Reviewed by GayDemon on 27 Jul 2012
English Lads is the jewel of U.K. gay porn featuring 18- to 25-year-old jocks, hunks, some average amateurs and twinks. It's the oldest and biggest British site with all kinds of bells and whistles that can provide you with a very enjoyable experience. When English Lads started out, the guys were a mix of twinks, average guys and athletic jocks. These days most of the guys have strong, athletic bodies with nice definition, although there are still some "regular guy" types. Most of the models are smooth, but some are hairy and quite a few lately have tattoos. And there's lots of uncut cock and foreskin.
On English Lads, a guy's first appearance will usually include a photo session and jack off video. Because many of the guys are straight, what they do for their next appearance depends on the open mindedness of the guy himself. Some are willing to explore guy-on-guy sex, others aren't. For the willing, you'll find a mix of massage sessions, handjobs, blowjobs, side-by-side jack off sessions, dildo fucking, and full-on anal sex.
One of my favorites, Doug Mitchell, is a dark-haired 20 year old guy with a rocking body and a big uncut cock, and he's already jacked off, gotten a massage, a handjob, and his first blowjob from a guy. But another fave, Jamie King, a sexy blond guy with face scruff has been filming with English Lads for over a year and he's only jacked off and done some dildo play. Meanwhile, member's favorite Paddy O'Brian has done it all.
There are 668 videos inside English Lads, 264 more than on our last visit. A new video is added on Fridays, on Wednesdays they add a new photo set, then on Sundays they add either a new video or photo set. Sometimes extra bonus videos are thrown in as well. The vids are good quality and can be streamed or downloaded. The downloadable videos come in WMV and QuickTime formats with newer versions giving you four sizes: a mobile version (396x220), extra large (1440x810) and 2 smaller sizes. The QuickTime versions come in the same sizes, but the mobile version is slightly larger. At the time of our last review the largest versions were DRM protected, but English Lads does not add DRM to their new videos. Older versions of the videos only come in two sizes of WMV (the larger is DRM-protected) and one size of QuickTime (540x304).
I'm impressed with the video options in the member's area and they do something that I've only seen on a few sites: each episode has a short edit and full version. The 16-minute edit has less tease and chatter and gets right to the action, while the full version (usually around 30 minutes) gives you the entire session.
English Lads offers streaming versions as well, in WMV, QuickTime, and Flash formats. The extra large videos can only be downloaded while the other two versions can be streamed in the same sizes as their downloadable counterparts.
Updates appear on the homepage with the newest showing at the top. While English Lads doesn't maintain separate photo and video sections, they do have an extensive search feature that allows you to separate the galleries and videos, and sort them by date added, age, cock size, sexual orientation, etc. A drop down menu features all the models' names, so you can jump to a guy's complete library. There's also a "Top Lads" section that sorts the guys by member votes and ratings.
English Lads usually adds six to eight videos and six photo sets per month. Truthfully, you're getting more than that as they throw in bonus videos filmed during the model's photo shoot; there have been three of these in that past month.
At the time of our last review there were 621 galleries; now there are 840, which is 219 more galleries than on our last visit. Many newer galleries contain several hundred good quality digital still pics available in two sizes 750x1125 and 450x675. Older sets have only one pic size and often between 50 and 150 photos. There's a slide-show feature as well as a downloadable zip.
There is a blog on the site featuring lots of extras like interviews, workout videos, out takes, and public appearances. And there's a member's forum where you can comment on the models, offer suggestions, or talk to other members.
There are a couple of things I didn't like about English Lads. Honestly, I'd be happier if they paired down the newer picture galleries - no one needs 20 pictures of a guy in exactly the same pose - 100 of the best pictures would be fine. While the site doesn't use DRM on new releases, those older, largest videos still do, so you'll have to maintain a membership to view them. However, the non-DRM versions are large enough that I didn't feel I was missing anything.
With over 400 models and 660 videos, English Lads has a lot to offer. I'm liking their new approach of filming guys with more defined bodies, although some may miss the original twinks and average guy types. The new models aren't muscle heads, but nice-looking guys with hot, athletic bodies. There's a good offering of both solo and hardcore sex, and if you like dildo play a lot of the guys use vibrators on their virgin butts. There are so many different options for the videos that you're bound to find one that suits your needs. If you haven't been to English Lads for a while, you'll want to check out the new crop of guys. And if you've never been, you're missing a hot site, so take a look.