I've been really unimpressed with paragliding helmets over the years. They are generally expensive and they are made from low tech, low quality, weak materials. I recently cracked a newer paragliding helmet just by stuffing it into my bag. I'd say if it is going to crack then, what's it going to do if my head hits a rock? I decided to dump that junk and find something better. In my research I've discovered that the helmet market has changed radically for the better. What's different now: mountain bike helmet manufacturers are making great, light, strong full face helmets now that are vastly superior to paragliding helmets. DON'T BUY PARAGLIDING HELMETS AGAIN! I've seen great ones from Bell, Gyro, and Troy Lee. I've recently purchased one from POC that I'm really happy with (model = POC Cortex Flow). It is shaped very much like a PG helmet but made much better. This one retails from between $120 and $220 depending on where you get it and the color availability. I'm putting some pix here. It came with a really good looking removable visor to keep the sun off my face, but I had to remove it. It would not fit in my bag with the visor and it was a line snag hazard anyway. I'd recommend this helmet to friends any day.
Thanks Ed. Just a quick note on helmet suitability for impact sports... look for certifications. If it's Europe, then look for the EN 966 rating. For U.S., look for DOT, ECE, and/or SNELL. There are subcategories within each testing house, and each testing house does things a bit different. If the helmet is rated, then it will have the certification(s) inscribed/stickered in an obvious location. For example, bicycle and motorcycle helmets are rated for the head impacting hard objects, but climbing helmets lack this certification (often times) b/c they are designed for penetration protection, e.g. objects falling from above, like rocks.
Thanks for the info Jake. The POC has no marked certifications, but lists these in the specs:
CERTIFICATIONS EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZS2063-2008
The EN1078 is a bike helmet certification. Doubt they'd ever pay for the airsport EN966 cert.
They also have a MIPS version available. That's the technology that prevents against rotational brain injury and is all the rage in helmet safety these days. Unfortunately that version of the helmet is $400!
It also comes with a spare removeable visor that has a go-pro camera mount putting the camera under the visor. I wouldn't use a visor while flying, but if you want to take a video riding a trial having a camera mount on a spare visor is a nice bonus.