US 3626553 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Dec. 14, 1971 R. J. DARNEY EI'AL SKI CLIP Filed Aug. 6, 1970 M T x Ruin-rt J. Da rnuy and [)muglzm (iomihrrmd Agent United States Patent O U.S. C]. 24-81 SK Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE -A ski clip for holding a pair of skis and ski poles in a neat, compact bundle, the clip having spring arms between which the skis are clamped and a shaft extending between the skis having an abutment member at a free end for holding the skis within the arms and against a base of the ski clip. Spring clips extending from the base receive and hold ski poles in spaced, parallel relationship to the skis.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the invention This invention relates to devices for bundling skis and ski poles.
Prior art In bundling skis and ski poles it is common practice to first strap the skis together and then to strap the ski poles so the skis. Straps used for this purpose are usually made of leather or other non-stretchable material, Children find such straps difficult to apply, furthermore, non-stretchable straps frequently loosen and the skis and ski poles move with respect to each other.
Elastic straps are also used but these, too are difiicult for children to apply.
Further, skis and poles bundled in this manner are usually carried on a skiers shoulder and often leave marks across, and occasionally rip, his jacket.
Straps are usually placed in a skiers pocket with his gloves after he removes the straps from his skis. When he next takes his gloves from his pocket the straps can be, and are, frequently accidently withdrawn and lost.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention provides a ski clip for holding skis and ski poles in a neat, compact bundle with the ski poles so disposed so that they serve as a carrying handle for the bundle.
The ski clip of the present invention is easily applied to and removed from skis yet cannot easily be accidentally dislodged once it is applied.
The ski clip of the present invention furthermore is bulky and, consequently, is not as easily lost as conventional straps.
The present ski clip has a base adapted to fit against adjacent side edges of a pair of skis which are arranged in parallel, bottom to bottom relationship and has a shaft which extends between the skis, the shaft having, at a free end, an abutment member which has abutment surfaces engageable with adjacent side edges of this skis. Spring arms extend from the base on opposite sides of the shaft for clasping the skis and holding the latter against the shaft. Spring clips spaced from the base receive and grip a pair of ski poles.
A detailed description following, related to the drawings, gives exemplification of apparatus and method according to the invention which, however, is capable of expression in method and means other than those particularly described and illustrated.
3,626,553 Patented Dec. 14, 1971 DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a side view of skis and ski poles with ski clips of the invention attached,
FIG. 2 is a view of a ski clip,
FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 1 with the ski clip holding a pair of skis and ski poles.
DETAIL DESCRIPTION FIGS. 1 and 2 FIG. 1 shows ski clips of the invention, generally 5, holding a pair of skis 6 and ski poles 7 in spaced parallel relationship. The skis, conventionally, are of minimum width at a mid-point 6.1 and gradually widened to maximum width at tips 8 and heels 9. The skis also taper in thickness from a maximum near the mid-point to a minimum at the tips and heels.
The clip 5, see FIG. 2, which is made of a resilient material such as nylon, has a central shaft 11 which extends centrally from, and perpendicular to, a flat base 12. The shaft 11 terminates at a free end in an abutment member 13 which is shaped as an arrowhead having sloping shoulders 14-14 which extend outwards of the shaft and terminate in abutment surfaces 14.114.1 disposed parallel to the base 12. The abutment surfaces =14.'114.1 are spaced a distance A from the base 12, the distance A being greater than the minimum width but less than the maximum width of the skis.
Spnng arms 1515 extend, on opposite sides of the shaft, from the base 12. At the base 12 the arms are spaced from the shaft a distance B which distance is greater than the maximum thickness of the ski. Each arm curves inwards from the base towards and touches the abutment member 13 and then curves outwards and away from the shoulder 14-14. The arms are spaced from the shaft 11, adjacent the abutment member 13, a distance C which is less than the minimum thickness of the skis.
A support 17 extends from the base 12 in an opposite direction to, and in alignment with, the shaft 11. Laterally opening spring clips 18 and 19 are disposed adjacent the free end 20 of the support 17. Each of the spring clips has a pair of short arms 21 converging towards tips 22 and is spaced from the base 12 a distance D, approximately 1 /2 inches. The arms 21 are spaced apart a sufficient distance as to provide a snap fit for a ski pole 7. Strengthening fillets 24 extend between the base and the support 17 to reduce stress concentration at a juncture of the support and the base.
FIGS. 2 and 3 In using the ski clip 5, the skis 6 are arranged parallel to each other with bottoms 26 touching. A ski clip 5.1, is fitted to the pair of skis at their mid-p0intthe shaft 11 extending between the skis and the arms 15 extending on opposite sides so as to clasp the skis together. The ski clip 5 is then moved out towards the heels of the skis until adjacent side edges of the latter are wedged between the abutment surfaces 1414 and the base 12, as seen in FIG. 3. Another ski clip 5.2 is applied to the skis in the same manner and moved outwards towards tips of the skis as far as it will go, that is until opposite adjacent side edges of the skis are wedged as described. The ski poles are then fitted in the ski clips 18 and 19, the poles being reversed so that a basket of one is disposed adjacent a handle of the other.
Frictional engagement of the base 12 and abutment surfaces 1414 with the side edges of the skis together with frictional engagement of the spring clips 18 and 19 with ski poles inhibits movement of the clip 5 longitudinally of the skis and, consequently, inhibits longitudinal movement of the skis relative to each other. The ski poles 3 are spaced from the skis approximately 1 /2 inches and serve as a carrying handle for the compact bundle of the skis and ski poles. The skis and ski poles can, therefore, be carried in the manner of a suitcase. The bundle of skis and ski poles can also be carried over a skiers shoulder in a conventional manner.
It is evident, as seen in FIG. 3, that the skis cannot be easily dislodged from the ski clip as they are wedged firmly between the base 12 and the abutment surfaces 1414. A ski can only be dislodged by pulling one of the arms away from the shaft and moving the abutment member out of engagement with the ski.
It is evident that the ski clips have considerable bulk and are, therefore, not easily lost.
1. A ski clip for holding a pair of skis arranged, the cli including:
(a) a fiat base adapted to fit against adjacent side edges of a pair of skis disposed in parallel bottom to bottom relationship,
(b) a shaft extending centrally of the base adapted to extend between the skis, the shaft having a free end,
() spring arms connected to the base on opposite sides of the shaft for clamping the skis against the shaft, and
(d) an abutment member at the free end of the shaft engageable with opposite adjacent side edges of the skis for holding the skis against the base.
2. A ski clip as claimed in claim 1 including spring clips connected to the base for holding a pair of ski poles in parallel spaced relationship to the base.
3. A ski clip as claimed in claim 1 in which the abutment member is shaped as an arrowhead having sloping shoulders terminating in abutment surfaces, said surfaces extending outwards of the shaft parallel to the base.
4. A ski clip as claimed in claim 1 in which the abutment surfaces are spaced from the base a distance greater than a minimum width of the skis but less than a maximum width thereof.
5. A ski clip as claimed in claim 1 in which the spring clips include a support extending from the base and two pairs of converging arms extending from the support and spaced from the base, the spring clips opening outwards away from each other and laterally of the base.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,225,987 12/1965 Bonner 224 S FOREIGN PATENTS 473,301 3/1927 Germany 2801l.37 A
DONALD A. GRIFFIN, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R.