Review date: December 2011
While the original videos on Strong Men still look fantastic and lots of new non-exclusive content is being added, the site is no longer updating with original content. The site's focus on muscular men was our original reason for reviewing it, but that vision has been weakened and the site appears increasingly just cobbled together. Still there are almost 280 hot original videos, many shot in HD, plus 1300 downloadable DVD scenes to enjoy.
The Strong Men tour allows you to preview all areas of the site, so take your time to explore, especially in the models index, where there are small, 20-second preview clips and a few vidcaps for each video. The high-def video index of 120 exclusive scenes has a similar set-up (though the older "standard" videos do not have preview clips.)
Strong Men is an attractive site and fairly straightforward to use, with obvious links to videos, photos, DVD downloads and bonus video feeds. But they do treat their HD content as king and de-emphasize the standard quality (non-HD) content. For instance the model index only includes models that are in the HD videos. The catalog of “standard” videos and pictures appears as a drop-down when you access the high-def content. Search is limited, although the roster of full-length DVDs can by accessed by category. Also, when browsing though the indexes there's no way to skip several pages; you have to move back and forth one page at a time.
The Men and the Action
Strong Men serves up grade-A beef in a variety of flavors. There are young and mature guys, hairy and smooth, white and Latino. What these guys definitely have in common is great physiques. There isn’t as much flexing as one would expect from a site full of masculine men, horny and strong, with defined bodies (some even with hair on their chest). Even though models are labeled exclusive, there are some faces here that you may have seen before. The older videos seem to have an emphasis on Latin American guys.
These are men of few words. In the videos, they don’t say much – no interviews, no set-ups, just straight into the action. A lot of the videos and most of the image galleries are solo, where these sexy guys pleasure themselves and tease us with their big (and often uncut) cocks. There are also some hardcore photosets and videos, where the guys jerk off together, suck each other off and sometimes fuck.
The viewing quality of the exclusive videos is very good. These are clear, the sound is good and cumshots abound. While the videography is competent, with a good range of medium and close-up shots, there's sometimes too much uniformity of style and framing to the shoots.
There are 120 hi-def videos on Strong Men at this review. And sadly, there have been no new updates in a full year. There are also 99 “standard” videos, mostly solos, not shot in hi-def, and 79 scenes from an associated site named Studport whose video inventory appears to have been folded into Strong Men . The length of the video scenes varies a lot, from 5 to 25 minutes, and some also feature behind the scenes material. As a bonus, there are also numerous DVDs of older movies from different studios available for download.
Strong Men's video options vary depending on the type of content. The HD videos are true high-definition -- rendered to create videos sized at 1280x720 pixels and a bitrate of 3,000 kbps. These top quality videos can be downloaded or streamed in Windows Media format; there are lower-speed options as well. These videos will also stream in Flash (640x360 pixels, 700 kbps) or download in MP4 (640x360 pixels, 1,000 kbps).
Most of the older "standard" videos are available in Windows Media at only 512 kbps, playing in a small 320x240 window (though a few are larger and also available as MP4s). It would be a great thing to see the "standard" videos upgraded.
The DVD scenes are in both Windows Media and MP4 formats and play in a 640x480 window at 1,000 kbps.
Mac note: Mac users will have no issues with the site as most everything is in MP4 format, and the Windows Media files don't have DRM on them.
Mobile note: A full mobile version of the site is included with your membership, but mobile access is restricted to the hi-def videos.
Image and Other Content
There are 46 exclusive, high resolution photo sets featuring mostly solo models, even though there are a few hardcore sets in the bunch. There are also 400 sets with standard, lower resolution pictures. The hi-def photo sets are updated less often than videos, with just a couple of new galleries being added each month. There are also hundreds of screenshots available for each movie. Picture sets cannot be downloaded as one zip file.
If Strong Men is still running a little low in original, high-definition content, they almost make up for it in bonus features. Besides the hundreds of downloadable DVDs they offer, membership also gets you access to video feed archives from sources including Jake Cruise, Treasure Island and Fratmen.
Strong Men provides members with lots of high quality original content, combined with a generous helping of non-exclusive studio porn. The site's models are sexy and muscular, there are some hot action videos, and the site itself is attractive and easy to navigate. However, the fact that the original content updates have stopped is a major minus.
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Strong Men is operated by WEBNET Productions SL and has been online since 2008.