Rimowa Topas Cabin Multiwheel
Rimowa’s iconic aluminium case rose to prominence after being the only material to survive a factory fire at the company’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany in 1937. There are three colours in the collection – silver, titanium and stealth (black).
The classic silver Rimowa case is effortlessly stylish and stands out next to other brands, the smart, functional appearance striking a good balance between casual and formal. Size-wise, the case fit comfortably in the overhead compartment, but weight is a point to consider. The metal case is quite a hefty 4.8kg when empty – leaving just 2.2kg for personal items if the airline is strictly enforcing the typical 7kg hand-carry limit. However, the aluminium is very durable and scratch-resistant compared to plastic-based models. The hard shell also gives peace of mind for carrying breakable items, and should fare well in the hold if you check in your case. A plastic grip encircled the case to keep it waterproof. The royal blue interior was fairly roomy – I managed to pack a thick coat in one half, and a pair of shoes, laptop, tablet and work documents in the other. The contents of both sides are kept in place by rigid boards, secured with Velcro strips. There is also a double-zipped net on each of the boards, allowing you to store small flat items.
The Rimowa has four pairs of wheels, and is very smooth to pull along with excellent balance. The telescopic handle has no pre-set stages meaning you can easily adjust the handle length to your exact preference. I also appreciated the switch to plastic for the handle material, as metal can be unpleasant to hold in cold environments.
There are two TSA locks (one at the top and bottom), which are easy to set and unlock.
The durability of a Rimowa is second to none. Despite being deliberately rough with my case during the journey to stress-test it, it came back in perfect condition. The main drawback is the weight, as it’s heavier than most. Valerian Ho
Silver, titanium and stealth (black)