I have never had a single scale come off and I am not delicate in the least with these bags. I have heard that you are not supposed to get the skin wet but I am not sure what happens if you do? A stray raindrop or snowflake has probably hit them without any effect. The skin on Chloe python has been remarkably hardy and thick (no possible holes!) and yet softer than you would imagine. Chloe python is the best I have "felt" - as compared to Chanel and Gucci. I would not hesitate materials-wise to buy the Paraty. But - you don't want to wait for the markdowns?