Patent Application - HELMET APPARATUS > Description
This patent application claims benefit of the priority date of U.S. Prov. Pat. App. Ser. No. 61/433,841 filed on Jan. 18, 2011, entitled BOXING AND MIXED MARITIAL ART TYPE EQUIPMENT; further this patent application claims benefit of the priority date of U.S. Prov. Pat. App. Ser. No. 61/473,378 filed on Apr. 8, 2011, entitled MARTIAL ARTS EQUIPMENT, and further this patent application claims benefit of the priority date of U.S. Prov. Pat. App. Ser. No. 61/526,999 filed on Aug. 24, 2011, entitled TRAINING EQUIPMENT, accordingly, the entire contents of these patent applications are hereby expressly incorporated by reference.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention pertains generally to sports equipment. More particularly, the present invention relates to training in the areas of mixed martial arts (MMA), hand to hand combat and boxing. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention is more particularly useful as helmet apparatus for protecting participants during fighting and training exercises.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Currently, a growing number of sports and work out enthusiast are participating in fighting sports such as mixed martial arts (MMA) and traditional boxing. Also, tactical professionals such as law enforcement, soldiers and marines are doing more heavy hand to hand combat exercises sometimes involving blunt force weapons and therefore need the highest quality gear. It is with that notion in mind that the present invention was conceived.
Accordingly, a comparable example is proposed by Tsujimoto entitled “Headgear,” U.S. Pat. No. 7,739,752 and was granted patent protection in 2010. Initially, the Tsujimoto example fails to protect a top of a user's head as typical to boxing sparring helmets. Additionally, the back of a user's head remains unprotected while providing a design that can be easily donned and removed. Also, the faceguard is somewhat suspect protection wise while simultaneously providing adequate field of view.
In light of the above, it is an object of the present invention to provide training headgear with an improved design protecting more areas of a user's head with improved materials as detailed herein. It is an additional object of the present invention to provide a helmet apparatus that has features and characteristics for improved wear and longevity. Still further, it is an object of the present invention to provide a helmet design that can withstand higher blunt force impact which still providing comfort to a user. Yet further it is another object of the present invention to address versatility according to different desires and purposes of a user.
The present invention specifically addresses and alleviates the above mentioned deficiencies associated with the prior art. More particularly, the present invention in a first aspect, is a helmet apparatus, particularly for fighting and combat training purposes, comprising: a padded substantially circumferential member generally protecting a user's face, forehead, and sides of the user's head, wherein the circumferential member leaves a back of user's head unprotected. A top member is included joined to the circumferential member protecting a top of a user's head, wherein the top member includes a padded flap piviotably at an end thereof, the padded flap for protecting a back of a user's head; a first top shock absorbing padded layer covering nearly all of the top of the user's head; and a second top shock absorbing padded layer over the first shock absorbing layer substantially covering the top of the user's head but covering less than the first padded layer.
The helmet is additionally characterized as further comprising: a first aperture in the first top padded layer; a second aperture in the first top padded layer; a third aperture in the second top padded layer; and a fourth aperture in the second top padded layer. The first, second, third, and fourth apertures together provide for ventilation and heat transfer from the top of the user's head wherein the first and second apertures are smaller in size than the third and fourth apertures.
The helmet particularly for fighting and combat training purposes is additionally characterized as comprising: a first strip of Velcro about right temple area on the circumferential member; a second strip of Velcro about a left temple area on the circumferential member; a third strip of Velcro about a chin area on the circumferential member; a fourth strip of Velcro about a forehead area on the circumferential member, the fourth strip of Velcro having a break therein to allow for a manufacturer logo to be joined to the forehead area. Also a faceguard is included releasably coupled to the circumferential member the faceguard having a grill section and a frame section both comprising steel bars, wherein the frame section has a bottom most horizontal bar having a thickness greater than the grill section steel bars for improved longevity and wear characteristics to the faceguard.
The helmet herein is still further characterized wherein the circumferential member further comprises a first and a second overlapping flaps rotating about a vertical axis and joining the top member padded flap via corresponding Velcro; and a padded ear hole for protecting a user's ear, the padded ear hole having a metal plate coupled at a center portion thereto, the metal plate having an additional plurality of holes to allow a passing of sound.
In yet another aspect the present invention is a helmet comprising: a padded substantially circumferential member generally protecting a user's face, forehead, chin, cheek bones, and sides of the user's head, the circumferential member comprising a first and a second overlapping flaps at a rear thereof for donning and removal of the helmet; and a top member flexibly coupled to the circumferential member via a plurality of flexible bands the flexible bands providing an optimum flex fit thereby further providing increased comfort to a user while also accommodating more different head sizes, the top member providing protection to a top of a user's head.
The helmet is also described as having a padded flap pivotally at an end thereof, the padded flap for protecting a back of a user's head, wherein the paddled flap comprises Velcro material, wherein the first overlapping flap comprises Velcro material on a front side and on a backside thereof, and wherein the second overlapping flap comprises Velcro material on a back side thereof and comprises a manufacturing logo on a front side there, the padded flap, first and second overlapping flaps together allowing for a donning of the helmet.
The helmet in this aspect is also described wherein the circumferential member additionally comprises a chin portion generally protecting a front of a user's chin, the helmet additionally having a bottom member joined to the chin portion, the chin portion being generally thicker and having more dense padding as compared to the bottom member, and further the bottom member having softer material as compared to the chin portion for optimum comfort and protection.
Also specifically with regard to materials contemplated the helmet has an outer skin comprising advanced, man-made leather composed of a non-woven fabric having ultra-fine fibers, approximately measuring 0.05 micron in diameter, the ultra-fine fibers combined to form fiber bundles, the bundles further impregnated with polyurethane to improve flexibility and conformability; and it also has an inner cushioning material including a polymer composite containing a chemically engineered dilatant assisting in energy absorbing properties.
These, as well as other advantages of the present invention will be more apparent from the following description and drawings. It is understood that changes in the specific structure shown and described may be made within the scope of the claims, without departing from the spirit of the invention.
While the apparatus and method has or will be described for the sake of grammatical fluidity with functional explanations, it is to be expressly understood that the claims, unless expressly formulated under 35 USC 112, are not to be construed as necessarily limited in any way by the construction of “means” or “steps” limitations, but are to be accorded the full scope of the meaning and equivalents of the definition provided by the claims under the judicial doctrine of equivalents, and in the case where the claims are expressly formulated under 35 USC 112 are to be accorded full statutory equivalents under 35 USC 112. The invention can be better visualized by turning now to the following drawings wherein like elements are referenced by like numerals.
The novel features of this invention, as well as the invention itself, both as to its structure and its operation, will be best understood from the accompanying drawings, taken in conjunction with the accompanying description, in which similar reference characters refer to similar parts, and in which:
Various inventive features are described below that can each be used independently of one another or in combination with other features. Initially with regard to
With further reference to
With reference to
Also according to this embodiment 10a, a padded ear hole 31 for protecting a user's ear is provided having a metal plate 32 coupled at a center portion thereto. As shown, the metal plate has a plurality of holes 32 to allow a passing of sound. An alternative embodiment provides that rigid plastic could be substituted for the metal plate 32.
Also as best seen with regard to
Further with regard to
An additional heavily padded variation 11c is provided in
It should be understood, of course, that the foregoing relates to exemplary embodiments of the invention and that modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.