Title:
Sun Towel
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The invention disclosed provides an improved sun towel with added features to be used by beachgoers, picnickers, and the like. The topside comprised of soft pile terrycloth to provide comfort and absorbance, and the backside comprised of a polyurethane film backing to repel moisture from underneath. The sun towel is round in shape, and comes equipped with built-in pockets sewn in between the top-side of towel and backing; fit to encapsulate removable waterproof storage pouches. Built-in grommets allow the towel to be secured into the ground with plastic spikes. The towel can be rolled and folded to fit into any carry-all.



Inventors:
Russo Jr., Michael Nicholas (Saugus, MA, US)
Application Number:
13/759952
Publication Date:
11/20/2014
Filing Date:
05/17/2013
Assignee:
RUSSO, JR. MICHAEL NICHOLAS
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47G9/06
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Primary Examiner:
TRETTEL, MICHAEL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Michael N Russo Jr (Saugus, MA, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. 1-4. (canceled)

5. A sun towel comprising of soft, highly absorbent, terrycloth layer; a waterproof backing substantially co-extensive with the terrycloth layer; at least one pocket, each formed between the terrycloth and the backing, extending inward from an under peripheral edge over only aperture of the area of the terrycloth and the backing; and at least one aperture extending through the terrycloth and backing to enable a space for the pocket.

6. The sun towel recited in claim 1 wherein is equipped with plastic spikes which be inserted into grommet holes that are manufactured into the towel to anchor the towel to the ground, with an additional spike that can be inserted into a center grommet hole where an umbrella could be inserted; and a supplemental pouch with lanyard

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

“Not Applicable”

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

“Not Applicable”

REFERENCE TO A SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM, LISTING COMPACT DISC APPENDIX

“Not Applicable”

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

This invention relates generally to more than just a sun towel. It is a multi-purpose towel with a waterproof backing for beaches and other outdoor events.

2. Description of the Related Art

A terrycloth beach towel with a waterproof backing is described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,278,719, issued Jul. 14, 1981, under title “Waterproof Backed Towel”. This beach towel has a nylon backing with a folded over hem. A waterproof cushion for the use on boats with vents, to allow the cushion to yield to pressure for the comfort of the user, is described in U.S. Pat. No. 3,058,124 issued Oct. 16, 1981 under the title “Cushion Construction”. A cushion for use on outdoor furniture with an interlayer of water impervious material to prevent moisture from diffusing from one side layer to another side layer is described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,295,235 issued Oct. 20, 1981 under the title “Waterproof Cushion for Outdoor Use and Method of Manufacturing the same”.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The sun towel is made of a highly absorbent terrycloth with a fused rubber/polyurethane waterproof membrane to repel sand and water. There are also sewn-in zippered pockets each formed between the terrycloth and backing of the towel which house removable waterproof zip-seal pouches on a lanyard for protection and transportation of valuables. It has three small grommet holes equally spaced around the towel with three durable plastic sand spikes to anchor the towel in sand or grass. There is also a larger grommet hole in the center of the towel for an umbrella, should one be used. If not, there is a fourth, additional durable plastic spike to insert which will cover the opening from any sand and to further secure the towel into the ground.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a view of the entire waterproof backed sun towel including any and all features according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a view of a cotton and polyester blend double-stitched edging according to the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a view of the sewn-in pockets; and plastic, heavy-duty, non-rust zipper for sewn-in pockets;

FIG. 4 is a view of the large grommet hole to accommodate an umbrella should one be used.

FIG. 5 is a view of the small grommet hole to anchor the perimeter of the towel;

FIG. 6 is a view of the front highly absorbent terrycloth;

FIG. 7 is a view of the waterproof rubber/polyurethane backing;

FIG. 8 is a view of the waterproof zip-seal pouch with attached lanyard

FIG. 9 is a view of the durable plastic sand/ground spike;

FIG. 10 is a view of part 1 of the suggested folding method;

FIG. 11 is a view of part 2 of the suggested folding method.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a sun towel 10, generally designed for the beach, but which can also be used on grass for other events. The towel 10 is round in shape, and large enough for at least two adults to lie on, as shown in (FIG. 1). Because of its round shape, the need to adjust the towel's position is eliminated, but rather the sunbather will only need to change their own position on the towel.

The edging 16 of the towel is achieved by folding over the edge of the towel approximately one half of an inch, and secured with a cotton and polyester blend double-stitch for durability and non-fraying purposes, as shown in (FIG. 2).

There are two sewn-in pockets 22 extending inward between the terrycloth 12 and the waterproof backing 14, as shown in (FIG. 3), on opposite sides of the towel fastened with heavy-duty plastic zippers 24.

The heavy-duty, non-rust plastic zippers 24 are used to secure the waterproof pouch 26 inside the sewn-in pockets 22, as shown in (FIG. 3).

The large center grommet hole 20 is used to accommodate an umbrella, should one be used, as shown in (FIG. 4). If not, this opening will be plugged with the fourth/extra durable plastic spike 30.

The three smaller grommet holes 18, as shown in (FIG. 5), will be spaced equally around the circumference of the towel 10 to accommodate the three durable plastic spikes 30 that will serve to anchor the towel 10 into the ground.

The highly absorbent terrycloth 12 sun towel 10 is round in shape and large enough for at least two adults to lie on as shown in (FIG. 6).

The waterproof backing 14 of the sun towel 10 is comprised of a rubber/polyurethane membrane which will be fused to the underside of the terrycloth 12 towel, as shown in (FIG. 7).

The waterproof zip-seal pouch 26 will be comprised of a polyethylene material, fastened with a zip-seal. There will be a punched hole in the top corner of the pouch to accommodate a lanyard 28, as shown in (FIG. 8).

The lanyard 28, as shown in (FIG. 8), is a woven cotton/nylon blend that will be strung through the hole in the waterproof pouch 26 in (FIG. 9) which will be used to carry the pouch 26, either around the neck or by hand.

The towel 10 will be anchored with three 8-inch durable plastic spikes 30, as shown in (FIG. 11), and described in paragraph [0009], FIG. 4 and paragraph [0010], FIG. 5.

FIG. 10 demonstrates the first step of the folding process 32 for storage. The towel 10 will be rolled up in a tubular fashion. The next step of the folding process 34 is to fold the rolled-up towel at the center FIG. 11.





 
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