Patexia. Research
Issue Date Feb 16, 2012
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Patent Application - Apparel Incorporating Tensile Strands > Claims

  • 1. An article of apparel comprising: a pelvic region for covering a pelvic area of a wearer, the pelvic region including a waistband for extending around a waist of the wearer, the waistband having: a cover layer and a base layer that lay adjacent to each other, the cover layer forming a portion of an exterior surface of the apparel, and the cover layer defining a pair of spaced edges, anda strand segment located between the cover layer and the base layer, the strand segment extending at least partially around the waistband, the strand segment laying substantially parallel to surfaces of the cover layer and the base layer for a distance of at least five centimeters, and the strand segment being substantially centered between the edges of the cover layer for the distance of at least five centimeters; anda pair of leg regions for covering at least a portion of leg areas of the wearer.
    • 2. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein the cover layer is formed from a thermoplastic polymer material.
      • 3. The article of apparel recited in claim 2, wherein the strand segment is visible through the cover layer.
    • 4. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein at least one additional layer extends between the strand segment and the base layer.
    • 5. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein the base layer forms another portion of the exterior surface of the apparel.
    • 6. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein the strand segment is located in at least a rear area of the waistband.
    • 7. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein the strand segment crosses further strand segments in the waistband.
    • 8. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein the pelvic region defines at least one aperture located in a front area of the waistband, and a lace extends through the aperture, the lace being a separate element from the strand segment.
    • 9. The article of apparel recited in claim 1, wherein the strand segment has a thickness less than two millimeters.
  • 10. An article of apparel comprising: a pelvic region for covering a pelvic area of a wearer, the pelvic region including a waistband for extending around a waist of the wearer, the waistband having: a cover layer and a base layer that lay adjacent to each other, the cover layer being formed from a thermoplastic polymer material and defining a portion of an exterior surface of the apparel, and the base layer being located inward from the cover layer and forming another portion of the exterior surface of the apparel, anda plurality of strand segments located between the cover layer and the base layer, the strand segments laying substantially parallel to surfaces of the cover layer and the base layer for distances of at least five centimeters, and at least a portion of the strand segments being visible through the cover layer; anda pair of leg regions for covering at least a portion of leg areas of the wearer.
    • 11. The article of apparel recited in claim 10, wherein the cover layer is absent in areas between the strand segments.
    • 12. The article of apparel recited in claim 10, wherein at least one additional layer extends between the strand segment and the base layer.
    • 13. The article of apparel recited in claim 10, wherein the strand segments are located in at least a rear area of the waistband.
    • 14. The article of apparel recited in claim 10, wherein the strand segments cross each other.
    • 15. The article of apparel recited in claim 10, wherein the strand segments are portions of a single strand.
      • 16. The article of apparel recited in claim 15, wherein a first portion of the strand segments are substantially parallel to each other, a second portion of the strand segments are substantially parallel to each other, and the first portion of the strand segments crosses the second portion of the strand segments.
        • 17. The article of apparel recited in claim 16, wherein the first portion of the strand segments cross the second portion of the strand segments in a rear area of the waistband.
    • 18. The article of apparel recited in claim 10, wherein the pelvic region defines at least one aperture located in a front area of the waistband, and a lace extends through the aperture, the lace being a separate element from the strand segments.
  • 19. An article of apparel comprising: a pelvic region for covering a pelvic area of a wearer, the pelvic region including a waistband for extending around a waist of the wearer, the waistband defining a front area, a rear area located opposite the front area, a first side area located between the front area and the rear area, and a second side area located opposite the first side area and between the front area and the rear area, and the waistband having: an outer layer that forms at least a portion of an exterior surface of the waistband, the outer layer having an at least partially transparent configuration, anda plurality of strand segments located adjacent to the outer layer, the strand segments laying substantially parallel to a surface of the outer layer for distances of at least five centimeters, a first portion of the strand segments extending from the first side area to the rear area, and a second portion of the strand segments extending from the second side area to the rear area, the first portion of the strand segments crossing the second portion of the strand segments in the rear area; anda pair of leg regions for covering at least a portion of leg areas of the wearer.
    • 20. The article of apparel recited in claim 19, wherein the outer layer is absent in areas between the strand segments.
    • 21. The article of apparel recited in claim 19, wherein the strand segments are visible through the outer layer.
    • 22. The article of apparel recited in claim 19, wherein the strand segments are portions of a single strand.