Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,059
After dealing with damaged suitcases in under 2 years, I'm thinking of biting the bullet and getting a Rimowa.
Appreciate any input. Thanks.
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Member since 20 Mar 2012
Total posts 194
I'm inclined towards aluminium since in all 3 cases, it was polycarbonate bags that were damaged; 2 Samsonite (Firelite & Cosmolite) and 1 Crumpler.
Is the aluminium case sturdy enough:
Member since 28 Dec 2013
Total posts 3
The Aluminium Rimowa cases are beautiful - but beware, they are not a sturdy as the may appear! This is what happened flying Lufthansa First (if that makes a difference) one night from Dubai to Frankfurt. The case (a Topas) was less than 12 months old. It was a write off, fortunately the airline refunded most of the purchase price. Next time I would go polycarbonate :-)
Member since 03 Feb 2017
Total posts 2
The aluminium cases are very cool and once they have a few dints in them they look experienced! Definitely a fair bit heavier and guaranteed to have damage after every flight although their integrity will remain.I literally tossed a coin between Rimowa and Zero Halliburton and picked the later. A big mistake. Zero Halliburton are woeful - poorly made, soft aluminium and disgraceful customer 'service.' That said, I believe neither aluminium brands make the same product they built their former reputation on.
Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 1,285
I'd get the polycarbonate over the aluminium for the lightness and reduced dinging ... but honestly, if you can get a decent Samsonite softside cheaply, I'd go with that and torture it for a year.
Member since 06 Oct 2016
Total posts 31
I have a Topas 32 carry on and a 82 check in because (frankly) I am a bit of a wanker - but not so much of a wanker that I need LV....(Besides I couldn't get the TopasSport when I bought the 82litre, because that is a fantastic shape)I love the little scuffs and dints you get as a badge of honour and I press them out as needed, but, I also understand that Alu is more likely to hole than Poly with the right sort of impact, pretty much down to luck, because I have had good Samsonite bags crack if they are hit wrong as well. I will say Alu is not for the type of person who wants the luggage to look perfect, you always seem to get some form of mark.
If I had my time again, I would have still bought the alu. They are beautiful cases and I have seen a lot of those 'credibly scuffed' ones around the traps. I would say go for it and enjoy while it lasts (preferably next time you are in an European country with a high VAT regime/refund (I bought mine in Helsinki)... just keep the receipt and be poised to follow up if/when damage happens.
Member since 17 Feb 2016
Total posts 9
I have three aluminum Rimowa that I have used for years and I swear by them. I feel confident in the "clam shell" closing that keeps my things secure. Yes, a few dents and scratches - I always make sure I inspect my luggage at the collection carousel and report any significant damage for claims purposes. I use the airline compliant carry-on sized polycarbonate Rimowa and love how easy it is to pack and use. So I recommend the aluminum for checked in luggage and polycarbonate for carry-on.
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