Jason Sparks travels the country in what he calls The Bareback Roadtrip looking for fresh porn talent. This model search truly is nationwide with recent stops in Detroit, Austin, Knoxville, Little Rock, Dallas, Denver and Orlando. Naturally, most of the action is filmed in hotel rooms, and the videos appear on his site called Jason Sparks Live. It's been more than a year since our last review and the site has undergone a redesign so there's some new stuff to talk about.
What I always liked about Jason Sparks Live is that we're treated to lots of fresh faces and amateurs. And these are mostly guys in their twenties with slender to athletic or gym-fit bodies. There are some performers at either ends of the skinny or muscular scale, but most are in shape with some definition. Some of the guys are hairy while others are smooth; some sport facial hair or tattoos and some have both. And I found most of the guys were pretty cute or good-looking, and lots of them could go on to have porn careers if they wanted them.
But not all the guys are amateurs; recently I've seen some familiar faces on the site including Brogan Reed, Jack Hunter, Ian Levine, Mason Lear, JJ Knight, even real-life porn couple Joey D and Johnny V. And a few of the very best new discoveries often stay with the tour and travel to a few other cities, so you'll get to see them more than once.
Jason Sparks opens the episode with a brief getting-to-know-you session where he introduces the guys and talks to them. Then, after a couple of minutes, the guys get into exploring and enjoying each other. Expect lots of kissing, sucking, rimming, and of course, bareback fucking. Bottoms cum while getting fucked as tops douse their balls and holes with jizz, and sometimes a top can't stop himself and cums inside his buddy's ass.
Jason Sparks Live offers 227 exclusive DRM-free videos in MP4 format. There are 10 solos and 20 threeways; all the rest of the videos are duos with lots of sucking and bareback fucking. The downloadable videos are available at 1280x720, and even the oldest vids have been re-encoded at this larger size. Newer videos are good amateur quality, sharp and clear, although the older vids lack the same sharpness and clarity. You can also stream the videos at 640x360 at three speeds, and each improves the picture quality. And if you want to watch them at full-screen mode, that option is available and the videos fare pretty well. Members also get access to the mobile version of the site or can simply watch the vids on the regular site with newer phones and most tablets.
Each video comes with a picture set. These are good quality digital stills (although some could be screencaps) that display at 598x800 or 960x1280, depending on the age of the video. You can save the pictures individually or download each set in a zip file, although there are no hands-free slideshows.
In addition to JSL's regular weekly updates, members get access to a collection of third-party video feeds that offer a total of 2,738 videos. You'll find all kinds of guys and action from twinks to daddies and action from solo masturbation to dirty fetish sex. There's also a separate gallery section called On Tour that has behind-the-scenes pictures of many of the guys.
I do have a few complaints. The site used to have 347 videos but now offers 227, and I'm told the reduction was the result of moving older, lower quality videos off this site and onto Club Jason Sparks, which is a bonus site if you pay for bonus sites (more about that in a second). Apparently the removed videos were solos, recorded cam shows that weren't great quality, and a few condom videos. "We left the best things on Jason Sparks Live", says a company representative. And speaking of cam shows, the site no longer offers live shows, which begs the question: what's Live at Jason Sparks Live?
Members used to get access to three bonus sites, but now you have to get a more expensive membership for them. The site lets you either buy a membership for Jason Sparks Live alone or you can get access to the site plus three bonus sites, but this is more expensive. And frankly, in my opinion, the offering in these three bonus sites doesn't warrant another $20. One of the bonus sites, Raw Fuck Boys, is hot and new, but only has a dozen videos. Also, there's no link in the JSL member area that gets you into the bonus sites; you have visit them separately and log in.
There used to be a pre-checked offer on the billing page, and while the offer is still there, it's not checked at the time of this review. In spite of a reduction in videos, the monthly price has increased by $5. And last, while not exactly an issue, I do wish that the videos were offered for download in a couple more sizes for mobiles.
The Bareback Roadtrip lets Jason Sparks Live members watch gay porn shoots as they happened, with amateur guys meeting and fucking for the first time. Many of the guys are fulfilling a fantasy of wanting to fuck on camera, and there are some porn hopefuls who follow the tour while they get their careers started. Finally, some are porn regulars called in to help with the auditions. There are no longer any live shows, and the site's inventory has been reduced so quality is higher and almost all the action is hardcore barebacking; there are now 227 exclusive streaming videos for you to enjoy, and a new video is added each week. There are also over 2,700 videos in the XXX Cinema. Jason Sparks Live is still a good quality site and especially appealing if you enjoy watching first-timers and fresh faces.