US 3374003 A
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March 19, 1968 J. FULSOM SNOW SKI BOARD Filed Jan. 12, 1966 Fig.6
John L. Fulsom INVENTOK.
United States Patent M 3,374,003 SNOW SKI BOARD John L. Fulsom, 2747 Wismer Road, Overland, Mo. 63114 Filed Jan. 12, 1966, Ser. No. 520,117 3 Claims. (Cl. 280-18) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE An elongated generally planar body including a forwardly and upwardly curving toe portion, being of a width slightly greater than the width of the shoe and of a length approximately five times it width and including depending opposite side runners spaced inwardly from the corresponding side edges of the body but depending from the outer half portion of the corresponding side of the body.
This invention relates to a novel and useful snow ski board and more specifically to a rigid ski-like body in cluding a substantially planar elongated main body portion terminating at its forward end in smoothly and upwardly curving toe portion. The main body portion is f a width adapted to project outwardly beyond the opposite sides of the shoe or boot of a user of the ski board placed upon and extending longitudinally of the latter.
It is of course to be noted that the ski board may be constructed of any desired width but it has been found that the length of the board should be approximately five times the width of the board if the latter is to serve the desired function and yet be of a size enabling it to be readily handled.
The main object of the instant invention is to provid a small ski-type board adapted to be ridden on snow orice in the same manner in which a Skate board is ridden on the street or a sidewalk.
Another object of this invention is to provide a device in accordance with the immediately preceding object and constructed of a size adapting it to be readily transported by children from one location to another.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a device in accordance with the preceding objects constructed in a manner so as to be adapted for use on ice glazed snow as well as soft snow.
A final object of this invention to be specifically enumerated herein is to provide an apparatus which will conform to conventional forms of manufacture, be of simple construction and easy to use so as to provide a device that will be ecnomically feasible, long lasting and relatively trouble-free in operation.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the snow ski board of the instant invention;
FIGURE 2 is a side elevational view of the assemblage illustrated in FIGURE 1 and on somewhat of an enlarged scale;
FIGURE 3 is a bottom plan View of the assemblage illustrated in FIGURES l and 2;
FIGURE 4 is a rear elevational view of the apparatus illustrated in FIGURES l-3;
FIGURE 5 is a bottom plan view of a modified form of snow ski board utilizing a different runner design; and
FIGURE 6 is a rear elevational view of the snow ski board illustrated in FIGURE 5.
3,374,003 Patented Mar. 19, 1968 Referring now more specifically to the drawings the numeral 10 generally designates the snow ski board of the instant invention. The board 10 includes an elongated panel-like body 12 including front and rear ends and which is of a width adapted to project outwardly beyond the shoe of a user disposed thereon and extending longitudinally therealong. The front end of the body 12 terminates in a smoothly and upwardly curving toe portion 14 and that portion of the body 12 disposed rearwardly of the toe portion 14 is substantially planar.
The planar portion of the body 12 includes a roughened upper surface as at 16 adapted to increase the frictional grip of the undersurface of the sole of the shoe or boot disposed thereon and the planar portion of the body 12 includes a pair of transversely spaced opposite side longitudinally extending runners 18 and 20. The runners 18 and 20 depend downwardly from the lower surface 22 of the planar portion of the body 12 and are generally V-shaped in transverse cross-section.
The runners 18 and 20 extend along a major portion of the planar portion of the body disposed rearwardly of the toe portion 14 and are adapted to engage and at least partially bite into the surface along which the board 10 is moving to prevent lateral sliding of the board 10 relative to the surface on which it is disposed.
With reference now more specifically to FIGURES 5 and 6 there will be seen a modified form of board generally referred to by the reference numeral 26 and which comprises a substantial duplicate of the board 10 with the exception of the depending runners thereon. The board 26 is provided with a pair of opposite side longitudinally extending front runners 28 and 30 and a centrally disposed rear runner 32. The runners 28, 30 and 32 are each also substantially V-shaped in transverse cross-section. Further, the runners 18, 20, 28, 30 and 32 are each sharply tapered at their forward ends as at 34, 36, 38, 40 and 42, respectively.
The body 12 of the board 10 as well as the corresponding portion of the board 26 may be constructed of any suitable material such as wood or plastic and each of the runners 18, 20, 28, 30 and 32 may each also be constructed of any suitable material.
In use, the user of either the board 10 or the board 26 may place his feet on the same in the manner in which a skate board is ridden and coast down a snowy or icy slope. Because of the curved toe portions of the boards 10 and 26, slight steering control is provided in deeper snow by tilting the boards about their longitudinal axes. In addition, on ice or glazed snow surfaces steering control of the boards 10 and 26 may also be realized by slightly angularly displacing the boards 10 and 26 about upstanding axes as the boards are in use in order to slight ly change the direction in which the boards are headed, the depending runners 18, 20, 28, 30 and 32 being operable to tend to cause the boards to travel substantially in the directions in which they are headed.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A snow ski board comprising an elongated generally horizontal-like body including front and rear ends and of a width adapted to project at least slightly outwardly beyond the shoe of a user disposed thereon and extending longitudinally therealong, the length of said body being generally five times its width, the front end of said body terminating in a smoothly upwardly curving toe portion, said body including roughened upper surface means spaced intermediate its opposite ends adapted to increase the frictional grip of the undersurface of the sole of a shoe disposed thereon, said body including a pair of depending logitudinally extending rib-like runner members projecting downwardly from its under Surface throughout at least a major portion of the longitudinal extent of said under surface, said runner members including a pair of transversely spaced forward opposite side runner member portions extending throughout a major portion of the front half of said body disposed rearwardly of said toe portion, said runner members each depending from the outer half portion of the corresponding side of said body and being spaced inwardly from the corresponding side edge of said body, the area of said under surface of said body between said runner members and between the latter and the side edge being generally planar.
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein said runner members are V-shaped in transverse cross sectional shape.
3. The combination of claim 1 including a centrally disposed rear runner member extending throughout a major portion of the rear half of said body and substantially centered between the opposite side edges of aid body.
References Cited BENJAMIN HERSH, Primary Examiner.
MILTON L. SMITH, Examiner.