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Rimowa Buyer's Guide

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Rimowa has made a name for itself based on its iconic hardshell casing that contributes to the construction of some of the lightest luggage in the industry. This is, without a doubt, one of our most exciting brands. However, between the eight Rimowa collections Kaehler carries, it can be challenging to decide on the perfect bag for your specific needs. To help you in your selection process, our buyer’s guide strips down each Rimowa line to the bare essentials and must-know facts to make your decision easier.

Rimowa Collections

  • Salsa Air >
  • Salsa >
  • Salsa Deluxe >
  • Topas, Titanium, and Stealth >
  • Limbo >
  • Classic Flight >
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Rimowa Salsa Air Line

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Advantages

  • Lightest line in the entire Rimowa collection
  • Internal, free-form mesh pocket for packing
  • Bright, vibrant exterior casing that is easy to spot on the luggage carousel
  • Economized features designed to keep weight down

Disadvantages

  • Challenging to balance travel items and small bags on the mono-telescopic handle system
  • Handle locks at three stages but doesn't customize to your height like other Rimowa lines
  • No add-a-bag strap

Price range: $475 - $550

The Salsa Air will be a favorite among travelers looking for the most lightweight luggage they can find. Featuring a streamlined design with simple packing features, the Salsa Air is for the traveler who doesn't need excess packing aids. If you like a free-form storage space that favors the most lightweight design, then the Salsa Air is for you.

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Rimowa Salsa Line

Rimowa Salsa Line

Advantages

  • Mixed packing options featuring one side with netting and the other with panel packing
  • Bigger wheels with increased stability in cases larger than carry-on
  • Matte color finish
  • Reinforced corners and hinge closures
  • Double pull handle

Disadvantages

  • Three stage locking handle but won't customize to your specific height
  • No option to include other bags with the add-a-bag strap

Price range: starting at $550

The Rimowa Salsa is an excellent combination of the Salsa Air and Salsa Deluxe lines. On the inside, you don’t have to choose between the free-form mesh pocket or the more structured panel compression packing; you can have both. If your travels are a mixture of business and play and you would like a separate compartment space to reflect that, this is the bag for you. A special matte finish makes this line even more unique.

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Rimowa Salsa Deluxe Line

Rimowa Salsa Deluxe Line

Advantages

  • Multi-stage handle can be customized to your height
  • Includes add-a-bag strap
  • Large wheels help increase stability in any bag bigger than carry-on size
  • Reinforced corners
  • Compression panel packing allows you to pack more
  • Comes in a hybrid configuration with pocketing for carry-ons

Disadvantages

  • The extra features included on this bag make it slightly heavier than the Salsa Air

Price range: starting at $625

The Salsa Deluxe is for the feature-driven luggage buyer. If you are looking for a bag with a better packing structure that also allows you to fit more in your case, then the Salsa Deluxe will speak to you. The dual-compression panels are going to allow you to carry more. The panels are structured to perform like a garment sleeve, allowing your suits and fancier attire to stay wrinkle-free. The add-a-bag strap and two handle pull system both ensure you can easily stack bags and carry them across the airport.

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Rimowa Topas, Titanium, and Stealth Lines

Rimowa Topas Titanium and Stealth

Advantages

  • Top and side carry handles offer a solid, attache style grip
  • Combines the features of the Salsa Deluxe but offers extra strength with the aluminum body
  • Hinge and clamp closure allows quick access
  • Reinforced corners
  • Shock absorbers on the wheels of larger cases

Disadvantages

  • Heaviest by size
  • Highest price point

Price range: $750 - $1,530

The Topas, Titanium, and Stealth all share the same characteristics of a heavy-duty aluminum frame, but use different anodizing techniques to seal in their unique finishes. With easy access closures, special shock absorbing wheels, and all the base features of the Salsa Deluxe, this is the very pinnacle of the Rimowa line.

*The Topas line also comes in hybrid carry-on models which have soft external pocketing for quick access to items like your passport, wallet, or electronics.

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Rimowa Limbo Line

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Advantages

  • Blend of Salsa Deluxe and Topas collections with metal alloy hinge frame, closers and corners protecting a lighter polycarbonate shell.
  • Six layers of polycarbonate in the casing
  • Including add-a-bag strap
  • Reinforced hinge closures and corners
  • Side handle with attache style grip
  • Pack more with the compression panel packing feature

Disadvantages

  • Higher price point than the Salsa Deluxe
  • Heavier than the Salsa Deluxe

Price range: starting at $850

The Limbo is a great bag for those who would like a balance between a polycarbonate and an aluminum bag. Reinforced with metal alloy and an extra layer of polycarbonate, this is a bag built to endure. You’ll find all the same internal packing features as the Salsa Deluxe, including the easy access hinge opening on the aluminum bags. The Limbo is truly the best of both worlds.

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Rimowa Classic Flight Line

Rimowa Classic Flight Line

Advantages

  • Soft leather grip on handle
  • Vintage lining
  • Double pull handle
  • Reinforced corners

Disadvantages

  • One side of the bag includes vintage tie-down straps that do not offer the same convenience as the panel packing on the other half of the bag.
  • Add-a-bag strap not included

Price range: $770 - $920

Classic Flight is the Rimowa line with vintage appeal. Keeping in line with their signature silver trunk, accented vintage lining and plush leather handles, Rimowa is making a statement with the Classic Flight. An exterior aluminum shell ensures this collection remains contemporary while exhibiting plenty of vintage charm.

Conclusions

While each Rimowa collection has similar features, you will probably find that one collection is better suited to your travel needs and preferences than the others. Be honest about what your highest priorities are and look at the functionality of a bag as much as its style. However, in truth, you can’t go far wrong with a Rimowa, and this buyer’s guide should help you find the perfect case for you.

See the complete Rimowa collection here