With heavy wind of 14 knots and rain, it was a test for the tripod and equipment. Very important to see that you can remove the strap from the camera for the wind not to vibrate the camera. In such wind and rain the tripod will prove its name and small vibrations will show in the picture. Remote triggering is a must and MUP (mirror up) if you have such function. I had to use my hand to avoid the rain to hit the lens (my camera is water secured) otherwise you would use a plastic bag. Still I am missing a remote trigger that is water proof!!!! Product ideas here.... When its cold, good gloves where you can just free some fingers (hard to explain :-) ) help staying focused. I try to use flirs whenever i can and I am actually removing the hood from the camera.