Title:
Cap having a visor with soft inner edge
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A cap having a visor with a soft inner edge includes a visor and a crown. The rear end of the visor is composed of at least a portion of soft material and a portion of hard materials, such that the hard material can serve as a support for keeping the shape of the visor, and the soft material can be applied to the segment where the cap periphery and wearer's forehead contact. Given the advantage that the visor composed of a portion of soft board in the inner edge which is resilient and can be transformed to perfectly fit the contour of the wearer's forehead, the wearer can wear the cap much more comfortably.



Inventors:
Tseng, Hui (Taipei, TW)
Application Number:
10/829986
Publication Date:
10/27/2005
Filing Date:
04/23/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A42B1/00; A42B1/06; (IPC1-7): A42B1/00
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Primary Examiner:
KAUFFMAN, BRIAN K
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LEONG C. LEI (WALNUT CREEK, CA, US)
Claims:
1. 1-5. (canceled)

6. A cap having a visor with a soft inner edge comprising: a crown; an outer fabric having an edge sewed onto said crown; and a visor including two stiff boards disposed at two sides of said visor, and a soft board having an edge sewed to between said two stiff boards and fitted in said outer fabric; whereby said cap can be folded without causing damage to said visor.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

(a) Technical Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a cap having a visor with a soft inner edge, particularly to one that is suitable for wear on a human's head such that the rear edge of the visor can make only soft contact with the wearer's forehead and greatly improves the wearer's comfort when wearing the cap.

(b) Description of the Prior Art

Headgear is always popular with consumers, who wear headgear for the purposes of shading rain and sun, head protection, costume styling, etc.

In various headgear articles, a baseball cap is among the most popular, since it is neat in style, convenient to wear, and suitable to people of all ages and both sexes. However, regarding the traditional baseball cap, in order to maintain the visor's shape, it is necessary to dispose a stiff board inside of the outer fabric of the visor. Given the different contours of the wearers' foreheads, the board applied to the wearer's forehead would render an uncomfortable feeling to the wearer after wearing the caps for a period of time due to the pressure of the stiff board of the visor imposed on the wearer' forehead. Accordingly, there is a need to improve the caps of the prior art.

In view of the above, the motive carried by the invention is to improve the disadvantages existing in the prior art by way of providing a cap that has a visor with a resilient inner edge and can be transformed to perfectly fit the wearer's forehead to allow the wearer to wear the cap comfortably.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary object of the invention is to provide a cap having a visor with a soft inner edge. As the rear edge of the visor is made of a soft material which can be automatically adjusted according to the contour of the wearer's forehead and perfectly fit the wearer's forehead, the wearer will feel rather comfortable at the time of wearing the cap.

The secondary object of the invention is to provide a cap having a visor with a soft inner edge, the visor of which can be freely folded up for carrying purposes.

To obtain the above objects, the invention includes a visor and a crown. The visor board is composed of both soft and hard materials, which are covered by an outer fabric to form a visor, and subsequently combined with the crown to accomplish a cap. Accordingly, when a wearer is wearing the cap and contacting with the rear edge of the visor, which is made of a soft material, his/her forehead would feel comfortable. Meanwhile, as the board of the visor can be made of a soft material, it is feasible to have the visor folded up for carrying purposes.

To completely appreciate these and other objects of the present invention as well as the invention itself, all of which will become apparent to those skilled in the art, the following detailed description of the invention and the claims should be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

The foregoing object and summary provide only a brief introduction to the present invention. To fully appreciate these and other objects of the present invention as well as the invention itself, all of which will become apparent to those skilled in the art, the following detailed description of the invention and the claims should be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. Throughout the specification and drawings identical reference numerals refer to identical or similar parts.

Many other advantages and features of the present invention will become manifest to those versed in the art upon making reference to the detailed description and the accompanying sheets of drawings in which a preferred structural embodiment incorporating the principles of the present invention is shown by way of illustrative example.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an exploded view of the boards composed of the visor according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows inserting the boards in FIG. 1 into an outer fabric and integrally sewing up to form a visor.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a cap according to the invention.

FIG. 4 is a side view of the cap being worn on a wearer's head.

FIG. 5 is an enlarged view of the cap shown in FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is a top view of the cap being worn on a wearer's head.

FIG. 7 is an exploded view of the boards composed of the visor according to the present invention.

FIG. 8 shows the combination of the boards presented in FIG. 7 to form a visor.

FIG. 9 is an exploded view of the boards composed of the visor according to the present invention.

FIG. 10 shows the combination of the boards presented in FIG. 9 to form a visor.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The following descriptions are of exemplary embodiments only, and are not intended to limit the scope, applicability or configuration of the invention in any way. Rather, the following description provides a convenient illustration for implementing exemplary embodiments of the invention. Various changes to the described embodiments may be made in the function and arrangement of the elements described without departing from the scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2 showing exploded views of the visor 10 according to the invention, the structure includes a board 11 made of a hard material, and a board 12 made of a soft material, such that the hard and soft boards can be integrally covered by an outer fabric 44 to form a visor 10. A seam allowance 45 is retained at the rear end of the visor 10 for being sewed and fastened to the crown 2. While the stiff board 11 and the soft board 12 can be sewed up and combined to one, the key point is that the soft board 12 should be disposed at the rear end of the visor 10 for contacting with the wearer's forehead.

FIGS. 3 and 4 are perspective views showing that the visor 10 has been sewed on the crown 2 to form a cap 1. As illustrated, the soft board 12 is disposed at the position adjacent to the front edge of the crown, such that when the wearer is wearing the cap 1, his forehead will contact with the soft board 12 without feeling uncomfortable like being pressed by a hard board.

Referring to FIG. 5, when the cap 1 is being worn on the wearer's head 3, the soft board 12 will contact with the wearer's forehead 4. In view of various contours of different wearers' foreheads 4, e.g., different width and curve of skeleton, caps of mass production might not necessarily be suitable to all kinds of wearers. In the present invention, the soft board 12 can be automatically adjusted and transformed to perfectly fit all wearers' foreheads. FIG. 6 is a top view of the cap being worn on a wearer's head 3. As illustrated, unlike a stiff board which would press on the wearer's forehead, the soft board 12 can conform to the scraggy contour of the wearer's forehead 4, and properly adjust and transform to perfectly fit the wearer's forehead.

As shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, in the structure of the visor 10 in another embodiment of the invention, hard material boards 13 are disposed at the two sides, and a soft board 14 is disposed at the center and rear, such that the soft board 14 can be sewed to between the stiff boards 13 disposed on the two sides, thereby forming a foldable board element which is subsequently inserted into an outer fabric 44 to accomplish a visor 10. After being sewed up, the visor would form a soft contact surface at its rear end. On the other hand, the visor can be sewed to a crown 2 to accomplish a cap 1.

FIGS. 9 and 10 show the structure of a visor 10 according to a further embodiment of the invention. The visor 10 has a soft visor board 15 which extends from the front end toward the rear end. Considering that the soft visor board 15 alone might not hard enough to set a style for the cap, a hard board 17 can be supplemented to the visor. While the soft visor board 15 has a size greater than that of the hard visor board 17, the aforesaid two boards are lapped up and form a soft arc area 16 at the segment adjacent to the wear's forehead. Both of the soft and hard boards 15, 17 are directly inserted into an outer fabric 44. After being sewn up, the visor would form a soft contact segment at its rear end, and with the arc area 16 serving as a contact segment, the visor can be sewed to a crown 2 to accomplish a cap 1.

In view of the above, in the cap structure according the invention, the rear edge of the visor is provided with a soft material, which can be applied to various wearers' foreheads. When the wearer is wearing the cap, the soft rear edge of the visor will automatically transform to conform to the contour of the wearer's forehead, thereby the wearer will feel comfortable with the cap he/she is wearing.

Concluded above, given the unique design of the soft rear edge of the visor, the front edge of the cap periphery (i.e. the rear edge of the visor) can be automatically adjusted and transformed.

It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together may also find a useful application in other types of methods differing from the type described above.

While certain novel features of this invention have been shown and described and are pointed out in the annexed claim, it is not intended to be limited to the details above, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the present invention.