Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc has filed a patent for an adjustable helmet with a unique size adjustment mechanism. The helmet includes two shells that can be laterally flexible to adjust the size between a minimum and maximum size. The size adjustment mechanism allows for infinite adjustment without the need for user manipulation. GlobalData’s report on Dick’s Sporting Goods gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Adjustable helmet with ratchet-less size adjustment mechanism

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230301390A1) describes an adjustable helmet with a unique size adjustment mechanism. The helmet consists of a first shell with two side portions and a second shell positioned between them. The side portions of the first shell partially overlap the second shell and are laterally flexible, allowing for size adjustment between a minimum and maximum size. The size adjustment mechanism includes a tensioner that extends between the side portions, enabling ratchet-less and infinite adjustment without user manipulation.

The tensioner in the adjustable helmet includes an elastic cord with one end coupled to a first interface of the first side portion and the opposing end coupled to a second interface of the second side portion. The second shell defines a third interface, and the elastic cord extends from the first interface to the third interface and then to the second interface. The third interface is vertically offset from the first and second interfaces and supports the elastic cord.

The first and second interfaces are openings in the side portions of the first shell, and the adjustable helmet includes fasteners that extend through these openings and engage with the ends of the elastic cord. The second shell has wings with slots that align with the openings in the side portions, allowing the fasteners to secure the elastic cord.

The second shell also includes protrusions that engage with corresponding surfaces of the side portions, limiting contact and friction between the second shell and the side portions. This design helps to reduce friction and improve the adjustability of the helmet.

Another embodiment of the adjustable helmet includes a multi-piece shell that has an infinitely adjustable size between a minimum and maximum size. This design allows the helmet to adjust to fit the wearer's head without requiring manipulation of a size adjustment mechanism. Additionally, this embodiment does not include a ratchet or locking mechanism to hold the shell at discrete sizes.

Overall, this patent describes an adjustable helmet with a unique size adjustment mechanism that offers infinite adjustability without the need for user manipulation. The design includes a tensioner with an elastic cord and fasteners, as well as a multi-piece shell for optimal fit and comfort.

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