The helmet is an important element

The helmet is an important element in paragliding. It is one of the few pieces of equipment that protect us in the event of an incident and particularly in the event of a collision. 

You can choose your helmet according to several criteria:

  • Comfort: you will wear your helmet for many hours during your flights, your preparation, etc...
  • The design: subjective criteria but which has its importance for everyone.
  • Size: having a helmet that fits is very important! A helmet that's too big won't protect you while a helmet that's too small is uncomfortable.

In addition, it is mandatory to wear a helmet approved for paragliding at paragliding school courses, paragliding baptisms, competitions and in case of prefectural obligations.

We let you discover the helmets available in the shop and make your choice according to your criteria.

Which helmet to use for paragliding?

Each sport has its own pleasure but also its own constraints. That is why different standards have been enacted to meet the specific constraints of each sport. In skiing, you have to resist to a shock on a rock or on the ice and to the penetration of a stick tip, in climbing and in mountaineering to a vertical rock fall, and in paragliding it is rather to a return to the ground or a shock against a cliff.

This is why a specific standard has been defined for paragliding: the CE EN966 standard.

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What are the different types of paragliding helmets?

There are 2 main families of helmets for paragliding:

  • 1/2 jet helmet
  • Full face helmet

These two types of helmets can be equipped with a visor.

The 1/2 Jet helmet :

Quite similar to a ski helmet, this helmet covers the top and the back of the head and it is equipped with an ear cover. Its great advantage is above all its weight. Light or even very light if you take it in high-end material, it is simply forgotten during the flight. Its other advantage, and not the least, is the wide field of vision it offers. This means that you can always keep an eye on what's happening on the sides, which makes it easier to fly. It is also the cheapest type of helmet. No wonder it is so popular with riders.

The full face helmet:

Much closer to a motorcycle helmet, the full-face helmet offers increased safety with real protection for the jaw and the entire head. But this protection comes at a price with about 100g more for the chin strap and a higher selling price.

So what is the best paragliding helmet?

This is a difficult question to answer. All the models sold in the Freedom store are CE approved and therefore offer protection consistent with the risks involved. The choice will be made on the comfort of the product and also on its look. An In-Mold helmet will be lighter which is an undeniable asset for long flights. Helmets with a visor will be perfect for winter flights when temperatures are negative. After that, for the look, the colors, the metallic finish, the go-pro supports and other strap systems, it's up to you to see what you prefer.