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FitLads.net is a gay dating site that caters to a younger crowd, rather like DList.com, which is also reviewed in this category. There is a particular focus on younger, fit and attractive men who like sport, and the site even allows you to form teams or find teammates for real life sporting events. It's quite a professionally designed site, with an easy-to-use user interface which allows you to move between searches, events, videos and more with ease. It's free to join and has a large membership base (thousands of gay guys online at the time of this review). If you're looking for young, urban guys in sports gear then this is the place for you.
Whilst joining FitLads.com is a mere formality and takes a minute or two (ensure that you have a valid email address) you won't be able to access all of the features until your membership has been approved (this is usually done within a few minutes of joining). If your application is rejected, you can contact the site and explain. Most of the time your membership will then be validated. It's just a measure to prevent timewasters and scammers joining the site and spoiling genuine members' fun. If for some reason you’d like your membership validated via SMS then this is also an option, although we don’t really see the advantage.
Once you're all signed up and approved, you're ready to go. As is common with most free dating sites, the free membership is quite limited and you're invited to upgrade to enjoy all of the benefits FitLads.net has to offer. It's up to you whether you choose to pay what is arguably a fairly modest monthly subscription fee. The most notable things you get with an upgraded membership are the larger profile picture sizes, being able to see who's viewed your profile and read your messages and the option of using your webcam in the chat rooms.
When you start browsing the site you'll find that most members tend to be young and have an urban look, often wearing tracksuits and sports gear (sometimes known mockingly as the 'chav' look). Don't expect to find too many members here that don't conform to this type, although there are a few. We suspect that perhaps the 50 year old bears on here might be looking for a young lad of their own. Again, if you prefer your guys a little different then try another site.
Searching is quite restrictive and doesn’t allow for many options other than location. Again this reflects the sports focus, as many men may be looking for others in their area who like to keep fit, but it’s not that useful for finding dates otherwise.When you first start using the site you may find it a little counter-intuitive; some elements can feel a little incoherent and cluttered. However, it shouldn't take you long to become acquainted with navigating the various features. It's slightly annoying that whilst they have a variety of specialised searches, there's no advanced search function available. This can make browsing a bit of a chore. However, it's possible to search for members in your area quite easily.
Whilst the profile pictures are not usually particularly explicit many profiles have private pictures that the member has to grant you permission to see. Therefore, there is sexually explicit material on the site. In addition to emailing members and entering the chat rooms you can also participate in the forums. Here you can read and post messages on a variety of topics (comprising Fitlads news & info, general chat, sports and recreation, local stuff, sex and meets and local language chat). There's bound to be a subject that interests you and this feature is always a popular one. You can also check out events going on in your area and follow links to other gay-related websites. The site support is also very good. In addition to a comprehensive FAQs section and email contact, you can also contact the support desk by telephone.
In summary, FitLads.com is the place to meet and hook up with young gay sports types. It isn’t for everyone though, as it offers something of a niche. However, you get plenty of features for free and you'll be meeting new guys in next to no time. Take advantage of their generous free membership, or upgrade and get the extra features and soon you'll be chatting and meeting with hot new guys near you.
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