ApplicationNo. 780721 filed on 01/08/1997
US Classes:280/617, Toe and heel fasteners mounted on common support plate or element280/607, With foot supporting plate or portion280/624Side or rear hold-down only (e.g., "Spademan" bindings)
ExaminersPrimary: Oberleitner, Robert J.
Assistant: Lipka, Pamela J.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassA63C 009/00
AbstractA snowboard binding for securing a snowboard boot to a snowboard. According to one aspect of the invention, the binding comprises a base, a first engagement member that is movably mounted to the base and is adapted to engage a first lateral side of the boot, and a second engagement member that is movably mounted to the base and is adapted to engage a second lateral side of the boot opposite the first lateral side of the boot. According to another aspect of the invention, the snowboard binding includes a high-back leg support mounted to the base. According to a further aspect of the invention, the binding includes a pair of engagement fingers, adapted to engage a lateral side of the boot and including a front engagement finger and a rear engagement finger, the pair of engagement fingers being pivotally mounted to the base for movement between an open position and a closed position, the pair of engagement fingers being mounted so that the rear engagement finger extends a greater distance above the baseplate than the front engagement finger when the engagement fingers are in the open position. In another aspect of the invention, the binding includes an over-center locking mechanism adapted to lock the movable engagement member in the closed position, the locking mechanism including a roller that is mechanically coupled to the movable engagement member and a cammed socket adapted to receive the roller when the movable engagement member is in the closed position.
Field of SearchToe and heel fasteners mounted on common support plate or element
Plate is movable or releasable from ski
With foot supporting plate or portion
Clamp comprises plural sole engaging members
With adjustable or detachable support
With torsion-type suspension
Side or rear hold-down only (e.g., "Spademan" bindings)