|Publication number||US20050155128 A1|
|Application number||US 10/762,221|
|Publication date||21 Jul 2005|
|Filing date||19 Jan 2004|
|Priority date||19 Jan 2004|
|Publication number||10762221, 762221, US 2005/0155128 A1, US 2005/155128 A1, US 20050155128 A1, US 20050155128A1, US 2005155128 A1, US 2005155128A1, US-A1-20050155128, US-A1-2005155128, US2005/0155128A1, US2005/155128A1, US20050155128 A1, US20050155128A1, US2005155128 A1, US2005155128A1|
|Original Assignee||William Hayes|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (6), Classifications (12)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to improved access and egress wet suits, especially for use by surfers. In particular, the present invention allows a surfer quick and easy access to and egress from a wet suit.
An important feature of wet suits is to provide thermal insulation to the wearer during a variety of aquatic activities, such as surfing. Wet suits permit the entry of some water between the wet suit and a user's body. Wet suits greatly restrict the circulation of the water, however, so that the water inside the suit warms up as a result of contact with the user's body. The combination of the thermal insulation of the wet suit material and the thermal insulation of the warmed water inside the suit thermally protects the wearer of the suit against cold water.
Wet suits are formed typically from foamed plastic or rubber sheet material, most typically foamed neoprene. This rubber sheet material can have a fabric layer, often a nylon fabric, bonded to one or both sides. The inside of a wet suit, for example, usually has nylon fabric bonded to the foamed neoprene to provide additional strength and to provide a more comfortable surface against the wearer's skin.
Wet suits can be constructed as full length, single piece suits or two-piece suits with separate tops and bottoms. Wet suits are formed from a plurality of pieces of rubber sheeting that are glued, taped and sewn together to form a garment which closely conforms to the user's body. Wet suits have narrowed legs and arms that help maintain thermal integrity.
For many aquatic activities, it is desirable for the wet suit to be as stretchable and flexible as possible, while maintaining the thermal properties. As the need for thermal insulation increases, the thickness of the suit material is correspondingly increased. Thus, wet suits used for cold water aquatic activities are often constructed with a neoprene thickness (for example, up to five millimeters thick) that substantially inhibits the stretching and bending which would normally be required to participate in the activity.
Getting into and out of a tight fitting wet suit poses a problem for many people. When the user attempts to get in or out of a conventional wet suit, the narrowed leg and arm portions of the wet suit can make it difficult. The user of a conventional wet suit has to force her feet and hands through the narrowed openings. This difficulty increases as the wet suit material becomes thicker, and it is further compounded if the user is wearing a Lycra garment under the wet suit, which often is the case. Since wet suits are usually donned and removed at locations such as beaches, inelastic wet suits can require significant and undesirable struggling and inconvenience to the user as the suit is put on and taken off.
In addition to a user's typical difficulty getting into or out of the narrowed extremities, i.e. arm and leg portions, of the conventional wet suit, many users have reduced flexibility or diminished strength that compound access and egress to the conventional wet suit. The diminished strength or reduced flexibility of the user may be a chronic or temporary condition. For example, people who experience these compounding physical conditions are: older users, users with diseases reducing flexibility, such as arthritis, or even temporarily diminished strength after a particularly strenuous day.
In light of the above, a need exists for a wet suit that maintains thermal integrity of the wet suit while permitting users having a range of different physical conditions to quickly and easily don the wet suit, take advantage of a wave, and allow easy egress from the wet suit.
The present invention satisfies that need. The present invention is an improved access and egress surfer's wet suit that comprises a wet suit having an extremity portion with an extremity opening for an extremity, and a gusset at the extremity opening, wherein said gusset increases the elasticity of the extremity portion near the gusset; and a releasable closure for securing the gusset around the extremity opening, and providing a snug thermal seal for the extremity portion. As used herein, “an extremity portion with an extremity opening for an extremity” of the wet suit includes “an arm portion with a hand opening for a hand” and “a leg portion with a foot opening for a foot.”
The closed gussets secured by releasable closures provide thermal seals comparable to prior art wet suits without gussets. Likewise, a closed gusset secured over the leg portion, the other extremity portion, provides a snug thermal seal comparable to a prior art wet suit without gussets
Gussets in a variety of different shapes can work in the invention. In addition to the triangle and the bi-cut shapes of gussets described above, other shapes (not shown) can be used in the present invention. For example, a substantially semi-circular shape made of 1 millimeter thick neoprene can be substituted in place of the above gusset shapes. Other shapes for the gusset include substantially square cut, substantially rectangle cuts, and substantially pencil shaped cut. These cuts of gussets can also be made from 1 millimeter thick neoprene.
“Gusset” as that term is used herein is intended to include and encompass one cut or more than one cut, as for example the bi-cut shape described in
Releasable closures of the invention include loop and hook fasteners, press clamps, cords, belts, and similar attachments that can achieve a snug fit around hand and foot openings of the arm and leg portions of the wet suit to maintain a thermal seal when in the closed position. The releasable closures can be attached to the outside or the inside of the wet suit so long as the snug fit can be maintained when the releasable closure is in the closed position. A releasable closure, such as a hook and loop fastener or a press clamp, that can be secured using one hand is preferable because of the ease of operation, and to free up the other hand for example to holding a surf board.
An improved access and egress surfer's wet suit comprises a wet suit having an arm portion with a first hand opening for a hand, and a leg portion with a first foot opening for a foot; gussets at the first hand and foot openings that increase the elasticity of the arm and leg portion near the gussets; and releasable closures for securing gussets around the hand and foot openings, and providing a snug thermal seal for the arm and leg portions.
An improved access and egress surfer's wet suit comprises a wet suit having arm portions with hand openings for each hand, and leg portions with foot openings for each foot; the leg and arm portions of the wet suit having gussets at the hand and foot openings to increase the elasticity of the arm and leg portions near the gussets; and releasable closures for securing gussets around the hands and feet to provide snug thermal seals around the hand and foot openings of the arm and leg portions.
Wet suits can be constructed as full length, single piece suits and as two-piece suits with separate tops and bottoms. The present invention is intended to encompass full length, single piece suits and two-piece wet suits with separate tops and bottoms. A top or a bottom piece of a two piece wet suit would benefit from the present invention.
For example, a top piece according to the invention would comprise an arm portion with a hand opening for a hand, and a gusset at the hand opening, and a releasable closure for securing the gusset around the hand opening to provide a snug thermal seal for the arm portion. A bottom piece according to the invention would comprise a leg portion with a foot opening for a foot, and a gusset at the foot opening, and a releasable closure for securing the gusset around the foot opening to provide a snug thermal seal for the leg portion.
An improved access and egress surfer's wet suit comprises a wet suit (one piece or two piece suit) having an extremity portion with an extremity opening for an extremity, and a gusset at the extremity opening to increase the elasticity of the extremity portion near the gusset; and a releasable closure for securing the gusset around the extremity opening to provide a snug thermal seal for the extremity portion.
Those persons of ordinary skill in the arts would be able to use the teachings in this application to make an easy access and egress surfer's wet suit of the present invention to fit different users, such as men, women, and children.
Further uses of the benefits of the instant teachings will become known to those skilled in the art by studying the figures in combination with the claims which are appended hereto.
While this invention has been described with respect to various specific examples and embodiments, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto and that it can be variously practiced within the scope of the following claims.
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|International Classification||A41D13/02, A41D13/00, A41D13/012, B63C11/04|
|Cooperative Classification||A41D13/02, A41D2300/24, A41D13/012, A41D13/0005|
|European Classification||A41D13/00B4, A41D13/02, A41D13/012|