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Publication numberUS2301842 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 10, 1942
Filing dateFeb 21, 1941
Priority dateFeb 21, 1941
Publication numberUS 2301842 A, US 2301842A, US-A-2301842, US2301842 A, US2301842A
InventorsEdward G Abdella
Original AssigneeEdward G Abdella
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hand grip for use on rope type ski tows
US 2301842 A
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NOV. 10, E, G. ABDELLA 2,301,842

HAND GRIP FOR USE .ON ROPE TYPE SKI TOWS Filed Feb. 21, 1941 2 sheets-sheet 1 INVENTOR.

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Nov. 10, 1942. E. G. ABDELLA 2,301,842

HAND GRIP FOR USE ON ROPE TYPE SKI TOWS Filed Feb. 21, 1941 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 FIG. 4.


E.dwar'd E1. Abdalla ATTORNEYS.

Patented Nov. 10, 1942 l 1 Edward G. Abdella, Gloversville, N. Y. Application February 21,1941, Serial No. 380,075

2 Claims. (Cl. 104-202) This invention relates to improvements in skitow apparatus.

The primary object of this invention is the provision of a hand grip which may be used by skiers tofacilitate the gripping of a tow rope -or cable. 1 v

his well known to those who participate in the sport of skiing, where return cables or ropes are provided for hauling skiers up a steep slope, that it is very fatiguing to grip the tow cable for any length of time. That 'is true because mittens or gloves furnish poorgripping surfaces.

Furthermore, tow cables of anylengthare sub Ject to circumferential twisting andlajteral vibration, so that it isvery difll'cult to maintain a grip Figure 8, is a fragmentary perspective 1 view showing how the outer. mitten or glove engaging surface ofthe grip may be grooved or serrated in order to facilitate the grasp of the wearer's hand upon the improved grip.

In the drawings, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown only a preferred embodiment of the invention, the letter A may generally designate the improved grip which is adapted to be grasped in the palm of the mittenB of a wearers hand for flrm engagement upon a tow cable or rope C, or upon a ski pole D.

It is well known to those skilled in the art that.

' ski ropes such as shown at C-are relatively small for any length of time. Tow ropes and cables are waxed and freq'uently: become iced, so that sometimesthe skier will encircle'an arm about the rope or hold the rope against the body. All

' of this not "only'tends to produce muscular fatigue but also. causes soiling of mittens, gloves and body garments. To overcome these disadvantages, I have provided an improved grip; which may or may not be formed as part. of the glove of a wearer; which will enable individuals not onlyto have a larger gripping-area-upon the rope; and which will enable the rope to be firmly env gaged with but little muscular eflort.

A further object of this invention is the provision of an improved gripping means forv skiers by means of which the skier may use a tow cable without liability of suffering rope burns.

Other objects and advantages of this invention will be apparent during the course of the following detailed description.

In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and wherein similar reference characters designate corresponding parts thruout the several views,

Figure 1 shows a skier utilizing-the improved hand grip upon a ski tow cable. I

Figure 2 is a view showing how the improved grip maybe used for holding onto the ski pole.

Figure 3 is an enlarged view showing the man-- ner in which an individual grasps the improved grip in its association upon a ski rope or cable.

Figure 4 is a longitudinal cross sectional view taken thru the improved grip substantially on the line 1-4 of Figure 5.

Figure 5 is a vertical cross sectional view taken thru the improved rip- Figure 6 is a transverse cross sectional view in diameter, varying from 1 to l /4" Frequent- 1y they are waxed and very often become coated with ice. They are continually moving longitudinally andlaterally vibrating, as well as circumferentially twisting.

The improved grip -A consists of an elongated segmental grip body l0 which is flexible under a fairly strong grip of an individual so that it can be-compressed for engagement upon tow cables of various sizes. The body I0 inherently returns to its normal shape. It need not be as flexible longitudinally as transversely, and while preferably formed of rubber, leather, composition material, it may informed of some plastics and metals. It is relatively strong and durable, and while the size is not important, it may average 6" in length. In cross section the segment extends thru an arc of over 190, and leaves the opening designated at I in Figures 6 and '1 of the drawings, to laterally receive the tow cable or rope C. The facing surfaces l3 and I4 defining the opening II are divergently arranged from the cable receiving socket outwardly, to facilitate the slipping of the cable therein.

In the preferred instance, the inner surface defining the socket of the grip body I0 is pro-' vided with a calk surface in the nature of spiral grooves or convolutions I4 corresponding to the convolutions of. the strands forming the tow cable or rope, and adapted to receive those strands therein, in the relation shown in Figure 6, so as 1 to prevent circumferential and longitudinal sliptaken substantially on the line 6-6 of Figun fil Figure 7 is a view of the grip similar to Figure 0 but showing a modified cable gripping means.

ping of the gripwhen it is applied upon the tow cable and compressed in the hand of a user. While size, as above mentioned, is relatively unimportant, the walls forming the grip body III are preferably thick; the opening l2 in width is generallyfrom 1%" to 1 and the normal diameter of the socket formed in the grip body is approximately 1%, with the grip body in its inherent position.

As shown in the drawings, the grip body In at the ends thereof is preferably provided with end retaining flanges 20 to prevent the slipping of the mittened hand of the user off of the grip;

thus obviating the necessity of the user comprescutting the flanges at 23, and of course these V-shaped cut outs are suiflciently deep to permit of the body ID to be readily compressed and expanded. These end flanges 20' are normally from to in thickness and they may be integral with the material of the grip body I0. Essentially they are sufficiently strong to prevent their easy bending endwise of the tow cable. 7

I prefer to provide a hand retaining and carrying strap 30, shown best in Figures 5 and 6 of the drawings, which consists of a flexible piece of strap material threaded thru suitable openings 3| provided in the opposite flanges 210; preferably thru the center segments 22, as shown in Figures 6 and 7 of the drawings. A conventional buckle arrangement 32 may be employed in order to detachably retain the strap in position. The space between the strap and the outer surface of the grip body I 0, as shown in Figure 5, is suflicient to permit of the ready insertion of the mittened hand of the user.

If desired, I may externally flute, serrate or groove the mitten grasping surface of the hand grip ID, as shown at 35 in Figure 8 of the drawings.

Figure 2 shows the application of the grip upon a ski pole. Manufacturers of skiing equipment could readily supply the pole with the grip detachably connected thereto. The interchangeable application of the grip to the pole and rope is quite obvious. The skier reaching the top of the ski tow can readily remove the grip and drop it into position on the ski pole to serve as a handle. The grip thus serves a double purpose.

It should be noted that the strip 30 is detachable, and it may be used to attach the, grip to the waist, belt or pole during skiing.

As shown in Figure 7 of the drawings, the segmental-shaped grip body In may be provided with studs or spikes 40, embedded or otherwise attached in the material of the grip body, with pointed ends extending beyond the inner surface of the grip body for biting into the material of the cable.

While I have above given, for illustration only, specific sizes for the improved tow rope grip, it is to be understood that the grip may be made in different sizes and with the parts cf different dimensions, and the arrangement of parts and shape thereof is unimportant except insofar as limitations thereto are imposed in the claims. I

I claim: 1. Ski tow equipment comprising a flexible hand engaging grip having a tow cable gripping surface provided with spiral grooves positioned to socket the cable strands therein and to prevent longitudinal and circumferential slipping of the said grip when it is grasped and pressed into the cable by the. hand of a user.

2. A tow cable hand grip for skiers comprising an elongated hollow flexible body of transverse segmental formation having an internal socket adapted to receive a tow cable, hand retaining flanges externally upon the grip body at the ends thereof, each of said flanges comprising a plurality of relatively disconnected sections which will spread apart upon compression of the hand grip to facilitate application of the grip upon a tow cable or the like.


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U.S. Classification2/20, 24/122.6, 16/DIG.120, 188/65.1, 104/202, 24/129.00D, 24/115.00R, 294/25
International ClassificationB61B12/12
Cooperative ClassificationB61B12/127, Y10S16/12
European ClassificationB61B12/12D