US 9,808,042 B2
Batting helmet having localized impact protection
Brian Hoying, St Louis, MO (US); Kevin Bowman, Washington, MO (US); Art Chou, Clarkson Valley, MO (US); Michael A Lorenz, Gahanna, OH (US); and Kevin J Vititoe, Columbus, OH (US)
Assigned to Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., St. Louis, MO (US)
Filed by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., St. Louis, MO (US)
Filed on Aug. 17, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/827,765.
Application 14/827,765 is a continuation of application No. 12/550,514, filed on Aug. 31, 2009, granted, now 9,107,466.
Prior Publication US 2015/0351481 A1, Dec. 10, 2015
Int. Cl. A42B 3/06 (2006.01); A42B 3/12 (2006.01); A42B 3/16 (2006.01); A63B 71/10 (2006.01)
CPC A42B 3/063 (2013.01) [A42B 3/06 (2013.01); A42B 3/069 (2013.01); A42B 3/12 (2013.01); A42B 3/128 (2013.01); A42B 3/16 (2013.01); A63B 71/10 (2013.01)] 28 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A helmet comprising:
a rigid shell comprising crown, front, back, left, and right portions shaped to cover the respective crown, front, back, left, and right portions of a wearer's head, wherein the rigid shell defines a bottom opening and an inner cavity configured to receive a wearer's head, wherein the rigid shell comprises a material having a first stiffness, and wherein the rigid shell comprises an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a sheet of protective material having a second stiffness, wherein the sheet of protective material is coupled to the inner surface of the rigid shell only in an area corresponding to the crown portion of the rigid shell, the left portion of the rigid shell, the right portion of the rigid shell, or any combination of the crown, left, and right portions of the rigid shell, wherein the second stiffness is greater than the first stiffness to provide increased impact protection to a wearer only along the area corresponding to the crown portion of the rigid shell, the left portion of the rigid shell, the right portion of the rigid shell, or any combination of the crown, left, and right portions of the rigid shell, and wherein the sheet of protective material does not extend along the front portion of the rigid shell or the back portion of the rigid shell.