US 20070204383 A1
A generally elongated neck scarf-shaped towel having a diagonal strip across one end of the product forming a flattened loop adapted to receive the opposing end of the product.
1: An elongated strip of perspiration-absorbing toweling at least six inches, but not more than ten inches wide, approximately fifty-four to sixty inches in length and having affixed thereto at the longitudinal edges thereof a strap having a width in the range of six to ten inches, said strap affixed to said elongated strip at an angle with said elongated strip of about sixteen to twenty degrees beginning a distance of about six to eight inches from one of the towel-scarf ends, and having an intersection point in the opposite longitudinal edge of said elongated strip beginning a distance in the range of about eight inches to about eleven inches from the same towel-scarf end of said elongated strip.
The benefit of Provisional Patent Application No. 60/775,157 filed Feb. 21, 2006 is claimed.
The invention was not the subject of any federally sponsored research or development.
The present invention is directed to an article of manufacture particularly adapted for use by persons engaged in perspiration-producing activities.
It is a common practice for persons performing perspiration-inducing activities to drape a towel around their neck for the absorption of perspiration or to be available when needed to wipe perspiration or other substances from face and hands. Such a practice is particularly prevalent among people who are exercising using exercise machines or other types of exercise equipment or running. Such towels are usually, however, bulky and tend to fall off as the person moves around.
The product of the invention is a generally elongated neck scarf-shaped towel having a diagonal strip across one end of the product forming a flattened loop adapted to receive the opposing end of the product.
The present invention solves the problem normally associated with the use of such towels. As is shown in
A strap or loop (2) is affixed to the front face of the towel-scarf near one end thereof, beginning at a point in a first longitudinal edge (3) of said towel-scarf about six to eight inches from a towel-scarf end (4) and running at an angle up about sixteen to twenty degrees, and preferably about eighteen degrees across said towel-scarf to the second longitudinal edge (5) at an intersection point in the range of about eight inches to about eleven inches, and preferably about nine to nine and one-half inches from the same towel-scarf end (4) as the first measurement was made. The strap is typically three to five inches in width, but is preferably about four inches in width. Straps outside of these ranges have a greater tendency to bunch or to be difficult to utilize under normal conditions.
In order to avoid raveling, the entire perimeter edge of the product is stitched using an overlock stitch. The diagonal cross-strap is simply a fat strip of suitable material, but can be laid onto the product base and stitched in place at the same time that the product's perimeter edges are being stitched so that no separate stitching operation is necessary.
During normal use, the towel-scarf is placed around the neck, i.e., the ends of the towel-scarf are looped around the neck, the end (6) of the towel-scarf that is without the loop is placed through the loop (2) on the other end (4) of the towel-scarf, and the towel ends are then adjusted to be of approximately equal lengths.
Because of the loop and the angle at which it is located, the towel-scarf is secured in place and is unlikely to fall off or become disengaged from the user except when the user intends the towel-scarf to be disengaged. Further, the selected angle and measurements chosen are such that there is an adaptation to the crossing angle of the towel-scarf when it is wrapped around the user's neck, thereby causing the two ends of the towel-scarf to lie in approximately parallel positions without twisting or bunching. This is a very significant aspect of this invention, both for appearance and comfort.
The measurement set forth herein are those generally used for the preferred embodiment of the invention, but it is to be understood that reasonable alterations in these measurements can be made consistent with the intent and purpose of the invention.