Review date: June 2017
Gay Life Network is the name for a collection of twink videos that are divided up into eight sites, each with slightly different themes but often relying on the same model pool. And that works well because these young guys are just about the smoothest, creamiest, and twinkiest you'll see anywhere. The newer HD videos are excellent quality and the oldest are less perfect but still very good. Some of the videos could be shorter and more tightly edited, there are upsells to other sites in the members' area, and the action tends to be a bit on the vanilla side, but GLN is still a good choice for lovers of twink and collegiate guys.
Although the tour is not a mirror of the actual site, you will be able to get a very good idea of what to expect if you decide to join. Scroll past the "Featured Sites" (where none of the images open to clips) and you'll find "Our Members' All Time Favorite Videos" and "Our All Time Favorite Models;" both lead to hardcore trailers. You can also click on any of the menu items along the top of the page; these lead to more comprehensive lists of the site's content, leading to even more trailers to wet your whistle.
Within Gay Life Network, text links just below the masthead will guide you to any of the eight sites, a complete scene index or the entire model roster. Thankfully, the design and navigation of each site in the network operates in an identical fashion. And there is a sophisticated search function that includes ranking by various criteria, and advanced search using various keywords. But the reasons for the content being labeled with many different names is far from clear. Several of the categories should be collapsed and a number of the labels dropped, especially for the areas that are not being updated.
We were less crazy about the upsells for hookup and cam sites inside the members area. Luckily, the large upsell ad that appears at the top of each page can be minimized so that you don't have to keep seeing it.
The Men and the Action
Get ready for a rich, creamy casserole of slender and lightly muscled guys aged 18-25, seasoned with smooth, young, muscular Euro-guys, and topped with regular-looking American porn stars aged 25-29. Twinks do form the majority of the models, often with similar names like Aiden, Braden, and Haiden. These guys have a way of winning you over with their sweet honesty, smooth contours, and almost-virgin butt holes.
At the beginning of a video the guys often have a few lines to say as they participate in the
little scripted stories that start off the action. Most of the videos are shot in a well-lit studio
and the most popular models are interviewed. The right answer to every question usually contains the
word "awesome." Most of the sex is conventional and there are only a few scenes featuring black or
Asian models. While there are eight sites, they all focus on young guys and most don't really have
much of a theme beyond that:
Undie Twinks: 202 scenes (updated biweekly, some updates are just photo galleries)
Lollipop Twinks: 296 scenes, often with lollipops (updated biweekly)
Teach Twinks: 289 scenes (updated biweekly)
Beddable Boys: 314 scenes (last update January 2017)
Phoenixxx Twinks: 40 scenes (last update November 2016)
Our Boyfriends: 217 scenes (last update December 2016)
Gay Life Network - oddly the name of the network of sites is also the name of one of the sites. There are twinks galore here with almost 200 videos, but no updates since Jan, 2013.
Twinklight: 51 scenes (no updates since June, 2013)
Twinkylicious: 29 scenes (no updates since Sept., 2010)
Best Bareback: 68 bareback scenes (no updates since March, 2013)
Twink Toons: hundreds of gay sex cartoons
The site also includes several bonus videos from other producers, as well as Hollywood 201, which appears to be an attempt at a "reality TV" style series.
This hefty package of videos has only been around a few years, so over half are in high-definition; these have great viewing quality. At the highest speed, you'll see clarity, sharp contrast, and good lighting.
Videos that are available at less than 720p look good at their default size but lose sharpness when upsized. A few of the videos suffer from low light and there is occasional motion judder with fast movement. Streams also sometimes buffered at the high speed setting. And the HD quality downloads can take many minutes to complete.
Gay Life Network has over 1410 videos averaging 23 minutes in running time (not including the 440 twink cartoons). Currently the network updates once every few days.
You can stream and download the videos in MP4 format. The streams play in a Flash-like player in up to four qualities. For about half, the largest is 1280x720 pixels, with a bitrate between 3400 and 5000 kbps. Very recent ones (around 15%) are also available in a 1920x1080 pixel HD version. About half top out at 640x360 or 640x480 pixels, 1300 kbps.
Screens: There is a full mobile version of these sites included with your subscription. Videos labelled 720p or 1020p look good on a TV screen.
Image and Other Content
Every episode on each of the sites, excluding Twink Toons, has an image gallery averaging 120 video captures. The size of the images can be quite large and they are not all crystal clear, a problem that's common with screen grabs. The "Bonus" material can be a little confusing, as you will find many of the scenes intermixed within other sites. This extra content is hit or miss, but may be of interest to some members.
The network loses points for having a pre-checked sign-up to another site and for having a very cut-down trial of only six videos (though they do tell you this).
Also, some of the recent updates included in the site are from "Bonus" sites and not the main GLN sites.
While the vids could be a bit edgier and more tightly edited, the oddly named Gay Life Network does a very good job of showcasing a choice roster of cute and slender twinks, along with a few European guys and some professional porn models. For one monthly price you'll get a generous number of videos, many video viewing and download options, and lots of HD content. Gay Life Network is a solid choice for twink fans.
1 day: $1.95 (limited trial) (rebills @ $24.95)
30 day: $24.95 (rebills @ $24.95)
Some bareback scenes.
[safer sex in porn]
1 day: $1.95 (limited trial)
(rebills @ $24.95)
30 day: $24.95
(rebills @ $24.95)
Gay Life Network is operated by Stunner Media and has been online since 2007.