US 20060010578 A1
A pocket system or pocket band comprises a basic band made of a flat material on which at least one pocket is disposed, wherein its ends are connected into a closed loop or can be connected into an easily releasable loop whose circumference can be adjustable. The pocket band may, e.g., be worn under and/or over clothing on the abdomen or a limb for conspicuous or inconspicuous transport and carry of a vast variety of objects such as, e.g., cell phones, money, etc.
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This application claims priority of German Application for Utility Model Registration Serial No. 202004011 262.0, filed Jul. 17, 2004, now issued as German Utility Model Registration No. 202004011 262.0 on Dec. 23, 2004, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.
The innovation relates to a pocket band, e.g., a pocket band that may be worn in particular on the body and specifically on the arm or the thigh.
It is the object of the innovation to disclose a pocket band which allows for the easily accessible safekeeping of a variety of objects. To accomplish this object, a pocket band is disclosed.
The pocket system or pocket band according to the invention comprises a basic band made of a flat material on which at least one pocket is disposed, wherein its ends are connected into a closed loop or can be connected into an easily releasable loop. The basic band is thus provided on both ends with means that make possible the releasable connection of these ends, such as, a VelcroŽ closure, a zipper, snap fasteners, hooks and eyes or by tying with at least one string.
The releasable connective means are designed such that the diameter of the loop formed by the basic band is adjustable and thus adaptable to the thighs of the respective wearer.
The pocket band may, e.g., be worn under and/or over clothing on the abdomen or on the arm or thigh and with the correct color design may be a fashionable and, in particular, a useful clothing accessory.
The pocket band according to the innovation in general is particularly suitable for the safe and easily accessible keeping of a vast variety of objects such as, e.g., cell phones, money, etc.
The pocket band is suitable for personal use, e.g., for the safekeeping of a vast variety of objects while swimming, particularly of valuables that thus may be taken along to, e.g., a beach or into the water. In particular, in these cases, at least the pockets of the pocket band are waterproof.
The length of the basic band of the pocket band according to the invention is, e.g., adjustable. The basic band furthermore is elastic in at least a partial area between its two ends to thus provide the best possible fit after fastening the pocket band.
The pocket band is, preferably, washable and, for fashion reasons, or, also to provide an additional safety feature, may be at least partially implemented with reflectors in a manner generally known from fluorescent strips on jackets, back packs etc. Materials suitable for the basic band and/or the storage pockets single or multiple layer flat material are include, e.g., leather, woven fabrics, foils, in particular, also elastic materials such as silicones and other stretch materials.
The storage pockets, e.g., are sealable at their pocket openings, that is, water resistant and preferably absolutely waterproof. For sealing, the storage pockets are, for example, provided with a waterproof zipper or, with a foldable pocket flap that is fixable in its closed position by means of releasable fixing means, e.g.; VelcroŽ closures or snaps.
The pocket band according to the invention is also suitable for other purposes, such as, e.g., for craftsmen for the storage of tools or other utensils.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the inside of the basic band that is next to the user's body when worn is provided with at least one storage pocket where objects may stored in a particular safe manner.
The invention is explained in detail in the following with reference to exemplary embodiments depicted in the drawings.
These and other features and advantages of the present invention will be better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein.
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The flat material used for the band 2 and the pockets 3-5 is an elastic or stretchable material, or the band 2 is designed elastic or stretchable in at least partial areas such that it may be fastened slightly stretched on a thigh 9 or another limb, such as, e.g., an upper arm, etc., in conformity therewith. The pocket band 1 is worn, for example, such that the back side 2.2 is adjacent to the thigh 9 with the pocket 5 located there, whereas pockets 3 and 4 are located on the front side 2.1 facing away from the thigh 9.
The smaller pocket 3 serves, e.g., for the storage of keys 10. The larger pocket 4 may accommodate a cell phone 11, and the pocket provided on the back side 2.2 of the band 2 may accommodate cash in the from of coins 12. Obviously, the pocket band 1 or its pockets 3-5 are also suitable for the storage of other objects.
As mentioned above, the flat material used for the band 2 and possibly also for the pockets 3-5 is elastically shapeable and, for instance, made of an appropriate woven material. Single or multiple layer material, in particular waterproof material, is suitable as a flat material. Furthermore, the possibly exists to make the band 2 and the pockets 3-5 from a different flat material, to make, e.g., the band 2 from a single or multiple layered elastic stretchable material and the pockets 3-5 from a single or multiple layered flat material, etc. The attaching of pockets 3-5 on the band 1 may be realized in a vast variety of manners, such as, e.g., sewing, gluing, welding, etc.
For coarse adjustment of the closed pocket band 1 c, the two strips of eyes 18 and 19 are again provided longitudinally offset relative to each other on the band 2, i.e., as the strip of eyes 18 at the edge of the band and the strip of eyes 19 at a distance from this edge.
In place of the pockets 3, 4 and 5 with zipper 6, in this embodiment, pockets 20, 21 and 22 are provided, i.e., the two pockets 20 and 21 on the front side 2.1 of the band 2 and the pocket 22 on the backside 2.2. The arrangement of the pockets 20-22 on the band 2 corresponds to the arrangement of the pockets 3-5. At least pockets 20 and 21 have a flap 20.1 and 21.1, respectively, for the closing of the pocket opening. The flaps are fixable in their closed position by suitable means, e.g., VelcroŽ closures.
The manufacturing of the respective pocket band 1, 1 a, or 1 c take place, e.g., in that on a strip shaped band material forming the band 2 pulled from a supply, e.g., from a roll, first, pockets 3,4 and 5, or pockets 20,21 and 22 are, for example, sewn or attached by any other suitable means, and, preferably, the connecting means, that is, the elements 7 and 8 of the VelcroŽ closure, the elements 13, 14 and 15 of the zipper, or the elements 17, 18 and 19 of the hook-and-eye closure are likewise attached, e.g., by means of sewing or any other suitable manner, such as, e.g., gluing or welding, even laser welding, and that, subsequently, the band material is separated into the lengths forming the respective band 2.
The invention was described in various exemplary embodiments with reference to the drawings. Obviously, numerous additional changes as well as variations are possible without leaving the inventive idea upon which this invention is based.