This invention relates to leg protectors particularly suitsble for protecting the lower portion of a pant leg from rain, mud, snow and the like.
Pant leg protectors have previously been designed to overco~e the disadvantages of a conventional raincoat ~ -which, although protecting the wearer, does not protect the lower portions of the pant legs which are readily splashed by mud, water or snow. Previous pant leg protectors have been attached~ in use~ to the pant le~s by way of clip means but the clips suffer from the disadvantage that the teeth thereof do bite into the pant legs and can pro-duce holes therein or distort the shape thereof. Other pant leg protectors have utilized straps to support the pan~
leg protectors from the wearers belt but this type of arrangement suffers from the disadvantage that it is some-what uncomfortable and inconvenient in use. In still another arrangement, elastlc material has been used to maintain the pant leg protector in position but this can also be uncom-fortable and furthermore, produce creases in the pants so as to distort the appearance thereof.
It is an ob~ect of the present invention to provide a leg protector in which the above-mentioned disadvantages are~ in use~ substantially reduced.
Accordingly, the present invention provides a pant leg protection system comprising in combination a pair of pants and a protector for the lower part of a non-fitted pant leg, said protector comprising a cylinder of water resistant ;~ material adapted to loosely surround and cover the lower part - -: ~: of said pant leg and protect it from adverse weather ;~ 30 conditions~ without severely distorting the shape thereof, and means on said cylinder adapted to detachably secure said protector to said pair of pants in a non-damaging manner, .. . . . . .
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said means to secure said protector to said pair of p2nts comprising at least a first length of flexible magnetic tape permanently attached on the inner surface of said protector and adapted to cooperate, by magnetic attraction, with a corresponding second length of flexible magnetic tape permanently attsched on the inner surface of said pair of pants whereby said lengths of magnetic tape are not visible in use and whereby, when the first and the second magnetic tapes are placed in proximity to support the protector on the pant leg, the pant leg is not dama8ed or further interfered with in any way.
Embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accomp-anying drawings in which:-Figure 1 is a diagrammatic representation of a pantleg protector according to the present invention;
Figure 2 is a diagrammatic representation of a pant or trouser leg; and Figure 3 is a diagrammatic representation of a pant leg protector according to another embodiment of the present invention.
The embodiment of the invention illustrated in Figure 1 arose due to a reali~ation that the disadvantages of the above-mentioned previous pant leg protectors have arisen due to the type of attachment means utilized between the pant leg protector and the pant leg, all of which were designed to adapt to the existing construction of the pant without modification thereof. Many years have passed since the irst pant leg protector was designed but diffi-culties are still being experienced. Ssbstantial investi-gation and research by the present applicant has revealed that the previous disad~sntages can be reduced by modifying '. .
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the constructions of the pant leg itself to permit it to engage with the protector as required using button means.
It will be appreciated that, alternatively, some other -item of clothing may be modified instead of the pant leg, for example, a ladyls skirt.
ln Figure 1, the pant leg protector is a substantially cylindrical piece 2 made from a water-proof and stain res-istant material. Button means is provlded in the form of a button 4 on the inner surface of the cylinder 2 - 2a -106~651 adjacent the top edge thereof. In the illustrated embodiment, a further button 6 is provided, again on the inner surface of the cylinder 2 adjacent the top edge but opposite the ~irst button 4r It will be appreciated that in some embodiments, only one button may be required but, alternatively,severa~ buttons such as 4 and 6 may be utilized.
The pant or trouser leg of the user is provided with one or more button holes at positions corresponding to the location of the buttons 4 and 6,if provided. This is 10- diagra~matically illustrated in Figure 2 where one of the button holes 8 in the trouser or pant leg 10 is illustrated.
It will be observed that the button hole 8 is conveniently located on the seam 12 of the pant leg and will thus be substantially invisible to the naked eye when the pant leg protector is not used. A similar button hole tnot shownj can be provided, if desired, in the corresponding seam (not shown) on the other side of the pant leg 10. It l i~ will be appreciated, however, that the respective button ! ~ holes 8 may be provided in other parts of the pant leg 10 without necessarily being located along the seam 12.
In Figure 3, another embodiment of the present invention is provided wherein the pant leg protector 2 is not in the form of a closed cylinder, as in Figure 1. The pant leg protector is actually a rectangular or square piece of material which is wrapped around the pant or trouser leg so that its side edges overlap in a line 14~ Three VELCRO*
strips 16, 18 and 20 are provided on the portion of the protector 2 which goes underneath whilst corresp~nding VELCRO*strips 22, 24, 26 are provided in corresponding locati~ns on the overlapping part of the protector 2 along the overlapping join line 14. By this means, the size of *Trademark
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In Figures 1, 2, and 3, the button means has been shown as comprising buttons on the pant leg protector and .
corresponding button holes on the trouser or pant. It will be appreciated that.in certain circumstances, it may be more convenient to arrange that the button.means.comprises buttons provided on the trouser or pant whilst the corresponding .10 button holes are provided on the pant leg protector~.Further-more, it will be appreciated that the pant.leg protector may be arranged to cooperate with another item of.clothing such as a coat or skirt in which case the button means, for example, could comprise buttons provided on the coat or.skirt with .corresponding button holes on the pant leg.protector. .
It will furthermore be appreciated that the number of buttons and number of corresponding button holes may be ~. . appropriately selected and is not restricted to t~o in i number. Also, the number of VELCRO*strips, as shown in 2a Figure 3, mav be any convenient number.
From the above it will be seen that the protector may engage and disengage from the pant as requlred so as to provide a convenient and advantageous pant leg protection .system. The pant leg protector may be constructed so as to be a flexible non-self supporting cylinder of variable length, circumference, and taper or profile, made from a suitable waterproof and stain resistant material.
. . The system provides a substantially invisible . support mechanism with, as mentioned above, one or more 3~ buttons attached to the interior of the protector and . positioned to engage one or more button holes formed in the pant, for example, by opening to an appropriate degFee the . *Trademar~ .
pant leg seam and reinforcing same, if necessary, by sewing. When attached to the pant by such a support mechanism, the protector will be secured in place but have no visible means of support. Alternatively, as mentioned the button holes may be provided on the protector with corresponding buttons on the pant or other item of clothing.
It will be readily appreciated that adjustable width may be obtained to as to accommodate varying pant widths, through the use of a cylinder with a seam which can be opened and closed along its length at various points on the ~ . . . . .
circumfere~ce by the e~ployment of attached VELCRO*strips as shown in Figure 3 and located horizontally at different points along the length of the pant leg protector to permit overlapping of oné edge over the other. Instead of ~LCRo*Strips an alternate form of closure could be utilized.
Protection to the bottom edge of the pant or trouser may be obtained by arranging for the pant leg protector to~ -be extra long whereby part thereof can be folded over the bottom edge of the pant and secured to the inside of the : pant by means of component fasteners. In some cases, three or four component fasteners may be used, one half being attached to the interior bottom edge of the protector and the other half being attached to the insiae of the pant.
If the component fastener comprises buttons and button holes, then obviously the button hole may form part of the pant leg protector. Furthermore, a loop may be provided on the interior of the pant leg protector to facilitate suspending the protector to dry before rolling it up for storage.
It will also be appreciated th~t instead of the 3~ vELcRo*patches referred to above, stud devices or other fastener mechanisms could ~e utilized. It will also be *Trademark ~ -~a69651 appreciated that the present invention is ~ot restricted to the use of button~ and button holes ~ut may conveniently utilize any other two-part type of fastener. Yor example, strips of flexible magnetic tape may be utilized, one tape being fixed to the interior surface of the pant leg protector and located so as to engage, by magnetic attraction, a similar magnetic tape, or other suitable strip.permanently attached to the interior of the pant leg. Thus, no visible means will be evident on the outside of the trouser or pant leg. Other cooperating devices may ~ell be substituted for the button means illustrated in the.Figures without departlng from the present invention.
It will be appreciated, of course, that the embodi~
ment8 of the invention described are equally applicable for use with either men's or women's pants or trousers.