising inner sidewalls partially wrapped in metal edging to reduce performance inefficiencies associated with metal edging spanning the length of the inner sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Allister Horn
  • Patent number: 8052165
    Abstract: The invention relates to an end piece (2, 2?) for the front or rear end of a ski (1) or snowboard, which end piece (2, 2?) has at least a first and a second portion (6, 7). A distance (10, 10?) between mutually adjacent zones (8, 9) of the first and second portion (6, 7) or a width or length measurement of at least one of the zones (8, 9) can be varied. Alternatively, the first and second portion (6, 7) are connected to one another in the mutually adjacent zones (8, 9) by means of an articulated joint and/or an elastically stretchable and rebounding bridging element and/or an elastically deformable middle portion (12) and the zones of the first and second portion (6, 7) remote from the mutually adjacent zones (8, 9) can be respectively connected to oppositely lying side edges of a ski (1) or snowboard by articulated joints and/or with an interconnected elastic deformation zone. This positively influences the performance of a ski (1) or snowboard with a variable geometry or size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Atomic Austria GmbH
    Inventor: 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
  • Patent number: 7866684
    Abstract: A ski or ski-like device with an improved edging feature to assist skiers in edging during icy conditions. The edging feature includes a structure and method that provides a lateral edge on the inside of the ski that can extend into the snow surface beneath the bottom surface of the ski. When the ski is turned (i.e., rotated about its longitudinal axis) the extended inside edge of the downhill ski digs into the snow surface to provide improved gripping and control. The edge adapted to extend beneath the bottom surface of the ski is provided either by attaching an edge that extends below the bottom surface of the ski, or by providing a bottom surface of the ski in the region adjacent to the extended edge that is arranged to yield under pressure, to expose the extended edge when vertical force is applied to the bottom surface of the ski during a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Gerald W. Harris, Jr., Leah K. Harris, Eric C. Witte
  • 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
  • Ski
    Publication number: 20100237588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ski, especially a downhill ski, and a trimming rod for such a ski. The ski comprises an elongate ski body and a gliding surface on the bottom face of the ski body. The ski is characterized by at least one approximately longitudinally extending recess and/or one or more receiving devices for detachably receiving a trimming rod. The flexural stiffness and/or the weight of the ski can be adjusted by inserting different trimming rods, thereby allowing to adapt the handling characteristics of the ski to the skier. The ski can also be provided with one or more damping elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Kaspar Krause, Blasius Gerg
  • Patent number: 7758061
    Abstract: A ski has rim-side edges that are formed of synthetic material. This allows for easy production of incisions and an ideal course of movement is assured even under unfavorable snow conditions. For this purpose, the incisions extend over at least a portion of the width of at least one synthetic material edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Fischer Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Peter Staudinger
  • Publication number: 20100176575
    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: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Armada Skis, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian H.C. Smith, Alan Trimble
  • Patent number: 7641215
    Abstract: Gliding board equipment systems and individual components are disclosed herein. A gliding board equipment system of one embodiment includes a gliding board, a boot having an upper cuff and a lower boot, and a binding selectively attaching the boot to the gliding board. The upper cuff of the boot defines opposed slots, and a respective pin passes through each slot to couple the upper cuff to the lower boot and allow the upper cuff to move laterally relative to the lower boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Matthew Wade Ellison
  • Publication number: 20090289428
    Abstract: A runner for a snowmobile ski is fabricated from flat metal plate stock and incorporates mounting features for securing the runner to the ski and a wear strip of a relatively harder material provided on and projecting from a lower surface of the runner body. A quick release mounting system is provided for attaching the runner to the ski, including quick installation and release wedge mounting systems. The thin runner blade and wear strip are of the same thickness and are joined by a brazed joint. The invention contemplates a method of fabricating the runner and a method of mounting the runner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Musselman
  • Patent number: 7614627
    Abstract: A runner for a snowmobile ski is fabricated from flat metal plate stock and incorporates mounting features for securing the runner to the ski and a wear strip of a relatively harder material provided on and projecting from a lower surface of the runner body. A quick release mounting system is provided for attaching the runner to the ski, including quick installation and release wedge mounting systems. The thin runner blade and wear strip are of the same thickness and are joined by a brazed joint. The invention contemplates a method of fabricating the runner and a method of mounting the runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: International Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Musselman
  • Publication number: 20090121453
    Abstract: A snowboard consisting of a board on which two bindings are mounted on the surface of the board, at a distance apart approximately corresponding to ? of the board's length. The board is designed with inwardly curved edge portions and has upwardly curved tips (3), possibly with a more moderate tip at one end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: HiTurn AS
    Inventor: Jorgen Karlsen
  • Patent number: 7510206
    Abstract: A snow skate is disclosed which provides improved control and skate-like performance, particularly on hard-pack or icy surfaces. The snow skate has edges which increasingly project from the central flat region of the ski to the forward area. Preferably this is achieved by making the base increasingly concave forward and rearward from a central generally flat region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Curtis G. Walker
  • Patent number: 7500691
    Abstract: A snow glide board with a glide board body with a front end and a rear end has an insert inserted on at least one end of the glide board body in a body recess located there such, that the insert adjoins with an insert bottom side a bottom side of the glide board body. The insert is shaped so that it forms at least one depression or cavity or insert recess on its bottom side, which (recess) is open toward the bottom of the glide board body and that the insert is made of a permanently deformable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Volkl Sports GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Haas
  • Publication number: 20090058046
    Abstract: A ski or ski-like device with an improved edging feature to assist skiers in edging during icy conditions. The edging feature includes a structure and method that provides a lateral edge on the inside of the ski that can extend into the snow surface beneath the bottom surface of the ski. When the ski is turned (i.e., rotated about its longitudinal axis) the extended inside edge of the downhill ski digs into the snow surface to provide improved gripping and control. The edge adapted to extend beneath the bottom surface of the ski is provided either by attaching an edge that extends below the bottom surface of the ski, or by providing a bottom surface of the ski in the region adjacent to the extended edge that is arranged to yield under pressure, to expose the extended edge when vertical force is applied to the bottom surface of the ski during a turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Gerald W. Harris, JR., Eric C. Witte, Leak K. Harris
  • Patent number: 7497447
    Abstract: A snowmobile ski including a runner fabricated from flat metal plate stock and incorporating mounting features for securing the runner to the ski and a wear strip of a relatively harder material provided on and projecting from a lower surface of the runner body. A quick release mounting system is provided for attaching the runner to the ski, including quick installation and release wedge mounting systems. The thin runner blade and wear strip are of the same thickness and are joined by a brazed joint. The invention contemplates a method of fabricating the runner and a method of mounting the runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: International Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert S Musselman
  • Publication number: 20090051142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gliding board including a structural beam defining a longitudinal direction and having a gliding surface bordered on each side with a lateral running edge, each running edge having an edge body and an anchoring blade, the anchoring blades of the two running edges being oriented opposite one another. An inextensible connecting element locally connects the anchoring blades, at least along a portion at least of the length of the beam, and the connecting element is oriented in the extension of each of the blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventors: Jerome FRANCOIS, Eric PIGNOL, Axel PHELIPON, Aldric BOURGIER, Lionel FAVRET
  • Publication number: 20090014969
    Abstract: A runner for a snowmobile ski is fabricated from flat metal plate stock and incorporates mounting features for securing the runner to the ski and a wear strip of a relatively harder material provided on and projecting from a lower surface of the runner body. A quick release mounting system is provided for attaching the runner to the ski, including quick installation and release wedge mounting systems. The thin runner blade and wear strip are of the same thickness and are joined by a brazed joint. The invention contemplates a method of fabricating the runner and a method of mounting the runner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Musselman
  • Patent number: 7445227
    Abstract: A ski or ski-like device with an improved edging feature to assist skiers in edging during icy conditions. The edging feature includes a structure and method that provides a lateral edge on the inside of the ski that can extend into the snow surface beneath the bottom surface of the ski. When the ski is turned (i.e., rotated about its longitudinal axis) the extended inside edge of the downhill ski digs into the snow surface to provide improved gripping and control. The edge adapted to extend beneath the bottom surface of the ski is provided either by attaching an edge that extends below the bottom surface of the ski, or by providing a bottom surface of the ski in the region adjacent to the extended edge that is arranged to yield under pressure, to expose the extended edge when vertical force is applied to the bottom surface of the ski during a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventors: Gerald W. Harris, Jr., Leah K. Harris, Eric C. Witte
  • Patent number: 7396036
    Abstract: A gliding board, such as a snowboard, has improved lift or float in certain conditions, e.g., when gliding in powdered snow. A nose and/or tail of the gliding board may have a variable bending property to provide the improved float. In one embodiment, the nose and/or tail may have a tapered thickness or other features so that the nose and/or tail is more flexible toward the tip of the nose or tail. Other variable bending properties in the nose and/or tail may be provided for reasons other than improved float, such as to enhance trick or other maneuver performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Barbieri, Peter J. Bergendahl
  • Patent number: 7390009
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein provides a replaceable edge cassette for skis or a snowboard. The skis have a top, a base, a core, two sides, and edges along the sides of the base. The cassette includes an edge portion removably secured adjacent the base of the ski. The edge portion has an attachment portion for securing the edge portion to the ski and a peripheral portion for contact with the surface to be ridden. The cassette includes a sidewall portion secured to the edge portion. A fastener is connectable through the sidewall portion to be secured to the ski adjacent the core. Base material is also secured beneath the removable edge portion so as to be adjacent the main base portion when the cassette is secured to the side of the ski. The edge cassette is removable and replaceable by removing the fasteners secured through the sidewall. The edge alone may also be separately replaceable by removing it from the sidewall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Armada Skis, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Trimble, Brian H. C. Smith, Julien Regnier
  • Patent number: 7316411
    Abstract: A board for gliding over snow, more particularly for children, includes a structure made of just one homogeneous material of an injected thermoplastic polymer, two metal side edges with wings, bordering the bottom surface forming the gliding surface. The structure includes a top surface and a bottom surface forming a gliding surface, and defines a hollow volume. The wings of the metal side edges are embedded in the homogeneous material of an injected thermoplastic polymer material of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Skis Dynastar
    Inventors: Hervé Spanier, Michel Veillard, Denis Bouttie, Fanny Caspar, Claudia Stern, Fabrice Magoni, Jean-Paul Alussi, Stéphane Bernard, Marc Rene
  • Patent number: 7281729
    Abstract: A snow glider is provided having a design that facilitates gliding through snow rather than skidding. The snow glider may have a narrow waist width combined with an elevated binding assembly to promote positive engagement with a skiing surface during use. A method of skiing includes skiing downhill on a skiing surface using glider skis, wherein each ski has a ski base and a pair of edges extending along opposite sides of the base. While skiing downhill, the method of skiing also includes changing direction without skidding the skis on the skiing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Anton F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7264262
    Abstract: A snow sliding device such as a ski, a monoski, or a snowboard, has a plane of general symmetry P. It includes a principal part, called a body or base 2, which has a longitudinal rib 11 formed between two lateral channels 5a, 5b which open laterally toward the exterior EX and upward HA, and which do not open downward BA. A thin, lower lateral edge 20 extends below the channel. In each of the channels 5a, 5b, a complementary lateral element 3a, 3b, respectively, is attached. A height H of the ski, which corresponds to a distance between an upper surface 30 of the complementary lateral elements 3a, 3b and a lower sliding surface 6, is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol SA
    Inventor: Alain Zanco
  • Patent number: 7258360
    Abstract: Alpine ski (1) having a sidecut (9) which has a radius smaller than 24 meters, wherein the front (10) and/or rear (18) ends have a cavity (11, 15) opening longitudinally at said end, the dimensions of the cavity (11, 15) allowing the deformation of said end when a transverse force is exerted at the front and/or rear contact lines so as to permit the inner and outer edges of the ski to move closer to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol S.A.
    Inventors: William Vallet, Denis Redor, Alain Zanco, Christian Alary
  • Patent number: 7234721
    Abstract: A snowboard (10) includes a central section (12) and tip and tail sections (14, 16). The snowboard includes a core (30) bordered within the central section along longitudinal edges by sidewall members (24). The snowboard includes upper and lower reinforcement layers (32, 34) covered by a top sheet (36) and a base (38). The outer surfaces (44) of the sidewall members (24) are exposed between the top sheet and the base within the central section of the board. In the tip and tail section of the board, the sidewall members are absent, with a cap formed by the top sheet and upper reinforcement layer extending to cover the perimeter edge of the core and join to the base. The board thus has a fully exposed sidewall construction in the central section and a capped construction in the tip and tail sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony O DeRocco
  • Patent number: 7219916
    Abstract: A snowboard has elongate runners integrally formed with the bottom surface of the snowboard to increase the downhill speed characteristics of the snowboard. The runners define a longitudinally extending channel thereinbetween. The cross-sectional thickness of the snowboard is thicker at the runners and becomes thinner along the channel to increase the stiffness of the snowboard without significantly increasing the weight of the snowboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Mark A. Olson
  • Patent number: 7216887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a board-type runner device (1), consisting of at least a top layer (2) with a top surface (4) and a running layer (3) with a running surface (5) lying opposite it and optionally having edging elements (6) extending in the longitudinal direction of the runner device (1), and the top surface (4) of the top layer (2) and/or the running surface (5) of the running layer (3) has at least one recess (13, 14). The at least one recess (13; 14) is provided with a device (21) for increasing slipping and friction resistance at the running surface (5) and/or top surface (4) if necessary, at least in the region of the recess (13; 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Riepler
  • Patent number: 7159875
    Abstract: An articulated snowboard includes first and second members that are joined at a first end by an articulation mechanism that permits vertical offset between the members while preserving parallel orientation of at least one of a longitudinal axis through each member and a leading edge of each member. Articulation enhances stability, user control, and braking action. Further, the articulation mechanism permits folding the articulated snowboard in half for storage and transport, and also permits separating the two members. When separated the two members can be worn by a user as emergency snowshoes or short skis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Keahi Seymour
  • Patent number: 7134928
    Abstract: A water sport binding is disclosed having a rigid base plate that is adapted to be mounted to a board such as a wake board. A heel loop is pivotably mounted to the base plate and a flexible upper assembly is provided that includes a forward portion that attaches to the base plate and a rearward portion that attaches to the pivotable heel loop. A lever mechanism, including a lever mounted on the heel loop and a cable that attaches to either side of the base plate and extends through a channel in the lever provides a mechanism for locking the heel loop in an upright position during use. The user pivots the lever to permit the heel loop to pivot rearwardly, permitting ready entry or egress from the binding. The flexible upper assembly may include front and back panels, an instep support, an ankle support, and attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Connelly Skis, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Cannon
  • Patent number: 7131660
    Abstract: An outrigger edge enhances ability to turn and maintain control of a ski or snowboard on ice or snow. The outrigger edge is provided outside and above the normal edge of a ski so it only makes contact with the snow or ice when the ski is tilted through a sufficient angle with respect to the surface of the snow or ice. The angle is preferably in the range from about 30 to about 60 degrees, more preferably around 45 degrees, to reduce or avoid contact during skiing on flat terrain but to allow contact when needed on ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas Frederick Hafer
  • Patent number: 7111864
    Abstract: Device for sliding on snow, especially a carving ski, having a base running face, which extends over a front, a central and a rear zone and which is waisted in the longitudinal direction, wherein in the front and/or in the rear zone of the base running face, the latter is overlaid by at least one additional running-face segment which, together with a portion, especially the central portion, of the base running face defines a second running face having a second waist with a substantially larger radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Kneissl Tirol GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Mölg
  • Patent number: 7073810
    Abstract: A snow ski has at least one channel formed in the running surface to expose the inner sides of the ski edges for translating the force exerted by the ski during a turn and creating positive engagement with the skiing surface. The channel may extend the length of the ski or only a portion thereof. The channel forms edge tips on the ski edges where the inner sides are exposed. The edge tips may have different shapes to improve the bite on the skiing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Anton F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7055846
    Abstract: A snow sliding board (1) such as a ski, a snow board or a surf board has a vertical plane of general symmetry (P). A principal portion, called body or base, includes at least in the area of the sole a complementary, longitudinal element intended to receive the binding for retention of the user's boot The base (2) has the shape of an elongated beam, comprising a sliding sole, whose front extremity is raised in order to form a spatula, with the complementary longitudinal element having the shape of an elongated plate, limited laterally by a lateral left rim and a lateral right rim. The complementary element additionally includes a front portion connected to a rear portion by means of a middle portion. At least one of the lateral rims of the complementary element acts as lateral support, via at least its middle portion, on a lateral shock absorbing stop of deformable elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol SA
    Inventor: Eric Restani
  • Patent number: 7004493
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ski edge profile made from steel. To further improve the sliding properties compared to the ski edge profiles which are known from the prior art, according to the invention it is proposed for the ski edge profile to consist of a steel alloy with a relatively low thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: C.D. Walzholz-Brockhaus GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Toni Junius, Norbert Brachthäuser