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Bifurcated carrier pack for transporting recreational equipment

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

David W. Sagan

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The present invention discloses a bifurcated carrier pack for electively transporting snowboard equipment either in a traditional, back-mounted position or in an unconventional, hip-mounted position. A snowboard may be removably attached to the bifurcated pack while in a back-mounted position for transportation and detachment ease. When the user elects to remove the snowboard from the pack, the bifurcated pack may be easily configured to a hip-mounted position to shift the user's center of gravity from a superior center of gravity to an inferior center of gravity for improving the downhill snowboarding experience. The bifurcated pack comprises a pair of storage compartments, two shoulder straps and an abdominal encircling belt. At the election of the user, the storage compartments may be pivoted about their lower half to achieve either a back-mounted configuration or a hip-mounted configuration. The shoulder straps secure the storage compartments in place while in either configuration.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Other features of our invention will become more evident from a consideration of the following detailed description of my patent drawings, as follows:

FIG. 1 is a perspective sequential view of a user wearing the bifurcated carrier pack with snowboard attached.

FIG. 2 is a back sequential view of a user wearing the bifurcated carrier pack in a first stage of conversion from a back-mounted position to a hip-mounted position.

FIG. 3 is a front sequential view of a user wearing the bifurcated carrier pack in a second stage of conversion from a back-mounted position to a hip-mounted position.

FIG. 4 is a back plan view of the bifurcated carrier pack showing the storage compartments in a pivoted state.

FIG. 5 is a front sequential view of a user wearing the bifurcated carrier pack in a third stage of conversion from a back-mounted position to a hip-mounted position.

FIG. 6 is a front sequential view of a user wearing the bifurcated carrier pack in a fourth stage of conversion from a back-mounted position to a hip-mounted position.

FIG. 7 is a fragmentary front plan view of the bifurcated carrier pack in a hip-mounted position showing one leg of a user in broken lines.

FIG. 8 is a back sequential view of a user wearing the bifurcated carrier pack converted from a back-mounted position to a hip-mounted position with parts broken away to show details of hip-mounted securement.

FIG. 9 is a back plan view of the bifurcated carrier pack.

FIG. 10 is a front plan view of the bifurcated carrier pack.

FIG. 11 is a back plan view of the bifurcated carrier pack in broken lines to emphasize placement of accessory shovel halves in combination with the bifurcated carrier pack.

FIG. 12 is a top plan view of the shovel halves.

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of the shovel halves with parts broken away to show the shovel halves junction.

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a) is an enlarged fragmentary cross-sectional view of the shovel halves junction of FIG. 13 to further show details of communication between the shovel halves junction.

FIG. 14 is a perspective operational view of the joined shovel halves.

Claims

1. A bifurcated carrier pack for electively transporting recreational equipment in a back-mounted position or in a hip-mounted position, the bifurcated carrier pack comprising:

2. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 1 wherein the bifurcated carrier pack further comprises means for removably securing a snowboard in superficial adjacency to the superficial surfaces, the means for securing a snowboard further comprising:

3. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 2 wherein the shoulder straps each further comprise fastening means for releasably attaching the shoulder straps to one another, the fastening means being located intermediate the anterior ends and the posterior ends.

4. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 2 wherein the means for opening and closing each storage compartment further comprises at least one zipper.

5. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 4 wherein each storage compartment further comprises an expansion pocket and an expansion zipper, the expansion zippers enabling the user to increase the volume capacity of the storage compartments when electively unzipped.

6. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 5 wherein each storage compartment further comprises means for removably securing a shovel half to the storage compartment.

7. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 6 wherein the pack further comprises in combination a left shovel half for securement to the left storage compartment and a right shovel half for securement to the right storage compartment, the left and right shovel halves having means for cooperative attachment to one another.

8. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 2, wherein each superior end further comprises a webbing loop adjacent the lateral edge, the shoulder straps having sufficient adjustable length to twice encircle a human leg, the shoulder straps being first wrapped once around a user's legs, fed through the webbing loops and doubled-back around the user's legs, the anterior ends being releasably attached to the inferior fastening means for greater fastening securement of the storage compartments when the user elects the hip-mounted position.

9. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 8, wherein each exterior strap surface further comprises hook and loop fastening means for greater fastening securement of the storage compartments when the user elects the hip-mounted position.

10. A bifurcated carrier pack for electively transporting recreational equipment in a back-mounted position or in a hip-mounted position, the bifurcated carrier pack comprising:

11. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 10 wherein the means for opening and closing each compartment further comprises at least one zipper.

12. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 11 wherein the compartments each further comprise an expansion pocket and an expansion zipper enabling the user to increase the volume capacity of the compartments when electively unzipped.

13. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 12 wherein the compartments each further comprise means for removably securing at least one accessory item to the compartment.

14. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 13 wherein the pack further comprises in combination removably secured accessory items.

15. A bifurcated carrier pack for electively transporting equipment in a back-mounted position or in a hip-mounted position, the bifurcated carrier pack comprising:

16. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 15 wherein the bifurcated carrier pack further comprises means for removably securing bulky equipment to the exterior surfaces of the compartments.

17. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 16 wherein the bifurcated carrier pack further comprises means for removably securing a snowboard to the exterior surfaces of the compartments.

18. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 15 wherein the means for opening and closing each compartment further comprises at least one zipper.

19. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 18 wherein the compartments each further comprise an expansion pocket and an expansion zipper enabling the user to increase the volume capacity of the compartments when electively unzipped.

20. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 15 wherein the compartments each further comprise means for removably securing accessory equipment to the compartment.

21. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 20 wherein the pack further comprises in combination removably secured accessory equipment.

22. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 16 wherein the pack further comprises in combination removably secured bulky equipment, the bulky equipment lying in superficial adjacency to the exterior surfaces of the compartments.

23. The bifurcated carrier pack of claim 17 wherein the pack further comprises in combination a removably secured snowboard, the snowboard extending transversely in superficial adjacency to the exterior surfaces of the compartments.