Been a member of 3 or 4 ATK sites over the years - and some of it is in the league where I want to go back.
BUT: Still a bit confused about which site does what (except from the special deals like Petites, Hairy and Exotics...)
My favorite used to be Galleria - but the "Archives" has much more content - is that only "amateurs"???
BTW: to Khan or others at TBP here: You missed the "K" for Galleria in the TBP profile....
I had noticed the comments about the ATK sites receiving overhauls and the Santa Claus of porn sent me a promo offer to rejoin so I was a bit, happily, surprised at the new changes. Everything now looks nice and colorful, easy on the eyes too. It doesn't feel like I'm looking at a site that hasn't been changed since 1998. So the initial appearance of the new format gets an A. The models are improving too, in my opinion, I have already found a couple I hadn't seen anywhere before, that have over 2,000 photos each already.
The update schedule is now much clearer and easier to find. By my count they are updating with 7 photo sets per day on Monday-Saturday and 10 videos on Sunday.
That's an impressive update count, 42 photo sets and 10 videos per week.
The newest pictures, tried 3 different sets from 3 different studios, seem to be coming in at a consistent 3000 long end resolution.
The newer videos have an HD option that is 1280x720 and they do run very smoothly. I had been having some problems with HD videos causing odd color blotches during playback.
Very impressed overall so far with this longtime favorite that I've had my share of complaints about over the years. The site is finally catching up to the models. I may even give Galleria a try after several years of being away since this one has impressed me this much with its changes.
I was doing some studying, and got in the mood to look at some naked chicks. After logging in and browsing ATK Hairy some, I started getting into the mood to study again. I'm about to turn off my computer to go study, instead of getting off to porn.
Good for me. Not so good for ATK Hairy.
The ATK Empire is still great, and the new Hairy site layout is still impressive, but I only like a few standout girls on ATK Hairy right now. To each his own, but like someone here mentioned earlier: the users comments at ATK Hairy say it all. One dude was raving about a girl's peach-fuzz mustache - I kid you not! People will complain about girls only having bushes. It's bizarre.
I'll break it down, because I don't want to complain without giving specifics. It's all opinion, of course.
1.) The Eastern Euro chicks are just as generic and skippable here, and look far from natural. Too model-y. And too often the photography of them just sucks.
2.) Too much Sean R. Way overrated. His girls have become more garish on this site, as well.
3.) I believe there are naturally-beautiful girls, and there are girls that are ho-hum. That's just the way of the world. Lately at ATK Hairy, if a girl is hairy, it doesn't matter if she's ho-hum - she gets automatic entry.
4.) Too many of these girls have long, lifeless, drab hairdos. Especially the non-American girls. I like short hair, and I like long hair. I do NOT like unstyled hair. Someone call Stacy and Clinton on some of these chicks. Salons are not a bad thing. If I wanted it that natural, I would jerk off to Nat. Geo.
5.) A lot of the newer photographers that have lately made ATK Galleria and Exotics extra enjoyable don't even have a presence on ATK Hairy. That can't help things, IMHO. I seriously doubt that all those photographers are anti-pubic hair. Is it because they take pictures of girls that are worth looking at?
6.) Too much hair-frenzy.
So, that's the bad, and it's starting to monolopize that site. I wish they struck a better balance with the things I do like about the site:
1.) The photographers Atomic W., Angela W., BMB, Afterglow, R. Field. They usually find cute girls. If it weren't for them, I'd never join the site.
2.) Yes, I like the young, trendy, American, porn-nubile look. But I also like the cute, bookstore, future grad-student look. ATK Hairy used to excel at this. Now I wonder if they're conceding to the hair-freaks and shying away from this.
I hate to be critical, but hopefully it was constructive. Time to hit the books.
I'm taking it that Advent will read this! ;0)Now there are a quite a few different sites in the network, how about offering discounted membership on additional sites?
I am not just talking about a package deal on all sites, I'm thinking how about a sliding scale of additional discount based on the number of ATK sites you currently hold membership to?
I can see it might not be viable but I think it would be a good angle to increase membership across the sites.
I can't really say that I'm discontent with this site. The price was right (special offer), the models are mostly fine, updates even though they don't approach the quantity of All Over 30, for instance, are nevertheless steady and adequate.
But I sure wish they would come into this decade, quality wise. Videos are still advertised as WMV-HD but are only 640x480p with a total bitrate of approx 3200 kbps, while pictures have yet to exceed 2000px.
In their defense, the videos have become clearer with the increased bitrate but they are not HD. Could be a good site that now combines Aunt Judy/Older Women and videos from both, if only they made an effort to upgrade.
Despite a major revamp, user defined zips have still not made an appearance.
A shame, because I like most of the revamp.
A choice of full set zip sizes is an improvement, but not really what I am looking for.
I am at a loss to understand the many subscribers who downgrade a set from this site because it doesn't feature enough leg-, arm-, pit-, belly-, buttock hair!
This is one of the advantages of having a comments section now, you get to find out how your fellow users feel about a particular set or video and it sure makes me once again an outsider.
I suggested today that maybe the site should be renamed ATK Scary Hairy because more than 50% of today's 8 updates featured body hair other than the pubes. Who in tarnation would find a hairy leg exciting? Well, in this case, almost EVERYONE, it seems.
I am sure I will get the required thumbs down in the site from the body hair lovers so that my comment will disappear because the "community" disapproved of my scathing remarks. Argh, I guess that's democracy! :-) And I was being provocative and judgmental, I'm afraid, so I'll deserve being shunned!
Still .. hairy legs as a turn on? Who would have ever thunk it?
All that talk of changed lay-outs and bigger pictures made me subscribe once again. I really wish I would stop doing things on a whim because what good is a bigger picture if the set is mind numbingly boring. Each model seems to be basically in drab outerwear, with maybe a bikini panty for lingerie if one is lucky, and that's it. Three days back, 24 picture sets later and not one of them could be called erotic. Wish I had looked a bit more closely at the poster's comments below mine! Another wasted subscription.
I'd been away from this site for about a year. On the current join, I found some good improvements but also some things that had kept me away since the last time.
Being a pic fiend, I'll focus on that. Since mid-January this year, they've been doing pics in 3 sizes -- 1024, 1600, and 3000 -- with zips for each size. (Funny how the reviews have missed this.)
But they're still reposting older sets in 1024 on weekends. I wonder if they could repost them at least in 1600 instead. They've got some very nice "legacy" material of girls like Breanne Benson, Aneta Smrhova, and the latina Marlena, but these are nothing new to long-term fans of the ATK sites. They're just re-runs. Why not do "encore presentations" instead? ;)
And the thumbs for the newer galleries are bigger (good) than the older ones, so you get this mix of thumb sizes in the gallery listings (bad), the 125px thumbs mishmashed with 200px thumbs. It looks really tacky.
Who cares, you ask? It's why we have building codes, clothing sizes, paper sizes, and layout concepts. What would you think of a product catalogue that mixed different sizes of images on a grid, with big, empty white spaces above all of the smaller ones? Anyway, don't even think of asking me "who cares?" I don't fucking care if you don't. Go write to the International Organization for Standardization and tell them you don't care.
Getting back into the site after a year meant going through the many categories and trying to catch up. They've got 13 softcore categories and 10 hardcore categories. OK, fine, variety is the spice of life and this much has got to be the stuff of five-alarm chili, but why not have a straight chronological list to keep things simple? I mean, I don't want to have to think in terms of "dime pieces" or "masturbation" OR "toys." Just who and when will suffice.
Besides, once you get into a category, the only heading at the top of a list of galleries (this is also called a gallery) is the number of the gallery of galleries. "Gallery 84," for instance, of 16 thumbs to galleries. Of what? Like, where am I? There it is, in the browser's title bar! "nudism 84."
I know, they're trying to keep things organized, and they do, but it doesn't work anyway when you have to struggle to maintain a sense of virtual place while you're trying to enjoy the pictures of naked women.
Still, with the caveats explored above, I'd recommend the site. There's some very nice exclusive material. Quite a lot of it, in fact.
I just received a special offer that would give me this site for free if I re-subscribed to ATK Natural and Hairy. I know I haven't been too complimentary when it comes to the latter but if Archives is any good it would be worth considering the offer.
So, here's the question: Does "archives" stand for mainly outdated formats like 800x600 px for picture sets and 640x480 for videos, or is there newer stuff to be found? Thanks!
Over the last couple of weeks, ATKHairy has started to increase picture sizes, and from a few photographers/studios they are of good quality, but most are still of a disappointing that does not do justice to the girls, and the sets and scenes are still repetitive and mostly boring.
The default pics now are too big to view comfortably on a monitor (even my 27" Dell) so are really not that useful, and with the poor depth of focus and digital artifacts (from too much jpeg compression?) they really are not worth viewing at their full resolution.
Videos are now sometimes available in more up-to-date formats, with the old WMV, and now SD MP4 nd HD MP4 formats available. Many of the links to the new formats do not work - as if they intended to put the files up, but something went wrong. Gradually improving though. Typical sizes from today's update: WMV 156MB, SD 189MB, HD 564MB to give you an idea. I have tried a few of the SD and HD videos, and they are a big improvment, but like the photographers, the videographers seem to be mostly just not quite expert enough to get the best out of the girls.
Most male orgasms in the "action" photo shoots are fake, very odd in a site that claims to be "natural"!
Overall, the better quality is an improvement, but it would be good to see fewer sets of pics and better quality, and videos that really get the best out of the girls.
I was really happy to see that ATK Exotics now has full set zip files. I wanted to add this comment before re-reviewing it since the last review mentions the photo sets being only downloadable in parts. That always bothered me too. That's fixed now, so thank you ATK.
Besides fixing what I thought was their biggest flaw, they are still bringing in some of the best exotic models in the world. Emy Reyes is one of my favorites and they have 35 photo sets, nearly 5,000 photos there and 6 videos of her. Emy is fairly rare on sites. It's not too surprising to find 1-3 sets of her, so this collection is huge. Also, with the addition of the full photo set zip downloads, it's worth mentioning for the collectors, Aneta Keys has 11 photo sets on here that are very rare. I think all 11 are exclusive and these were early in her career before she got the tattoo on her hip/butt.
I'll re-review in a couple of weeks with more information as it looks like the whole site has been improved.
I rejoined through EPOCH. THEN it prompts me to fill out yet another join form with a different vendor. I didn't do that.
Then I logged in. Fine for the first few minutes. Then it starts moving like a snail on a cold fall day and not much later loads nothing and gives me gateway timeouts.
Update, Dec. 8th, four days later: It's STILL having bad gateway problems. I'd actually kind of forgotten about this site, then remembered, logged in (which was slow), started getting into just one gallery, and it happened again! I had to close the site window after several bad gateway messages. There was simply no point to it.
This just doesn't pass muster. A month costs $30. And it's this bad. How long can a site be this difficult for paying users before its listing at review sites comes into question?
... I had been away from this site for quite a few months and found when I returned a handful of sets and models that really appealed to me, but now that I am well into the second week of the present subscription gloom settles on me once again as I contemplate one poorly costumed, poorly done picture set after the other offered in the daily updates.
They are so incredibly hum-drum, mostly with models to match, that only a newbie could possibly find them exciting. I could drop my review score even further but am tired of fiddling with it, so for old times sake, when this was a glorious site, I am going to leave it alone. But, man, what a disappointment.
Where are all the good photographers, the ones who don't make a set look like screen caps when it comes to pictures, with one looking the same as the one before it and the one after, page after page, set after set.
And when will their videos finally come into the 21st Century? I am very disappointed in connection with the downfall of a site once rated by me as one of my "most favorite porn sites!" I would be so happy to make a more positive comment because of the fond memories I have of better days .. let's hope that down the road I'll be able to do so once again.
Nov. 13, 2010:
I just downgraded my review to 70 because during the past 13 updates containing 104 picture sets only FIVE were voted as being "hot" by the subscribers. Only one set was rated hot by me and I even deleted that one after having a more thorough look.
Just finished another month on Hairy. It's getting even more repetitive; how many identical sets of the same model can a guy sit through, no matter how nice she is? Just when you think a model has gone away, she comes back a couple of months later for yet more endless sets of the same poses.
Sadly, Sean R remains the only photographer turning in sets with pro quality. All the others are either falsely-sharpened, have bad depth of field, bad lighting, or the images are overcompressed, giving unrealistic images.
And the models? A few occasional cuties, but still too many bizarre tattooed skanks with body piercings and weird makeup.
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