Snowboard binding system

  • US 6,113,127 A
  • Filed: 04/25/1997
  • Issued: 09/05/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/21/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A snowboard binding system, comprising:

  • a boot engaging plate attached to the top surface of a snowboard, said boot engaging plate having at least two engaging members engageabIe to opposite sides of a snowboarder'"'"'s boot such that said boot, once engaged by said engaging members, is secured to the snowboard, said engaging members being movable between an engaging position and a disengaging position in which the engaging members are separated by a greater distance than in the engaging position, whereby vertical pressure by said boot towards said boot engaging plate when the snowboarder'"'"'s boot is stepped vertically downwardly onto said binding system is sufficient to move said engaging members to said engaging position said engaging members being biased to assume the engaging position upon downward movement of the boot into a properly secured arrangement with said binding system;

    a disengaging member operatively associated with at least one of said engaging members to move said at least one of said engaging members from the engaging position to the disengaging position, said disengaging member being capable of manipulation by a snowboarder'"'"'s hand;

    an engagement indicator which indicates to a snowboarder that the boot is secured to said binding system in the properly secured arrangement, an indication of a properly secured arrangement by the engagement indicator being selected from the group consisting of one of the appearance and the disappearance of a colored segment operatively associated with one of said engaging members and a signal relaying one of an audible signal and a visual signal; and

    one or more positioning contoured members which guide the snowboarder'"'"'s boot into the properly secured arrangement, said positioning contoured members being configured for directing the snowboarder'"'"'s boot into the properly secured arrangement as the snowboarder'"'"'s boot descends downwardly.

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