US 20090293167 A1
This invention relates to yoga pants with built in strategically positioned pads to protect the knees while practicing yoga postures (positions) that require knee to floor contact. The original invention is designed to facilitate comfort, warmth and ease of movement during yoga practice. Other utilities apply.
1. A garment, specifically a yoga pant with built in padded knees, which is breathable, flexible, washable and comfortable. My invention is a yoga pant with perforated neoprene kneepads that are first covered in nylon, then covered in 2 layers of 4 way stretch fabric. The 2 layers of fabric are then sewn together encasing the perforated neoprene inside what is referred to as “the pillow case.” This “pillow case” is then strategically positioned to the underside (inside) of the front leg panel and flatlock stitch sewn into place. The kneepad pillowcase is strategically positioned to cover the kneecap as well as several inches above the knee several inches below the knee. The actual dimensions of the kneepad panel will vary depending upon the size of the actual garment. XS, SM, M, LG and XLG. The intention is to make available yoga pants with kneepads for people of all shapes and sizes, since people of all shapes and sizes practice yoga.
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There are various styles of sport activity garments which provide padding to protect the hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chest, while participating in ice skating, skiing, motor cross and motor racing, horseback riding, baseball, soccer and football. All of these garments are designed to worn while participating in rugged outdoor activity. Most of these garments utilize open cell foam, or a jell like substance, or plastic, which is not washable and is not built in.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,700,407 Oct. 20, 1987—Protective Garment for motor cross and motor racing. This garment protects the hips, thighs and kidneys. Pads made of soft plastic, layered fabric.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,580,297 Apr. 8, 1986—Ski Pants with elastic knee and shin guards.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,050,052 Oct. 1, 1991—Protective Ice skating outfit with removable pads.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,072,454 Dec.17 1991 Garment with appendage portions having extensible flexible joints.
Protective garment specific to fire fighters.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,551,082 Sep. 3, 1996 Protective athletic pants provide gel ribs to protect wearer from injury to hips, thighs and buttocks, for a variety of outdoor activities.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,532,599 B1, Mar. 18, 2003 Athletic shorts with removable hip, thigh and tailbone pads.
U.S. Pat. No. 7,062,789 B1 Jun. 20, 2006 Outdoor winter sports apparel, with pads to protect buttocks, hips, and knees. Pads are bulky and removable and vague with regard to specific placement of pads and use of material for padding is also vague.
While all of these inventions provide padding to protect various areas of the body during physical activity, all of these garments pertain to rugged activity. Yoga is a completely different form of exercise. While it can be vigorous depending on the style of yoga, it is a sport that requires fluidity of motion. The clothing that an individual wears during yoga practice should enable the wearer to move with ease, not inhibit one's movements in any way. Not one of these inventions addresses the needs that are relevant to yoga, therefore none of these garments are suitable for yoga practice.
My invention calls for closed cell foam, specifically perforated neoprene which is backed (covered) on both sides with nylon fabric. The nylon backed perforated neoprene is cut into an elongated shaped rectangle and sewn inbetween two layers of light weight 4 way stretch fabric, (like a pillow case.) The pillowcase is sewn through all 3 layers, with flatlock stitching to provide comfort and stability. As a built in feature, the kneepad panel is breathable, fully washable, flexible and compatible with the yoga pants. The construction of the panel fully integrates the kneepad panel into the underside of the garment, uniting the kneepad with the garment, in this case, yoga pants.
This pillow encased perforated neoprene is then sewn into the underside (inside) of the front leg pant panel with flatlock stitching all the way around the kneepad. The kneepad is elongated to cover and protect the kneecap. Additionally the kneepad extends 2˝ inches above the kneecap and 2˝ inches below the kneecap. The dimensions of the actual knee panels are calibrated for size adjustments according to industry sizing standards, ie: XS, SM, M, LG, XLG. The length of the pad will vary depending on the actual size of the yoga pants.
What is visible are the inner 19 and outer 20 seams, the knee pad panels 21, 22 which are sewn into the side seams and top and bottom seams 23, 24 of the front leg panel, and the knee to floor contact 25 which is protected by the built in knee pads
Meryl, cotton/bamboo etc. The fabric is stitched along the edge of the perforated neoprene, 31,32,33,34, creating a “pillow case” for the kneepad. This “pillow case is then strategically positioned and sewn using flatlock stitching into the inside of the front leg panel within the knee zone.
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