Patent Number: 6,168,183

Title: Snowboard binding

Abstract: A boot for use with a snowboard having a binding for attachment to the boot. The boot includes a base, a highback, and an upper. The base includes a binding-receiving plate for attaching the boot to the binding on the snowboard. The base also has toe and heel ends. The base is formed with a toecap at the toe end and has a heel counter at the heel end. Tread projects from the bottom of the base for traction when the boot is not attached to the snowboard. The highback extends upwardly from the heel counter of the base. The highback provides aft support to the user. The upper is fixedly attached to the base and is arranged and configured to receive the foot and ankle of the user. The upper has a rearward side adjacent the highback. The upper is more flexible than the base and the highback. A base strap is connected to opposing sides of the base and extends across a portion of the upper. The binding disclosed includes a frame for attachment to the snowboard, a first coupling to secure the forward end of the boot, and a second coupling to secure the rearward end of the boot. The couplings are releasable with arms that extend from the sides of the frame. The couplings that secure the forward end of the boot may include either a set of jaws or a simple hook. Both sets of couplings hold the boot, within the sole of the boot, along an axis near the longitudinal center axis of the sole of the boot.

Inventors: Turner; Brent H. (Seattle, WA), Svensson; John E. (Seattle, WA)

Assignee: K-2 Corporation

International Classification: A43B 5/04 (20060101); A43B 5/16 (20060101); A63C 9/08 (20060101); A63C 9/086 (20060101); A63C 9/00 (20060101); A63C 009/08 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018