Imported: 13 Feb '17 | Published: 30 Jan '07
USPTO - Utility Patents
Adjustable support apparatus between a boot and a snowboard, comprising in combination a lower support plate connectible to a snowboard, an upper plate carried by the lower plate to be rotatable about a main upright axis, the upper plate connectible to a boot, a retainer connected to the support plate and holding the upper plate in position for rotation, about the axis, and an adjustable holder carried by one of the plates to project upwardly relative to the retainer, the holder having different positions of selectable connection to the other of the plates about the axis.
This invention relates generally to adjustable support apparatus to be located between a snowboard and a user's boot, and particularly for accommodating rotation of the boot relative to the snowboard while the boot is held attached to the snowboard.
There is need for improvements in such adjustable apparatus providing reliability, compactness, and ease of rotary adjustment, for example while a snowboarder is on a lift.
It is a major object of the invention to provide improved apparatus meeting the above need. Basically, the preferred apparatus of the invention comprises:
a) a lower support plate connectible to a snowboard,
b) an upper plate carried by the lower plate to be rotatable about a main upright axis, the upper plate connectible to a boot,
c) a retainer connected to the support plate and holding the upper plate in position for rotation, about said axis,
d) an adjustable holder carried by one of said plates to project upwardly relative to the retainer, the holder having different positions of selectable connection to the other of said plates about said axis.
Another object is to provide the retainer in the form of a ring extending about said main axis, the holder projecting upwardly through an opening about which the ring extends, for easy grasping by a user. Typically, the holder projects upwardly between the ring and the main axis, for ease of downward access by the user's hand, for enabling rotary adjustment.
Another object includes provision of an upper plate ledge on which the retainer extends to hold a lower portion of upper plate in a lower plate cavity. The ledge typically extends at least part way about said main axis, and the holder defining an upright axis and being adjustable substantially vertically for positioning in one of multiple selected positions corresponding to selected relative angular rotation of the plates.
A further object includes location of the holder to be carried by the upper plate to rotate with it, and relative to a series of holes in the lower plate into which lower extent of the holder is selectively receivable. In this regard, the upper plate may define boot connection openings, relative to which the holder projects upwardly in offset relation.
Yet another object is interconnection of the retainer ring and lower plate at locations outwardly of the upper plate, with respect to the main axis; and with the retainer ring and ledge both extending annularly about the main axis, thereby adding to compactness.
These and other objects and advantages of the invention, as well as the details of an illustrative embodiment, will be more fully understood from the following specification and drawings, in which:
In FIG. 1 preferred support apparatus 10 incorporating the invention is shown as connected between a lower snowboard 11 and an upper boot binding 12. The binding includes a lower platform 13 attached to the apparatus 10; side uprights 14 between which a boot fits; a forward clevis 15 pivoted at 16 to uprights 14; a rearward clevis 17 pivoted 18 to rearward extents 14a of the uprights; and a rear boot brace 19.
Extending the description to FIGS. 2–7, they show elements of 10, in combination, as follows:
a) lower support plate, as at 21, connectible to the snowboard 11; as via fasteners 54 received in openings 55;
b) an upper plate as at 22, carried by 21 to be rotatable about a main upright axis 23, plate 22 connectible to a user's boot, as via fasteners that fit in openings 24 (see also boot connection structure 24a);
c) a retainer, as for example a ring 25, or section or sections of a ring, connected to support plate 21, as for example via fasteners 26, holding the upper plate in down position for rotation about central axis 23;
d) and an adjustable holder 44 carried by one of the plates, as for example upper plate 22, to project upwardly, relative to the retainer 25, for easy access by the user, the holder having different positions about axis 23 of selectable connection to the other of the two plates, about the axis.
It will be seen that holder accessible positioning, as referred to, is facilitated by projection upwardly through an opening or space about which the ring 25, or part thereof, or part of the retainer, extends, enabling ease of grasping above snow accumulation level on the board 11. See central opening 60, which also allows boot access and connection to plate 22.
Compact assembly of components is furthered by provision of a cavity 30 sunk downwardly in the lower plate 21, for reception of the upper plate 22. That cavity is preferably circular at 30a in outline, as is the periphery 22a of plate 22, whereby the loose interfit of these elements at 30a and 22a facilitates guided rotation of 22 about axis 23.
The upper plate defines a ledge 34 over which the ring extends, as at overhang 25a to retain or hold the lower portion 22b of the upper plate in cavity 30, for guided rotation therein. Ledge 34 extends circularly about, or at least part way about, the main axis 23. Fasteners 26, spaced radially outwardly of the ledge, attach the ring to the lower plate annular upright flange 38, onto which the ring is clamped, at shoulder 38a. FIG. 7 shows a circular series of holes 39 in the ring, and holes 40 in the flange, for reception of the fasteners 26.
The holder 44 is typically carried by the upper plate to rotate therewith about axis 23, and relative to a circular series of holes 45 in the lower plate, into which lowermost extent 46a of holder pin or plunger 46 is selectively receivable. FIG. 5 shows the plunger lowermost extent 46a received in a hole 45 to lock the plate 22 to the plate 21; and FIG. 6 shows plunger lowermost extent 46a elevated out of hole 45, by pulling up on the plunger head 46b, to allow plate 22 adjustable rotation as by the user as he sits on a mountain side lift. Head 46b is positioned well above the plate and ring, for easy access, above snow accumulation level on the plates. Holder structure 47 attaches to plate 22, via thread connection at 48.