Aeros Style 2
This paraglider is probably one of the best and safest gliders for new pilots.
I have done about 100 hours on the Aeros Style 2 and there were no problems.
The price for this paraglider (May 2011) is still very reasonable at £1700.
The top surface is Gelvenor, and it's made this glider unkillable for a long time of flying.