Dual size belt

  • US 5,826,280 A
  • Filed: 07/14/1997
  • Issued: 10/27/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/14/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A dual length belt comprising:

  • an elongated belt having a thickness dimension and a width dimension;

    said belt having side edges and a longitudinal centerline midway between said side edges;

    said belt having a buckle end section (16) and a tongue end section (18);

    said tongue end section having a plurality of longitudinally-spaced openings (22) spaced therealong;

    a buckle (30) having a rectangular frame (34) and a latch (32) swingably mounted on said frame for swinging motion on said longitudinal centerline;

    said rectangular frame comprising a frame element (36) extending transverse to said longitudinal centerline;

    said latch being swingably attached to said frame element for entry into selected ones of said longitudinally spaced openings;

    said buckle end section comprising at least two reduced thickness wall areas (24a and 24b) spaced apart a predetermined distance, and a slot (24 or

         26) intersecting each reduced thickness wall area, each of said slots being located on the belt longitudinal axis to selectively receive said swingable latch;

    a series of complementary snap fasteners (a1-a6) mounted on said buckle end section of said elongated belt;

    said snap fasteners comprising male and female fasteners alternating along the belt longitudinal axis;

    the spacing between said reduced thickness wall areas being the same as the spacing between said snap fasteners;

    each of said reduced thickness wall areas being located midway between two of said snap fasteners;

    said reduced thickness wall areas forming readily bendable areas of said belt, whereby said transverse frame element (36) can be selectively positioned against any one of said reduced thickness wall areas so that the belt can be trained around said frame element and formed into a loop configuration by snapping selected ones of said snap fasteners together.

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