|Publication number||US20110088139 A1|
|Application number||US 12/903,068|
|Publication date||Apr 21, 2011|
|Filing date||Oct 12, 2010|
|Priority date||Oct 16, 2009|
|Also published as||EP2311535A1|
|Publication number||12903068, 903068, US 2011/0088139 A1, US 2011/088139 A1, US 20110088139 A1, US 20110088139A1, US 2011088139 A1, US 2011088139A1, US-A1-20110088139, US-A1-2011088139, US2011/0088139A1, US2011/088139A1, US20110088139 A1, US20110088139A1, US2011088139 A1, US2011088139A1|
|Original Assignee||Travell Geoffrey|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (3), Classifications (9), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority to European patent application no. EP 09173334.5, filed Oct. 16, 2009.
This invention relates to a hand protection system for a glove, particularly but not exclusively for use in sports such as motorcycling.
Most currently available protective gloves for use in motorcycling incorporate protective pads over the region of the main knuckles (where the metacarpal bones connect to the proximal phalanges). These are often rigid and uncomfortable and only provide limited protection at the front of the knuckle, a region particularly prone to impact. Some currently available protective gloves also include protective pads positioned over the proximal and intermediate phalanges bones of at least some of the individual fingers, but provided no protection at the joint between these bones, again a region particularly prone to impact and injury.
US 2006/048259 (EP 1632273) discloses a finger protector for a sports glove, in particular a goalkeeper glove, comprising a plate that is connected in one piece with strips which overlie respective fingers of one hand. Each strip consists of a chain of members and an underlying band. The chain of members are connected in one piece with each other but can be moved relative to each other (towards and away) by virtue of through holes extending transverse to the chain direction. The underlying band has nipples which are pushed into the through holes. Such a finger protector is integrated into that part of a glove associated with the back portion of the user's hand, embedded in a layer of soft foam plastic or foamed textile composite, possibly detachably and interchangeably. The aforesaid chain of members has flexibility but is attached at multiple points to the nipples of the underlying band and the whole protector is mounted into the fabric of the glove with no provision for displacement relative to the glove.
An object of the present invention is to provide an improved hand protection system which allows for protection of the entire fingers, including joints, which are the most vulnerable parts, without compromising the ability of the user to bend and stretch the fingers, thus enabling gripping in the normal manner, and without compromising comfort for the user.
In accordance with a first aspect of the present invention a hand protection system for mounting onto a glove is provided that comprises a plurality of elongate flexible strips, each strip positioned to overlie a respective finger, and each strip having a longitudinal axis between first and second opposing ends, characterized in that each strip has a first end portion serving as sole means of fixedly attaching the strip to the glove and a remaining portion, and in that a plurality of discrete guide structures are provided, adapted for attachment to the glove at a spacing remote from the first end portion of each strip so that the respective strip can extend across, through or into the guide structure and be held in position on the glove in a manner which allows sliding displacement of the remaining portion of the strip along the longitudinal axis of the strip.
In accordance with a second aspect of the present invention a glove on to which such a hand protection system is mounted is provided, the glove having a plurality of elongate flexible strips overlying respective fingers, each strip having a longitudinal axis between first and second opposing ends, characterized in that each strip has a first end portion whereby the strip is fixedly attached to the glove and a remaining portion, extending to the second end, which is free to move relative to the glove and in that a plurality of discrete guide structures are attached to the glove, at least one for each finger, at a spacing remote from the first end portion of each strip such that the strip extends across, through or into the guide structure and is thereby held in position on the glove in a manner which allows sliding displacement of the remaining portion of the strip along the longitudinal axis of the strip.
At present, two basic forms of the guide structures are envisaged. A first version is configured to provide only edge engagement means for slidingly retaining side edges of the respective strip. Such a version is open across the upper surface of the strip. Such a version may comprise a unitary structure having opposing confronting edge engagement means, or may comprise two separate halves which face each other and provide the respective edge engagement means.
A second version is configured to provide a tunnel through which or into which the respective strip extends. Such a version extends completely across the upper surface of the strip. The tunnel provided may be open at each end, in which case the strip may extend right through. Alternatively, the tunnel may be closed at one end so as to form, effectively, a socket for receiving the second end of the respective strip, i.e. into which the second end of the strip will project in use.
The aforesaid flexible strips and guide structures may be provided on the glove as the totality of the hand protection system. However, it is possible, even likely, that an additional protective plate or pad, which may be of entirely conventional form, may be provided in addition to the aforesaid strips and guide structures, said plate being mounted over the knuckle and/or metacarpal region of the hand. Whether or not such an additional plate or pad is provided, the first end portions of the strips may be secured to the fingers either adjacent tips of the fingers with the displaceable remaining portions extending towards the knuckles or adjacent to the knuckles with the displaceable remaining portions extending towards the fingertips, in each case passing across or through or into respective guide structures.
In a development of the present invention a plate mounted or mountable onto the glove over the knuckle and/or metacarpal region of the hand is additionally provided, said plate being configured to provide plural adjacent guide portions for the second ends of the respective strips. Of course, with such an arrangement the first end portions of the strips are secured to the fingers, distally of the plate, adjacent the tips of the fingers, with the displaceable remaining portions of the strips extending towards and into the aforesaid guide portions of the plate. Just as with the discrete guide structures, these guide portions also may provide only edge engagement means for slidingly retaining side edges of the respective strips or alternatively may be configured to provide tunnels into which the respective second ends of the strips project.
Also within the scope of the invention are embodiments where first end portions of the respective strips are permanently connected to a plate, which plate is fixedly mounted or mountable onto the glove over the knuckle and/or metacarpal region. The remaining portions of the strips then extend away from the plate to overlie the fingers and be guided by respective guide structures mounted on those fingers.
Preferably, each strip is formed of a plurality of alternate thicker and thinner regions as provided, for example, by a series of transverse slits along the longitudinal axis of each strip, to enhance the flexibility of the strip.
In preferred embodiments each strip is generally triangular in cross-section with an upstanding apex. This shape provides for strength, flexibility and best impact protection for the underlying delicate finger bones.
The invention will be described further, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
Referring firstly to
Each spine 30 is elongate and accordingly has a longitudinal axis between first and second opposing ends. A portion 32 at the first end provides the sole means of fixing the respective spine 30 to the glove 10, while the remainder of the spine is not fixedly attached but is held in a position to overlie the respective finger of the glove 10. In this embodiment the first end portion 32 of each spine 30 is formed as an enlarged region with a peripheral curving flange 34 adapted for securing to the fabric of the glove 10, for example by adhesive or stitching, and possibly with an intervening layer of fabric. For each spine 30, the respective enlarged spine end region 32 is connected to its finger at a location a short spacing from the fingertip. The spines 30 for overlying the first (index), second, third and fourth fingers have their end regions 32 attached at a position overlying the intermediate phalanges. The three spines 30 overlying the first second and third fingers are of a suitable length to extend from aforesaid connection to the glove to sliding engagement below the upper plate 24, which is mounted over the metacarpal region.
Each spine 30 is generally triangular in cross-section, with an upstanding apex, and is provided with a plurality of transverse slits 38 to enable a significant degree of flexing whenever the wearer of the glove curls that finger, in gripping or other movements. Small through bores 39 are provided centrally of each transverse slit 38 to enhance the flexibility of each spine 30. The length and cross-sectional configuration of the spine 30, along with choice of material, serves to protect the finger throughout its length, including the vulnerable regions at or adjacent the joints, against impact injuries.
As already mentioned, and as shown in
The top plate 28 is secured to the upper plate 24 by its side edges clipping below appropriately spaced latching members 21 projecting upwards from the two outermost tunnel forming regions 26.
The guide structures 40, of which there are five, one for each finger, and one for the thumb of the glove wearer, each comprise a curving base plate 42 and an upstanding convex portion 44 defining a tunnel above the base plate. The base plate 42 of each said member 40 is mounted onto the back of the glove 10 above the proximal phalange bone of each finger. Thus, as regards the first, second and third fingers the convex portions 44 provide respective tunnels through which the respective spines 30 extend, in an freely slidable manner, part way between their distal end attachment at portion 32 and their reception in the respective housing tunnels 26, as best shown in
The guide structures 40 for the thumb and the little finger are slightly different as the free ends of their respective spines 30 do not locate into guide means of the plate assembly 20. In the version shown in
In the embodiment of
The invention is not restricted to the precise details of any foregoing embodiments, and other variations are possible in other embodiments as will be evident to any person skilled in this technical field.
Throughout the description and claims of this specification, the words “comprise” and “contain” and variations of them mean “including but not limited to”, and they are not intended to (and do not) exclude other components. Throughout the description and claims of this specification, the singular encompasses the plural unless the context otherwise requires. In particular, where the indefinite article is used, the specification is to be understood as contemplating plurality as well as singularity, unless the context requires otherwise.
Features described in conjunction with a particular embodiment or example of the invention are to be understood to be applicable to any other embodiment or example described herein unless incompatible therewith.
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|U.S. Classification||2/161.1, 2/163|
|Cooperative Classification||A63B71/148, A63B71/14, A41D19/01588|
|European Classification||A41D19/015S2, A63B71/14, A63B71/14G8|
|Oct 12, 2010||AS||Assignment|
Effective date: 20100924
Owner name: PLANET KNOX LIMITED, UNITED KINGDOM
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:TRAVELL, GEOFFREY;REEL/FRAME:025128/0417