The Open Seas 5 piece luggage set from Nautica is a budget-friendly soft-sided option for travelers who would like to have a number of cases to choose from, and able to accommodate any number of different trips at a moment’s notice. In this suitcase set, you will receive three upright suitcases, which comprise one carry-on suitcase, suitable for overnight stays, one medium suitcase, which can be used for long weekends, and one large suitcase, ideal for longer trips. As well as a duffle bag and a toiletry bag which can be used with the three suitcases to organize your luggage better. The 5 pieces can be stored inside one another, so although you may think they would take up space when not in use, they are easily stored away with relative ease. Get the complete Nautica Open Seas 5 Piece Luggage-Set review in detail from every aspect:
The Nautica Open Seas 5 Piece Luggage Set has been designed to be both budget and travel-friendly. Constructed from an easy to care for, durable polyester fabric, the suitcase set has been designed to last and is easy to care for, making sure it looks like new trip after trip. On first glance, the suitcases do have a classic look to them, with the main navy tone throughout. However, the yellow does go some way to set this apart from the rest, making it eye-catching and stylish. Two of the three upright suitcases come with 360-degree spinner wheels, with the medium size suitcase coming with inline skate wheels, making them relatively easy to use with very little effort needed.
There are three upright suitcases in the Open Seas luggage set, with all three containing two exterior pockets, making it easy to store any travel documents or travel essentials that you will need throughout your journey. Inside the three upright suitcases, you will find the main storage compartment, where you will be able to neatly store your clothes with the aid of an x-strap, which keeps your clothing in place throughout your trip. On the inside of the lid, you will find a mesh zip lined pocket, giving you easy access to loose items or valuables that are stored inside. The overnighter duffle bag offers a spacious interior that is accessible from the top zip, along with the foldable toiletry kit having two interior zip mesh pockets, as well as a wire hanging hook making it easy to unfold and hang up. If you are stuck for storage space and need an extra couple of inches, all three of the upright suitcases can expand a further 2 inches.
The Nautica Open Seas 5 Piece Luggage Set does not come with a whole load of features as found on the Samsonite Invoke 2 Piece Nested Hardside Set (20″/28″), however, that is understandable given the price. You do have 2 out of the 3 upright suitcases showcasing four multi-directional spinner wheels, which make it easy to weave in and out of people in a busy airport terminal. The medium upright suitcase has only inline skate wheels, which may be an issue if you have any difficulty pulling a heavy suitcase, especially when it is fully packed. One of the nice features in this set is the toiletry bag that can be used with any of the four other bags, making it easy to organize your suitcase, and easily take out and hang up your toiletries. The carry-on suitcase, as well as the medium and large suitcases, can be expanded a further 2 inches, giving you valuable extra storage capacity when you need it most. The telescopic handle on each of the three upright suitcases allows you to easily adjust the height of the suitcase handle, making it easier to use and reduce stress and strain on your body.
The toiletry bag weighs in at 0.5 lbs, with the overnight duffle bag weighing in at 1.5 lbs. Both of these have very little structural features, therefore it is reasonable that they are so little weight. The carry-on suitcase weighs in at 5.9 lbs, which is relatively light compared to others on the market today. With the medium suitcase weighing in at 8.5 lbs, and the large suitcase weighing in at 10.5 lbs.
It is always a fine balance between price, durability, and features, and it seems that Nautica has done a good job trying to find that balance. Overall the suitcase set is well made and durable, with the fabric and structure protecting your items inside, even after many rough times with the baggage handlers. It has been noted by previous customers that after a while the wheels seems to struggle a bit with the intensity of travel. It would be best to keep an eye on the weight of your luggage, making sure you do not place unnecessary strain on the wheels, and avoid any rough terrain, in order to make the suitcase set last that bit longer. If you are a light traveler, then this set should cause you no issues, as it seems the issues are only related to the weight and heavy packers.
The Nautica Open Seas 5 Piece Luggage-Set comes in only one color, blue and yellow. Therefore it is a difficult choice as you will either love it or hate it. It is a twist on the classic luggage look, and although looking a little bit dated, it is eye-catching and will be easy to notice on the luggage carousel. Unlike the Traveler’s Choice Tasmania Polycarbonate Expandable 8-Wheel Spinner 3-Piece Luggage Set, it will mark and show signs of wear fairly easily, making it less desirable to travel with.
All five pieces of the luggage set are useful in size, with the smallest being the toiletry bag, which measures in at 12 x 7.5 inches when unfolded. The overnight duffle bag measures in at 22 x 13 x 11 inches, which gives a decent sized storage space for short stays. The carry-on upright suitcase measures in at 20 x 13.5 x 7 inches, which can be expanded to 9 inches, and although it is not the smallest of cases, it will easily fit in most airline carrier restrictions, even when expanded. The medium upright suitcase measures in at 24 x 16 x 8 inches, and can be expanded a further 2 inches. The large suitcase measures in at 28 x 18 x 9 inches, and can also be expanded a further 2 inches for extra storage space.
The Nautica Open Seas 5 Piece Luggage-Set comes with a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, where they will replace any suitcase set that falls under the warranty. Covering the usual material and manufacturing defects. It will not cover excessive use, wear and tear, and misuse.
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The Nautica Open Seas 5 Piece Luggage-Set is ideal for a light traveler who needs a variety of suitcases for different trips. It is a low price set, and given its price point, you get a lot for your money. If you are able to make it last longer than the warranty, then it would be considered as money well spent.
- Low price
- 5 pieces
- Toiletry kit
- Long warranty
- The medium suitcase has inline skate wheels
- Only available in one color and style
- Wheels are known to fail