Hold-downs Or Clamps Patents (Class 280/623)
  • Patent number: 9358446
    Abstract: An adjustable connecting element (10) of a device for fixing a shoe to a gliding board, capable of a mobile connection with a second element (50) to enable movement thereof for adjusting the position of a shoe fixing device on the gliding board, characterized in that it includes a rod (12) comprising a locking element (13) capable of fixing the connecting element on the second element (50) and in that it includes at least one clearance compensation component (25), the rod (12) comprising an actuating element (15) cooperating with at least one clearance compensation component (25), so as to reduce or to eliminate remaining clearance when fixing the connecting element by means of the locking element (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SKIS ROSSIGNOL
    Inventors: Gérard Thomas, Yohann Francois
  • Patent number: 9242167
    Abstract: An apparatus for selective holding of a footwear heel to a snow travel aid is provided. The apparatus is of the kind that comprise a base mountable to the snow travel aid, an upper portion slidable relative to the base and at least one forward connector for connecting the upper portion to the heel. The upper portion is rotatable on a generally vertical axis between a downhill position and at least one lateral release position. In this invention, the upper portion comprises at least one camming surface positioned such that rotation of the upper portion toward the lateral release position results in the upper portion translating rearwardly against an opposing force provided by a forward biasing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: G3 Genuine Guide Gear Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Allan Shute, Robert Erik Moore
  • Patent number: 9155359
    Abstract: A ratchet buckle system including an elongate adjustment strap having a plurality of inclined teeth transverse to a length of the strap. A ratchet mechanism is provided for engaging the teeth of the adjustment strap. The ratchet mechanism has a lever having a first end for actuating the ratchet mechanism and a distal end having an adjustment pawl for selectively engaging the teeth of the adjustment strap. The lever is pivotally mounted on a first axis transverse to the adjustment strap. A release mechanism having a release button lever is recessed in an opening in the first end of the lever and a locking pawl distal from the release button adjacent the adjustment pawl of the lever. The release button lever is pivotally mounted on a second axis transverse to the adjustment strap for locking engagement of the locking pawl and teeth of the adjustment strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis Morgan Bailey
  • Patent number: 8936252
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety binding for skiing, including a toe piece that includes a body mounted to slide vertically relative to a front mounting base connected to the ski and defining an upper stop for a boot; a device for adjusting the vertical position of the body, which can be manipulated by the skier in the area of the upper portion of the body; at least one lever pivotally mounted relative to the body about a substantially vertical axis between a retaining position and a release position of a boot; and a spring mounted transversely in the body and biasing the lever toward its boot-retaining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jean-François Merino, Laurent Marechal
  • Patent number: 8919805
    Abstract: A ski binding device for fastening a boot on a ski is described. The device includes a toepiece and a heelpiece fixed to the ski and structured to selectively retain the boot. The heelpiece includes a turret and a hooking projecting appendix (“HPA”) that juts out from the turret towards the toepiece while remaining substantially parallel to a first reference axis. The HPA includes a latch element insertable through the turret and configured to move forwards and backwards with respect to the turret parallel to the first reference axis. The turret includes a heel rising member movable from and towards a working position supporting the boot in a raised position and a mechanical connecting member connecting the heel rising member to the latch element to transmit the translating motion of the latch element to the heel rising member to move the heel rising member substantially together with the latch element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tasci, S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Giordani
  • Patent number: 8827302
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automatic heel unit for a ski binding or touring ski binding, having a base element and a carriage which is mounted on the base element to be movable in the longitudinal direction of the ski. This automatic heel unit has at least one climbing position in which the carriage is situated in a rear position and a downhill position in which the carriage is situated further forward than in the climbing position. It comprises an adjusting lever for adjusting the automatic heel unit from the downhill position into the climbing position and back. This adjusting lever is mounted on the carriage to be pivotable about a pivot axle. Furthermore, the automatic heel unit comprises a lever element which is mounted on the base element to be pivotable about a first axle and mounted on the adjusting lever to be pivotable about a second axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fritschi AG-Swiss Bindings
    Inventors: Andreas Fritschi, Stefan Ibach, Theo Eggimann
  • Patent number: 8820771
    Abstract: Safety fastening heelpiece (10) for ski boot comprising a moving body (11) mounted to pivot about an articulation axis (14) suspended by two lateral arms (20) linked to a base (12), the moving body including a release spring (15) acting on a moving piston (17) cooperating with a release surface (18) of the articulation axis, so as to be able to occupy a first position corresponding to a closed position of the heelpiece in which a heel grip (13) arranged at one end of the moving body is intended to hold the heel of a ski boot on the ski, and to be able to occupy a second position corresponding to an open position of the heelpiece, characterized in that the release surface is formed by a protrusion (21) arranged in relief relative to the rest of the articulation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol
    Inventor: Frederic Farges
  • Patent number: 8740235
    Abstract: A tricycle may be operable between a first mode of operation steerable by a tricycle rider, and a second mode of operation steerable by an individual pushing the tricycle. In both such first and second modes, the frame of the tricycle is configured to rotatably support the rear wheels and configured to support the head tube at a distance from the rear wheels such that a distance between the head tube and rear wheels need not necessarily be changed even when the front wheel axis location is changed from one mode to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Smart Trike MNF PTE Ltd
    Inventor: Yoram Baron
  • Patent number: 8696013
    Abstract: A novel snowboard binding provides a high level of adjustability, convenience, and usability for snowboarders. One aspect of the invention discloses a hook-and-go strapping system which reduces or eliminates cumbersome effort to strap or release snowboard boots to a conventional snowboard binding. Another aspect of the invention discloses a locking lever and a spring-loaded locking plate, which uniquely enable an “on-the-fly” stance positioning of a snowboard binding. The on-the-fly stance positioning as disclosed in some embodiments of the invention involves an easy rotational or angular adjustment of a snowboard binding from a snowboard even after a snowboard boot is strapped into the snowboard binding. Yet another aspect of the invention discloses a unique leg support apparatus comprising a forward lean bar, a tool-free forward lean adjuster with one or more fitting grooves, and a tilt-adjustable articulating high back for fine adjustability and comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Bart Saunders
  • Publication number: 20140070519
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automatic heel unit for a ski binding or touring ski binding, having a base element and a carriage which is mounted on the base element to be movable in the longitudinal direction of the ski. This automatic heel unit has at least one climbing position in which the carriage is situated in a rear position and a downhill position in which the carriage is situated further forward than in the climbing position. It comprises an adjusting lever for adjusting the automatic heel unit from the downhill position into the climbing position and back. This adjusting lever is mounted on the carriage to be pivotable about a pivot axle. Furthermore, the automatic heel unit comprises a lever element which is mounted on the base element to be pivotable about a first axle and mounted on the adjusting lever to be pivotable about a second axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: FRITSCHI AG - SWISS BINDINGS
    Inventors: Andreas FRITSCHI, Stefan IBACH, Theo EGGIMANN
  • Patent number: 8579318
    Abstract: A geometry-shifting strap for a binding having a baseplate is disclosed. The geometry-shifting strap is shiftable between a closed position wherein the distal end of the geometry-shifting strap is biased or disposed over the baseplate, and an open position wherein the distal end of the strap is not over the baseplate. The strap includes at least one arcuate element that biases the strap to the closed position when the arcuate element is in a concave configuration, and biases the strap to the open position when the arcuate element is in a convex configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob R. Hall
  • Patent number: 8540271
    Abstract: A snowshoe binding includes a base plate having opposing first and second lateral sides and a locating block located on the second lateral side and defining an inverted T-shaped retaining hole, a flat connection block defining therein a bottom accommodation chamber adapted for accommodating the locating block, a plurality of binding strap each having a first end connected to the first lateral side of the base plate and a second end coupled to the flat connection block, and a locking device adapted for detachably locking the flat connection block to the locating block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventors: Windsor Chou, John Martin
  • Patent number: 8534697
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a telemark ski binding system that includes a first coupling configured to couple a ski to the toe of a ski boot and a second coupling configured to attach the ski to the heel of the ski boot. The second coupling may attach to the ski separately from the first coupling. The first coupling attaches to the boot using a freely rotating, releasable toe coupling design. The second coupling incorporates a flexible attachment that facilitates vertical movement of heel of the ski boot with respect to the ski and connects to the ski underneath or near the bellows of the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Mark C. Lengel
  • Patent number: 8528930
    Abstract: A convenience-type tool-less manual quick release binding system is provided for directly mounting accessories and equipment, such as a video kit, thermos, storage container, first aid kit, portable radio or audio device, or other accessory, onto a snowboard via the snowboard binding. When binded, the accessory is secure from unwanted release caused by rigorous use but detachable with ease when desired providing fast on and off action. In one embodiment, ladder straps are attached to the snowboard binding, and the accessories attached to the ladder straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis Titterington
  • Patent number: 8500151
    Abstract: A foot support device configured for use on a snowboard includes a base having a bottom surface and an upper surface, with the bottom surface being configured to attach to a top of a snowboard. The device further includes a strap adapted for removable attachment to the upper surface of said base. In certain arrangements, the base comprises at least two loops, so that the strap is configured to be selectively routed through at least one of the loops. In one embodiment, the strap generally defines a longitudinal axis that passes through the at least two loops when said strap is secured to the base. The base and the strap can define an opening for at least partially receiving a boot therein. In other arrangements, the base comprises a plurality of upwardly extending protruding members configured to provide traction to a boot positioned thereagainst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Strap Pad, LLC
    Inventor: Asher Metchik
  • Patent number: 8403354
    Abstract: The invention relates to an emergency release system for one or more pieces of winter sports equipment, such as skis, ski poles, snowboards, bindings and/or boots for skis or snowboards. It is equipped with a connection mechanism for detachably connecting at least two elements of one or more pieces of winter sports equipment, wherein the connection mechanism is supported substantially radially in or on one of the two elements, and a drive mechanism, which can be activated from outside and is suited for cancelling the radial support of the connection mechanism, accordingly causing the two elements to separate. The invention also relates to a release method and a manufacturing process for such an emergency release system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Technische Universitat Munich
    Inventors: Veit Senner, Wolfgang Schott
  • Publication number: 20130056960
    Abstract: A ski system includes a ski, a heel binding provided on an upper surface of the ski, a toe binding mount provided on the upper surface of the ski forward of the heel binding, a toe binding releasably mounted to the toe binding mount, and a quick-release locking mechanism for locking the toe binding to the toe binding mount. The quick-release locking mechanism is configured for release by hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Lars Chickering-Ayers
  • Patent number: 8388013
    Abstract: A heel piece for an alpine ski attachment comprises a base element (1), fastenable to a ski (S), an upper element (2), coupled to the base element (1), and a pair of rotatable arms for hooking to a shaped portion exhibited in a rear part of an alpine ski boot. A pair of pins (32) borne by the arms (31) project from the upper element (2). An elastic element (4) maintains the pins (32) at a predetermined reciprocal distance. The elastic element is stressed by a separation of the pair of pins (32), determined by a lowering of the ski boot onto the ski and by insertion between the pins (32) of the shaped portion. The pins (32), following complete insertion of the shaped portion between the pins, lock against an upper part of the shaped portion to hook the ski boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: ATK RACE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Indulti
  • Publication number: 20120256395
    Abstract: Splitboard boot bindings for backcountry splitboarding. Each of a pair of soft-boot bindings is provided with an integral boot binding lower that conjoins the two halves of a splitboard without the additional weight or height of an adaptor mounting plate, upper binding baseplate or “tray”, and extra fasteners of the prior art. The boot binding lower is formed as a box girder and provides improved torsional stiffness for splitboard riding. When subjected to a torque applied by the rider, the bottom mediolateral edges of the box girders are configured to contactingly engage the top face of the splitboard, thereby dynamically coupling the rider's boot sole and the board via a single rigid structure. In a preferred embodiment, the web or “spacer” members of the box girder are characterized by an aspect ratio or contour height that is varied from heel to toe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: William J. Ritter
  • Patent number: 8267421
    Abstract: The invention relates to a snowboard binding with a sole-plate which is to be fastened on the surface of a snowboard and to which, firstly, an instep element is fastened or coupled, which instep element can be adjusted between a clamping position and a release position and by means of which the upper side of a shoe, which can be accommodated in the snowboard binding can be partially embraced, and to which, secondly, a leg support is pivotably coupled, which leg support can be pivoted between a rear entry position and a front travelling position with control means provided by means of which a pivoting movement of the leg support into the entry position is coupled at least in some sections to an adjustment movement of the instep element from the clamping position into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: SAM Sport and Marketing AG
    Inventors: Thomas Krenn, Andreas Janisch, Roland Kittag
  • Publication number: 20120211968
    Abstract: A novel snowboard binding provides a high level of adjustability, convenience, and usability for snowboarders. One aspect of the invention discloses a hook-and-go strapping system which reduces or eliminates cumbersome effort to strap or release snowboard boots to a conventional snowboard binding. Another aspect of the invention discloses a locking lever and a spring-loaded locking plate, which uniquely enable an “on-the-fly” stance positioning of a snowboard binding. The on-the-fly stance positioning as disclosed in some embodiments of the invention involves an easy rotational or angular adjustment of a snowboard binding from a snowboard even after a snowboard boot is strapped into the snowboard binding. Yet another aspect of the invention discloses a unique leg support apparatus comprising a forward lean bar, a tool-free forward lean adjuster with one or more fitting grooves, and a tilt-adjustable articulating high back for fine adjustability and comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Bart Saunders
  • Publication number: 20120211969
    Abstract: A binding for board sports has at least a portion of a first layer of a surface. At least a portion of a second layer is configured to dock with the first layer. A locking mechanism is configured to prevent the second layer from undocking with the first layer in response to the second layer moving in a first direction when the first layer is docked with the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Brendan Walker
  • Patent number: 8191917
    Abstract: The present invention provides a snowboard binding, including a mount, rear plate, top plate assembly base, rotary top pressboard, trigger support and coupling plate. The coupling plate, the mating frame of the rotary top pressboard, the mating ends of the trigger support and the top plate assembly base are coupled together to form a four-bar mechanism. The pressing state of the rotary top pressboard can be positioned directly by the perpendicular trigger support, and the rotary top pressboard can realize an expanded opening state over 90°. Thus, the snowboard boot can be slipped directly into the snowboard binding, enabling more convenient locating and release of the snowboard binding with better efficiency and applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Charlton Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Tsang Wang, Fan-Yi Wang
  • Publication number: 20120119471
    Abstract: A binding with a medial and/or lateral side portion attached to a binding base and that can pivot or otherwise move about an axis that is generally along a heel-to-toe direction of the binding base. The medial and/or lateral side portions can form part of the binding sidewall and permit a rider to more freely move her feet in medial and/or lateral directions. One or more foot straps may engage with the medial and/or lateral side portions to secure a foot to the binding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond Robert Kavarsky, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120018981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a telemark ski binding system that includes a first coupling configured to couple a ski to the toe of a ski boot and a second coupling configured to attach the ski to the heel of the ski boot. The second coupling may attach to the ski separately from the first coupling. The first coupling attaches to the boot using a freely rotating, releasable toe coupling design. The second coupling incorporates a flexible attachment that facilitates vertical movement of heel of the ski boot with respect to the ski and connects to the ski underneath or near the bellows of the boot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Mark C. Lengel
  • Patent number: 8075015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a retainment strap for bindings particularly for snowboards that comprises an actuation lever fixable to a tie-rod coupleable to one side of a binding and engageable with a toothed strip fixable to the other side of the binding, the retainment strap further comprising an external sheath fixable to the base of the actuation lever and having a passage channel for the tie-rod. The tie-rod is provided with a plurality of selectively adjustable fixing zones for the base. Symbols that are viewable from a small window in the sheath are provided on the tie-rod in a manner to indicate outwardly the length adjustment for the retainment strap. The tie-rod is provided with a longitudinal slot for rendering the tie-rod more flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Core S.R.L.
    Inventor: Martino Fumagalli
  • Publication number: 20110175328
    Abstract: A heel piece for an alpine ski attachment comprises a base element (1), fastenable to a ski (S), an upper element (2), coupled to the base element (1), and hooking means (3) borne by the upper element (2) for hooking to a shaped portion exhibited in a rear part of an alpine ski boot. The hooking means (3) comprise a pair of arms (31), constrained to the upper element (2) in such a way as to be rotatable with respect to the upper element (2), and a pair of pins (32) borne by the pair of arms (31) in such a way as to project from the upper element (2). The heel-piece further comprises elastic means (4) associated to the upper element (2) in such a way as to be in contact with the pins (32) and to maintain the pins (32) at a predetermined reciprocal distance. The elastic means (4) are stressable by a separation of the pair of pins (32), determined by a lowering of the rear part of the ski boot onto the ski and by insertion between the pins (32) of the shaped portion exhibited in said rear part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: ATK RACE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni INDULTI
  • Patent number: 7980567
    Abstract: The present invention provides a kind of skate, including a boot and a skating device connected to the boot, wherein the skating device is arranged along the width direction of the boot. The skate further includes a skating device mount for mounting the skating device to the boot, wherein the skating device can rotate 360 degree under the boot. The transverse skating device under the boot enables the sideward sliding direction, which bring more fun to the skaters. When the skating device is rotated to an angle and locked, the skate can slide inclinedly, which bring more challenges to the skaters. The skating device can rotate 360 degree freely or rotate different angle from two boots under the boot, which can cancel the shift of the knock-knee. The skating device can also be adjusted to be in line on the longitudinal direction as a traditional roller skate or ice skate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Trigold Manufacture Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ting Hung Yu, Chuan Hung Yu
  • Publication number: 20110057419
    Abstract: The present invention provides a snowboard binding, including a mount, rear plate, top plate assembly base, rotary top pressboard, trigger support and coupling plate. The coupling plate, the mating frame of the rotary top pressboard, the mating ends of the trigger support and the top plate assembly base are coupled together to form a four-bar mechanism. The pressing state of the rotary top pressboard can be positioned directly by the perpendicular trigger support, and the rotary top pressboard can realize an expanded opening state over 90°. Thus, the snowboard boot can be slipped directly into the snowboard binding, enabling more convenient locating and release of the snowboard binding with better efficiency and applicability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: CHARLTON Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Tsang WANG, Fan-Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 7900951
    Abstract: A heel piece of a safety binding for a ski boot that is able to occupy at least two positions, an open position and a closed position in which it is able to hold a ski boot securely for skiing, the heel piece comprising a body (11) that occupies the same position in each of these two positions of the heel piece, the body (11) comprising a release mechanism to allow the boot to be released in the closed position of the heel piece if a force exceeds a predetermined level, the heel piece further comprising a lever (12) comprising jaws (14) in its anterior part, these being able to collaborate with the heel of a ski boot, the lever (12) being mounted so that it can rotate relative to the body (11) about a pivot (13) so as to occupy two different positions corresponding to the two, open and closed, positions of the heel piece, wherein at least one end of the pivot (13) is held near the body (11) of the heel piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Skis Rossignol
    Inventor: Frédéric Farges
  • Publication number: 20110018233
    Abstract: The invention relates to an emergency release system for one or more pieces of winter sports equipment, such as skis, ski poles, snowboards, bindings and/or boots for skis or snowboards. It is equipped with a connection mechanism for detachably connecting at least two elements of one or more pieces of winter sports equipment, wherein the connection mechanism is supported substantially radially in or on one of the two elements, and a drive mechanism, which can be activated from outside and is suited for cancelling the radial support of the connection mechanism, accordingly causing the two elements to separate. The invention also relates to a release method and a manufacturing process for such an emergency release system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Veit Senner, Wolfgang Schott
  • Patent number: 7841614
    Abstract: A safety binding device for retaining a boot on a gliding board including: a module for detecting the forces to which the boot is subjected, the detection module generating an analog signal proportional to the forces; a decision module integrating a mechanism to convert the analog signal into digital information, and a mechanism to process the digital information according to a release-controlling algorithm depending upon the time and parameters determined by the user's characteristics and/or snow conditions and/or type of sports practice, the processing mechanism generating a control signal; and further including a mechanical actuation module controlled by the control signal and allowing the boot to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Saloman S.A.S.
    Inventors: Laurent Damiani, Pierre Desarmaux, Philippe Miette
  • Publication number: 20100295269
    Abstract: The invention relates to a snowboard binding (1) with a sole-plate (2) which is to be fastened on the surface of a snowboard and to which, firstly, an instep element (6) is fastened or coupled, which instep element can be adjusted between a clamping position (S) and a release position (L) and by means of which the upper side of a shoe, which can be accommodated in the snowboard binding (1), can be partially embraced, and to which, secondly, a leg support (5) is pivotably coupled, which leg support can be pivoted between a rear entry position (E) and a front travelling position (F), wherein control means (9) are provided by means of which a pivoting movement of the leg support (5) into the entry position (E) is coupled at least in some sections to an adjustment movement of the instep element (6) from the clamping position (S) into the release position (L), and wherein the control means are designed in such a manner that the adjustment movement of the instep element (6) that is brought about during the pivoting
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: SAM Sport and Marketing AG
    Inventors: Thomas Krenn, Andreas Janisch
  • Patent number: 7832754
    Abstract: A device for binding an article of footwear to a sports article, such as a binding for securing a boot to a cross-country ski, including a locking mechanism adapted to cooperate with a connecting member of the article of footwear, and including a user-manipulable opening system for controlling the opening of the mechanism, the opening system being directly or indirectly manipulable independently according to at least two distinct directions of manipulation for controlling the opening of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventors: François Girard, Eddy Yelovina
  • Publication number: 20100283226
    Abstract: A foot support device configured for use on a snowboard includes a base having a bottom surface and an upper surface, with the bottom surface being configured to attach to a top of a snowboard. The device further includes a strap adapted for removable attachment to the upper surface of said base. In certain arrangements, the base comprises at least two loops, so that the strap is configured to be selectively routed through at least one of the loops. In one embodiment, the strap generally defines a longitudinal axis that passes through the at least two loops when said strap is secured to the base. The base and the strap can define an opening for at least partially receiving a boot therein. In other arrangements, the base comprises a plurality of upwardly extending protruding members configured to provide traction to a boot positioned thereagainst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Asher Metchik
  • Patent number: 7815213
    Abstract: An assembly for binding a boot to a ski, including a front retaining element that is releasable when the forces to which the front retaining element is subjected are greater than the prestress value of a first spring, a rear retaining element that is releasable when the forces to which the rear retaining element is subjected are greater than the prestress value of a second spring, the rear retaining element being mounted on a slide, and an electronically controllable additional release device. The additional release device includes a rotatable actuation mechanism, in the form of an electric motor. The additional release device includes a bar fixed to the rear retaining element or to the front retaining element, and is capable of moving longitudinally between an open position and a closed position, in reaction to the actuation of the additional release device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventors: Laurent Damiani, Philippe Miette
  • Patent number: 7810833
    Abstract: A ski boot binding securable to an alpine ski. The binding includes a heel unit having a base heel release threshold in a direction perpendicular to the upper surface of the ski to which the binding is attached. The heel unit includes a compensation mechanism that dynamically changes the base heel release threshold as a function of force conditions encountered by the ski during skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Vermont Safety Developments
    Inventors: Carl F. Ettlinger, David J. Dodge
  • Publication number: 20100251574
    Abstract: A shoe contains an adjustable space for the foot and several fluidically connected chambers. In order to adjust the space for the foot, the flowability of a magnetorheological fluid can be influenced by one or more devices that generate a magnetic field and thereby adjust the space for the foot resulting in a better fitting of the shoe. The novel system may also be implemented in orthoses (e.g., pronation correction) or in complete shoes with orthotics devices for correcting musculoskeletal abnormalities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: INVENTUS ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Battlogg, Jürgen Pösel
  • Patent number: 7802808
    Abstract: A binding is used for coupling a boot to a sport board. The binding includes a base plate, an instep support, and at least one fixation strap that couples the base plate to the instep support. An adjustment mechanism such as a buckle actuates to move the instep support toward the base plate. The adjustment mechanism can be transitioned into a first locked position wherein the instep support is prevented from moving toward the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Goodwell International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Roger Neiley
  • Publication number: 20100219614
    Abstract: A binding device for retaining footwear securely to a snowshoe, ski, snowboard, and other apparatuses for traversing mainly over snow and ice covered terrain. The mounting plate includes multiple direct locking features on the mounting plate surface which interact with mating interfaces on a ski device. At least one strap coupled to the mounting plate is disclosed for securing a boot to the mounting plate foot bed. A positional releasable axle pivot pin that may selectively articulate the mounting plate and selectively aid in a locked heel mode directly on the mounting plate is disclosed. A first position wherein the binding may articulate in a walking motion on the axle pivot pin when connected to a ski device and a second position wherein the axle pivot pin and secondary locking feature in the mounting plate may be engaged wherein articulation and the walking motion of the mounting plate is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Lane Ekberg
  • Patent number: 7766364
    Abstract: A binding or boot strap is provided that allows a rider to easily, rapidly and/or effectively tighten and/or loosen the strap about his or her boot. The strap includes a boot-engaging strap portion that engages with an engagement strap coupleable to the boot, as may be the case with boots used for step-in bindings, or to the binding, as may be the case with strap-type bindings. An arrangement for facilitating tightening/loosening of the two strap pieces so that a rider can slip his or her foot into or out from the boot or fasten the boot to or loosen it from a snowboard binding is also provided. In one embodiment, this arrangement includes a tightening element, such as for example a cord, lace or strap, suitably coupled to one or both strap portions such that a rider can pull on the tightening element to move the strap pieces relative to each other and tighten the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher C. Cunningham, Christopher M. Doyle, Gregory Aaron Dean, Florian Lang, Scott T. Keller, Matt Windt
  • Publication number: 20100133786
    Abstract: A snowboard binding and hold-down device that may flex or move with the snowboard when ridden to minimize any impact on flex characteristics. The snowboard binding may be compatible with a variety of snowboard binding mount arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher C. Cunningham, Scott T. Keller
  • Patent number: 7694994
    Abstract: A binding or boot strap is provided that allows a rider to easily, rapidly and/or effectively tighten and/or loosen the strap about his or her boot. The strap includes a boot-engaging strap portion that engages with an engagement strap coupleable to the boot, as may be the case with boots used for step-in bindings, or to the binding, as may be the case with strap-type bindings. An arrangement for facilitating tightening/loosening of the two strap pieces so that a rider can slip his or her foot into or out from the boot or fasten the boot to or loosen it from a snowboard binding is also provided. In one embodiment, this arrangement includes a tightening element, such as for example a cord, lace or strap, suitably coupled to one or both strap portions such that a rider can pull on the tightening element to move the strap pieces relative to each other and tighten the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: Florian Lang, Christopher Cunningham, Christopher Doyle, Gregory Aaron Dean, Scott Keller
  • Patent number: 7681905
    Abstract: Ski binding (10) for fixing a ski shoe that comprises an upper and a sole (11), having a front retaining element (12) associated with the front end of the sole, a rear retaining element (13) arranged to engage at the foresole or at the heel of the ski shoe, a tensioning means (15, 16, 17, 19) effective between front and rear retaining elements, and having a means, associated with the front retaining element (12) and pivotally mounted relative to the latter about a horizontal axis, for supporting the front end of the sole or sole-supporting means (28), wherein the pivotal axis (29) associated with that supporting means simultaneously defines the pivotal axis about which a structural unit (26) comprising the front and rear retaining elements is pivotable when the shoe heel is lifted or lowered. The sole-supporting means (28) associated with the front end of the sole is pivotable relative to the structural unit (26) and is lockable, as required, by a separate locking element (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Rottefella AS
    Inventor: Bernt-Otto Hauglin
  • Patent number: 7669880
    Abstract: A binding or boot strap is provided that allows a rider to easily, rapidly and/or effectively tighten and/or loosen the strap about his or her boot. The strap includes a boot-engaging strap portion that engages with an engagement strap coupleable to the boot, as may be the case with boots used for step-in bindings, or to the binding, as may be the case with strap-type bindings. An arrangement for facilitating tightening/loosening of the two strap pieces so that a rider can slip his or her foot into or out from the boot or fasten the boot to or loosen it from a snowboard binding is also provided. In one embodiment, this arrangement includes a tightening element, such as for example a cord, lace or strap, suitably coupled to one or both strap portions such that a rider can pull on the tightening element to move the strap pieces relative to each other and tighten the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Doyle, Ryan Larson, Gregory Dean, Florian Lang
  • Patent number: 7661695
    Abstract: An assembly of a ski and a device for binding a boot to the ski, the assembly including a ski having an upper surface adapted to receive the binding device. The assembly includes an anchoring device that includes a slide and a binding device that includes a base, the base bearing a mechanism for locking the boot. The mechanism includes at least one movable member controlled by a manipulable member. The anchoring device includes at least one mechanism for tightening the binding device with respect to the ski, and the tightening mechanism is implemented by moving the manipulable member its open position to its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventor: Philippe Miette
  • Publication number: 20100013194
    Abstract: A snowboard mounting system includes a first member attached to a snowboard and a second member attached to a snowboard binding and the two members may be selectively engageable and rotatable with one another. In one embodiment, the first member includes a lip portion arranged with a body portion to form a channel. The lip portion includes a slot that extends into the channel. The slot is configured to receive a toe portion of the second member as a heel portion of the second member is moved into the channel. Because the second member is attached to the snowboard binding, the rider may secure the binding to the snowboard by rotating the binding relative to the snowboard, which moves the toe portion away from the slot and into the channel. In a riding position, the snowboard binding is coupled to the snowboard, yet remains rotationally free with respect the snowboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Rian Booker
  • Publication number: 20100013192
    Abstract: Base for a binding device for attaching a boot to a snowboard, said base having a shock-absorbing portion (2) that can move relative to the rest (9) of the base in order to damp the forces exerted on the top surface of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Pascal, Jean-Luc Madier De Champvermeil, Olivier Haupt
  • Publication number: 20090250906
    Abstract: Improved splitboard boot bindings for backcountry splitboarding are disclosed. Each of a pair of soft-boot bindings is provided with an integral boot binding lower that conjoins the two halves of a splitboard without the additional weight or height of an adaptor mounting plate, upper binding baseplate or “tray”, and extra fasteners of the prior art. The boot binding lower is formed as a modified sandwich box girder or modified monolithic box girder and provides improved torsional stiffness for splitboard riding. When subjected to a torque applied by the rider, the bottom mediolateral flanges of the box girders are configured to contactingly engage the top face of the splitboard, thereby dynamically coupling the rider's boot sole and the board via a single rigid structure. In a preferred embodiment, the web or “spacer” members are characterized by an aspect ratio or contour height that is varied from heel to toe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: William J. Ritter
  • Publication number: 20090179403
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that traverses terrain. The device includes a removable axle where the device is configured to traverse terrain, a groove connected with a boot for receiving the axle, the groove is configured to enable the boot to pivot about the axle and securely couple the boot with the axle. The groove may be formed in a boot and configured to receive the axle, or the groove may be formed in a mounting plate removably attachable with the boot and configured to receive the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Lane Ekberg