ApplicationNo. 10431141 filed on 05/06/2003
US Classes:405/186, Suit or accessory therefor441/106, For torso128/202.14, Having buoyancy chamber441/108, With buoyancy means substantially encircling the torso114/315, Diver assistance device441/92, By compressed gas means441/88, Personal flotation device141/10, Bag filling441/96, With control valve2/102Vests
ExaminersPrimary: Shackelford, Heather
Assistant: Saldano, Lisa M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB63C 11/02
AbstractA buoyancy compensator jacket for a scuba diver is disclosed. The jacket comprises a back portion having two opposite sides. Side portions extending from the opposite sides are provided for laterally enveloping the diver's trunk and for connecting to one another generally on the diver's chest. Each of the side portions include a main pocket and a weight pocket, the weight pocket having a top opening, being arranged externally relative to the main pocket, and accommodating a bag containing weight elements. A closure element is also provided for closing the top opening of the weight pocket. In addition, the main pocket forms a compartment for concealing a closure element of its top opening. On the outside of the weight pocket, engagement elements are arranged either for engaging complementary engagement elements on the closure element, or for engaging complementary engagement elements associated with the weight-containing bag for holding the bag in a selected position within the weight pocket.