Review date: July 2014
[UPDATE: August, 2014 - this site appears to have stopped updating with new content and is now re-introducing older content re-rendered in high-definition]
Fratmen is fondly focused on very handsome young jocks in the lush, quiet setting of beautiful tropical homes. There's a polished, luxurious quality to the long, sensual videos that perfectly complements the almost supernatural good looks of these young American amateurs. In the interviews they talk enthusiastically about their youthful passions (football, wakeboarding etc.) and then dive into jerk-off sessions, inviting you to indulge your fantasies in almost 500 videos.
On the downside, after some fits and starts, this site stopped in the spring of 2014. As well there are upsells to the other Fratmen sites (they don't tell you that some of these sites, like Fratmen Sucks and Ebony U don't update anymore). And while you do get limited access to Fratpad, you have to sign up separately for it and it is confusing moving between it and Fratmen. Lastly, the videos aren't rendered in high-definition: most have a top bitrate of about 1700 kbps.
The Fratmen tour has cut back on the number of video clips available. The main tour page has fourteen images of recently added or popular men. Click on one of these to see an explicit preview clip. If you peruse the model index ("more" or "The Men") clicking on any of the model images takes you straight to the sign-up page, rather than a preview clip, which it used to do.
The homepage is dominated by banners for the other Fratmen sites. We we're surprised to see the latest update message dated December 24 talking about how lonely the Christmas season can be - when it was actually March 21!
The model index lays out faceshots of the men in a grid; just click on your fave to watch the stream, view the pics or download the video. The search function that was there a year ago is gone. There is no way to search for a specific model and no category tags.
The Men and the Action
The sultry expressions on the Fratmen's faces invite you into a (usually) solo fantasy interlude, where the atmosphere is quiet and erotically charged. The guys are featured under the cascading outdoor shower, at poolside, or on the bed in a luxurious bedroom. There are some exceptionally handsome young guys here, including sets of twins!
These are videos that can be described as minimalist. They unfold slowly, the model has little interaction with the camera. You'll experience just a very hot guy, the sound of water trickling over his smooth skin, or lazily lapping the side of the pool as he slowly brings himself to a shuddering orgasm. Usually, the full-length videos have two to three scenes and include two cumshots. The site includes a brief text description, and each new guy sits down for a lengthy interview. Some of these are touchingly sweet and frank.
The viewing quality of the videos depends on how recent they are. The more recent 40%, shot in high-definition, are excellent quality at their default size, but suffer slightly on upsizing as the bitrate is only 1700 kbps. Older ones look good to very good. with the same loss of quality on upsizing. Videography is very good throughout, with superb lighting and deft single-camera work. These beauties get the treatment from the camera that they deserve. The videos are pleasant but would benefit from being a little more dynamic such as using a second camera to zoom in on the cumshots.
At review time there were 490 videos averaging 40 minutes in length. Let's hope the site update schedule improves: over the past year the once weekly updates slipped to less than one every ten days.
There are few video choices on the site: it streams at one quality and downloads at one quality. For the more recent 40% of videos, shot in HD, you can stream in an embedded player that is about 960x540 pixels, or download the MP4s, most of which are 960x540 pixels, 1700 kbps.
For less recent content, video will stream in a 480x360 embedded player and download as a 640x480 MP4.
Screens: The grid design of the site works well when accessed with a smartphone. The videos filmed in HD really need to be bumped up to 2500 kbps to look good on a TV-sized screen.
Image and Other Content
For each of the 490 videos there is a corresponding set of 30 digital photos. These images are clear and sharp, but a size larger than 480x720 pixels is long overdue, as is a slideshow feature. They don't want you to download pictures: you can't even save individual images by right-clicking. let alone download a zip file.
There is limited access to the Fratpad live cam site included. This requires a separate signup and , oddly, you can't use the same email address you used to originally sign up to Fratmen.
Be aware of the pre-checked sign-up for a trial to Fratpad on the join page.
Fratmen offers an abundance of college men with handsome faces and lean, muscular builds in well-filmed, polished videos. But the company spent more effort on making new sites and pushing upsells when it ought to have been improving its flagship site, which it has foolishly abandoned.
30 day: $29.95 (rebills @ $29.95)
Few hardcore scenes.
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30 day: $29.95
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Fratmen is operated by Pavlov's Dog and has been online since 2004.
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