The Wetlands

Primary Category: Megasites, Secondary Category: MILF

Price: $19.95/month (recurring); $99.95 for 1 year
Updates: Daily
Reviewed On: December 11, 2006 by Oz

Content Quality: 15/20
Content Quantity: 10/10
Content Variety: 10/10
Updates: 10/10
Surfability: 7/10

Members Area Ads: 5/5
Interaction: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Value: 10/10
Overall Impression: 12/15

Score: 89, SILVER


Quick Facts
Pros:
- Enormous archive of pics and vids of amateur wives
- Live camshows with some of the models
- Unique "community" feel
- Wide variety of models and subject matter

Cons:
- Quality is extremely variable
- Navigation can be confusing at first
- Can't stream videos

Members Area Content as of December 11, 2006:
The Wetlands Pics: 289 models; 2,280 photosets for a total 100,000+ pics
The Wetlands Vids: 366 movies
Webcam: Multiple live webcam shows per week with various Wetlands amateurs
Other Content: Access to CamZ, various live feeds and streams, message board, chat room, profiles of other Wetlands members


The Wetlands Review

Co-creators of The Wetlands, Jon David (aka JD) and Cherie (aka CBaby) have come a long way since they started their homemade amateur site back in 1998. The Wetlands is one of the most famous amateur porn sites on the net and has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Hardcopy, Inside Edition, Howard Stern, and many more. In addition to CBaby's personal pictures and videos, The Wetlands also features an unbelievable amount of content (largely submitted) of nearly 300 other amateur wives. There's also a "community" feel to the website which creates a homey atmosphere amidst the gargantuan amount of content. Everything sounds great so far, let's take a closer look...

The Wetlands is one of those sites that has so much content to check out you may feel pretty overwhelmed at first. As a result, it's probably worthwhile to spend some time poking around and exploring the site so you get at least some sort of feel for where everything is and how things are setup (I'd recommend checking out the FAQ page; it helped me understand the site a bit better before I reviewed it). Still, I'd say you should be prepared to be at least somewhat confused here at times. General navigation at The Wetlands is accomplished via a menu at the top of the page, but there are a ton of other links to specific sections of the site (recent updates, etc.) and various search tools scattered throughout nearly every page of the members area.

For me, the "Models" link in the main menu was as good a place to start checking things out as any. Here you can choose from 266 models, each with a small 60 x 80 preview thumbnail. You can sort them alphabetically or by when they were added to the site. When you mouseover the preview pics, you'll be able to see the girl's name and sometimes some other info about her. There's also a model search tool off to the right that allows you to sort the women by various physical attributes such as hair color, eye color, breast size, etc.

Anyhow, clicking a girl takes you to a listing of her photosets and (if available) videos. Each photoset has a preview thumb and a short description. You also get some bio info and stats about the model herself (it looks like they have plans for some other features here like an email and a journal for each girl, but they're still "Coming Soon" as of right now). All of the pics open in new windows and you have the option of viewing them individually or setting a slideshow in motion. As far as quality and size goes, probably the most consistent thing about the photos at The Wetlands is that they're not very consistent. This isn't too surprising considering the amount of photographers contributing to the archive. It looked like the majority of the pics were either 640 x 480 or 600 x 800 (or somewhere in between) but there is really so much variation here it's very difficult to pin things down to any one size or size range. Quality-wise, it's the same deal; you'll find stuff running the gamut from studio quality photos to pretty crappy looking homemade amateur porn. As far as subject matter, you can find a little bit of everything here: young women to mature wives, curvy babes to tight-bodied chicks, interracial sex, masturbation, girl-girl, softcore posing, group sex, bondage, and just about everything else you can think of.

The movies at The Wetlands are thankfully all gathered together into one section (you can also access them from each individual model's page, as I mentioned). The main video page lists the most recent additions to the movie archive and also has some sorting tools down at the bottom of the page. You can search The Wetlands videos based on keywords (Anal, Blowjob, Cumshot, Girl-Girl), jump to a certain model's clips by selecting her name from a pull-down menu, or you can just choose to have all of the movies available listed. When it comes to viewing The Wetlands videos, prepare for an adventure. First of all, I couldn't get any of the clips to stream despite the fact that there is a specific streaming link provided fro each clip. Some of the links were exe or zip files, and the others gave some weird errors after an external browser was spawned. Moving to the download link, you'll want to left click and select the save option that comes up, as opposed to right-click and save as. Doing things the download way, things work fine though some of the videos are pretty large, so be prepared to wait if you have a slow connection. As with the photos, the videos offer up an enormous mix as far as size, quality, subject matter, and clip length. You'll find terrible looking postage-stamp size files all the way on up to vids that are pretty decent looking even at full-screen. There are 10 second long clips, hour long clips, and every length in between. There's also a huge mix of softcore and hardcore stuff (as with the pics) and it looks like quite a few of the videos are hour long replays of live camshows.

It looks like quite a few of the girls here (like 14 or so) at The Wetlands do webcam shows and chats. I'm not totally sure what the routine frequency of these is (i.e. weekly, bi-weekly, daily, or what) because they only list a few days at a time on the schedule in the Live Shows area. However, there was at least one show for each of the days listed when I checked out the site, so that's cool. I'm pretty sure the live shows are done through the site itself (i.e. not through an outside cam network, although they do provide bonus access to the Camz system), but I couldn't swear to it. I also can't say what the shows here entail although I would imagine that with the wide variety of performers, it probably depends a lot on the girl.

In addition to all the stuff I just talked about, The Wetlands also offers up content from their so-called WetPartners. These are real amateurs (13 of them) that have partnered with The Wetlands to provide you with free access to their members areas as a perk to joining The Wetlands.net. So, in effect, there are 13 additional amateur members areas within the larger Wetlands members section (I told you there was a lot of stuff to see here!). You can access the WetPartners model list via a pull-down menu provided at the top of the page.

As far as interaction and a sense of "community", The Wetlands offers a few items including a message board (where some of the models post), a chatroom, and the ability to create your own personal profile for the site. You can post various facts about yourself in your profile as well as your picture and it looks like some "Coming Soon" features are a journal and a personal gallery. You can also message the other members who have created profiles on the site.


Bottom Line
If you're a fan of real amateur porn, you'd be hard-pressed to find a larger archive than the one offered here at The Wetlands. Although the quality is very variable due to the wide array of photographers represented here, this same variability also helps the site offer up an immense variety of models and both hardcore and softcore content. Top all this off with an extremely reasonable $19.95 pricetag and you've got a deal that's pretty hard to beat if you like seeing amateur wives getting naked and naughty.
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