Description: A combination device is featured for both tethering a snowboard to the boot of a user and for carrying a snowboard over the shoulder. The device has a retraction unit that houses a spring-wound strap within. The retractable unit has a flange for attaching the unit to one of the bindings of the snowboard. Screws are used to affix the flange, and hence the retraction unit, to the binding. The combination tether and carrying strap is easily accessible by pulling on the hooking latch, which is attached to the retractable strap.
A retractable combination carrying strap and tether device for a snowboard, comprising:
a) A flexible, spring-wound carrying strap and tether having a proximal end and a distal, free end, said flexible carrying strap and tether being movable between a retracted, stowed position and an extended position;
b) A retracting mechanism operably attached to said proximal end of said carrying strap and tether for maintaining said carrying strap and tether in said stowed position, and for retractably retrieving said distal, free end thereof from said extended position whereby said carrying strap and tether can be disengaged without separating said retracting mechanism from said snowboard;
c) A housing surrounding and containing said retracting mechanism, said distal, free end of said tether and carrying strap being disposed outside said housing when said tether and carrying strap is disposed in said stowed position; and
d) A flange operatively disposed upon said housing for attaching said housing beneath a first binding of said snowboard using existing binding mounting holes therein, wherein the carrying strap and tether removably attaches said distal end of said carrying strap and tether directly to a boot and forms a tether configuration, and wherein the carrying strap and tether further removably attaches said distal end of said carrying strap and tether to a second binding of said snowboard, which is a separate binding from the first binding of the snowboard, thereby forming a carrying strap configuration.
Patent Details: http://www.google.com/patents/US8979113
DOI: US 10/602,834