90 English Lads Review
With almost 500 models, over 938 excellent quality videos and superb digital photography, English Lads is one of the top sites for British amateurs.
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WMV (download); 1920x1080; 6000k (15% of videos)
MP4 (download); 1920x1080; 6000k (15% of videos)
Flash (stream); 960x540; ?_k (50% of videos)
Review date: February 2015
It might be fair to call English Lads the Sean Cody of Britain. The main reason, of course, is the overall quality, and the age and type of the models: both sites feature young, muscular and fresh amateurs in high quality videos. Both sites launched around 10 years ago, and both sites have a similar number (around 1000, give or take) video updates. But English Lads, unlike Sean Cody, offers stunning quality photo sets. For those looking forward to a feast of almost 500 fresh college age guys in video and image sets English Lads absolutely delivers.
Along with several options for streaming and downloading videos, the site has a few limits to unfettered binge downloading. You are only allowed to download at the beginning of your second month of membership; even then, you can download the largest sized videos only after 120 days of membership. As for pictures, you can't download zip files of pictures or view the largest size of pictures until after 120 days. Silver lining: your membership does give you access to over 900 streaming videos; that will keep you so busy in your first month you won't even have time to think of downloading.
As you scroll down the non-members homepage you'll find that rows of small sample images for the most recent video updates alternate with those for photo updates. The bottom 1/3 of the page contains a dense grid of images of around 90 of the site's top-voted models. Page backwards to about halfway back in the catalog, and you can click on any one of the video episodes to get a preview clip and links to the model's pages, along with a description of what happened the day of the shoot. For the older half of the catalog, there are no preview clips available to watch, but there's still lots to look at.
When you click to a page for one of the photo updates you'll find find four high quality images; these do not open to larger sized images. There's also a link to the model's own page, giving you a little gallery of nine images that do open to larger pics. On this same page there's also a few stats on the guy, and links to the videos and photo shoots he's performed in.
Navigation on English Lads is simple and straightforward, once you enter your login information and answer a security question like: "What was the name of your first pet?" The members' homepage is page 1 of 125. For each episode of solos, of hardcore action or of digital images you'll find a strip of three or four images, the date of the shoot, and links either to the image gallery or to the video options page. All the pages are cross-linked between the video, the pictures, and the model's profiles. There is also a detailed search and sort feature, including many categories that gets you to all the different ages and types of guy. Here's a tip for filtering the image galleries out of the roster: just go into "Search" and click "Movies" "date added". The Top Lads section of the site is very popular and the Blog will give you varied perspectives on the site. But don't bother with "Come Flirt" as this is not part of the site.
The Men and the Action
The almost 500 models range from twinks, to collegiate guys, to sporty guys in trackies, to muscular top-lads, all in the 18-26 age range. Along with miles of foreskin and some truly enormous wieners, you'll find dreamy solo videos, fun with toys, hot duo, three-way and group videos -- and great foot-shots. Those English accents can be boner-inducing too, whether they're from Lancashire or London. Click on the "Top Lads" to see the 25 guys that members go nuts about. In the latest twist, the camera is turned over to the model, who films himself in a "Home Movie". In the finished video you'll see a cool split screen effect.
The viewing quality of the videos ranges from good to excellent. Even the oldest videos have a professional quality of lighting, sound and composition. The camera moves fluidly around the model's body and pulls in tight on details and body parts. And these very fit and cute English Lads are great subjects for lingering close-ups. At times the model interviews run a bit long and the videographer chats with the model throughout the video. A few of the bonus videos are also punctuated by camera flashes and pops, but we're told that these are not included in the count of the total number that you pay for in your monthly membership. All of the above can be partly fixed by skipping the full-length video and watching the shorter version instead.
The site boasts over 938 exclusive videos, and English Lads has a frequent update schedule of six new video segments per month, plus a couple of bonus behind-the-scenes shoots. There are also six new photo gallery updates per month. Most of the videos are offered as shorter versions of around 16 minutes and full length versions of up to 30 minutes
About half of the streams are available in your choice of Windows Media, Flash and MP4, with a top size of 960x540 or 960x720 pixels. For older ones, Windows Media is available at the top streaming size, but the other formats may not be.
Downloads are available after 30 days for most qualities and after 120 days for the highest quality. They are offered in Windows Media and MP4 formats.
The most recent one-third of Windows Media downloads have true high-definition playback with a top bitrate of 6,000 kbps, sized at 1440x800 pixels and (more recently) 1920x1080 pixels. Moving back in the catalog the top bitrate drops to 1900 kbps; the majority of these play at a size of 960x540 or 960x720 pixels.
Quicktime (MP4) downloads have a top size of 960x540 or 960x720 pixels, with a bitrate of over 2,000 kbps (though the 15% newest are 1920x1080, 6,000 kbps).
Screens: The MP4s will play on iPhones or iPads , but the site does not have a version that is set up for easy mobile navigation. All those labelled X-Large or XXL look great on a TV screen.
Image and Other Content
If you're into sexy photos, you'll be impressed. There are 368,000 crystal-clear digital images on English Lads. Every body part is lovingly photographed. You have the option of two photos sizes and there's a great slide-show option. But you have to be a member for 120 days to access zip files of the photos, though as an added incentive you also get access to supersized versions of the pics at that point.
There are a few additional bells and whistles on English Lads, . The Blog shows off the models in various events around the country, including a charity calendar photo shoot (Warwick Rowers anyone?) and Pride appearances. There's also a voting system for rating your favorite lad, lots of behind-the-scenes videos, and a few "Home Movies" shot by models fucking each other.
English Lads fulfills the most important conditions of gay porn: lots and lots of hot guys in spectacular quality videos and beautiful digital pictures, all featured in a site that looks great and has a fresh and enthusiastic personality. While you must be a member for over 30 days to download, the amount and quality of content is well worth remaining a member for many months. Lovers of very handsome young amateurs will find many stunning examples here.
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English Lads is operated by Zone 8 Media Ltd. and has been online since 2004.