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Sept. 18, 1962
3,054,543
S. M. MILLER
CHEST SUPPORT FOR PORTABLE EQUIPMENT
Filed Jan. 30, 1959
SHELDON
M. MILLER, ’
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Patented Sept. 18, 1962
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The material 40 is placed relatively taut between support
3,054,543
CHEST SUPPORT FOR PORTABLE EQUHMENT
Sheldon Martin Miller, 4636 S. Wheeling, Tulsa, Okla.
Filed Jan. 30, 1959, Ser. No. 790,176
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3 Claims. (Cl. 224-5)
This invention relates to a portable apparatus. More
particularly, it relates to an apparatus which provides
ing rods 30 and 32 to form a relatively ?at surface to the
wearer’s body. As illustrated, the surface 40 is designed
to have a slight vertical concave cross section towards the
body of the wearer. The material is preferably nylon
cloth, treated with neoprene rubber.
It is believed that the comfort from using a chest saddle
or support in accordance with this invention is due to a
combination of elements. These include, the relatively
portable apparatus for carrying equipment in both civilian 10 ?at surface 40, free edges 44 and 46, and the material
comfort to the wearer when used in conjunction with a
and military applications.
Brie?y, this invention relates to the use of a large sur
which is conformable or compliant to the body of the
wearer. It has been found that comfort in carrying
heavy equipment, especially equipment that is to be
manipulated or operated during travel is comfortable
is composed of non-rigid material and adapted to provide
comfort to the wearer in carrying heavy equipment. 15 when the center of gravity is near the body fulcrum
or hinge line near the hips. Supporting straps 48, 50,
Broadly speaking, the saddle arrangement of this inven
and 52, are aids in holding the material 40 against the
tion extends between relatively rigid side brackets which
face-area, one piece, chest saddle or body portion which
normally straddle the wearer or carrier. The saddle pro
vides a relatively ?at surface to the wearer with unre
body of the wearer.
Two of these straps 48 and 50 are
over-the-shoulder type extending from a point approxi
strained upper and lower end portions, and without rigid 20 mately center of upper rod 12 to lower extensions 20 and
24. A quick-releasing strap 52 extends under the arms
portions touching the wearer. The Webbing material is
of the wearer, across the back and releasably connected
non-rigid, i.e., it is composed of a material having high
to either or both extensions 18 and 22. The arrange
ment of these straps is engineered to allow release of the
poses one or more layers of a nylon cloth impregnated 25 apparatus in case of emergency. Quick-release strap 52
is removed and a slight ?exing movement of the carrier’s
with neoprene as the material for the saddle.
shoulders allows the apparatus to fall.
A typical application for the use of this invention is in
strength characteristics, yet capable of being conformable
to the wearer’s body. In particular, this invention pro
geophysical seismic surveying. In many instances it is
necessary to place detector cables, wire, and the like, over
terrain that is not passable by vehicles. Accordingly, a
portable apparatus must be used for laying and removing
this cable. Typically, a 1500'—2000' multiconductor
Although this invention has been described with partic
ular usage of the webbing material against the chest of a
human wearer, it can be readily seen that the device may
be adapted to be carried on the back of an individual,
or adapted to be carried by animals.
It is a further extension of this invention that the large
surface area support design be extended to the use of
35 other natural and synthetic materials or rubber alone.
stringing or the taking up of such cable.
It some instan'ces, intermediate extension members 26
Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide
and 28 may be omitted where the weight and capacity
a portable apparatus for carrying equipment.
of the apparatus permit. In that instance, rods 30 and
It is another object of this invention to provide a port
32 would give ?exibility to the large surface area chest
able apparatus having an improved and comfortable body
portion and harness support for the wearer or carrier of 40 webbing of this invention, providing further comfort to
the wearer. Where a more rigid application is needed,
the apparatus.
rods 30 and 32 will comprise a solid cast portion of the
An even further object of this invention is to provide
cable weighs about 50 pounds and, when carried by a
single human individual, must be comfortable during the
a chest saddle or support which allows an even distribu
bracket assembly with the large one piece body support
suitably held thereto, such as with rivets and the like.
tion of weight to the body of the wearer.
45
Although I have described this invention with a cer
These and other objects of this invention will become
tain degree of particularity, it can be seen from the fore
more apparent while reading the speci?cations and claims
going that this invention is susceptible of a wide variety
when taken in conjunction with the illustration which
of modi?cations and embodiments, and that it is not
describes a perspective view of the apparatus typical of
this invention when used in conjunction with a portable 50 limited to the apparatus speci?cally described. This in
vention should therefore be construed to be limited not
reel carrier.
by the description, but only by the scope of the appended
Referring now to the illustration, the numeral 10 indi
claims.
cates one principal support bracket for equipment such
I claim:
as reel or spool 16 mounted on bearings and rotatable
1. A harness for carrying and transporting equipment
using hand crank 17. A locking pin, not shown, prevents 55
comprising two substantially symmetrical brackets rigidly
rotation. Bracket 10 and a similar one, not shown, are
spaced in parallel relationship to substantially straddle
spaced apart in parallel relationship and held by rods 12
the carrier, means for holding the equipment on the
and 14. This spacing between brackets largely depends
brackets, extension members on each bracket, a rod in
upon the type of apparatus to be carried, and is prefer
ably large enough to prevent interference of the brackets 60 terconnecting each of the extension members on each
bracket, a relatively large surface area compliant body
with the body of the wearer. Extension members 18
portion attached to each rod and extending relatively taut
and 20 extend from bracket 10 and correspond with simi
between the brackets, and removable strap means for
lar members 22 and 24 of the other bracket. An inter
holding the body portion against the carrier.
mediate support member attached to the brackets is
2. A harness for carrying and transporting equipment
shown at 26 and 28 respectively. The intermediate sup 65
comprising two substantially symmetrical brackets rigidly
ports extends from the brackets a distance equal to or
spaced in parallel relationship to substantially straddle
slightly less than that formed by an imaginary line from
the carrier, means for holding the equipment on the
the upper and lower members of each bracket. Support
brackets, upper and lower members extending from each
ing rods 30 and 32 are rigidly a?ixed to their respective
extensions 18, 26, and 20 of bracket 10, and extensions 70 bracket, an intermediate member between the upper and
lower members extending from each bracket a distance
22, 28, and 24 of the other bracket. Attached to rods
at least equal to that formed by an imaginary line between
30 and 32 and extending across the space between
the upper and lower members, a rod connecting to each
brackets 10 and 11 is a large surface area material 40.
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“of the upper, intermediate, and lower members of each
in the space de?ned between the brackets, and the upper
bracket “forming a slightly concave arc in the direction of
and lower members, and ‘strap means connecting with the
the wearer, a large surface area compliant body portion
brackets for holding the body portion against the carrier.
rattacheidrto therrod on each bracket and extending in a
References Cited :in ‘the ?le of this patent
‘relatively, taut manner in the space de?ned between the 5
brackets and the upper and lower members, and strap
UNITED STATES PATENTS
means connecting with the brackets for holding the body
portion against the carrier.
3. A harness for carrying and transporting equipment
comprising two substantially symmetrical brackets rigidly
spacedin-parallel relationship to substantially straddle
the carrier, means for holding the equipment on the
brackets, upper and lower members extending an equal
distance from each bracket, a rod connecting the upper
and lower members on each bracket, a relatively large 15
surface area compliant body portion attached to the rod
on each bracket and extending in a relativelytaut manner
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D. 173,264
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Hartsock ____________ __ Oct. 28,
Harvill ______________ __ Oct. 19,
Lockwood ____________ .... Apr. 1,
Bake ________________ __ June 20,
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1884
1944
2,510,090
Di Masi ______________ __ June 6, 1950
2,742,212
Siftar ________________ _._ Apr. 17, 1956
FOREIGN PATENTS
155,627
Germany ____________ __ Aug. 30, 1903
867,954
Germany ____________ __ Feb. .23, 1953
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