I am going back and forth on this. I love the bag it is gorgeous- but I ordered it ifrom the co-op in Spring when the long dry summer was ahead of me and got it last month and now the winter rains are starting. It is going to be completely impractical in the Northwest climate. I haven't actually used it yet-- what would you do? I waited for this so long and really love how it looks, but it also won't go with my raingear once winter sets in with all its mud and mildew...yet I can't bring myself to part with it. This is crazy! Talk some sense into me LOL I'm usually a practical woman.