Patent Number: 6,170,091

Title: Method and apparatus integral with an article of apparel for tightening a strap

Abstract: A method of securing a strap and a strap fastening apparatus integral with an article of apparel includes an article of apparel and a planar surface. The apparatus further includes a wedge having a handle and a surface with a predetermined angle. The wedge also includes projections which engage with a strap. The apparatus also provides a housing where the wedge is contained within the housing. The apparatus also includes an attachment device where the attachment device fastens the housing to the planar surface. The housing and planar surface form a first opening and a second opening. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for reducing contact area between the strap and the planar surface, whereby translational displacement required for locking the wedge and smoothing wear of the wedge are substantially reduced while friction is substantially increased between the wedge and the strap and between the planar surface and the strap.

Inventors: Zide; Robert M. (Williamstown, WV), Rector; James L. (Vienna, WV)

Assignee: Proline, Inc.

International Classification: A44B 11/10 (20060101); A44B 11/00 (20060101); A41D 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018