Rimowa Topas Review

As a travel enthusiast, a suitcase is a very important part of my travel. In this post, I’ll be reviewing Rimowa Topas, the suitcase I use. Here is the photo of my suitcase.

I bought this Rimowa suitcase in 2009, so I’ve been together with this for 8 years. I’ve traveled many places and you can see it has some damages on the surface of the suitcase. However, since it’s made of aluminum it’s easy to fix and I can use it for a long time. From what I heard from other people, it easily lasts for more than 10-15 years, although it’s treated badly at the airport.

I listed some pros and cons of this suitcase.


  • Strong and very durable
  • Brand value
  • Efficient space use

As it’s made of aluminum, Rimowa Topas is a very strong suitcase. The rectangle shape helps to pack clothes, shoes, and other important items for travel very efficiently. In addition, Rimowa is a famous brand that many airlines staffs know. So, even if it’s damaged, it’s easy to find a place to repair, and it comes with 5-year manufacturer warranty when you purchase.


  • Overpriced
  • It’s easy to get confused at baggage claim at an airport, as many people have Rimowa
  • Heavy

As it’s made of aluminum, not plastic, you can imagine it is very heavy (6kg for the one I have) comparing to other suitcase made of plastic. It’s a trade-off of the strength and durability, and it’s helpful when you put fragile items. Rimowa is very famous suitcase brand worldwide, so as you can imagine, a lot of people have Rimowa and you may see at least 10 Rimowa coming out of the buggade dispenser at the baggage claim at an airport. So, there is a risk that someone may take your suitcase at home and don’t notice until they try to open the locks. In addition, it cost almost $1,500 CAD for the aluminum model of Rimowa, and you may think it’s very overpriced for a suitcase. I think that’s fair to say it’s an overpriced item for travel.


Overall, Rimowa is a great suitcase to travel with. It has very cool design and strength. However, as I mentioned, it is very overpriced and it’s clear that people are paying for brand value. You may need to consider if it’s worse it or not in the long term. In my opinion, my purchase was worse it as I don’t have any problem with this suitcase for more than 8 years. It protects fragile items in my suitcase and I’ve never experienced that having damaged items in my suitcase after traveling.

Travel Item Review: MUJI Passport Case

What makes traveling less stressful?

When I travel, I sometimes get frustrated with many papers I have to carry with me, such as passport, boarding passes, luggage tag receipts, lounge invitation, and customs declaration form. All of those papers are very important, especially passport is one of the most important things you need to protect.

Sometimes, it’s hard to find the perfect passport case/travel wallet. However, a good passport case or a travel wallet can make traveling way less stressful and also reduce the risk of losing important documents during the trip.

I’ve traveled many destinations and have used some passport cases in my life and I met one great passport case. I would recommend MUJI passport case for people who travels constantly.

There are some special features of this passport case.

On the left side of this case, there is space for a passport and boarding passes & other documents.

On the center, there is a pen holder, as you need to carry a pen while traveling to fill in forms and documents.

On the right side, there are places for credit cards and keys. Why credit card holders? Well, there are a lot of chances to use credit cards while traveling, including duty-free shopping and in-flight sales.

You can store all of these safely in this passport case as you can close it with a zipper. So, there is very less risk of losing those important documents and credit cards, unless you lose the passport case itself.

I also love the design of this passport case, as it’s designed very simple and minimalistic way.

You can purchase this amazing passport case with US$15.00 (unfortunately, they only have the online store for US and all Canadian retail stores are located in Toronto as of January 2017).

Good news is that MUJI is planning to open stores in Vancouver by the end of 2017 (1 at Metrotown and 1 on Robson Street). In addition, MUJI will have a pop-up store at Fairmont Vancouver Pacific Rim Hotel from January 27th to February 28th.