Snow Shoe (e.g., Having Binding, Harness, Etc.) Patents (Class 36/122)
  • Patent number: 10959493
    Abstract: A device for donning a face mask. Straps on either side of the back of the mask are connected to each other through a looped handle. When pulled by the user, the handles tighten the straps of the mask to create an airtight seal on the mask. The handles eliminate the need to separately tighten each individual strap to create the airtight seal and allow the user to tighten the mask even if the user is wearing gloves. The device may also include an adherent material attached to the back of the mask and the handles such that the handles have a resting platform once they are adjusted by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Gabriel Raynolds, Andrew James Bilardello, Emilio Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10786047
    Abstract: A beach shoe system including a beach shoe and a stabilizing member. The stabilizing member, when attached to the beach shoe, being below the beach shoe and being removably attached to the beach shoe. The stabilizing member includes a porous, substantially planar section underlying a sole of the beach shoe and extending transversely beyond peripheral sides of the beach shoe. The stabilizing member preferably includes a peripheral rim attached to the planar section and extending downwardly and upwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Diane K. McGinnis, Benedict G. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 9308434
    Abstract: The present invention provides a collapsible snowshoe. The collapsible snowshoe includes an optional guard member, an optional deck, two or more removable support members, one or more cross members, a snowshoe binding, an optional connector, and one or more crampons. Methods of using the collapsible snowshoe are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Pierre Ostor
  • Patent number: 9079094
    Abstract: A binding device for a snowboard boot to rest upon to secure user to a climb and slide device in selective modes including a split ski climbing mode and an attached ski section sliding mode, for traversing mainly over snow and ice covered terrain. A binding device includes a mounting base including multiple direct locking features in the mounting base with which to interact with mating interfaces on a ski shaped touring device binding interfaces. An axle pivot pin axis system is also disclosed that may selectively articulate the mounting plate in a walking motion on the ski touring device. A selective locked heel mode with locking ability directly on the mounting plate is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Lane A. Ekberg
  • Patent number: 8931188
    Abstract: A snowshoe has an improved spring-loaded suspension system that reduces or eliminates snow flip as the user lifts the boot and advances it forward. In a principal embodiment the footbed and front claw of the binding are positioned on a spring-suspended frame in such a way that the footbed/claw can freely rotate relative to the snowshoe deck beyond a certain degree of pitch angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: Chris Barchet
  • Patent number: 8876123
    Abstract: An exoskeleton (E) for connecting footwear to sporting equipment. The exoskeleton has an underfoot base (7), an ankle cuff (3) connected to a heel portion of the underfoot base, a first restraining brace (2a) having an anterior end connected to the medial side of a forefoot portion of the underfoot base (7), and extending rearwardly and diagonally at least to the lateral side of the ankle cuff, and a second restraining brace (2b) having an anterior end connected to the lateral side of the forefoot portion of the underfoot base (7), and extending rearwardly and diagonally at least to the medial side of the ankle cuff. The first and second restraining braces (2a, 2b) are configured such that when an item of footwear is enclosed by the exoskeleton (E), the restraining braces extend over and support a portion of the item of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Gawain Bradshaw
  • Publication number: 20140259795
    Abstract: A snowshoe having a binding for a downhill ski boot on a binding platform which can pitch, i.e., rotate about a transverse axis of the snowshoe. The binding platform is supported on a front strap which is attached to the sides of the framework for the snowshoe, which is of sufficient flexibility to pitch and, preferably, roll, i.e., rotate about the longitudinal axis of the framework. Decking between the binding platform and the framework has a front aperture to permit the binding platform to pitch and roll; is of such length as to permit extension of the framework, which is made possible by having the framework be a tubes separated on its first and second sides and containing an insertable tube in the areas of the separations; and has such flexibility as to enable the decking to fold underneath the binding platform when the tube of the framework is unextended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan C. Hoth
  • Publication number: 20140096416
    Abstract: A snowshoe including a unitary molded polymer deck having a bottom surface defining a toe portion and a heel portion. The toe portion is divided from the heel portion. A toe panel together with the toe portion defines a generally enclosed space into which a lighting module including a battery, a switch; electrical leads and at least one electrically illuminated light source. The light module is substantially contained in the enclosed space and the at least one electrically illuminated light source is located in at least one light source pocket that passes through a portion of the unitary molded polymer deck such that the electrically illuminated light source is visible from above the deck. The switch selectively completes a circuit between the battery and the electrically illuminated light source upon actuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Steigerwald, Randall Christensen
  • Publication number: 20130305569
    Abstract: The invention relates to a snowshoe and rucksack for its storage with an application in the sports sphere and in particular on snow covered and ice-frozen terrains. The inflatable snowshoe contains a corpus and fixing belts. The corpus consists of a cylindrical air chamber and protective case. The air chamber forms a closed contour having the form of an elliptical ring with a circular cross section and is placed in the protective case. The air chamber has a valve mounted on it the end of which passes through an opening formed in the rear part of the protective case. The protective case is made of separate sections of a strong, wear-resistant material. The frontal part of protective case contains three sections which are raised in relation to the horizontal axis under an angle of a, which falls within the interval between 35° to 40°. Over the entire internal circumference of protective case there is a zipper, ensuring quick and easy placing of the air chamber in casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: “EXIT SMALL FOOT” LTD.
    Inventor: Petar Dimitrov
  • 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: 8544193
    Abstract: A snowshoe with binding suspended by tension straps secured to a frame is assembled from a generally U-shaped nose, and an aft section which can be a midsection and a tail. In one embodiment the nose has sufficient strength to resist inward pulling under tension to suspend the binding resiliently, without significant strength contribution from aft portions of the frame. The aft portion of the snowshoe includes traction elements, i.e. rows of teeth, positioned to engage into snow and ice. An important aspect of the invention is that the nose and aft sections are non-integral and very dissimilar in cross section, in a suspended-binding snowshoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Dodd Grande, Chris Barchet, Jay Bublitz, Scott Youmans
  • Patent number: 8544194
    Abstract: A length-adjustable snowshoe includes a frame and a carrier fixed to the frame. A connecting member mounted to the frame includes two receiving holes. A pivotal portion is formed on a top side of the connecting member. A compartment extends from the pivotal portion through one of the receiving holes. An extension member includes legs slideably received in the receiving holes and is slideable between first and second positions. A sliding member is mounted on the extension member to move therewith. A positioning member is received in the compartment and pivotable between a stop position and a releasing position. The positioning member in the stop position retains the extension member in any location including and intermediate the first and second positions. The extension member can slide between the first and second positions when the positioning member is in the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Chao-Ming Lin
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120151802
    Abstract: A length-adjustable snowshoe includes a frame and a carrier fixed to the frame. A connecting member is mounted to the frame and includes two receiving holes. A pivotal portion is formed on a top side of the connecting member. A compartment extends from the pivotal portion through one of the receiving holes. An extension member includes first and second legs slideably received in the receiving holes. The extension member is slideable between first and second positions. A sliding member is mounted on the extension member to move therewith. A positioning member is received in the compartment and pivotable between a stop position and a releasing position. The positioning member in the stop position retains the extension member in the first or second position or any location between the first and second positions. The extension member can slide between the first and second positions when the positioning member is in the releasing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Chao-Ming Lin
  • Publication number: 20120117827
    Abstract: A snowshoe with binding suspended by tension straps secured to a frame is assembled from a generally U-shaped nose, and an aft section which can be a midsection and a tail. In one embodiment the nose has sufficient strength to resist inward pulling under tension to suspend the binding resiliently, without significant strength contribution from aft portions of the frame. The aft portion of the snowshoe includes traction elements, i.e. rows of teeth, positioned to engage into snow and ice. An important aspect of the invention is that the nose and aft sections are non-integral and very dissimilar in cross section, in a suspended-binding snowshoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Dodd Grande, Chris Barchet, Jay Bublitz, Scott Youmans
  • Patent number: 8171658
    Abstract: A snowshoe of molded plastic material has a tail section with greater flexibility than the main body section, thereby allowing the tail to give and deform as the snowshoe tail is engaged against the terrain during the gait of the user. At the same time, the tail is stiff enough to provide flotation needed when the full weight of the user is on one snowshoe fully engaged against terrain, such as soft snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Chris Barchet, Dodd Grande, Mark S. Williams, Scott Youmans, Rachel Lin
  • Patent number: 8065819
    Abstract: A hands-free fastening mechanism for releasably securing a user's foot to footwear is disclosed. The fastening mechanism comprises at least one pivotable strap which is coupled to a hinge mechanism which, in turn, is secured to the footwear. The hinge mechanism allows the strap to pivot between an open and a closed position. The strap is further coupled to a lever which is engageable by a user's foot so as to cause the strap to move from the open position to the closed position. When the strap moves to the closed position, a catch will engage, thereby securing the user's foot within the footwear. The footwear may then be removed by using the other foot to apply pressure to a protruding member and then withdrawing the secured foot such that the catch is disengaged and the foot is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8061062
    Abstract: A snowdeck includes a latching mechanism for detachable mounting to a traction component such as a boot. The latching mechanism includes a base member which is mounted to the snowdeck and which has a recess for accommodating a longitudinal slider which is movable longitudinally to and from a first position and a second position. The slider has a longitudinal wall and a lateral wall which, in combination with a wall of the recess defines a space. The space is filled with a filler member, preferably made of a compressible and resilient material and preferably which is in the form of a removable insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kahtoola Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel G. Giovale
  • Patent number: 8020321
    Abstract: A snowshoe having a pivot axle for pitch rotation of the footbed platform relative to the snowshoe frame is supported from the frame in a manner that provides for significant lateral flexing, i.e. pivoting on the roll axis, to accommodate use of snowshoes on side hill terrain. Instead of a relatively rigid support from the snowshoe frame, the footbed platform is supported by left and right tension bands that are connected to the snowshoe frame and to left and right ends of the transverse pivot rod that provides pitch rotation. Preferably the connection to each end of the pivot rod is with a rotatable spindle over which the tension band engages, such rollers being connected at right angles to the two ends of the pivot rod. A rotation limiter can be included to limit free rotation of the binding in the pitch direction to a selected arc. The footbed support system can be employed on any type of snowshoe, whether a tubular frame, non-tubular frame or molded composite snowshoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Vinton Matthews, Francis E. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 7984572
    Abstract: A snowshoe (1) whose webbing includes a flexible wall (4) maintained in tension inside a framework (2) by portions of the flexible mounting wall which define flexible mounting projections. Supplemental protection parts (8) are disposed surrounding the mounting projections to protect them from wear and impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: TSL Sport Equipment
    Inventor: Philippe Gallay
  • Publication number: 20110173844
    Abstract: A molded or plastic composite snowshoe is formed of two assembled sections, in a way that imparts flexibility to the snowshoe, allowing some degree of torsional twisting or warping flexibility so that the snowshoe adapts to uneven terrain. In a principal embodiment the molded snowshoe is divided into forward and aft sections along a line slightly behind the nose area and near the pivot axis in the case of a pitch-pivoting binding. Joints between sections are in narrow rims at left and right, at opposed sides of a large central opening for the crampon/binding and boot. The joints are designed to securely hold the forward and aft molded sections together but to allow a degree of torsion between them when needed. Steel structural traction rails extend across the joints but are constructed and secured to the snowshoe sections in a manner that preserves the desired flexibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Chris Barchet, Dodd Grande, Rachel Lin, Mark S. Williams, Scott Youmans
  • Patent number: 7937855
    Abstract: The snowshoe defines opposite front and rear ends, opposite first and second sides and opposite top and bottom surfaces and comprises a rigid peripheral frame member comprising a top portion corresponding to the top surface of the snowshoe and a bottom portion corresponding to the bottom surface of the snowshoe and having a frame member thickness defined between the top and bottom portions. The snowshoe also has a decking that is at least semi-rigid and that comprises a central load-bearing portion and a number of tongue members fixed to the load-bearing portion and attached to the frame member whereby the frame member carries the decking. The snowshoe further has a harness pivotally attached to either one of the decking and the frame member for allowing a person's foot to be releasably attached to the snowshoe. The tongue members have a staggered attachment configuration relative to the thickness of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Faber & Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Faber, Richard Faber
  • Patent number: 7908773
    Abstract: A snowshoe (1) made of a frame (2) holding a deck (3) meant to hold the user's boot, the aforementioned boot being held on the deck by a binding, characterized in that the snowshoe includes a transverse retaining element (4) extending transversely at the front of the user's foot, the aforesaid transverse element (4) being held by its lateral ends to the frame (2), while the aforementioned transverse element (4) is made of the combination of an upper transverse element (4a) and a lower transverse element (4b) so that the frame (2) is sandwiched between the ends of the respective transverse elements (4a, 4b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: TSL Sport Equipment
    Inventors: Philippe Gallay, Stéphane Latruffe
  • Publication number: 20100126046
    Abstract: A snowshoe of molded plastic material has a tail section with greater flexibility than the main body section, thereby allowing the tail to give and deform as the snowshoe tail is engaged against the terrain during the gait of the user. At the same time, the tail is stiff enough to provide flotation needed when the full weight of the user is on one snowshoe fully engaged against terrain, such as soft snow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Chris Barchet, Dodd Grande, Mark S. Williams, Scott Youmans, Rachel Lin
  • Patent number: 7716855
    Abstract: A snowshoe (1) includes a binding (4) intended to retain the boot of the user and a plate pivoting around a transverse pivot axis (X, X?) including a retaining assembly for the boot. A longitudinal position of the rear retaining assembly is adjustable for in order to conform the longitudinal dimension of binding, with the size of the boot, by displacement toward the front or towards the rear and locking it in the chosen position. The front retaining stirrup is mounted to a front horizontally extending plate (7), which is pivotally retained on the webbing around the pivot axis (X, X?), while the rear retaining part is mounted on a lower support wall (9), extended toward the front by a sliding member (10) intended to cooperate, with a slide channel of corresponding form defined under the front plate (7) of the front retaining assembly (4a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: TSL Sport Equipment
    Inventors: Philippe Gallay, Bruno Deloustal
  • Patent number: 7661207
    Abstract: A snowshoe binding engages the sole of the user's boot in a region between the arch and the widest part of the sole, gripping the sole laterally and sufficiently firmly that the boot will not pull out of the binding during use of the snowshoe, even in the absence of a heel strap. The arch area of the boot typically is narrower in width than the ball of the foot, providing a rearwardly tapering region for positive engagement against pulling back of the boot in the binding. By engaging the boot at the sole, the binding can put pressure on the boot not felt by the user. In one form the sole engaging binding device has a width adjustment with a sliding element, and the firmly clamping sole engagement preferably is accomplished with a cam that engages when a strap is tightened. An efficient buckle and strap are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: James Monsees, Daniel T. Emerson, Peter W. Chapman
  • Patent number: 7594666
    Abstract: A skate assembly has a boot having a substantially completely open base with a sole plate of more rigid material than the boot secured over the open base. The base has an opening extending along at least substantially the entire length of the boot from the heel to the toe, with side rims extending along opposite sides of the base opening. The sole plate may be releasably or permanently secured to the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Sunshine Distribution, Inc.
    Inventor: Andreas C. Wegener
  • Patent number: 7575252
    Abstract: Systems and methods for efficiently and effectively supporting sporting equipment such as a snowboard. Also systems and methods for removably or permanently attaching an apparatus to a snowboard boot, sole, or a sub-component thereof such that the apparatus may be used to support the weight of sporting equipment such as a snowboard while a user of the sporting equipment is seated (e.g., while riding a chairlift). Systems and methods for fabricating an integral support within a boot, sole, or a sub-component thereof. These systems and methods include after-market items affixed to commercially-available boots, soles, or sub-components thereof by a snowboarder, snowboard professional, or the like, or, alternatively, such systems and methods may be incorporated by a boot or sole manufacturer during manufacture of the boot, sole, or a sub-component thereof. The systems and methods may be permanent or removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: MMSM Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: David John Smith
  • Publication number: 20090172974
    Abstract: The snowshoe defines opposite front and rear ends, opposite first and second sides and opposite top and bottom surfaces and comprises a rigid peripheral frame member comprising a top portion corresponding to the top surface of the snowshoe and a bottom portion corresponding to the bottom surface of the snowshoe and having a frame member thickness defined between the top and bottom portions. The snowshoe also has a decking that is at least semi-rigid and that comprises a central load-bearing portion and a number of tongue members fixed to the load-bearing portion and attached to the frame member whereby the frame member carries the decking. The snowshoe further has a harness pivotally attached to either one of the decking and the frame member for allowing a person's foot to be releasably attached to the snowshoe. The tongue members have a staggered attachment configuration relative to the thickness of the frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: Guy Faber, Richard Faber
  • Patent number: 7509757
    Abstract: A boot binding for a snowshoe, suspended within the snowshoe for flexibility of the boot relative to the snowshoe in the pitch direction, has a binding footbed that is flexible and allows bending of the boot in the pitch directed, as steps are taken by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: James Monsees, Daniel T. Emerson
  • Patent number: 7493709
    Abstract: An improved snowshoe (49, 138, 220) having a binding (105) attachable to a flotation platform (51). The snowshoe (49, 138, 220) may be adjusted to accommodate to changes in snow conditions and terrain while on a snowshoe excursion. Certain embodiments permit quick removal of the binding (105) from the platform (51) for use as a detached walking crampon (203). Certain platforms (51) may be adjusted in size to present a plurality of footprint sizes to ssnow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventors: David V. Trask, Brian C. Trask, Valorie J. Downs, Renae L. Trask Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7472497
    Abstract: A boot binding for a snowshoe, suspended within the snowshoe for flexibility of the boot relative to the snowshoe in the pitch direction, has a binding footbed that is flexible and allows bending of the boot in the pitch direction, as steps are taken by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: K2 Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Emerson, Rudy Lucas Samuels
  • Patent number: 7461471
    Abstract: A binding for securing the boot of a user to a snowshoe has a semi-rigid base with integral boot toe and boot heel control members and flexible upper members of a softer and more compliant material then that of the base connected to the base for embracing the boot upper; toe stops are fixed to the boot toe control members for engagement by and proper positioning of the toe of the boot; a heel strap extends between the boot heel control members and embraces the boot heel for securing the boot to the binding; and a 3-point closure system with quick mid-point connect/disconnect interconnects between the flexible upper members for varying the pressure exerted by the upper members on the boot upper while permitting easy separation of the upper members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: K2 Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Kiniry, Francis E. Mahoney, Steven R. Burke
  • Publication number: 20080263902
    Abstract: A snowshoe apparatus having a frame assembly, a pivot assembly pivotally attached to the frame assembly, and a binding assembly pivotally attached to the pivot assembly is disclosed. The snowshoe apparatus may also include first and second crampons pivotally attached to the frame assembly, with the first crampon configured to pivot relative to the frame assembly substantially independent of the second crampon. In addition, at least one of the first crampon and the second crampon may be laterally movable relative to the frame assembly. The snowshoe apparatus may also comprise a resilient heel support assembly coupled to the frame assembly. A corresponding method of assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Easton Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Chartrand, Teddy D. Palomaki, Gregory J. Easton
  • Publication number: 20080184599
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that traverses snow and ice covered terrain. The device includes footwear that has the ability to mount directly to a sliding device or snowshoe and pivot without the need of a mounting plate or base plate. The footwear may also be configured for use in snowboard boot retaining bindings. The footwear may have strapless and detachable crampons. Additionally, the crampons may have a coating for repelling snow and ice covering exterior surfaces of the crampon. A configurable crampon may additionally be joined to a rear portion of the footwear. Furthermore, a mounting plate with a toe cleat and heel cleat are disclosed as being removably coupled with the mounting plate able to be attached to sliding or snowshoe devices in a quick-release manner and quick connecting manner. Also disclosed is a movable traction system that may be raised and lowered through a sliding surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Lane Ekberg
  • Publication number: 20080178494
    Abstract: A snowshoe (1) made of a frame (2) holding a deck (3) meant to hold the user's boot, the aforementioned boot being held on the deck by a binding, characterized in that the snowshoe includes a transverse retaining element (4) extending transversely at the front of the user's foot, the aforesaid transverse element (4) being held by its lateral ends to the frame (2), while the aforementioned transverse element (4) is made of the combination of an upper transverse element (4a) and a lower transverse element (4b) so that the frame (2) is sandwiched between the ends of the respective transverse elements (4a, 4b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Philippe Gallay, Stephane Latruffe
  • Publication number: 20080134544
    Abstract: A collapsible snowshoe is provided. The snowshoe includes a frame having a first supporting cross-bar configured to interact with a second supporting cross-bar, wherein the cross-bars are configured to alternate between an open position and a closed position, a first supporting material configured to be coupled to the cross-bars and further configured to extend between the cross-bars, whereby the extended supporting material creates a support surface for walking when the cross-bars are in the open position; and a frame-locking mechanism configured to secure the cross-bars in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Debra J. Kreutzer, James S. Page, Matt E. Page
  • Patent number: 7331129
    Abstract: A snowshoe of the type with a peripheral frame formed of metal tubing and a stretched and suspended deck connected to the frame has different regions of the frame partially flattened into an approximate elliptical cross section, the major dimensions of the ellipses being in different planes in different regions of the frame. Most of the nose loop at the front end of the snowshoe frame is elongated in cross section within the plane of the nose loop, while the sides of the frame, aft of the binding suspension, may be elongated in a generally vertical plane. The orientation of these elongated cross sections in specific regions affords more strength to the frame where needed, enabling the frame to be produced of lighter material. In addition, selected local regions of the frame can be swaged to form recesses at desired sides of the frame to receive and hold the binding suspension bands or deck connecting material that wraps over the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: KZ Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter W. Chapman, Daniel T. Emerson
  • Patent number: 7308767
    Abstract: A perfected device for walking on snow or ice consisting of platforms (1) that are fitted on the upper face of the rackets (20) and have a swivel mechanism (6) formed by a spherical or similar piece equipped with axles (22) at the heel end. At the bottom of the platforms (1), they also have housings (24), spikes (8), rackets (20) and, at the heel end, semi-cylindrical parts (23) and (23?) equipped with fastening elements (10) and (10?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventors: Antonio Cutando Soriano, Antonio Del Castillo Lopez
  • Patent number: 7047673
    Abstract: A step-in binding system (20, 220) including a binding (24, 224) and an engagement member (26, 226) for securing a snowshoe to footwear (22). In one embodiment, the binding includes a pivotable latch (78) and a fixed latch (80), each having a pair of catches (116) for engaging a corresponding receiver (110) on the engagement member. The pivotable latch is pivotable between a closed position (CP) and an open position (OP) and is biased into the closed position by a helical rotational spring (100). The binding further includes an adjustment mechanism (32) extending between a toe member (28) and a heel member (30) that allows the distance between the toe and heel members to be selectively changed by a user. In another embodiment, the binding includes a pair of pivotable latches (278, 280), each biased into its closed position by two torsional rotational springs (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: KZ Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Dodge
  • Patent number: 6981294
    Abstract: A carpet slide for use as a recreational entertainment device includes a first member having a predetermined shape and a predetermined size. The first member is formed from a flexible sheet of material having an upper surface and a bottom surface. An at least one strap like member having a first end and a second end is provided. A first mechanism is disposed along the upper surface of such first member adjacent a first outer edge portion thereof between a front portion of the first member and a back portion of such first member for engaging a first end of the at least one strap like member. A second mechanism is disposed along the upper surface adjacent a radially opposed second outer edge portion thereof between the front portion of such first member and the back portion of such first member for engaging a second end of such at least one strap like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Simtec, Co.
    Inventor: Donald V. Edwards
  • Patent number: 6931769
    Abstract: A snowshoe has a frame and a pivot axle assembly extending across an opening in the frame for pivotally supporting a boot binding assembly for limited front and rear rotation, a resilient pad is disposed between the pivot axle assembly and the boot binding assembly for permitting frontal plane, side to side movement of the boot binding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: K2 Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis E. Mahoney, Daniel P. Kiniry
  • Patent number: 6898874
    Abstract: A snowshoe has a pivoted mounting on its boot harness, for rotation about a pitch axis for a first degree of freedom in movement of the user's boot relative to the snowshoe; and provision for a second degree of freedom of motion along a roll axis, allowing the user's boot to tip from side to side, particularly for uneven or sidehill terrain. In both axes the boot preferably is spring-biased toward a neutral position. At the same time, freedom of movement is restricted and essentially prevented between the boot and snowshoe relative to a third axis, the yaw or vertical axis. Several different structural arrangements are disclosed in several types of snowshoes, for achieving the second degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: K2 Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Emerson, Rudy Lucas Samuels, Charles Bentley Warner
  • Publication number: 20040250453
    Abstract: A snowshoe includes numerous adjustment mechanisms for accommodating varied snow conditions and terrain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph J. Settelmayer
  • Publication number: 20040231200
    Abstract: A snowshoe includes a lightweight frame that provides traction and maintains the snowshoe's shape when traveling over at least one of the following surfaces: snow, hard-packed snow and ice, and a binding to fasten the snowshoe to a boot with a gloved hand. The frame includes a peripheral component having a length, a height orthogonal to the length, and a width orthogonal to the height and at least two times shorter than the height at all locations along the height. The binding includes a strap, and a retention element coupleable with the strap. The retention element includes a body defining a main passage in which the strap is disposed when coupled with the retention element, an access passage through which the strap passes to enter the main passage, and a locking element to secure the strap to the retention element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: William Edwin Forrest, Jane Andrea Verrall
  • Patent number: 6814360
    Abstract: A snowshoe binding has a body member which is molded from an elastomeric synthetic material which easily conforms to the contour of a wide range of boot configurations and incorporates a pair of ladder cinch buckles mounted on synthetic straps positioned over the instep of the boot, the buckles not being anchored to any supporting component on the body member and operating in opposite directions, the straps being permanently installed in the buckles, and secured against removal from the buckles by the placement of snap hardware on the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: K2 Snowshoes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Kiniry, Francis E. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 6772542
    Abstract: A ski system for allowing a ski to slide in forward motion and grip in backward motion for a variety of people in a cost effective manner. The ski system includes a flat base member having an upper surface and a lower surface, a plurality of gripping members extending from the lower surface of the base member, and a securing structure attached to the upper surface of the base member for securing a shoe of a user. The gripping members each have a front portion having a downwardly angled structure. The gripping members each include a rear portion that extends upwardly from the lower end of the front portion towards the lower surface of the base member. The gripping members preferably have a U-shaped cross sectional shape. The front portion of the gripping members are for gliding upon a snow surface allowing forward movement and the rear portion is for engaging the snow surface for preventing rearward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 6763617
    Abstract: An inflatable snowshoe. In its deflated state, it can be flattened and rolled, which allows a pair of these snowshoes to be stored inside the cowling of a snowmobile. The snowshoe consists of a web flotation deck that has a tubular shaped air bladder frame. When inflated, the frame and deck take on the properties of a rigid conventional snowshoe. A puncture and abrasion resistant fabric covers the inner membrane that forms the bladder type, tubular air chamber. This air chamber makes up the peripheral frame of the snowshoe and is held to its teardrop shape by the multi-point restraint of the nylon web flotation deck. The nylon web flotation deck distributes the weight of the wearer. The binding attachment and the cross points of the nylon straps that form the deck are affixed with metal rivets, which also act as traction studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: James R. Stafford
  • Publication number: 20040083626
    Abstract: An improved snowshoe (49, 138, 220) having a binding (105) attachable to a flotation platform (51). The snowshoe (49, 138, 220) may be adjusted to accommodate to changes in snow conditions and terrain while on a snowshoe excursion. Certain embodiments permit quick removal of the binding (105) from the platform (51) for use as a detached walking crampon (203). Certain platforms (51) may be adjusted in size to present a plurality of footprint sizes to ssnow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: David V. Trask, Brian C. Trask, Valorie J. Downs, Renae L. Trask Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6725576
    Abstract: A snowshoe having a tubular frame supporting a flexible deck has a molded tail piece connecting the tail ends of the tubular frame. The tail piece has two dowel members which are angled to form a rear apex, such that the tail ends of the tubular frame extend over the dowel members for secure connection. In addition, the molded tail piece has a connecting bracket extending forwardly, with a wide slot in which the tail of the stretched membrane decking is secured. In this way a rear support and connection point for the decking is provided by the tube end connector, while also providing tension on the tail piece retaining it in place without the need for fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Atlas Snowshoe Company
    Inventors: Daniel T. Emerson, Nathan J. Messmer