Abstract: A sleeping bag formed with an outer case having an exposed surface and a coextensive tensive liner having an exposed surface, the case and liner being secured together along their edges to form a pad which may be folded in half and releasably secured along the bottom and side of the pad opposite the fold. The exposed surface of the liner bears indicia representing a selected game board or field and the exposed surface of the outer case carries a design whose motif is suggestive of the activity surface which becomes visible when the bag is unfolded.
Abstract: A resting mat for use by children which can be rolled up for storage and has a quilted blanket and a pillow pocket attached thereto. In addition, a foam pad, sheathed by a nylon slip cover, is inserted into a body of a casing, and a pillow is inserted into the pillow pocket.
Abstract: A sleeping bag formed with an outer case having an exposed surface and a coextensive liner having an exposed surface, the case and liner being secured together along their edges to form a pad which may be folded in half and releasably secured along the bottom and side of the pad opposite the fold. The exposed surface of the liner bears indicia representing a selected activity surface and the exposed surface of the outer case carries a design whose motif is suggestive of the activity surface which becomes visible when the bag is unfolded.
Abstract: A bedding apparatus includes a top cover for a mattress that is removably securable to a mattress band. The mattress band is, in turn, removably securable to the mattress without physical connection. The connections between the top cover and the mattress band may be zippers that allow them to be connected along three sides. The zipper portions on the mattress band and the top cover are complementary, allowing the two components to be zipped together. The two zipper portions on the top cover are also complementary with each other, allowing the top cover to be zipped together into a self-contained sleeping enclosure. The mattress band may encircle the mattress, and can be mounted over an underlying mattress covering, such as a sheet. When the top cover is secured to the mattress band, and there is no person located between the top cover and the mattress, the top cover drapes over the sides of the mattress to a vertical position lower than that of the securing connections between the top cover and the mattress.
Abstract: A nap-sac carrying pouch and child sleeping system including a base blanket in a generally rectangular configuration having a length and a width. A cover blanket is in a generally rectangular configuration and has a length and width essentially equal to that of the base blanket. A carrying pouch is formed of two rectangular sections. One of the rectangular sections is coextensive with the upper central section of the base blanket. The carrying pouch is adapted to receive the base and cover blankets when folded in equal sections along its length and is adapted to receive the base blanket and cover blanket when its lateral sides are folded over. The two rectangular sections of the carrying pouch are coupled along a bottom edge and two parallel side edges. An open top edge receives the folded base blanket and cover blanket. The bottom edge and side edge of the carrying pouch are coupled to a central extent of the upper edge of the base blanket.
Abstract: A compressible stuff sack is disclosed, designed to be relatively easy to use and inexpensive to manufacture. The stuff sack includes a body made of flexible material with a main opening. A hands-free, one-way valve is provided on the sack which enables excess air to automatically escape from the sack when the sack is compressed. In one embodiment, the body is cylindrically-shaped and made of waterproof material. Attached to one end of the body is a bottom cap including an end plate with surrounding compression rings which are simultaneously welded over an opened end of the body. The opposite end of the body is opened and covered with a removable top cap. Four, spaced-apart compression straps are aligned longitudinally over the outside surface of the body and attached to the bottom and top caps. When the compression straps are shortened, the bottom and top caps are squeezed together to reduce the overall length of the sack and to compress the cargo.
Abstract: An adjustable length sleeping bag suitable for use by persons of different height. The bag includes an elongate insulated shell having a longitudinal axis, an outer surface, a foot end and a head end. A fastening system on the outer surface of the shell comprises one or more first fastener elements disposed around the shell generally transverse with respect to the longitudinal axis, and one or more second fastener elements disposed around the shell generally transverse with respect to the longitudinal axis at a location spaced longitudinally from said one or more first fastener elements. The first fastener elements are selectively engageable with the second fastener elements to reduce the length of the shell to accommodate a person of lesser height, and are selectively disengageable to increase the length of the shell to accommodate a person of greater height.
February 5, 1999
Date of Patent:
June 13, 2000
American Recreation Products, Inc.
Sharon K. Leeper, Rebecca S. Aulgur, Sheryl D. Schaefer
Abstract: The coatbag is a convertible, combination garment/equipment for camping and recreational use during winter activities. The coatbag transforms from a coat and backpack into a sleeping bag. The resulting one-piece unit is highly creature resistant. It is designed such that any and all accessories can be worn or transported within the coatbag.
July 16, 1998
Date of Patent:
May 16, 2000
Benjamin Rudolph, Amos Lee Rudolph, Jamie Arnes Rudolph
Abstract: A baby bunting which enables a shoulder harness to be fit snug against the infant's clothing to thereby hold the infant securely in the infant carrier, without having to remove the infant from the bunting, wherein the bunting has a contoured shape which enables the shoulder harness to fit closely on top of the infant's shoulders, and has a drawstring through an integral hood of the bunting which draws the hood around the infant's face so as to fit snugly while preventing the drawstring from getting near to the infant's mouth.
Abstract: A sleeping bag (11) design for providing adjustability of the inner volume and outer exposed surface area of the bag comprises sheathed drawcords (14), preferably elastic, attached only to the top or upper portion of the bag and secured by cord locks (16) A user of the bag can tighten the drawcords during cold weather, thereby providing a warmer bag by reducing the inner volume and the exposed outer surface area of the bag without reducing the thermal protection provided to the lower portion of the bag by an underlying flat insulated pad, as would be the case with drawcords fully encircling the bag. During warmer weather, the user can relax the drawcord adjustment, thereby providing the user with more freedom of movement. Thus a considerably more versatile sleeping bag is provided--that can be adjusted to provide more warmth during cold weather or more freedom of movement during warmer weather.
Abstract: A body-conforming, securing wrapping article for infants comprises a generally T-shaped piece of fabric material having a securing central, infant-receiving portion with sidewardly-extending right-hand and left-hand wrapping flaps, a securing downwardly-extending lower wrapping flap, and an infant headrest region extending upwardly in the plane of the securing central portion, at least part of the securing central portion being formed having a plurality of spaced apart elastically gathered transverse regions and including mating hook and loop strips on the right-hand and left-hand flaps for maintaining the flaps in a folded condition over the folded up securing lower flap to enclose and conform to an infant received on the securing central portion of the article.
Abstract: A zipperless sleeping bag with a foldable flap for extra warmth and a method for making the same is provided. The sleeping bag consists of a substrate comprising three portions, a body portion, a first cover portion and a second cover portion each of which is characterized by a longitudinal and lateral length, the three portions having substantially equally lateral lengths. The first cover portion is folded over the body portion and fastened thereto along the bottom and at least a part of the side edge of the portions. At least a part of the second cover portion is folded over the first cover portion and body portion. The second cover portion serves either as a foldable flap which can be folded over the first cover portion to provide extra warmth or as the primary cover in more temperate sleeping conditions.
Abstract: A new convertible sleeping bag for allowing extra insulation to be added for providing added warmth and comfort. The inventive device includes an enclosure comprising a front panel and a rear panel. The front panel and the rear panel are affixed together along a first side edge and a bottom edge and a lower segment of a second side thereof with an upper segment of the second side edge and a top edge of the panels coupled together by a zipper. An interior pocket is secured to an interior surface of the rear panel of the enclosure. The interior pocket has an open upper end for receiving insulating material therein.
Abstract: A sleeping bag extension panel (10) attaches to a sleeping bag (12) that contains a head end (20), a foot end (22), and a longitudinally disposed opening (24) that extends a portion of the longitudinal length of the sleeping bag, from the head end to a transitional connection point. The longitudinal opening of the sleeping bag has first and second opening edges (28) and (30) to which first and second edge fasteners (32) and (34) are attached. The extension panel consists of a head end (40) and a transitional narrow end (42) that are joined by first and second longitudinal edges (44) and (46). The head end of the extension panel is bounded by a top edge (48) that is wider than the transitional narrow end.
Abstract: A portable bivouac shelter (10) is provided having an end pole (48) retaining on the top sheet (12) through a tunnel (46) for holding the top sheet (12) in a taught and semi-circular configuration. This permits the top sheet (12) to be held away from the bottom sheet (14) in an open configuration for enhanced ventilation. A top pole (54) is also provided across the top sheet 12 near the head end (20). The top pole (54) cooperates with the flexible end pole (48) to form a sloped roof over a user's head and to hold the top and bottom sheets (12) and (14) in a selected degree of an open configuration. Optional mounting snaps (62) in the interior (24) of the enclosure (18) enable a user to reconfigure the opening (26) without leaving the interior (24) of the shelter (10). The shelter (10) thus provides enhanced ventilation while the sloped roof formed by the top pole (54) prevents the entry of precipitation into the enclosure (18). Optional mosquito netting (32) is zippered on the interior of the opening (26).
Abstract: A blanket for snugly engaging the body of a baby. The blanket includes a bottom portion having: a head end, a leg end, a torso section lying between the head end and the leg end, and a pair of arms extending from the opposite sides of the torso section. The arms have releasable fasteners for joining the arms together. A top portion covers the leg end and the torso section of the bottom portion when placed in registration therewith. The top portion has a pair of slots for receiving the arms of the bottom portion so that, when the releasable fasteners are joined together, the top and bottom portions may be secured around a baby.
Abstract: A convertible multi-purpose covering is disclosed being formed of pair of similarly shaped and sized flexible sheets of material having predetermined surfaces and edges positioned in face-to-face relationship at a first location. The sheets are aligned along their edges and connected along the top and side marginal edges leaving the sheets bottom edges open and thereafter turning the connected sheets right-side-out. Insulating filling sufficiently shaped, sized or volumed is inserted through the opening and arranged to evenly fill the space between the connected sheets, with the sheets then being connected along the bottom marginal edges to close the opening forming a comforter body. Two pluralities of fasteners arranged in parallel longitudinal rows are attached to the top surface of the body along the right side edge.
Abstract: A personal shelter, such as a bivouac sack (10), tent or sleeping bag, for extracting internal moisture and venting. The personal shelter includes a top (14), bottom (12) and end (16) piece, and defines a foot end (17) and head end (18) at opposite ends of a longitudinal axis. The personal shelter also includes a first opening (40) at the foot end, a second opening (20) near the head end, and a semi-rigid duct (30) with an inlet end that is approximately colocated with the first opening and an outlet end that is approximately colocated with the second opening. The semi-rigid duct receives outside air through the first end, mixes the received outside air with moist air within the personal shelter, and exhausts the mixed air through the second end.
Abstract: The insulating fiber includes regular synthetic fiber batting which is additionally shaped with ridges and/or peaks to allow the use of the inherent mechanical strength of the fiber to create large or macro-scale pockets of dead air space without a proportional increase in weight.
Abstract: A sleeping bag having multiple sleeping compartments and including a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. A first zipper is used to removably join the first layer to the second layer, defining a first sleeping compartment. A second zipper is used to removably join the second layer to the third layer, defining a second sleeping compartment. Each of the layers provides differing insulation characteristics such that each of the sleeping compartments have different comfort characteristics. The sleeping bag may be flipped over to provide different comfort characteristics in each of the first and second sleeping compartments. An indicator for indicating the comfort characteristic of each particular sleeping compartment is attached to at least one layer, providing a simple method of determining which sleeping compartment is the preferred choice for a given environmental condition. Alternative types and configurations of indicators are also disclosed.
Abstract: A portable outdoor sleeping system is provided which includes a shelter portion, a detachable ground cover sheet, and one or more detachable sleeping bags. Each sleeping bag includes an elongate perimeter flap to which a fastener element is fixed for use in detachable securement of the sleeping bag to a fastener element of a corresponding sleeping bag outline flap. The sleeping bag outline flap defines a predetermined sleeping bag placement position such that other portions of the ground cover sheet may be reserved for a different use. The system also includes an inflatable cushion which has a projecting strip for use in securing the cushion to the floor.
Abstract: A sleeping bag includes batts (17, 18) transversely positioned in a shingle arrangement between outer and inner shells (10, 23). The sleeping bag includes a top flap and a bottom flap (11, 12). The batts in the bottom flap are straight, and overlap enough to provide two layers of insulation. A group of batts (17) in the top flap are curved toward the head end of the sleeping bag, and the remaining batts (18) in the top flap are curved toward the foot end. The batts that are curved in the same direction overlap enough to provide two layers of insulation. Some of the batts that are curved in opposite directions are close enough to overlap in three layers in the upper torso area to provide greater insulation where it is most needed. The curved batts provide a more efficient distribution of insulation, without increasing material weight or manufacturing cost.
Abstract: A low cost disposable sleeping bag for use on a bed or cot or other support. The sleeping bag includes opposing single sheets of nonwoven, soft paper forming an envelope, an apron for writing messages, keeping records, locating advertisements or playable amusement games or other desirable information, and an attached pillow case. The sleeping bag provides a comfortable confined sleeping area with a pillow for the user and prevents the user from coming in bodily contact with the bed, cot or support and provides information relevant to the user.
Abstract: A sleeping bag having a plurality of superposed bags, one within the other, the number of superposed bags depending on the degree of thermal protection desired. Besides having an opening to expose a user's face, each bag has an open side, closable by a slide fastener, to facilitate entering or exiting the sleeping bag. Disposed along and proximate both sides of the slide fastener of each bag are two rows of non-slide-type fasteners having top and bottom engagement surfaces secured to the outer and inner surfaces of each bag. The non-slide-type fasteners can be used either for selectively attaching an inner bag to an outer bag or for closing the open side in the event that the corresponding slide-type fastener fails to operate. A weather-resistant shell may also be selectively attached to the outer bag for additional protection.
Abstract: In a cubic-quilt type feather quilt in which a plurality of compartments are defined by partitioning the interior of the quilt with partition cloths and feathers are filled inside, there is provided a feather quilt which functions to cover up the body, eliminating the possibility that outside air may flow in the bed due to clearances on the body side or when peripheral portions of the quilt are turned up, and thus which offers a comfortable sleep. Among the partition cloths to define the interior of the quilt, which are arranged in the central part of the quilt except at least its peripheral portions, the lateral partition cloths (3) are so formed that both right and left side portions are curved downward and the central part is floated up. Thus, the feather quilt is formed into such a dome shape that the quilt wholly covers up the body during sleep.