Ski Boot Patents (Class 36/117.1)
  • Patent number: 10602804
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter shown and described is directed to an item of footwear with a tensioning system, comprising: a shell for enclosing a foot and at least a portion of a lower leg; a pair of opposing edges generally aligned along the top of foot portion of the shell and/or a front lower leg portion, the edges generally aligning with a longitudinal axis of the foot and/or lower leg, the opposing edges defining opposite sides of the shell; a foot retraction system comprising a tension path and at least two anchor points disposed along the path on the opposite sides of the shell and supporting at least one tensionable cable section disposed along the path, at least one anchor point comprising a tensioning mechanism, the tensioning mechanism allowing for adjustable tensioning of the cable section, the anchor points being arranged on opposite sides of the shell that support the edges, at least one being on a lateral or medial side of a boot and not on the top of the foot and front of the lower leg, so tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Vans, Inc.
    Inventors: Tristan Modena, Jeff Grella
  • Patent number: 10391383
    Abstract: A front jaw for a touring ski binding, includes a base and at least one recess or transit opening in the base. Lateral sole retainers lie opposite each other in relation to a longitudinal axis of the front jaw each include a boot retainer pin and, in a pivoted-in state, co-operate with bearings formed on a ski boot, defining a pivoting axis for the boot extending substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of the front jaw, and are adjustable between the pivoted-in state, where the bearings of the boot engage the boot retainer pins, and a pivoted-away state where the bearings of the boot are not engaged with the boot retainer pins; spring elements for tensioning the lateral sole retainers; a tensioning lever for moving the sole retainers from the pivoted-in state to the pivoted-away state to release the ski boot from a downhill skiing position or a walking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MARKER Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Brandl, Markus Krumbeck
  • Patent number: 10226096
    Abstract: A skate (e.g., an ice skate) for a user (e.g., a hockey player). The skate comprises a skate boot for receiving a foot of the user and a skating device (e.g., a blade and a blade holder) disposed beneath the skate boot to engage a skating surface. The skate boot may be constructed by molding (e.g., injection molding) so as to have useful performance and/or characteristics (e.g., reduced weight; enhanced fit, comfort and range of motion; enhanced appearance; etc.) while being cost-effectively manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Gaetan Champagne, David Daub, Kent Chang
  • Patent number: 10172411
    Abstract: A base is provided for a ski boot comprising a sole and an outsole element that is positioned in a predetermined position relative to a longitudinal axis (L). The outsole element is positioned on the sole by using two projections that are carried by one or other of the sole and the outsole element and that locate in holes or cavities defined by the other. Preferably, the projections are carried by the outsole element and locate in holes or cavities defined by the sole. The projections may be integrally formed with the outsole element or the sole. Alternatively, they may be formed by injected pins, rivets, fasteners, t-nuts, or screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: K2 SPORTS, LLC
    Inventor: John Erik Svensson
  • Patent number: 10117758
    Abstract: Various features for improving the performance of prosthetic sport feet are provided. A fairing for a prosthetic sport foot can include foam components that are coupled to the foot and an elastane cover. The fairing is configured to alter the cross-sectional profile of the foot to produce a more aerodynamic shape. A prosthetic sport foot can include a hollow foot member that can be lighter weight and provide improved performance. A prosthetic sport foot can include an adjustable tension strap extending between and coupled to two portions of the foot member. A prosthetic sport foot, such as a prosthetic running foot or prosthetic cycling foot, can include an aerodynamic fairing and a cover. A prosthetic sport foot can have a varying-width profile such that a mid-section of the foot is narrower and a toe portion flares outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Össur hf
    Inventors: Arinbjörn Viggo Clausen, Christophe Lecomte, Dana Stewart Marlin, Lárus Gunnsteinsson
  • Patent number: 9415565
    Abstract: A hybrid underlayment, includes a thermoplastic making up between 92.0% by volume to 95.5% by volume of the hybrid underlayment. A plurality of expanded microspheres is dispersed through the thermoplastic. The microspheres are expanded to a volume in a range of between 180 square micrometers and 1450 square micrometers. The microspheres makeup between 1.0% by volume to 7.5% by volume of the hybrid underlayment. The hybrid underlayment is extruded into a flat sheet having a thickness of between 1.0 mm and 2.0 mm and a density from 7 pcf to 25 pcf. A metalized thermoplastic film is laminated to the top surface of the thermoplastic sheet. A pre-stretched laminated oriented mesh fabric is fused to the metalized thermoplastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Pak-Lite, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ford, Richard Allgood
  • Patent number: 9169659
    Abstract: A hybrid underlayment, includes a thermoplastic making up between 92.0% by volume to 95.5% by volume of the hybrid underlayment. A plurality of expanded microspheres is dispersed through the thermoplastic. The microspheres are expanded to a cross-sectional area in a range of between 180 square micrometers and 1450 square micrometers. The microspheres makeup between 1.0% by volume to 7.5% by volume of the hybrid underlayment. The hybrid underlayment is extruded into a flat sheet having a thickness of between 1.0 mm and 2.0 mm and a density from 7 pcf to 25 pcf. A metalized thermoplastic film is laminated to the top surface of the thermoplastic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Pak-Lite, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ford, Richard Allgood
  • Publication number: 20150135556
    Abstract: A ski boot comprising a rigid shell made of plastic or composite material, which is shaped so as to accommodate the foot of the user, and at least a first and a second removable front sole which, alternatively to each other, are adapted to be fixed in a rigid and stable although easily removable manner to the lower wall of the shell substantially at the tarsal-phalangeal area of the foot; the shell being provided with a first transversal stiffening plate made of metal material which is embedded within the lower wall of the shell, close to the tip of the shell, and is structured/shaped so as to partially emerge/crop out on the outer surface of the lower wall of the shell substantially at the metatarsal-phalangeal area of the foot; the first and second removable front soles comprising: an upper plate-shaped socle which has the upper face shaped so as to be removably coupled to the lower wall of the shell substantially at the tarsal-phalangeal area of the foot, and a second transversal stiffening plate made of m
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Davide Parisotto
  • Publication number: 20150082666
    Abstract: An example sport boot includes at least one terminator provided in a cavity formed in a base of the sport boot. A first cable having a first end terminating in a first receptacle of the at least one terminator extends out of a first side of the base of the sport boot, around a foot portion of the sport boot and into a second side of the base of the sport boot. A second end of the first cable terminates in a second receptacle of the at least one terminator. A second cable having a first end terminating in a third receptacle of the at least one terminator extends out of a rear side of the base of the sport boot and is attached to a handle mounted on the rear (cuff) portion of the sport boot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Rex Deitesfeld
  • Publication number: 20150068067
    Abstract: Sports footwear, in particular to a ski boot, having an adjustable rear spoiler is provided. The spoiler is connected by respective connecting elements to the side elements attached to or integral with the cuff of the sports footwear and the distance of the connecting elements from each other can be adjusted by acting on a single, common adjusting device. Thus, adjustment of the volume inside the cuff, which receives the ankle and the lower portion of the calf of a user, takes place in an extremely simple and quick manner and without the risk of asymmetries in the adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Claudio Zampieri, Nicola Bonora, Paolo Bordin, Roberto Mattarollo
  • Patent number: 8960711
    Abstract: A ski boot comprises a sole portion (2) that is attached to one or more separate outsole elements (3, 4, 5) for location between the sole portion (2) and a ski binding. At least one of the outsole elements (3, 4, 5) is adjustably mounted on the sole portion (2) prior to a secure fixing of said outsole element (3, 4, 5) to the sole portion (2) by at least one fastener (13) so as to be adjustable in forward, rearward, lateral and medial directions relative to the sole portion (2) and so as to be rotatable clockwise and counter clockwise relative to a centerline of the boot. Preferably, at least one of the outsole elements (5) is adapted for attachment to the ski binding. Advantageously, a plurality of outsole elements (3, 4, 5) is provided that are adjustably mounted on the sole portion (2) independently of the other outsole elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: John E. Svensson
  • Publication number: 20150033586
    Abstract: A ski boot includes a shell and a cuff which is hinged on the shell so as to rotate about a first axis substantially perpendicular to the center-plane of the boot. The ski boot is provided with a cuff locking device which includes: a fixing plate which is located on the shell substantially at the heel of the boot and is provided with a projecting pin which protrudes from the shell while remaining coaxial to a third axis which substantially lies on the center-plane of the boot, and is tilted with respect to the vertical by an angle from 60° to 90°; and a connecting arm which, in the area above the heel of the boot, extends astride between the rear part of the cuff and the fixing plate, while remaining on a lying plane substantially perpendicular to said first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: CALZATURIFICIO S.C.A.R.P.A. S.p.A
    Inventor: Davide Parisotto
  • Publication number: 20140373394
    Abstract: A sport footwear, such as a ski boot, or similar sport footwear, includes at least a rigid shell (20), which has a front aperture (26), a front toe-box (24), and a front end portion (22) between the front aperture (26) and the toe-box (24) along a longitudinal axis (X) of development of the shell (20). The sport footwear (10) has a weakening notch (27) made through the front end portion (22) of the shell (20) and configured to allow a volumetric variation of the shell (20) at least in correspondence to the front end portion (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Rino DAL BELLO, Carletto BATTILANA
  • Patent number: 8893407
    Abstract: Footwear, such as a sports boot, including a shell or a shell element made of a rigid plastic base material whose softening point is greater than 170° C. and a method of manufacturing such footwear. At least in one local portion of the shell or shell element, the base material of the shell includes an additive having a melting temperature lower than 100° C., in a proportion of between 3% and 45% in a first embodiment and between 10% and 25% in a second embodiment. A heating machine includes a base provided to receive at least one boot along a longitudinal direction defined by the sole and a hot air blower. The heating machine includes at least two air blowing channels facing one another and located on each side of the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventor: Christian Challande
  • Publication number: 20140298688
    Abstract: The invention provides a ski boot (12) which comprises an opening (18a, 18b) in each of opposing lateral, front boot portions, the openings (18a, 18b) defining an opening axis (Q) along which bearing bolts (32a, 32b) of a ski binding (14) may be introduced into the openings (18a, 18b), in order to hold the ski boot (12) on the ski binding (14) such that it can pivot about the opening axis (Q), at least one of the openings (18a, 18b) comprising at least one inner bearing portion (42) for bearing against an outer circumferential portion (50) of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b), the bearing portion (42) allowing displacement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) in the direction of the opening axis (Q) and a pivoting movement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) about the opening axis (Q), but substantially preventing displacement or a pivoting movement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) in other directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: SALEWA SPORT AG
    Inventor: Fritz Barthel
  • Patent number: 8793905
    Abstract: The invention provides a ski boot (12) which comprises an opening (18a, 18b) in each of opposing lateral, front boot portions, the openings (18a, 18b) defining an opening axis (Q) along which bearing bolts (32a, 32b) of a ski binding (14) may be introduced into the openings (18a, 18b), in order to hold the ski boot (12) on the ski binding (14) such that it can pivot about the opening axis (Q), at least one of the openings (18a, 18b) comprising at least one inner bearing portion (42) for bearing against an outer circumferential portion (50) of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b), the bearing portion (42) allowing displacement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) in the direction of the opening axis (Q) and a pivoting movement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) about the opening axis (Q), but substantially preventing displacement or a pivoting movement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) in other directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Salewa Sport AG
    Inventor: Fritz Barthel
  • Patent number: 8739435
    Abstract: A boot including an outer sole assembly, the outer sole assembly extending lengthwise from a rear end to a front end, widthwise between a lateral side and a medial side, and heightwise between a free surface and a connection surface, the outer sole assembly having a longitudinal groove that opens out in the area of the free surface. The longitudinal groove opens out in the area of the free surface, the groove having a length ranging between 30 and 100% of the length of the outer sole assembly, a width ranging between 25 and 45 mm, and a depth greater than or equal to 4 mm, the groove being compatible with one or more guiding ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventor: François Girard
  • Patent number: 8707584
    Abstract: A boot includes a lacing system having an upper zone of action associated with an upper portion of the boot body and a lower zone of action associated with a lower portion of the boot body. The lacing system includes a single bootlace, the first end of which is anchored in the upper zone of action and the second end of which is anchored in the lower zone of action. The boot also includes a common lace-tightening device, having a handpiece, for the upper zone of action and the lower zone of action of the lacing system. The common lace-tightening device cooperates with the bootlace in such a way that, on operation of the handpiece, the upper zone of action and the lower zone of action of the lacing system are acted upon simultaneously in respect of lacing up and opening the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: DeeLuxe Sportartikel Handels GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Seliger
  • Patent number: 8646191
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly. The sole assembly includes a first member that is coupled to the upper and a second member that is moveably coupled to the first member. The first member moves relative to the second member in response to a first input load directed along a first vector, and the first member engages the second member in response to a second input load directed along a second vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Petre Gheorghian, Martine I. V. Mientjes, Erez Morag
  • Publication number: 20140013630
    Abstract: Boot (1) intended for the practice of sports involving gliding on snow or walking, characterized in that it includes an outer shell (2, 2?, 20, 26, 26?, 34, 42) made of a rigid material, the shell (2, 2?, 20, 26, 26?, 34, 42) including a rear cradle (22, 28, 28?, 39, 44) provided to hold the heel of the user, the rear cradle (22, 28, 28?, 39, 44) being extended forward by a blade-shaped portion (6) defining a bending zone, the rear cradle (22, 28, 28?, 39, 44) comprising a peripheral wall (5, 31) and a bottom, the bottom of the cradle and the blade-shaped portion partially defining the sole assembly of the boot, and characterized in that it includes an inner liner (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventors: Pierre Gignoux, Franck Constant, Thomas Saillet
  • Publication number: 20140013629
    Abstract: A stiffness mechanism for a boot having a shell with a flexibility slot and a cuff pivotally secured to the shell includes a buckle assembly selectively engageable with a portion of the shell for selectively securing the cuff to the shell. A blocking assembly is selectively disposable within the flexibility slot for selectively increasing the stiffness of the shell. A lever assembly is pivotally disposed between the buckle assembly and the blocking assembly. When the lever assembly is moved into a first position, the cuff is secured to the shell and a portion of the blocking assembly is disposed within the flexibility slot to increase the stiffness of the shell. When the lever assembly is moved into a second position, the cuff is pivotal with respect to the shell and the blocking assembly is at least partially disengaged from the flexibility slot to increase the flexibility of the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Darrin J. Haugen, James Westerfield
  • Publication number: 20140015227
    Abstract: A binding for a vehicle, such as a skate for skating on ice or a ski. The binding has an upper chassis section and a lower chassis section, which are interconnected by means of coupling means. The upper chassis section and the lower chassis section are arranged to be rollable relative to each other in the vehicle's longitudinal direction. The binding includes a first and a second contact surface at least one of the first and the second contact surface being curved. Thereby a stepless rolling motion between the upper chassis and the lower chassis is provided for, allowing the chassis to rock both backwards and forwards in relation to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: MARSBLADE AB
    Inventor: Per Márs
  • Publication number: 20130298427
    Abstract: Ski boots and other cold weather articles are described made from polymer compositions that are exceptionally stable at low temperatures. The polymer composition, for instance, may contain a thermoplastic polymer, a thermoplastic elastomer, an impact modifier and a wear resistant additive. In one embodiment, various polymer components are selected such that they do not undergo a second order transition within a temperature range of from about 50° C. to about ?40° C., and particularly from about 23° C. to about ?40° C. In one embodiment, the polymer compositions are used to mold the outer shell of a snow ski boot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: TICONA LLC
    Inventors: Mukul Kaushik, Dirk Zierer, Kenneth Leon Price, James Louis Coleman
  • Publication number: 20130283642
    Abstract: A ski boot with an element in shell form at least partially contains a plastic compound material. The compound material contains a mixture of caprolactam polyamide and ionomers, such that cations and anions of the ionomers form ion bonds. Elastic components of the compound material form a physical network that is soluble between 60° C. and 100° C., and therefore the element in shell form of the ski boot at least partially containing the compound material can undergo thermoforming below 100° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Alois Pieber, Franz Resch
  • Patent number: 8556295
    Abstract: A snowboard system and methods are disclosed adapted for board stabilization while a user attaches the snowboard binding and boot from a standing position. The system includes an anchoring stake, a retainer and retractable cord, and an anchoring line, or loop. A safety retainer line from the stake may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Avery C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8549688
    Abstract: A method for producing a shoe that can be adapted to the foot of a wearer, is made of hard, thermoplastic synthetic material and is worn for sports, includes heating a prefabricated shoe at least in sections and adapting the shoe by applying pressure from the outside and by shaping the heated area. The shoe is then cooled, a correction strip, which is made of a hard material and is taken from the foot, is introduced in to the prefabricated shoe and the heated shoe is pressed onto the correction strip by applying pressure. A strip correction and a shoe are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fischer Sports GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Leitner, Alois Pieber, Franz Josef Resch
  • Publication number: 20130205622
    Abstract: A boot is disclosed having at least two fastening devices, including lacing systems, and a boot body. The boot body has an upper zone for at least partially enclosing a wearer's calf and shin; a lower zone for at least partially enclosing the wearer's forefoot; and a middle zone located between the upper zone and the lower zone, which encloses the wearer's heel and ankle joint. The middle zone can be fastened, by being laced with one of the lacing systems, independently of the upper zone and independently of the lower zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: DEELUXE SPORTARTIKEL HANDELS GMBH
    Inventor: Wagner Harald
  • Publication number: 20130205623
    Abstract: A boot is disclosed that includes a shell which encloses a user's foot and at least part of his lower leg, a shell tongue attached to the shell, and a sock-like liner having a tongue. The sock-like liner is arranged in the shell and extends over a portion of from 20% to 80% of the height of the shell, such as to approximately half the height of the shell, while the tongue extends over a portion of from 80% to 130% of the height of the shell, such as to approximately 110% of the total height of the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: DEELUXE SPORTARTIKEL HANDELS GMBH
    Inventor: Wagner Harald
  • Patent number: 8499475
    Abstract: A boot includes an upper formed of articulating panels that permit portions of the boot to move in substantial independence from one another in response to loads experienced by the boot. The boot generally comprises a sports boot that is positioned around a wearer's foot for coupling to an external appliance, such as a snowboard, wakeboard, skating appliance (such as a blade or wheels), or any other appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Flow Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Neiley
  • Patent number: 8474157
    Abstract: A snowboard boot having two handles which each handle controlling pressure within two tightening zones is disclosed. One handle may be pitched to adjust pressure within upper and lower shin portion tightening zones. A second handle may be pitched to adjust pressure within upper and lower foot portion tightening zones. Once the appropriate amount of pressure is applied to the various tightening zones, locks may be engaged to set the pressures. The pressures are isolated from each other such that the various different pressures within the various different tightening zones do not equalize but remain constant during the snowboarding session. Additionally, the handles may be stored on a tongue of the snowboard boot or a back portion of the snowboard boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pierre-Andre Senizergues
    Inventors: Wade Motawi, James Kim, Greg Fellmer
  • Patent number: 8468722
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Inventus Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Battlogg, Jürgen Pösel
  • Patent number: 8453352
    Abstract: A sport boot, such as a snow ski boot, that includes a shell having a rigid foot portion. The foot portion includes a heel pocket and an instep region that is largely immovable relative to the heel pocket due to the rigidity of the foot portion. The boot also includes a highback support region that snugly engages the leg of a user during use. A heel-track is located on the dorsal side of the boot between the highback support region and the heel pocket. The heel-track provides a concave space that receives the user's heel when the user is putting-on and taking-off the boot to counter the relative immovability of the instep region of the boot against the engaging action of the user's foot. The sport boot can also include a special boot liner having an expandable dorsal region, and, optionally, other features that compliment the heel-track of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Perfect Storm Sports Technology, LLC
    Inventor: David J. Dodge
  • Publication number: 20130118040
    Abstract: There is disclosed a ski boot system. In an embodiment, an outer shell has right and left side portions formed by a longitudinal split. A hinged connection is provided between the portions. The open configuration allows placement of an inner liner into the shell. The closed configuration restricts removal of the liner from the shell. A selectively fastenable connector extends between the right and left side portions. The selectively fastenable connector permits selective positioning of the shell between open and closed configurations. The liner of a ski boot includes a wall of material defining inner and outer surfaces. The outer surface defines an exterior having dimensions sized to compressively fit within the shell. The inner surface defines an interior having dimensions sized to receive a foot. A shape memory foam forms at least a portion of the wall of material and is configured to conform to the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Kelly Rastello
  • Patent number: 8439415
    Abstract: A reusable, hand-held carrier for transporting and storing a pair of ski boots includes: (a) a handle portion; (b) a shank including two opposite longitudinal first sides, an upper shank end being attached to a base handle section of the handle portion; (c) a hanger portion extending from a lower shank end and including at least two elongate hook elements, each of the hook elements including an open topped channel and a set of corresponding shoulder portions on opposite walls of the channel that form a pinched zone at the top of the channel. The boot carrier preferably also includes at least one carrier pin for holding a sole guard ski boot accessory within a recess in the carrier shank. A carrier wall mount and boot carrier set is also contemplated. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Laura Aubrey Valaas
  • Publication number: 20130097892
    Abstract: A ski boot with a leg portion hinged to the foot portion so that the leg portion is able to rotate around a rotation axis (X-X) in relation to the foot portion. The ski boot includes a constraint mechanism for selectively blocking and/or unblocking the rotation of the leg portion in relation to the foot portion depending on whether or not the user wishes to pass from a skiing configuration to a walking configuration. The constraint mechanism comprises a rod having a fixed end hinged to the foot portion and a movable end which interfaces with the leg portion, a support attached to the leg portion and a guide connected to the support for guiding the movable end of the rod. The guide is movable in relation to the support and moves with rotation of the rod during movement of the leg portion in relation to the foot portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: SCOTT SPORTS S.A.
    Inventor: Scott Sports S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130074373
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ski boot shell (10), characterized in that it comprises a notch (11) in the rear upper portion thereof and in that it comprises a rear bearing element (20) movably connected relative to the shell (10), capable of occupying a first position in which it abuts against at least one surface of the shell to at least partially close the notch (11) and favors skiing, and a second position withdrawn backward to allow the leg of a skier to be straightened in a walking phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Rossignol Lange S.r.l.
    Inventor: Rossignol Lange S.r.l.
  • Publication number: 20130031806
    Abstract: This invention provides a novel elevated toe device system that allows the wearer's toes to be elevated to a perpendicular or approaching a perpendicular orientation relative to the line of gravity and undertake activities, such as downhill skiing, with a greater amount of control of the skis and/or snowboard as a result of the elevated toes. The conventional systems do not make use of the natural qualities of the foot. On a downward slope, the device permits the wearer to enjoy the dynamics of the foot and assume a stance that presents less strain on the foot while accentuating maneuverability. The device can be a preset system, in which the wearer can interchange devices of different angular orientations to modify the posture of the toes, or adjustable. In an alternate embodiment, the device can be provided so that the surface under the big toe presents an elevated angular orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Slingluff
  • Patent number: 8359771
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sports shoe (1) with an outer shell (2) made of injection moulded plastic, in particular a ski shoe with at least one tightening means (12) arranged in the upper end section of the shoe collar (5) running ring-like around the upper end section of the shoe collar (5), and with at least one adjusting means (13) for tightening or limiting the width of the entry opening into the sports shoe (1) as necessary. For this a first and a further tightening element (15, 16) are arranged above one another in vertical direction within a section of the length of the tightening means (12), where the tightening elements (15, 16) run essentially parallel to one another. The first tightening element (15) is designed to bear against the peripheral sections of the comparatively flexible inner shoe (3) or its tongue (17) and the further tightening element (16) is designed to bear against the upper end section of the shoe collar (5) made of a relatively rigid plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Holzer, Gerhard Trinkaus, Jason Roe
  • Publication number: 20130008056
    Abstract: Disclosed is a locking device for a buckle. The device comprises a housing, a lever and an arm. The lever has a first strap engaging end and a locking portion. The lever is connected to the housing for movement relative to the housing. The locking portion is cooperable with the housing to be retained in it. The housing is configured to receive a strap. The arm is resiliently connected to the housing and has a second strap engaging end and a lifting end portion. The lifting end portion is disposed towards the first strap engaging end, such that in a locked position, when the locking portion cooperates with the housing, the second strap engaging end is urged into engagement with the strap. The lifting end portion contacts the first strap engaging end to lift it away from the strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: GV SNOWSHOES
    Inventors: Stephen Vincent, Rino Bourgoin, Gaetan Légaré
  • Patent number: 8291620
    Abstract: A removable, one-piece sole guard for preventing crevices on a ski boot sole from filling with snow, ice, and debris includes: (a) a head portion including a substantially planar top head surface that is substantially parallel to the bottom surface; (b) a body portion adjacent the head portion, which includes a substantially planar top body surface that is substantially parallel to the bottom surface; (c) at least one pin groove between the head portion and the body portion that opens to the top of the sole guard; (d) two opposite, substantially parallel guard sides; and (e) projections extending down from the bottom surface. A two-pin sole guard for a ski boot with at least two boot sole pins includes a second pin groove that opens to the rear. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Laura Aubrey Valaas
  • Publication number: 20120227286
    Abstract: Ski-boot comprising a rigid shell shaped to accommodate the foot, and a rigid cuff which is shaped to surround the ankle and is hinged on the shell so to be rotatable about a transversal reference axis; the shell being inferiorly provided with a front sole and with a substantially duckbill-shaped front appendix which protrudes from the tip of the shell to form an extension of the front sole, and is structured so as to engaged in the front jaw of a specific ski fastening device; the front appendix having, on each lateral side, a respective side groove which starts on the appendix upper face at a distance from the appendix tip ranging between 10 and 20 millimetres, and continues by flanking the shell tip while increasing its depth, so to form a descending slope above which a corresponding prong of the front jaw of the ski fastening device is arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Davide Parisotto, Luca Gasparini
  • Patent number: 8215033
    Abstract: An article of footwear for use in sporting activities such as snowboarding is disclosed. The article of footwear can include a flex notch and a coupled lace loop design. The article can further include an internal harness to enhance stability of the foot. The article can also include a threading layer configured to strengthen the upper and a corresponding connecting layer to bond the threading layer to the upper and to provide protection to other areas of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn G. Carboy, Stephen D. Pelletier, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120151801
    Abstract: An article of footwear, such as a boot, adapted to be removably retained on a sports apparatus, the boot including an outer sole assembly, an upper and a fastening element, the latter being adapted to cooperate with a locking mechanism, itself adapted to be affixed to the apparatus. The boot includes a connection mechanism adjustable in position, which adjustably connects the fastening element to the outer sole assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventor: Philippe MIETTE
  • Patent number: 8181366
    Abstract: A ski boot for ski mountaineering or telemark skiing including a shell of plastic material and a sole. A first longitudinal cut in the shell defines two sides which allow the entry of the foot of the skier. A second cut in the shell, transverse to, and opening into the first cut, is formed in the front section of the shell. The first and second cuts form a longitudinal slot in the shell; stops are located at opposite ends of the slot. In the preferred embodiment, a peg with an enlarged head is slit within the slot to adjust the flexibility of the boot in the longitudinal direction. In the alternative embodiment, a gaiter and a profiled element are located in the area of the first cut and the second cut in the shell. A peg with an enlarged head is slid with aligned slots in the shell, gaiter, and profiled element, to adjust the flexibility of the shell in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Ober ALP S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Sartor, Piero Fenato
  • Publication number: 20120042542
    Abstract: The invention provides a coupling element (16) for a ski boot (10), comprising fastening means (18l, 18r, 20) for fastening the coupling element (16) to a heel region of a ski boot (10) and two contact portions (30l, 30r) arranged either side of a vertical boot center plane (E) extending in the longitudinal direction of the boot, against which contact portions pins (31l, 31r) projecting forwards from an automatic heel mechanism of a ski binding bear in a downhill position of the ski binding and out of which the pins (31l, 31r) slide in the event of fall release of the ski binding (10) once a release force acting on the ski boot has been overcome, the fastening means (18l, 18r, 20) comprising a central fastening point (20), which is arranged between the two contact portions (30l, 30r), the fastening means (18l, 18r) further comprising two outer fastening points (18l, 18r), which are arranged laterally outside the contact portions (30l, 30r) with regard to the boot center plane (E), and the coupling element (16
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: SALEWA SPORT AG
    Inventor: Edwin LEHNER
  • Publication number: 20120011746
    Abstract: A removable, one-piece sole guard for preventing crevices on a ski boot sole from filling with snow, ice, and debris includes: (a) a head portion including a substantially planar top head surface that is substantially parallel to the bottom surface; (b) a body portion adjacent the head portion, which includes a substantially planar top body surface that is substantially parallel to the bottom surface; (c) at least one pin groove between the head portion and the body portion that opens to the top of the sole guard; (d) two opposite, substantially parallel guard sides; and (e) projections extending down from the bottom surface. A two-pin sole guard for a ski boot with at least two boot sole pins includes a second pin groove that opens to the rear. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Laura Aubrey Valaas
  • Patent number: 8065820
    Abstract: A ski boot, designed for ski mountaineering, includes a rigid shell and sole, an inshoe of soft material, and a leg portion pivotally secured to the shell. A lever is located on one side of the leg portion for operating a traction cable located on the other side of the leg portion. The remote end of the traction cable is engaged with, or secured to, a retention element on the leg portion. A spoiler is pivotally mounted at the rear of the shell, and is interposed between the rear of the leg portion and the rear of the inshoe. A lug, or similar coupling element, is formed on the lever. The lever is mounted for pivotal movement in the horizontal direction, between an opened, and closed, configuration or condition. When the lever is in its closed configuration, the lug engages the leg portion and the spoiler, and blocks their pivotal movement, or articulation, relative to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: OBER ALP S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Sartor, Piero Fenato
  • Publication number: 20110271557
    Abstract: The invention provides a ski boot (12) which comprises an opening (18a, 18b) in each of opposing lateral, front boot portions, the openings (18a, 18b) defining an opening axis (Q) along which bearing bolts (32a, 32b) of a ski binding (14) may be introduced into the openings (18a, 18b), in order to hold the ski boot (12) on the ski binding (14) such that it can pivot about the opening axis (Q), at least one of the openings (18a, 18b) comprising at least one inner bearing portion (42) for bearing against an outer circumferential portion (50) of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b), the bearing portion (42) allowing displacement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) in the direction of the opening axis (Q) and a pivoting movement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) about the opening axis (Q), but substantially preventing displacement or a pivoting movement of the bearing bolt (32a, 32b) in other directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: SALEWA SPORT AG
    Inventor: Fritz Barthel
  • Patent number: 8001705
    Abstract: The sports boot (1) comprises a part composed of two injected materials and a decoration (8) arranged between two layers of the boot, a transparent layer covering it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lange International S.A.
    Inventor: Peter Cagliari
  • Patent number: 7992326
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sports shoe (1), in particular an alpine ski shoe (2), with an adjusting means (3) for varying the stiffness of the sole system (4) as and when necessary. This adjusting means (3) comprises at least one profiled tension element (19) which remains essentially dimensionally stable when forces act on it and which is connected at its oppositely lying end portions to a front sole platform (10) on the one hand and to a rear sole platform (11) of the sole system (4) on the other hand, its middle portion extending freely between the front and the rear sole platform (10, 11). The tension element (19) is mounted so as to be relatively displaceable in the longitudinal direction of the sole system (4) in order to apply adjustable positioning forces relative to at least one sole platform (10, 11), and an individually adjustable tensing force can be expended between the front and the rear sole platform (10, 11) via the tension element (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Trinkaus, Helmut Holzer