(11)EP 1 414 321 B1


(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
08.03.2006 Bulletin 2006/10

(21)Application number: 02774491.1

(22)Date of filing:  30.07.2002
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A41D 13/02  (2006.01)
A41D 13/015  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
(87)International publication number:
WO 2003/013294 (20.02.2003 Gazette  2003/08)





(84)Designated Contracting States:

(30)Priority: 10.08.2001 IT TV20010046 U

(43)Date of publication of application:
06.05.2004 Bulletin 2004/19

(73)Proprietor: Alpinestars Research S.R.L.
31010 Coste di Maser (IT)

  • MAZZAROLO, Gabriele
    I-31010 Coste di Maser (IT)

(74)Representative: Agostini, Agostino et al
Dragotti & Associati srl Vicolo Campana, 3
31100 Treviso
31100 Treviso (IT)

(56)References cited: : 
EP-A- 0 950 360
DE-A1- 10 014 025
JP-A- 11 061 515
US-A- 3 878 561
US-A- 4 773 100
US-A- 5 649 328
DE-A- 3 033 059
FR-A- 8 100 047
US-A- 1 660 342
US-A- 4 509 213
US-A- 4 922 552
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    [0001] The present invention refers to garments such as sportswear or leisurewear items including suits, trousers, jackets and the like.

    [0002] In particular, the present invention is directed at those garments in which there are provided rigid or semi-rigid parts, such as knee guards, elbow guards or other protective elements, as well as deformable parts that are intended to facilitate the movements of the body, mainly in connection with the bending of the arms, the legs and the back.

    [0003] Motor-cycling is a typical field of application in which garments of such a kind are used.

    [0004] As a matter of fact, the jackets or the trousers that are usually worn by racing drivers or motor-cycling amateurs are made of a thick and resistant material such as leather or the like, sometimes reinforced with rigid plates aimed at withstanding abrasions occurring in the case of falls.

    [0005] In addition, the garment zones corresponding to articulations of the body, such as the knees or the elbows, are specially protected by knee guards or elbow guards, which are of a rigid construction as well, so that the wearability of the garments of the above cited kind, notwithstanding the afore mentioned deformable parts with which they are provided, turns out to be practically limited

    [0006] Such parts may be made with the use of inserts of stretch fabric, rubber or the like, as well as any insert of a material configured so as to feature a plurality of pleats in the way of a bellows, so as to be able to freely deform, thereby compensating for the different postures taken by the human body.

    [0007] An example of motor-cycling suit designed in accordance with these principles is described in the patent application EP-A-0 950 360, forming the preamble of claim 1.

    [0008] Generally speaking, however, it should be anyway noticed that such deformable parts may bring about some difficulties that reduce the extent of the benefits deriving from the use thereof.

    [0009] In fact, they turn into weak points in case of a fall, owing to the fact that stretch fabrics or the layers of material of which they are made cannot feature a same strength as the leather of which the suit, the trousers or the jacket in its entirety is made.

    [0010] On the other hand, it can be readily appreciated that, owing to these portions having to be able to freely deform, no possibility is given for rigid reinforcement inserts to be included within said parts, either.

    [0011] As a consequence of these circumstances, therefore, it is preferable that the size of such parts be kept as small as possible, so as to limit the extent of the weak points in the related garments.

    [0012] However, too small a size of such parts does not allow for any adequate freedom of movement, especially if the fact is considered that such garments as motor-cycling suits, trousers and jackets have to fit the body of a person both when he/she is driving and when he/she is standing up, namely under widely differing circumstances.

    [0013] It should also be duly considered that, when changing from a posture to another one, displacements occur which are due to the natural settling of the suit on the body of the person, and such displacements can actually cause the elastic parts to move out of place with respect to the zone of the body which they are associated with.

    [0014] In an effort to at least partially solve these problems and meet all these different needs, intermediate solutions are used in the current state of the art, which represent a compromise between the comfortableness of persons wearing the garments and the required level of safety.

    [0015] Also belonging to the state of art are the following documents:
    • US-A-4 773 100 disclosing a rainwear for motorcyclists comprising, in correspondence of each leg, a deformable insert of a tubular shape completely overlapped by a skirt, which also is of a tubular shape;
    • US-A-4 922 552 disclosing a firefighter's garment comprising an outer shell and an inner liner also in the sleeve portions. A section of the inner liner in correspondence of each elbow is readily flexible to permit an easy bending of the firefighter's arm.
    • WO-A-98 46480 disclosing a diving suit with a stretchable waistband protected by a sleeve which is closed at both ends.

    [0016] However, these solutions may prove fully inadequate in the case of more demanding applications, such as for instance in the case of motor-cycling races.

    [0017] It is therefore a main object of the present invention to improve this state of things by providing a garment comprising deformable parts, which is particularly, although not solely intended for use in the motor-cycling sector, where it shall ensure a greater freedom of movement to persons wearing it as well as an adequate protection also in correspondence of the above mentioned parts.

    [0018] Such an object is reached by a' garment incorporating the characteristics as recited in the appended claims.

    [0019] The features and advantages of the present invention can be more clearly understood from the description of a preferred, although not sole embodiment that is given below with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which:
    • Figure 1 is a front view of a pair of trousers according to the present invention;
    • Figures 2 and 3 are side views of the trousers shown in Figure 1, in the extended condition and the bent position of the leg, respectively;
    • Figure 4 is a cross-sectional enlarged view of the encircled detail appearing in Figure 3.

    [0020] With reference to the above cited Figures, they can be noticed to generally indicate at 1 a pair of motor-cycling trousers according to the present invention, in which there are provided three deformable inserts 2, 3 and 4; the first such insert is located in correspondence of the rear zone and extends from the waistline of the trousers down to the coccygeal zone, whereas the other two inserts are arranged in a position situated slightly above the knee.

    [0021] In this case, the inserts are of the bellows-like type made of any material that proves suitable to the purpose, such as for instance a natural or synthetic fabric, thin skin or leather, rubber or the like. However, it will be readily appreciated that any other solution that proves appropriate in view of making deformable inserts for use in garments, such as for instance stretch fabrics or the like, may also be used.

    [0022] The inserts 2, 3 and 4 of the trousers extend in part under respective covering skirts 5, 6 and 8; these skirts are applied on to the trousers by means of sewing and/ or bonding and are made of thick skin or leather, possibly reinforced by means of metal plates or other rigid elements, so as to be capable of withstanding abrasion in case of the motor-cyclist falling down.

    [0023] The inserts 2, 3 and 4 are joined to the remaining portion of the trousers in any suitable per se known manner, by means of sewing or other joining techniques, depending on their position and which part of the trousers they are in proximity of.

    [0024] As an example, the inserts 3 and 4 above the knee are joined by sewing seams 9 and 10 to their respective legs 11 and 12 of the trousers; the uppermost sewing seams are located under the skirts 6 and 8, whereas the lowermost ones are protected by knee guards 13 and 14.

    [0025] Similarly, also the deformable insert 2 is joined to the waist 16 of the trousers by a sewing seam 17 lying under the covering skirt 5.

    [0026] From the above description, the way in which the trousers 1 practically behave in use, thereby reaching the earlier stated object of the present invention, can be readily inferred.

    [0027] In fact, thanks to the protection ensured by the skirts 5, 6 and 8, the deformable inserts 2, 3 and 4 can be assigned a greater extension than the currently known inserts used in sports suits or trousers, since there is no risk for them to become exposed in the case of the wearing person's falling from the motor-cycle.

    [0028] Such a greater extension enables the inserts 2, 3 and 4 to anatomically conform to the corresponding zones of the body of the motor-cyclist, under any bent or stretched condition of the legs thereof; it therefore ensues that the thereby ensured freedom of movement is practically unlimited, without any loss of safety for the persons wearing the trousers owing to the presence of the skirts 5, 6 and 8 that protect the inserts in the case of a fall.

    [0029] As already hinted earlier in this description, the trousers illustrated in the Figures are just an example of the present invention; in fact, the same teaching can actually be applied to motor-cycling suits and jackets, as well as to all such garments in which use is made of deformable inserts in view of facilitating movements. In this connection, just think for instance of the outfits for sports like hockey, ski, etc..

    [0030] It will of course be appreciated that the inserts may also be located or lie in positions differing from those considered here above. So, for instance, they may be provided in correspondence of the elbows, the shoulders, the back or any other part of the body, depending from the particular type of garment which they are intended for.


    1. Garment, particularly, although not solely intended for leisure or sporting activities, comprising at least one deformable insert (2, 3, 4) in correspondence of a zone of the body in view of facilitating the movements thereof, the said at least one insert (2, 3, 4) being joined to at least one portion (11, 12) of thick and resistant material to form a tubular part at least at a transversal cross-section, the garment being characterized by a semi-rigid covering skirt (5, 6, 8) which is overlapping said deformable insert (2, 3, 4) or at least a portion thereof and joined to said at least one portion (11, 12) of thick and resistant material at least at said transversal cross section.
    2. Garment according to claim 1, in which said at least one deformable insert (2, 3, 4) is made of one or more of the following materials : fabric, skin, rubber.
    3. Garment according to claim 1, in which said at least one deformable insert (2, 3, 4) is made of stretch fabric.
    4. Garment according to claims 1 to 3, in which said semi-rigid covering skirt (5, 6, 8) comprises at least a reinforcement element in the form of a plate of material such as plastics, metal or the like.
    5. Garment according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the garment is a suit or trousers where said deformable inserts (2, 3, 4) are arranged in correspondence of zones of the user's body which are subject to movements during a sport activity, in particular motorcycling, namely the lower portion of the back, the knees, the elbows and the shoulders.


    1. Bekleidungsstück, das insbesondere - aber nicht nur - für Freizeit- oder Sportaktivitäten vorgesehen ist und das aufweist:

    zumindest einen deformierbaren Einsatz (2, 3, 4) in Übereinstimmung mit einer Zone des Körpers im Hinblick auf das Erleichtern von Bewegungen davon,

    wobei der zumindest eine Einsatz (2, 3, 4) mit zumindest einem Abschnitt (11, 12) eines dicken und widerstandsfähigen Materials verbunden ist, sodass zumindest in einem quer verlaufenden Querschnitt ein rohrförmiger Teil gebildet ist,

    wobei das Bekleidungsstück gekennzeichnet ist durch:

    eine halb-steife Abdeckschürze (5, 6, 8), die den deformierbaren Einsatz (2, 3, 4) oder zumindest einen Abschnitt davon überlappt und mit dem zumindest einen Abschnitt (11, 12) dicken und widerstandsfähigen Materials zumindest in dem quer verlaufenden Querschnitt verbunden ist.

    2. Bekleidungsstück nach Anspruch 1, bei dem der zumindest eine deformierbare Einsatz (2, 3, 4) aus einem oder mehreren der folgenden Materialien gemacht ist: Gewebe, Haut, Gummi.
    3. Bekleidungsstück nach Anspruch 1, bei dem der zumindest eine deformierbare Einsatz (2, 3, 4) aus Stretchgewebe gemacht ist.
    4. Bekleidungsstück nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, bei dem die halb-steife Abdeckschürze (5, 6, 8) zumindest ein Verstärkungselement in Form einer Platte aus einem solchen Material wie z.B. Kunststoff, Metall oder ähnlichem aufweist.
    5. Bekleidungsstück nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Bekleidungsstück ein Anzug oder eine Hose ist, wobei die deformierbaren Einsätze (2, 3, 4) in Übereinstimmung mit Zonen des Körpers des Benutzers angeordnet sind, die während einer Sportaktivität, insbesondere Motorradfahrens, Bewegungen ausgesetzt sind, nämlich dem unteren Abschnitt des Rückens, den Knien, den Ellbogen und den Schultern.


    1. Vêtement, particulièrement, mais pas seulement, destiné aux loisirs et aux activités sportives, comportant au moins une garniture déformable (2, 3, 4) correspondant à une zone du corps afin de faciliter le mouvement de celle-ci, ladite au moins une garniture (2, 3, 4) étant reliée à au moins une pièce (11, 12) en matière épaisse et résistante pour former une partie tubulaire sur au moins une section droite transversale, le vêtement étant caractérisé par une jupe semi-rigide de couverture (5, 6, 8) qui recouvre ladite garniture déformable (2, 3, 4) ou au moins une portion de celle-ci et est reliée à ladite au moins une pièce (11, 12) en matière épaisse et résistante au moins à ladite section droite transversale.
    2. Vêtement selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite au moins une garniture déformable (2, 3, 4) est fabriquée en une plusieurs des matières suivantes : tissu, peau, caoutchouc.
    3. Vêtement selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite au moins une garniture déformable (2, 3, 4) est fabriquée en tissu extensible.
    4. Vêtement selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite jupe semi-rigide de couverture (5, 6, 8) comporte au moins un élément de renforcement sous la forme d'une plaque en une matière telle que la matière plastique le métal ou analogue.
    5. Vêtement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le vêtement est un costume ou une paire de pantalons dans lequel lesdites garnitures déformables (2, 3, 4) sont disposées de manière à correspondre à des zones du corps de l'utilisateur soumises à mouvement pendant une activité sportive, notamment la motocyclette, à savoir la partie inférieure du dos, les genoux, les coudes et les épaules.