Review date: February 2016
Think of English Lads as 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 over 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. But remember, your membership does give you access to over 1000 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 fifteen large sample images for the most recent video updates alternating with those for photo updates. At the bottom of the page you'll find a cluster of the site's Top Voted models. You can page through the entire video and photo index. In the first several pages there are sample video clips, though they aren't explicit. After that you'll find that there are small image galleries accompanying the updates. You can also browse the model inventory and while there are preview images, they once again are non-explicit. No dick until you pay up!
Navigation on English Lads is simple and straightforward, that is - once you enter your login information and answer a security question like: "What was the name of your first pet?" The members' homepage is the first page of the master index. 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 type 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 525 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 sometimes 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 1028 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 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 MP4 format.
Quicktime (MP4) downloads have a top size of 960x540 or 960x720 pixels, with a bitrate of over 2,000 kbps (though the 20% newest are 1920x1080, 6,000 kbps).
Like most sites, English Lads is dropping Windows Media as a format, in this case in late 2015. For videos added before then, one-third of Windows Media downloads have true high-definition playback with a top bitrate of 6,000 kbps, sized at 1440x800 pixels and 1920x1080 pixels. Moving back in the catalog the top size drops to 960x540 or 960x720 pixels.
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.
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.
30 day: $29.95 (rebills @ $27.95)
30 day: $36.95 (no rebill)
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English Lads is operated by Zone 8 Media Ltd. and has been online since 2004.