In the rougher air the glider holds its own, even when put in some pretty unfriendly places (except for the occasional tip tuck) it stayed inflated and flying.
On the first long valley crossing you notice the great smooth efficient glide angle that you have at trim speed, then as you step on half speed bar you notice how lightly it works, your speed increases with a very very small increase in sink, then on full bar you once again have an increase in speed and this time a slightly larger increase in sink (overall the speed to sink relationship is above average and very acceptable as you are maintaining an efficient glide). On full bar the Tala is probably one of the most stable i have flown with a very low tendency to collapse during turbulence and giving notice early enough to act accordingly.
The Tala is not the fastest in its class but makes up for this short fall with its over all very comfortable feel, energy retention, collapse resistance and solid balanced performance. The glider gives you extra confidence to push further into unknown areas safely.
Bstall is well balanced and stable with only a small overshoot on exit, if pulled even there is no tendency to experience any rotation. Fullstall took a wrap (on the ML with standard length brakes) to achieve, again an even decent and no tendency to rotate. Big ears are mega stable getting a nice decent rate without the aggressive flapping like some others.
Landing the Tala is a pleasure, you can put it down where you want it, the long brake travel helps to slow it right down for a spot landing.
It appears that BGD have taken their years of experience with constructing more traditional gliders and mixed it with some innovation to bring us a glider that has great performance, without sacrificing the safety level.
Overall if you are looking for a glider that for a lack of another description is simply comfortable to use while maintaining performance levels comparable to the competition then have a look at a BGD Tala as after this test flight is now has our attention.
Thanks go out to Alexander Kulishov for eagerly allowing me to jump on his Tala for a flight.