When I saw this in a local store, I was confused at first because I didn't understand how the canvas bowl would hold water without leaking. Turns out I was sort of right. It's woven tight enough that it holds most of the water you put it in it, but it isn't leak proof. The water will slowly start to absorb through the cloth. I used it on the beach and sand stuck to the damp outside of the bowl. Nothing major, just a pain to have to wipe off later and sort of wish it was completely water proof. It looks and feels great though. Still very satisfied with the products this brand has made so far.