With Anti-slip Means (e.g., Cleat, Etc.) Patents (Class 36/124)
  • Patent number: 9393482
    Abstract: A snow climbing plate is disclosed including heel and toe binding receivers. Heel and toe bindings for a crampon positioned beneath the plate extend through the receiver and secure to a boot. An instep portion of the plate is captured between the heel and toe bindings. The plate extends laterally beyond the crampon and may extend one or both of rearwardly and forwardly beyond the crampon. The receivers may be embodied as an aperture in the plate or a notch extending inward from an end of the plate. Apertures may be provided to admit tabs for engaging a heel of the boot secured to the crampon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Jon Johnston
  • Patent number: 9144263
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper with a heel region that extends posteriorly about the heel, a medial side, and a lateral side. The article of footwear also includes a sole structure. Moreover, the article includes a longitudinal strand that extends along at least one of the medial side and the lateral side. Also, the article includes an underfoot strand that is coupled to the longitudinal strand and that extends across the sole structure to extend between the lateral side and the medial side of the upper. Furthermore, the article includes a closure strand that is coupled to the longitudinal strand. The closure strand is configured to couple to the closure element such that tensioning of the closure element tensions the longitudinal strand, the underfoot strand, and the closure strand to selectively secure the article of footwear to the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Elder, Dervin A. James, Elizabeth Kilgore
  • Publication number: 20150121725
    Abstract: A snowshoe (1) for mountain winter sports includes: a plate (2) for resting on the snow and distributing a user's weight, having an upper face (2?) and a lower face (2?); elements for fixing, at least partially, the user's foot to the upper face (2?) of the plate (2); and a plurality of spikes (3), where the plate (2) includes a mobile structure (4) adapted to make the plurality of spikes (3) alternately available below the lower face (2?) of the plate (2), so as to define an uphill and a downhill configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: VIGNATI LUIGI SRL
    Inventors: Fabrizio Vignati, Elio Tamanti
  • Publication number: 20140123521
    Abstract: A snow climbing plate is disclosed including heel and toe binding receivers. Heel and toe bindings for a crampon positioned beneath the plate extend through the receiver and secure to a boot. An instep portion of the plate is captured between the heel and toe bindings. The plate extends laterally beyond the crampon and may extend one or both of rearwardly and forwardly beyond the crampon. The receivers may be embodied as an aperture in the plate or a notch extending inward from an end of the plate. Apertures may be provided to admit tabs for engaging a heel of the boot secured to the crampon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jon Johnston
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8595958
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Easton Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Chartrand, Teddy D. Palomaki, Gregory J. Easton
  • Patent number: 8387283
    Abstract: An ice crampon including a metal armature, the metal armature being composed of a horizontal support plate, at least one front spike in the form of a blade, and an adjustment device for adjusting the length of said front spike between a withdrawn position and an advanced position. In the intermediate part, each front spike comprises two circular apertures for passage of a fixing screw in both the withdrawn and advanced positions, and in the rear part comprises a sliding link operating in conjunction with a positioning cross-member securely attached to the armature when adjustment is performed. The sliding travel corresponds to the longitudinal distance between the two apertures, and the positioning cross-member is notched over its whole width with a succession of rectangular notches and indentations further enabling transverse positioning of the front spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Pierre Plaze
  • Publication number: 20120297646
    Abstract: A multi-adaptable power automated apparatus used for gaining traction on various surfaces comprising: snow, and/or ice to name some. Further assisting with accelerating, decelerating, turning, and/or stopping of a person(s) and/or vehicle(s); yet further compatible in/or on water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Jean Brault
  • Patent number: 8302331
    Abstract: The snowshoe has a hinge member for mounting a harness to the snowshoe's frame, the hinge member having a rigid pivot rod for extending between first and second side segments of the frame and comprising opposite first and second end portions, the pivot rod for pivotally receiving the harness. The hinge member also includes a first rigid rod attachment mount having a first frame socket for pivotal attachment to the frame first side segment so as to be pivotable about the frame first side segment, and a first rod socket wherein the rigid pivot rod first end portion is pivotally mounted, the first rod socket being spaced apart from the first frame socket so as to allow the pivot rod to pivot about an axis which is generally parallel to and spaced from the first frame socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Faber & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Faber, Richard Faber
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120030968
    Abstract: A snowshoe comprising a frame, a plate, a first pivot linkage of transverse axis being laid out between the front portion of the plate and the front portion of the frame, and a cleat [pivotally mounted with the back portion of the frame by means of a second pivot linkage of transverse axis. The cleat comprises at least one transverse axial portion extended with a cylindrical portion and the frame comprises at least one transverse bored portion for receiving the cylindrical portion. Position holding means are laid out between the frame and the axial portion on the cleat so that said cleat may be at least held in an abutment position under the back portion of the plate and be retracted upon imposed initiation of pivoting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Rodolphe Emond, Alexandre Souillard, Joël Bourdeau
  • 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
  • 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: 7930842
    Abstract: Provided is a snowshoe with crampons, whose portion equipped with the crampons can be removed from a snowshoe body, and that is compactly portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Mont-Bell Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isamu Tatsuno
  • 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: 20100307029
    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: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Easton Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Chartrand, Teddy D. Palomaki, Gregory J. Easton
  • Patent number: 7793439
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Easton Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Chartrand, Teddy D. Palomaki, Gregory J. Easton
  • Publication number: 20100132225
    Abstract: A molded plastic snowshoe of the type with a boot binding permitting pivoting in the pitch direction has a boot heel contact area formed of a flexible material. This provides for a soft strike as the boot comes in contact with the snowshoe deck in each step, eliminating the noise that usually accompanies the heel strike on a hard deck, and also increases comfort in use of the snowshoe, with the hard strike feel eliminated. Another advantage is that with a cleat mounted at the bottom of the soft section of decking the snowshoe adapts better to irregularities of terrain since the heel cleat is essentially suspended relative to the stiffer molded portions of the snowshoe. The flexibly suspended heel cleat can be pushed down to engage with snow or ice despite the irregular surface of the terrain and the rigidness of the snowshoe deck surrounding the cleat area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Chris Barchet, Dodd Grande, Rachel Lin, Mark S. Williams, Scott Youmans
  • 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: 7707749
    Abstract: A modular snow travel system for common footwear includes a first traction component which may be an overboot. The first traction component includes at least one traction cleat having latch, such as an exposed hook portion, for engagement with a snowdeck. The engagement is effected by a releasable locking mechanism on the snowdeck. The releasable locking mechanism includes a transversely movable slider and a longitudinally movable slider having contacting cam faces. The lateral position of the transverse slider determines the longitudinal position of the longitudinal slider so that the longitudinal slider could be moved longitudinally to and from a position where a catch on the longitudinal slider is engaged in the hook portion or is disengaged from the latch of the traction cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Kahtoola, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel G. Giovale, William J. Perkins
  • 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
  • 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: 7555852
    Abstract: A binding for a snowshoe has an injection molded base or footbed with integral control wings for cradling the shoe generally as in U.S. Pat. No. 5,259,128. The base preferably has toe stops at the forward end, positioned asymmetrically on the base to better individually contour to the left shoe and the right shoe. At the inner side of the foot the toe stop is farther forward. The lower end of the arch side control wing is positioned to cradle the shoe arch while the outer side control wing is at an offset position to engage an aft area of the shoe. Also, the width of the binding can be adjustable at the arch. These features provide a better connection of the snowshoe to the shoe, greater stability in use of the snowshoe and greater comfort to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel T. Emerson
  • Patent number: 7497034
    Abstract: A binding for a snowshoe has, in several different embodiments, a pair of straps to draw the binding tight over a user's boot, the two straps reversing direction at side loop points and being secured to a pair of buckles on a floating tongue at the top of the binding, generally over the ball area of the foot. In one form the straps are anchored at toe points on the binding and extend back in a crossing, X configuration, as in U.S. Pat. No. 6,814,360. In another form the straps are shorter and do not cross, the forward ends being replaced with toe-cradling strap-like members that extend up and back and come together at a pivot connection with a tongue, in this case a shorter tongue, to which the two buckles are connected. The binding tends to open with release of the straps. In a third form the tongue is a larger, padded X-shaped flexible member under which the boot is slid to engage the binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel T. Emerson, Rudy Lucas Samuels
  • Publication number: 20090007456
    Abstract: A snowshoe accessory is provided. The snowshoe accessory can be purchased at low cost as an after-market device and be installed easily by the purchaser on his/her own snowshoes for upgrading them or snowshoes can also be purchased along with the snowshoe accessory already installed. The snowshoe accessory is to be installed on snowshoes having a tubular outside frame to provide lateral longitudinal crampons for preventing side-sliding. Lateral longitudinal crampons are disposed in a region proximate to the portion of the snowshoe where the weight of the snowshoer is applied—i.e., near the foot pivot system and the heel stand—and penetrate in the snow to efficiently prevent side-sliding when snowshoeing on a tilted snow surface for example and to provide additional traction. A snowshoe accessory without crampon can also be provided to provide spacing between the tubular frame and the ground in order to prevent early wear out of the pivot strap or the deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Louis GARNEAU
  • 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
  • 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: 20080172908
    Abstract: Provided is a snowshoe with crampons, whose portion equipped with the crampons can be removed from a snowshoe body, and that is compactly portable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Isamu Tatsuno
  • Publication number: 20080141564
    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: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory Vinton Matthews, Francis E. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 7194825
    Abstract: The snowshoe includes an opened U-shaped frame supporting a semi-rigid decking having a toe hole and a harness pivotally attached to the decking near the toe hole. The absence of a rear tail portion on the frame forms a gap that helps prevent the dragging effect of the snowshoe while it trails on the ground during gait. Also, the harness is pivotally attached to the decking by means of a harness attachment that includes an anti-torsion shoulder that will abut on the edge of the decking in the toe hole, to prevent the harness from rotating about an axis that is transversal to the decking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Faber & Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Faber, Richard Faber
  • 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: 20040150213
    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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: David J. Dodge
  • Patent number: 6694645
    Abstract: A binding for a snowshoe has a base secured to a footbed connected to the snowshoe frame, and a tongue piece above the footbed, connected at front to the footbed in a flexible hinge and positioned to engage the top of a user's boot, from the toe to the arch. At each side of the binding, between the tongue piece and the footpad, lacing extends in zig-zag configuration from the front to the back of the binding, passing through lacing eyes and slidable through the eyes with relatively low friction, for drawing the tongue piece down onto the boot. At the back of the binding, a heel strap is positioned to extend around the heel of the foot, and this heel strap is connected to the lacing at both sides, such that when the heel strap is tightened via slip-through type adjustment buckles, this pulls on the lacing to tighten the lacing at both sides and snug the tongue piece down against the boot, firmly engaging the boot in the binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Winterquest LLC
    Inventors: Nathan J. Messmer, Charles Bentley Warner, Deirdre O'Mara, Luca Innocente, Franco Bastasin, Giancarlo Pozzobon
  • Patent number: 6694646
    Abstract: A harness for a snowshoe has straps, buckles and strap slip connections configured such that a single pull will snug the harness down to the boot, both at the toe and at the top of the arch, firmly engaging over the shoe or boot. The straps, which may be formed as a single strap, extend up from one side of the toe end of a footbed secured to the snowshoe, and pass through loops and buckles of the harness assembly in such a way that the ends of the straps, or a loop of the single strap can be pulled from between the buckles to tighten the harness at toe and arch areas simultaneously. Mechanical advantage preferably is provided at the toe end, by the strap looping back once before it reaches the buckle. The strap or straps are arranged and connected such that a flexible harness shell that extends up from one side of the footbed “floats” in position, accommodating a wide range of shoe or boot sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Winterquest LLC
    Inventors: Nathan J. Messmer, Dierdre O'Mara
  • Publication number: 20030126766
    Abstract: A harness for a snowshoe has straps, buckles and strap slip connections configured such that a single pull will snug the harness down to the boot, both at the toe and at the top of the arch, firmly engaging over the shoe or boot. The straps, which may be formed as a single strap, extend up from one side of the toe end of a footbed secured to the snowshoe, and pass through loops and buckles of the harness assembly in such a way that the ends of the straps, or a loop of the single strap can be pulled from between the buckles to tighten the harness at toe and arch areas simultaneously. Mechanical advantage preferably is provided at the toe end, by the strap looping back once before it reaches the buckle. The strap or straps are arranged and connected such that a flexible harness shell that extends up from one side of the footbed “floats” in position, accommodating a wide range of shoe or boot sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Nathan J. Messmer, Deirdre O'Mara
  • Publication number: 20030126765
    Abstract: A binding for a snowshoe has a base secured to a footbed connected to the snowshoe frame, and a tongue piece above the footbed, connected at front to the footbed in a flexible hinge and positioned to engage the top of a user's boot, from the toe to the arch. At each side of the binding, between the tongue piece and the footpad, lacing extends in zig-zag configuration from the front to the back of the binding, passing through lacing eyes and slidable through the eyes with relatively low friction, for drawing the tongue piece down onto the boot. At the back of the binding, a heel strap is positioned to extend around the heel of the foot, and this heel strap is connected to the lacing at both sides, such that when the heel strap is tightened via slip-through type adjustment buckles, this pulls on the lacing to tighten the lacing at both sides and snug the tongue piece down against the boot, firmly engaging the boot in the binding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Nathan J. Messmer, Charles Bentley Warner, Deirdre O'Mara, Luca Innocente, Franco Bastasin, Giancarlo Pozzobon
  • Publication number: 20030101622
    Abstract: A snowshoe comprising a deck having an upper surface and a bottom surface, the deck being longer than it is wide, and defining a longitudinal travel direction along its length; a boot binding mounted to the deck to hold a boot such that the boot can pivot in its toe area about a pivot axis that is above the deck and transverse to the longitudinal travel direction, to allow the heel to come off the upper surface of the deck while maintaining the toe above or on the deck upper surface; and one or more rails projecting from the bottom surface of the deck and extending along the travel direction, to stabilize the showshoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Eric Darnell
  • Publication number: 20030101623
    Abstract: A snowshoe having a floatation structure and a binding configured to secure a wearer's foot to the snowshoe. The floatation structure is adapted to distribute the weight of the wearer over an area larger than the wearer's foot. The snowshoe may include a pivot adjuster secured to the snowshoe and configured to enable selective adjustment of pivotal movement occurring between the binding and the floatation structure. The pivot adjuster typically is configured to enable operation by the wearer while wearing the snowshoe. Additionally, or alternatively, the snowshoe may include a pivot limiter configured to enable selective adjustment of a permitted range of pivoting between the binding and floatation structure. In addition to or instead of these features, the snowshoe may include an extension configured for selective attachment to the floatation structure so as to permit selective variation of the area over which weight is distributed by the snowshoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph J. Settelmayer
  • Publication number: 20030061740
    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: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Applicant: Winter Quest LLC
    Inventor: David J. Dodge
  • Patent number: 6505423
    Abstract: An improved snowshoe includes a frame at least partially covered by a membrane, a front claw, and biased mounting means for pivotally attaching the front claw to the frame at an offset relative to a neutral frame plane. The biased mounting permits the user's foot to pivot the front claw downward increasing friction with the underlying terrain, but also urges the snowshoe to pivot toward an angle restoring the offset when the snowshoe is lifted. This results in the back of the snowshoe being urged downward, minimizing snow throwing by the snowshoe back, without producing dragging. At the same time, the front of the snowshoe is urged upward, tending not to trip the user. The biased mounting preferably includes at least one resilient strap attached to the frame and, at the strap center, to the front claw. The preferred embodiment includes a rear cleat mounted to the upper membrane surface, and including at least one wall projecting downward through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Tubbs Snowshoe Company
    Inventors: Perry A. Klebahn, James D. Klingbeil
  • Patent number: 6453581
    Abstract: A snowshoe crampon system has toe and heel crampons which are fabricated from strong, hard abrasion resistant material such as stainless steel, titanium, or tool steel, the toe crampon having a depending formed skirt and a trio of tooth pairs depending angularly therefrom, namely: a pair of forward climbing teeth, a pair of lateral traction teeth and a pair of rear braking teeth, each tooth of each pair having an outwardly curved, convex, crowned outer face which Is grooved to form a gusset, each tooth pair being disposed at such an angle as to contribute to the traction provided by the other two pair; the heel crampon having two pair of teeth, namely: a pair of lateral traction teeth and a pair of rear braking teeth, the pair of lateral traction teeth being disposed on a plane parallel to the direction of snowshoe travel and the pair of rear braking teeth being disposed at an angle relative to the direction of snowshoe travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Tubbs Snowshoe Company, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Kiniry, Francis E. Mahoney
  • Publication number: 20020104235
    Abstract: An improved binding for use with snowshoes and like sport apparatus is disclosed which employs a novel mounting arrangement similar to the calcanean wrapping technique used by athletic trainers to wrap the ankles of athletes, thereby resulting in an ambidextrous binding which comfortably and securely fits a wide variety of sizes of feet in an ergonomic manner while enhancing the performance of both the binding and the snowshoe to which it is attached. The binding has left and right side members pivotally mounted on a base member between the front and an intermediate longitudinal position thereupon, and left and right calcanean wrap members pivotally mounted on the base member near the rear thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Terrence K. Mahon, Daniel A. Matre
  • Publication number: 20020083624
    Abstract: A plastic showshoe having a lengthwise center frame. The frame forms a semicircular opening to accommodate for the downward pivoting of the forward portion of the binding and boot. Integrated with and laterally extending on both sides of the lengthwise center frame is a weight distribution member having increased upward flexibility toward the edges. On each side of the frame it is independently flexible in order to stabilize the snowshoe in a horizontal position when stepping down, thereby supporting the balance of the snowshoer. The frame is positioned above the weight distribution member in front of and behind the binding and under the weight distribution member opposite the binding. Traction is provided by the portion of the frame positioned under the weight distribution member and by the metal cleat and numerous traction lugs on the underside of the weight distribution member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: Toby Lansel
  • Patent number: 6401367
    Abstract: A load-bearing apparatus including a raised front portion, the so-called shovel, that maintains the direction of the apparatus while allowing gliding. The lower surface of the shovel includes a protuberance that is oriented substantially along a longitudinal axis. The protuberance is connected to one of the edges of the shovel by a gliding surface that has a substantially continuous slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Lancon
  • Patent number: 6385865
    Abstract: Mountain-climbing shoes with a non skid instrument are constructed in such a way that two through-holes are formed in the width of the back base of each shoe. Combination holes for setting plates are positioned in both apertures of the through-hole. A screw rod and a fixation rod are provided. A skid prevention part is hinge-combined so as to be supported by the setting plates and is rotatable centering around a rotary shaft pin. An elastic plate having a prolonged hole is fixed onto one side face of the skid prevention part. A fixation body is set on the elastic plate so that the fixation body is movable along the elastic plate. A flute is formed on both side faces of the fixation body and is combined with a protrusion. The fixation pin is inserted into and is fixed to a combination groove or a release groove formed in a righted-angle flute shape on both sides of the setting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventors: Soon Sik Jang, Min Jang
  • Patent number: 6374518
    Abstract: Crampon and snowshoe combinations are disclosed, wherein the crampon or terrain-engaging cleat can be a traditional ice crampon used on a rigid and essentially unbending boot, or a soft boot cleat which engages only the front portion of the boot, forward of the heel, permitting boot flexing. The snowshoe has in a toe or ball area a registry plate configured to engage with the crampon, preferably between depending teeth or other structure of the crampon, and preferably with a self-centering feature as the crampon is lowered down onto the registry plate. Once the cleat or crampon is fully engaged down against the plate, it is substantially locked in position against relative shifting or rotation, and lifting of the boot off the back of the crampon is restricted by clips or straps, preferably flexible straps extending up from the registry plate and securable to brackets or hooks on the crampon device. Specific configurations of cleats or crampons are also disclosed, for use with or without snowshoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Tubbs Snowshoe Company LLC
    Inventor: Charles Bently Warner
  • Patent number: 6367173
    Abstract: A connecting interface device adapted to be fixed on a boot and mounted pivotally on a sports apparatus which procures rear retention when climbing. The device includes a plate to which a boot is fixed, which is pivotally mounted on an axle in relation to the sports apparatus. This device also includes a base plate that is pivotally mounted in relation to the plate about an axis. This base plate is arranged beneath the plate and includes a housing for receiving a climbing wedge that is mounted so as to be inserted between the plate and the base plate. This device finds an application in particular in snowshoes and cross country skis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Lancon