Rimowa Original Check-In M or Check-In L?

Introduction

Rimowa has two sizes Check-In luggage. There is the Check-In M and the Check-In L. Very easy and straightforward, a medium and a larger size Check-In luggage. The difficulty starts when you actually want to purchase one. Which one to pick? Is the Check-In M not too small? Is the Check-In L not too heavy-handed? Can I fit the Check-In L on the train or in my trunk?

Specifications

Rimowa Original Check-In M

The Rimowa Original Check-In M is the smallest Check-In luggage available from the Original Line. It measures 26.4 x 17.8 x 9.5 inch and can hold 21.7 gal.

Rimowa Original Check-In L

The Rimowa Original Check-In M is the largest Check-In luggage available from the Original Line. It measures 31.2 x 20.1 x 10.7 inch and can hold 15.4 gal.

Exterior

The Rimowa Original Check-In M and Check-In L both come in the colors Titanium, Black and Silver and all of the colors are very impressive. The grooves and the aluminum exterior give the suitcase a real robust and stylish look. The handles and wheels are made of plastic. The wheels are relatively large which guarantees that the suitcase maneuvers smoothly.

Rimowa Orignal Check-In M and Check-In L

Interior

The interior on both the Check-In M and Check-L are identical regardless of the exterior color. The interior has two Flex-Dividers. A Flex-Divider is a partition a little smaller than the interior of the suitcase. You first put your gear in the suitcase and cover it with the Flex Divider. With the velcro strap you can squeeze and press your luggage in the suitcase. It will minimize the volume of your gear and will keep everything in order. The Flex Divider also has a compartment of its own. This can be utilised for smaller objects like underwear or socks.

Rimowa Original Check-In L Interior

The Differences

Like mentioned before the only difference is the size. But for travellers size makes all the difference. Travelling is always about finding the right balance between what to take with you and what to leave at home.

Rimowa Original Check-In M and Check-In L
The Original Check-In L and M differ in width and height
The Original Check-In L and M differ in width and height
The Original Check-In L and M next to person (pretty obvious)

The best way to illustrate the difference between the Check-In M and the Check-In L is to demonstrate what can actually fits in these suitcases. To get an idea of how many cloth fit inside the Check-In L, the following pictures have a thick sweater, a dress, jeans and a pair of shoes inside the suitcase.

Rimowa Original Check-In L Interior with content
Rimowa Original Check-In L Interior with content

It’s hard to tell how much you can actually pack. Each person has different kind of clothing to pack, other people pack more efficient than others, there are to many variables to consider. With the pictures above I hope to give you an indication of the size of the interior for the Original Check-In L.

Similar photos are pictures below for the Original Check-In M.

Rimowa Original Check-In M Interior with content
Rimowa Original Check-In M Interior with content

The other half of the suitcase a less space than half I displayed. The other half contains the telescope handle mechanism. In the picture below you can see the two rails that take up some space. The space between the rails can be filled up with smaller items like socks or underwear.

Telescope handle takes up space

Conclusion

I can’t tell you what suitcase you need to buy. I can tell you what you need to consider when deciding to purchase one of the Check-In Suitcases. Consider with whom are you travelling, are you travelling alone or with company. For how long are you travelling. Consider if you want to leave space in case you want to take items back with you. Check what the maximum allowed weight is for Check-In luggage. On the Check-In L the maximum weight is more easily reached than on the Check-In M. Check with what you are travelling. Are you travelling by train, cab, airplane? If you need to travel in small vehicles (tuk tuk, riksja) a Check-In L might be too large. Do you need to travel parts on foot in crowded, bustling city centres then the Check-In L might be too heavy-handed. I hope these considerations make it more easy for you to make a decision.

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