Vulture Equipment Works is an American equipment company who designs and manufactures the finest products possible for today's adventure / imaging professional. Founded by William Egbert Jr. whos passion lies in using only the best quality raw goods and developing highly specialized life-style gear that can stand the test of time. Unlike most, he chooses to do all of the R&D, design and prototyping himself, in-house at their headquarters just outside of Chicago. This gives Vulture complete control over the design process ensuring a true linear organic flow. This also maintains their vision in the products integrity and the compatibility with the rest of the product line. Plus they have a really tough mascot.
Some years ago I was involved in a near fatal accident which left me with numerous soft and hard tissue injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury. I spent the next several years in rehabilitation trying to find my way back to normal. Not being able to return to the industry I helped develop I was encouraged to go back to my creative roots. So that's what I did, started from scratch and picked back up my camera. Commercial studio photography was just not cutting it, after all I was a adventure junky! I needed to find something different that would satisfy that "itch." And I found it somewhere around 10,000 feet, another plane in tight follow formation and a fevered rip of the shutter it hit me... "This is so cool, I need a set of specialized equipment!" Standard camera straps are just not that strong and definitely not that cool plus let's face it, lenses and bodies are thousands of dollars or more, so I've never trusted them. I had to look no further than the cargo plane I was ridding in to find my inspiration; aviation equipment and military special ops jump rigs. So with an obsession for highly specialized equipment, my tactical background and a bunch of American ingenuity the Vulture Straps were born. To see more of my photography visit my commercial photography site EgbertPhotography.com
So Why The Vulture?
In a previous life in a hot, humid place far, far away, I decided to take a nap under the tree line on a beach. Little did I realize I was being surrounded by really big birds while I slept. I awoke to a nibble on my shoe only to greeted by a mass of big black vultures looking for their next meal. I jumped to my feet and was heard yelling "Not Dead - Not Dead!" Many years later, after recovering from that near fatal accident I dreamt about that beach nap, woke up in a panic attack thinking "I'm not dead, get back up and fight!" So when it was time for the new company, I could only think of one image to brand our logo - The Vulture!
Made In U.S.A.... Who Cares?
We Do. Our build philosophy is simple, "Build It Right & Build It American." Vulture Equipment Works is dedicated to protecting the American worker and our domestic economy. Plus we feel that using countless gallons of fossil fuels to get products from over-seas to our shores is just plain wrong. We are proud to be doing our part to protect the economy and the work force that make this country great.