Ri­mowa Topas Cabin Mul­ti­wheel

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED AND TESTED LUGGAGE -

BACK­GROUND

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).

DE­SIGN

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.

HAN­DLING

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.

SE­CU­RITY

There are two TSA locks (one at the top and bot­tom), which are easy to set and un­lock.

VERDICT

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

DI­MEN­SIONS

55x40x23cm

VOL­UME

45 litres

WEIGHT

4.8kg

COLOURS

Sil­ver, ti­ta­nium and stealth (black)

WHEELS

Eight

WAR­RANTY

Five years

PRICE

HK$8,080 (US$1,033)

CON­TACT

ri­mowa.com

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