07900279 is referenced by 20 patents and cites 74 patents.

The present invention is directed to a sports helmet with a clamp that secures an elongated strap of a chin protector assembly against the helmet. The clamp includes a main body having an opening, a finger and a receiver that is positioned between the opening and the finger. The clamp may also include a strengthening insert that extends longitudinally within the clamp. In a secured position, the main body is coupled to the helmet by both a fastener extending through the opening and the finger inserted into an aperture of the helmet. An extent of the chin strap is securedly positioned between the helmet and the receiver. In the secured position, an inner surface of the chin strap member is in contact with an outer surface of the helmet and an outer surface of the chin strap is in contact with the receiver. The receiver includes a plurality of gripping members that engage an outer surface of the chin strap in the secured position. Also, the receiver is recessed from an inner wall of the main body, whereby the receiver has a depth that corresponds to a thickness of the chin strap. Consequently, the receiver accepts the strap and the inner clamp wall makes contact with the helmet shell.

Title
Sports helmet with clamp for securing a chin protector
Application Number
11/517811
Publication Number
7900279 (B2)
Application Date
September 8, 2006
Publication Date
March 8, 2011
Inventor
Thad M Ide
Chicago
IL, US
Ralph J Infusino
Bloomingdale
IL, US
Nelson Kraemer
Mt. Prospect
IL, US
Agent
McDermott Will & Emery
Assignee
Riddell
IL, US
IPC
A42B 1/06
A42B 7/00
A63B 71/10
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