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Top Shelf Studs review

Summary: Top Shelf Studs has gotten their hands on plenty of sexy studs for an all exclusive HD gay porn site, but without frequent updates this collection ends up being only as strong as its network. It does have a good selection of gay porn bonus sites with even more HD videos, but if you want the studs and that's it, you'll be better off going elsewhere.

Score 70.0 /100
About Our Ratings
Tiffany, 2009-06-30

Hunks-and-Muscle, Hardcore

gay hardcore, gay HD porn, gay studs

Intro promises

Ultimate stud on stud action
20 Weekly network updates
Free live chat
Downloadable pics and vids
Member directed episodes
8 bonus sites

First impression

A site full of hot and horny studs sounds like fun sure it's not exactly a new or original concept, but I know that I, for one, can't get enough of these fit guys. The member's area has a modern feel to it, with a nice, clean design that puts the navigation and a keyword search right at your fingertips. The first thumb that you'll see is a gorgeous stud opening up his mouth and slurping down a nice thick dick. They are certainly delivering on the stud part of the equation, so let's see if they deliver on everything else.


1.95/3 day limited trial recurs at monthly rate
9.95/7 day limited trial recurs at monthly rate
29.95/month recurring
69.95/3 months non recurring

Our opinion

Top Shelf Studs does have a few guys in their stable that lean more towards jock than they do straight up hunk, but overall they hit their man selection spot on with the theme. It's only hunk on hunk hardcore action, which could have ended up getting really repetitive, but a broad selection of hunks along with plenty of location changes keeps it fresh and exciting.

Most of the top navigation deals with the bonuses that you're getting to get to the Top Shelf Studs episode list, you can either click through on one of the latest updates, or find the link to go through to the full episodes. I would have liked to have seen that link on the main nav, but it's not too terribly hard to find. Other things that you'll spot in the sidebar include the member's request form and links to your bonuses.

There are 29 episodes in total, each with a video and photo set. This is a relatively small site, and is not helped by the fact that there are no longer updates. Other than the latest video, which is oddly streaming only, all other videos offer both streaming and download. There is a link to show only HD videos, but when you click it you'll find out that all of the episodes offer that quality anyway.

Top Shelf Studs is not going to be caught without a ton of video options, and you can enjoy these studs in five different qualities, along with full scene and clip options. You choose all of your options via drop down menus, and overall it's a very slick set up. The video speeds are as follows: HD at 1068x600 and 4 mbps, T1 is 852x480 and 2.5 mbps, broadband is 852x480 and 1.5 mbps, dsl is 640x360 and 1 mbps, and dial up is 428x249 and 400 kbps. All of the downloads are in WMV, and streaming is handled in Flash, WMV, and on some videos Quicktime as well.

The photo galleries are located right underneath the video options, and there are over 170 photos on average per set. The quality is above average, and they are shown at 800x1195. Like the videos, Top Shelf Studs has a few welcome viewing features. The first is the standard zip download, and the second is a more interesting one. If you're a PicLens user, all of the galleries are set up to be enjoyed with this fascinating app.

To get to the bonuses, you'll need to pop back to the main page. The other exclusive gay sites that you get access to as part of your membership are: Gay College Sex Parties, Twinks for Cash, His First Huge Cock, His First Gay Sex, Hot Muscle Dudes, Swift Maverick, Gay Blind Date Sex, and His First Facial. There are plenty of additional studs within these sites, and a little over half of them have regular updates. If you need even more gay porn, there's a third party feed section with 9 different feeds, covering a wide range of niches such as black and Latino.


Top Shelf Studs is one of the few full HD gay porn collections on the market, although it is a shame that it is no longer updating. With frequent updates this could truly be a great stud site, but without it it's simply a nice gay hardcore site with some solid bonuses and good looking videos.


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