Review: The 2019 Rimowa Original Check-In L
Review: The 2019 Rimowa Original Check-In L

A new year, a new facelift for the Rimowa Check in luggage. As you may have noticed, the entire Topas line received a massive update. Since 2018 the Topas collections is called Original. And were there were previously 6 check in models, we now only have 4 check in models. The model names have also gone through a transformation. Luckily only for the better. The names are much less confusing now. Previously there was this model called Rimowa Topas 73L. By the name I can’t determine what kind of suitcase this is. Now they renamed it to Rimowa Original Check-In L. This is much better. We know it’s a check in luggage and we know it’s a large check in model. The Check-In L is also the one we are reviewing today.

Product Description

Rimowa Original Check-In L Label
Rimowa Original Check-In L Label

The suitcase we are reviewing, the Check-In L, model number 92573004, is made in Germany. For US-based customers it will probably will be made in Canada. The outer dimensions are 31.2 x 20.1 x 10.7 inch. and weights 14.2 lbs. The check in models from small to large are; the Check-In M, Check-In L, Trunk and Trunk Plus. I don’t understand why the Trunk Plus isn’t named Trunk L. But anyways the naming convention is much better than it was before.

Product Experience

Rimowa Check-In L Box
Rimowa Check-In L Box

A double layered carton box. The box is very sturdy for its size and even has a grey seal on both ends. On the inside there are two more double layered cartons which protect the suitcase against dents or other damage. Although the suitcase is very well protected, I have experienced many times that the suitcase still can get damaged while in transit. The package have be treated really badly by the carrier, but it is possible.

Rimowa Check-In L inside the box
Rimowa Check-In L inside the box

Once the box is opened you will find a wool dust bag underneath the extra protective carton. The dust bag looks very decent except for the cord. The previous model came in a plastic bag. This much better and also reusable. Although I don’t think everyone is going to use it to store it in. I personally wouldn’t store it in the dust bag. It’s just too much of a hassle to put the bag over the suitcase.

Rimowa Check-In L Dust Bag
Rimowa Check-In L Dust Bag

I reviewed the Classic line and an Original Cabin before. They all have the same type of box and dust bag. This is consistent through the entire aluminum line. So both for the Classic and the Original.

Exterior

The suitcase looks beautiful. The Check-In L now also comes with the new type of grooves. The same type of groove that is used on the Original Cabin. It means this suitcase hasn’t been made out of one large piece of aluminum, like the Classic, but this model has its own mold. It can be seen at the edges. The groove stops half an inch before the edge. It gives the suitcase a much cleaner look. At the moment all models except the Cabin S, Trunk and Trunk Plus don’t have the new groove. It’s a bit strange why not all models have the same design at the moment. I hope they will in the near future.

Rimowa Classic Aluminium Shell
‘Old’ groove which runs till the edge
Rimowa Original Aluminium Shell
‘New’ groove which stops half an inch before the edge

I was really curious about the Rimowa plate on top as can be seen in the picture below. On the Classic Cabin I reviewed earlier I mentioned that the plate was way too loud and too shiny. The plate on the Classic is chromed which gives it a shiny look. On the Rimowa Original Check-In L it’s still too large to my personal preference. However the plate is more discreet since it’s not chromed but has a matte finish.

Rimowa Logo
Rimowa Logo

Regarding the exterior, I noticed an imperfection which is probably a legacy of the failed Electronic Tag. As you can see in the picture below there is in an interruption in the groove. As you can see in the other picture it’s the exact same spot where the Electronic used to go. I don’t see any reason why the grooves have to interrupted if there is no Electronic Tag included. I hope they will resolve this as soon as possible.

Rimowa Imperfection
Where the Electronic Tag used to go
Where the Electronic Tag used to go
Failed Electronic Tag by Rimowa
Failed Electronic Tag by Rimowa

The locks and handles haven’t change since a few years. The handles are made from plastic and have a snap back functionality which makes sure the handles stay in place while moving around with it.

The TSA-locks haven’t changed either for years and I can’t imagine they can be improved. The only thing which is confusing is that it shows an obvious keyhole which is for the masterkey which only customs has. Many people who are not familiar with TSA will look for the key in the suitcase. Rimowa could make people more aware what TSA exactly is and that the suitcase doesn’t come with a key.

The wheels also haven’t changed the last couple of years. What I like about the Original line is that the check in luggage have larger wheels than the cabin size luggage. The check in luggage from the Classic line doesn’t come with larger wheels but rather have the same wheels as the cabin size luggage has. The larger wheels on the check ins from the Original line makes the suitcase roll more easily and flexible. The only small difference with the previous model is that the logo has changed in the middle of the wheel.

Rimowa Check-In L Wheels
Rimowa Check-In L Wheels with the new logo

The branding is much slicker and luxurious than on the previous models. The new branding can be noticed on the label attached to the suitcase. The manual, warranty booklet and sticker got a makeover and look much more fashionable now.

Rimowa Original Tag
Rimowa Original Tag
Cassette with manual, warranty booklet, stickers and luggage tag
Warranty, Manual, Luggage Tag and Sticker
Warranty, Manual, Luggage Tag and Sticker

 

Interior

The interior has changed color. The previous version had a blue interior. All Original models including the black (Stealth) and Titanium have a black/dark blue interior. The interior still has two Flex-Dividers which keeps your clothes in place. The Flex-Divider holds a compartment for smaller items like socks and underwear.

Rimowa Check-In L Interior
Rimowa Check-In L Interior

Conclusion

The alterations compared to the previous model are minimal. The biggest change is the alteration of the model name. Changing from Topas (a well known name for years) to Original. The interior color, the addition of the dust bag, and the restyling of the label, manual, warranty booklet and sticker are among the changes applied to the suitcase.

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