US 20060261108 A1
A wearable sports wallet comprises a lightweight washable band which may be worn around a wrist or ankle during recreational and athletic activities. The band comprises a compartment for receiving and storing small personal items therein and closure means for securing items within the compartment.
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a band which fastens around a body part;
fastening means on each end of the band for securing the band in place;
the band including a compartment for receiving and storing personal items; and
means for closing the compartment and thereby securing the contents of the compartment.
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This application claims priority of prior provisional Application Ser. No. 60/677,404 filed May 3, 2005, the entire content of which is incorporated herein by reference.
This invention relates generally to sporting apparel, and more particularly to a wearable sports wallet providing a sealable compartment for storage of personal items.
Persons engaging in recreational and athletic activities often need to carry identification, a key, money, and/or other personal items. For example, a jogger or cyclist may carry a house key, a driver's license, and a small amount of money while out jogging or cycling. Similarly, a person working out at a health club may need to carry a locker key or access card while working out. In addition to sporting activities, persons participating in recreational activities at a park or on a beach often need a place to store and carry personal items. Heretofore the options available for carrying and storing such items include placing the items in a clothing pocket, placing the items in a belt-like accessory commonly called a “fanny pack”, placing the items in a container attached to a lanyard and wearing the container around the neck, attaching a container to a piece of sporting equipment, placing the item(s) in a sock, or pinning a key or similar item to an article of clothing.
Each of the aforementioned options has disadvantages. Placing items inside clothing pockets or socks often causes discomfort and can result in loss or displacement of the item. Wearable accessories such as a fanny pack or a lanyard provide more security and cause less discomfort but often contribute undesirable bulk and weight. Containers secured to items other than the athlete or the athlete's clothing such as a bicycle or towel are easily displaced or lost during athletic or recreational activities.
The present invention comprises a wearable sport wallet which overcomes the foregoing and other difficulties which have long since characterized the prior art. In accordance with the broader aspects of the invention, the sports wallet comprises a sealable compartment enclosed in a band which may be worn around a wrist or ankle.
In accordance with more specific aspects of the invention, the sports wallet of the present invention comprises a band fabricated from a lightweight, washable material which may be worn around a wrist or ankle during sports or recreational activities. Fasteners located on each end of the band secure the band in place around either the wrist or ankle. A pocket compartment located near the center of the band provides storage and security for small personal items such as a key or money. A zipper or other closure seals the compartment preventing items from being lost or displaced once secured therein. The band is worn around a wrist or ankle, eliminating the need to carry or wear any additional containers for securing small items.
The sports wallet of the present invention may also comprise additional features and accessories such as a timepiece secured on the outside of the band and the like. An additional closure means may also be provided as a safety latch thereby preventing the wallet from being disengaged from a wearer's arm or ankle in the event that the if the primary fasteners are unintentionally disengaged. The additional closure means may also be used in lieu of the primary fastenings means.
A more complete understanding of the present invention may be had by reference to the following Detailed Description when taken in connection with the accompanying Drawings, wherein:
Referring now to the Drawings, and particularly to
The wallet 10 comprises a band 16 which wraps around the wrist 12 or ankle 14 and secures together at each end by fasteners 18 located on opposite sides of the ends thereof. The band includes a pocket compartment 20. Items are placed inside the compartment 20 which comprises a closure mechanism 22 thereby keeping the enclosed items secure. The closure mechanism 22 may be a zipper as shown in
The band 16 is shown constructed from two pieces of material sewn together along the edges thereof. Alternatively, the band 16 may be constructed using one solid piece of material folded over and sewn together along each edge thereof. The band 16 may fabricated from a lightweight, machine washable textile such as nylon, cotton, or other textile material known to those skilled in the art of manufacturing athletic apparel.
Alternative to the sports wallet 10 comprising both the fasteners 18 and either the safety latch 40 or the alternative safety latch 50 as shown in
The sports wallet of the present invention has been illustrated with one compartment incorporated therein. The sports wallet of the present invention may also be configured to comprise multiple compartments. The sports wallet may also be configured to incorporate other accessories such as a small light source or radio and ornaments such as a logo or other similar ornamentation.
Although preferred embodiments of the invention have been illustrated in the accompanying Drawings and described in the foregoing Detailed Description, it will be understood that the invention is not limited to the embodiments disclosed, but is capable of numerous rearrangements, modifications, and substitutions of parts and elements without departing from the spirit of the invention.