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Publication numberUS20080201825 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/711,413
Publication dateAug 28, 2008
Filing dateFeb 22, 2007
Priority dateFeb 22, 2007
Publication number11711413, 711413, US 2008/0201825 A1, US 2008/201825 A1, US 20080201825 A1, US 20080201825A1, US 2008201825 A1, US 2008201825A1, US-A1-20080201825, US-A1-2008201825, US2008/0201825A1, US2008/201825A1, US20080201825 A1, US20080201825A1, US2008201825 A1, US2008201825A1
InventorsLiberty Suechong Chun
Original AssigneeLiberty Suechong Chun
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hat or cap with hair strap
US 20080201825 A1
Abstract
The present invention relates to elastic strap(s) that is integral with a hat or cap that has an opening for long hair to pass through. The strap fashionably secures the hair to hat thereby preventing the hair from contacting the face and neck of the wearer. The hair can be firmly or strongly held to the hat or cap to allow the wearer to engage in strenuous sports activities such as golf and tennis.
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Claims(19)
1. A hat or cap comprising a front and rear portion, said rear portion having an opening sized sufficiently to allow hair of a wearer's head to pass therethrough, at least one elastic strap means having at least one end positioned above said opening for securing wearer's hair, said one end having attach/release means cooperating with cooperating means on said hat or cap to define quick attach/release means to the hat or cap, said strap means further having an end fixed at a separate and discrete position on said hat or cap opposite position of said cooperating means on said hat or cap, said elastic strap means adapted to hold the hair above said opening.
2. The hat or cap of claim 1, wherein said at least one elastic strap means comprises at least two elastic strap means: a first elastic strap means with a first quick attach/release means positioned horizontally above said opening and a second elastic strap means with second quick attach/release means horizontally positioned above said opening.
3. The hat or cap of claim 2, wherein said first elastic strap means has said first quick attach/release means positioned at one end and said second elastic strap means has said second quick attach/release means positioned at an end of said second elastic strap means that is diagonally opposite of said first quick attach/release means.
4. The hat or cap of claim 2, wherein said two elastic strap means are positioned crisscross (“X” pattern) across said rear portion of said hat or cap.
5. The hat or cap of claim 2, wherein said first quick attach/release means is positioned substantially horizontally across from second quick release means.
6. The hat or cap of claim 2, wherein a third elastic strap means with a third quick attach/release means is positioned below lowest end of said first and/or second elastic strap means.
7. The hat or cap of claim 1, wherein said rear portion is provided with an adjustment means for adjusting the size of said hat or cap to accommodate a wearer's head.
8. The hat or cap of claims 1, wherein at least one said elastic strap means further comprises an outer sleeve.
9. The hat or cap of claims 2, wherein at least one said elastic strap means further comprises an outer sleeve.
10. The hat or cap of claims 3, wherein at least one said elastic strap means further comprises an outer sleeve.
11. The hat or cap of claims 4, wherein at least one said elastic strap means further comprises an outer sleeve.
12. The hat or cap of claims 5, wherein at least one said elastic strap means further comprises an outer sleeve.
13. The hat or cap of claims 6, wherein at least one said elastic strap means further comprises an outer sleeve.
14. The hat or cap of claim 8, wherein said sleeve comprises fabric or cloth.
15. The hat or cap of claim 9, wherein said sleeve comprises fabric or cloth.
16. The hat or cap of claim 10, wherein said sleeve comprises fabric or cloth.
17. The hat or cap of claim 11, wherein said sleeve comprises fabric or cloth.
18. The hat or cap of claim 12, wherein said sleeve comprises fabric or cloth.
19. The hat or cap of claim 13, wherein said sleeve comprises fabric or cloth.
Description
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

There are no utility patent applications related to this application.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL SPONSORSHIP

No invention claimed in this application was made under Federally sponsored research or development.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The invention relates to headwear and more particularly to hats or caps having an opening that has an opening that allows passage of a wearer's long hair there through. The invention permits quick securing of a wearer's long hair to the hat or cap away from the wearer's neck. This is accomplished without unwanted snagging or binding of the hair when the hair is secured or released from the hat or cap.

2. Background Art

There have been numerous attempts to devise a hat or cap that accommodates long hair:

U.S. Pat. No. 6,421,838 B1 (Frank) illustrates the use of an elastic band integral with a hat or cap. The band is looped around the hair to hold the hair of the hat or cap wearer. There is no disclosure or suggestion of the elastic strap means having a quick release/attach to the hat or cap feature and of securing the hair to the hat or cap as in the present invention. The present invention does not use an elastic band to loop around the wearer's hair of the type used in this patent.

Japan Publication 08-113813 (Satomi) shows rubber members that are optionally attached to openings in a hat.

Japan Publication 2005-068622 (Yoshiko) shows an elastic mesh structure that covers an opening in a hat that allows long hair to pass through the hat.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,321,854 (Kronenberger) and U.S. Pat. No. 5,875,494 (Garnier et al) show a solution based on the use of a second opening in a cap that is designed specifically for the passage of long hair there through. They do not show or suggest the elastic strap means or the manner by which the hair is secured to the hat or cap of the present invention U.S. Patent Application Publication 2006/0117461 A1 (Kelly) shows a hair accessory piece that is detachably mounted in a cap.

U.S. Design Patents, D405,590 (Bartz) shows a decorative band surrounding the opening in a cap.

U.S. Design Patent D474,576 S, shows a ponytail visor with means to secure the ponytail.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to a hat or cap such as a baseball style cap or cap with a visor having an opening through which long hair of a wearer can pass thorough. The hair is gathered for example in the form of a ponytail and fashionably secured to the cap by elastic strap means provided on the cap. The user extends the elastic strap means over the top of the gathered hair and the strap's loose end is secured to the cap. The hair can thus be firmly and strongly secured to the cap and away from the neck and face of the wearer. This is especially advantageous to individuals engaged in strenuous activities including sports such as golf or tennis where the movement of long hair into the face and neck may pose a nuisance and adversely affect one's game.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective side view showing an embodiment in which a single elastic strap means is used to secure the wearer's hair to the cap.

FIG. 2 is a rear plan view of the elastic strap and cap shown in FIG. 1 embodiment.

FIG. 3 is a rear plan view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 1 with the elastic strap means opened.

FIG. 4 shows a top plan view of the elastic strap means in extended condition.

FIG. 5 shows a bottom plan view of the elastic strap means shown in FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is an enlarged side plan or edge view of the elastic strap shown in FIG. 4.

FIG. 7 shows an embodiment in which two (2) elastic strap means are used on the cap.

FIG. 8 shows an embodiment in which two (2) elastic strap means are arranges in a “X” or cross configuration.

FIG. 9 is an embodiment having three (3) elastic strap means.

FIG. 10 shows sectional view of elastic strap means taken along section 10-10 of FIG. 6.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The hat or cap of the present invention is provided with elastic strap means by which the long hair of the wearer can be secured to the hat or cap away from the neck and face. The elastic strap means in the embodiment shown in drawings is shown to cross over the hair extending out from an opening in the hat or cap thereby firmly holding the hair to the rear panel of the hat or cap. The elastic strap means (13,17,20,23,26,29,32) is comprised of the following elements: a fabric outer cover (12), elastic strip or band (35), quick attach/release section (4,5,15,16,19,22,34,25,30 and 31) that cooperate with cooperating means (7 and 34) fixed on the hat or cap to allow quick attachment and release. The example shown in the drawings is a hook and loop type fastener such as Velcro™. The elastic strap means is fixed to the cap at one end (5,14,18,21,24,27,28 and 33) and forms an integral part of the hat or cap. The elastic strap means is/are positioned above rear opening (10) in the rear portion of the hat or cap (1) through which the gathered long hair exits. The rear opening (10) can be of any shape desired. The hat or cap may have a bill, peak or visor (2) in the front portion and adjustment means (8) for adjusting hat or cap size in the rear portion. The adjustment means (8) can be a strap and buckle configuration (9) as shown in the Figures. However, any known or conventional means for adjusting the hat or cap to fit the wearer's head can be used. The hat or cap may optionally have vent holes (37) and be of gore or panel construction (38).

One of the advantages of the present elastic strap is its property of non-binding to hair. This is due in part to the use of a sleeve which may be of fabric, cloth or cloth-like material (12) that encloses the elastic material or band (35). The length of which is at least long enough to accommodate the stretched out length of the elastic material or band (35) and if desired can be longer to maintain a fashionable gather or bunch-up appearance similar to a scrunchy when the elastic strap means is extended, such embodiment is shown in the drawings. The sleeve imparts a fashionable flair to the hat or cap. It is noted that while FIG. 5 shows a seam (36), the sleeve can be seamless. The sleeve can be of any desired color and may have any texture, or printed, painted or otherwise applied design(s).

The embodiment shown in FIG. 1 employs a single elastic strap means (3) to hold long hair gathered into a ponytail (11) as shown. The elastic strap means is stretched and extended over the ponytail and the quick attach/release section (4) of the strap is attached to the cap, thus holding the ponytail onto the cap.

FIGS. 7, 8 and 9 show embodiments employing 2 or more elastic strap means, which are used when it is desired to hold the hair more firmly to the hat or cap, and/or for thick or very long hair.

FIG. 7 shows a parallel arrangement of the elastic strap means. The quick attach/release sections (15,16) are located diagonally across the cap opening (10) and from one another, like wise for the fixed ends of the elastic strap means.

FIG. 8 shows an “X” or crisscross configuration for two elastic strap means (20,23). The quick attach/release sections (19,22) are positioned on opposite sides above cap opening (10) and horizontally opposite one another.

FIG. 9 shows another embodiment employing three elastic strap means: two in a “X” or cross pattern (26,29) and one elastic strap means horizontally above opening (10) in cap (1).

It is noted in regard to the embodiments shown in FIGS. 7,8 and 9, the placement of quick attach/release section can be varied other than the manner shown, for example, the sections can be located such that the sections are on the same side of the hat, i.e., one above the other. It is further noted that other changes may be made without departing from the spirit, scope and the teaching of the invention.

Referenced by
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US8214928 *Oct 29, 2008Jul 10, 2012Full90 Sports, Inc.Headguard with an eccentric dimple for accommodating the occipital bone
US20130025026 *Jul 29, 2011Jan 31, 2013Andrea Warnick SmithSystem and Method for maintaining a user's hair in at least one ponytail
Classifications
U.S. Classification2/209.13
International ClassificationA42B1/24
Cooperative ClassificationA42B1/225
European ClassificationA42B1/22B