I bought this backpack because it can handle the abuse with the type of photography that I do. I live in Alaska and it’s a very snowy/rainy place. Being water proof is a life saver. I don’t have to worry about my gear getting wet. Even though it is water proof it came with a rain cover for extra protection cause you can never be too safe. I would reccomend this camera bag to anyone who hikes, it can take the abuse. I will without a doubt by from this seller again in the future!