US 3523302 A
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1970 R. w. RABEDEAUX 3,523,302
SPECTATORS COVERALL GARMENT FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS Filed NOV. 18, 1968 //W/v r02 [4 /61/490 M 164550541 United States Patent Office Patented Aug. 11, 1970 3,523,302 SPECTATORS COVERALL GARMENT FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS Richard W. Rabedeaux, 104 N. 2nd Ave. E., Newton, Iowa 50208 Filed Nov. 18, 1968, Ser. No. 776,520 Int. Cl. A41d 13/00 U.S. Cl. 2-69.5 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention relates to an outdoor coverall garment to be worn over conventional dress by a pair of spectators for protection from inclement weather, the garment having an enclosure for completely enveloping the body portion of the spectators and having a pair of openings for projection of the heads of the wearers, the enclosure being provided with a pair of closeable slits to permit movement in and out of the enclosure and with a pair of hoods for separately and selectively protecting the exposed heads of the enclosed spectators.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a coverall garment for use in inclement weather and particularly to a novel garment to enclose a plurality of spectators at outdoor events.
The increase in the number of outdoor events in the fall and winter seasons has brought about a natural increase in spectator attendance and a desire for protection from the normally unpredictable and inclement weather prevalent at that time of year. It is common for many of these spectators to travel considerable distance to attend the events and a protective garment to be worn over normal clothing is more practical than would be the usual unattractive cold or rainy weather clothing. This would enable the spectators to wear normal sport or business clothing to the event and alleviate the need for a change of clothing to attend other functions commonly associated with the event. In addition, most of the before mentioned events are normally attended by parties of two or more and as hereafter described, inclement weather garments have been devised to accommodate only an individual and not a plurality of persons within the same garment.
Examples of prior art which show garments for inclement weather protection are illustrated in U.S. Pats. Nos. 2,109,951 and 2,911,651, each showing a hooded garment for protecting the wearer from precipitation and wind, however, each is fitted for one person and neither enclose the lower extremity of the body.
Prior art showing full body enclosure garments are typified in U.S. Pats. Nos. 2,372,110, 2,659,086, and 3,228,034 which again teach a garment for only individual wear.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a coverall garment for spectator protection at outdoor events, the garment having an enclosure member completely enveloping the body portion of a pair of spectators, the enclosure member having a pair of laterally spaced openings formed in the uppermost portion of the member for extending the heads of the spectators and a pair of longitudinally extending slits connecting the openings in the front of the member to provide movement in and out thereof, the enclosure being sealed by a pair of zippers adjacent the slits, and a pair of hood members attached to the enclosure member adjacent the openings, the hoods adapted to protect the exposed heads of the enclosed spectators.
It is an object of this invention to provide a novel coverall garment for protection from inclement weather.
It is another object of this invention to provide a weather protection garment for simultaneous use by a pair of spectators at an outdoor event.
It is yet another object of this invention to provide a' coverall garment for protecting a pair of spectators from inclement weather which exposes to the elements only the faces of the spectators.
It is still another object of this invention to provide a coverall garment for use by a pair of spectators which has a pair of individual hoods for protecting each of the individual spectators by selectively and separately protecting the heads and necks of the enclosed spectators.
It is yet another object of this invention to provide a coverall garment enclosing a pair of spectators which permits individual movement within the garment of each spectator relative to each other and permits each spectator to look in opposite directions without affecting the other.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a coverall garment which is tapered to conform to the con: tour of the wearers.
It is another object of this invention to provide a coverall garment which is capable of attaining the foregoing objects, yet is economical, simple, and rugged in construction.
These objects and other uses and variations will become apparent when taken in conjunction with the following description and drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the garment of this invention;
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view as taken along the line 2-2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view as taken along the line 3--3 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a reduced, exploded perspective view showing the individual components broken away for clarity of illustration; and
FIG. 5 is a reduced perspective view showing the garment in use by a pair of spectators.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now to the drawings, and particularly FIG. 1 the coverall garment of this invention is indicated gen: erally by the numeral 10. The garment comprises generally a body enclosure member 11 of sufiicient size for a pair of adults, and a pair of hoods 14 and 16 integral with the upper end of the member 11, with the hoods being spaced apart a sufficient distance to enable the heads of the persons within the member 11 to be comfortably covered thereby, while permitting as much freedom of movement of the heads as possible without disturbing the gar ment 10.
The body enclosure member 11 generally includes an elongated sheet 17 (FIG. 4) of suitable weather-tight material folded substantially in half and joined at the longitudinal ends 18, 19 (FIG. 2) thereof to form the front 21, back.22, bottom 23, and top 24 of the enclosure 11. A pair of side panels 26, 27 are connected to the edges 28, 29 of the sheet 17 about the entire pe-v riphery 31 (FIG. 4) of the panels 26, 27 to form a sack-like enclosure 11.
The side panels 26, 27 (FIGS. 2 and 4) are identical downwardly and inwardly for substantially the entire length of the panel 26 with the forward edge portion 33 projecting forward at the base 34 to provide for the feet (not shown) of the users.
A pair of laterally spaced, separate openings 36 and 37 (FIGS. 1 and 4) are formed in the upper portion 24 of the enclosure member 11. The openings 36, 37 are of a size to comfortably embrace the neck portion of an average-sized adult.
The front 21 of the enclosure member 11 is provided with a pair of separate longitudinal openings or slits 41, 42 (FIGS. 1 and 4) communicating with the separate openings 36 and 37 respectively for the purpose of pro viding comfortable access and egress to and from the enclosure member 11. The slits 41, 42 are of equal length and extend parallel to each other.
The slits 41, 42 are joined by a pair of closure members, 38, 39 (FIGS. 1 and 3), such as conventional zippers operable from either inside or outside the garment 10. The closure members 38, 39 are attached to the front member 21 adjacent the defining edges 46-49 of the slits 41, 42.
The exposed heads of the spectators 51, 52 (FIG. 5 are protected by a pair of head-shaped hoods 14, 16 connected, as by sewing or the like, to the upper portion 24 of the enclosure member 11 to cover the openings 36, 37 thereof. The hoods 14, 16 are of a Weather-tight material and designed to completely cover the exposed heads and necks of the users 51, 52 such that only their faces are exposed for visibility purposes. The hoods 14, 16 are adapted to be worn individually at the prerogative of each spectator 51, or 52 such that one spectator 51 may elect to use the hood 14, while the other spectator 52 may choose not to use the hood 16 and may push the hood 16 backwardly to rest on the back 22 (FIG. 4) of the garment 10.
In use, the garment is folded into a neat and compact flat bundle and enclosed within a zippered carrying case, which case doubles as a seat cushion. Should the weather so dictate, the garment 10 may be removed from the case at the spectators seat 53 (FIG. 5) where the spectators 52, 53 enter the garment 10 through the open slits 41, 42. Once comfortably inside the garment 10,the zippers 38, 39 adjacent the slits 41, 42 are rezipped to seal the garment 10 from the elements of the Weather.
The opening of the slits 41, 42 from top to bottom enables the enclosed spectators 51, 52 to easily expose their hands for sipping a refreshment, adjust the hoods 4 14, 16 or adjust the internal temperature of the garment 10. The tapered contour (FIG. 1) of the garment 10 serves the dual purpose of streamlining the garment 10 and reducing the volume of air within the enclosure 11 thereby facilitating the enclosed air to be more easily warmed by body heat.
Although a preferred embodiment has been hereinbefore shown and described, it is to be remembered that various alterations and modifications can be made thereto without departing from the invention as defined in the appended claims.
1. A weather-tight sack-like garment for protection of a pair of spectators from inclement weather comprising:
a front and a rear panel joined together at the normally upper end thereof and at the normally lower end thereof and having a pair of laterally spaced head openings formed at the normally upper end thereof, said panels being tapered inwardly from the normally upper end thereof to the normally lower end thereof;
a pair of longitudinally extending paralled slits formed in said front panel and communicating with said head openings; pair of side panels secured between and along the side edges of said front panel and said rear panel, said side panels being tapered inwardly from the normally upper end to proximate said normally lower end and then extending outwardly to form a foot portion; fastening means for opening and closing said slits,
said fastening means being operable from the exterior and the interior of said garment; and head receiving portions secured to the garment adjacent said head openings.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS H. HAMPTON HUNTER, Primary Examiner