The Corridge Bibshorts from Garneau tilt the design of this well executed, competitively priced high quality bib towards gravel and and pure endurance cycling and this Women's versions carries almost all construction aspects of the unisex version, but has a women's specific cut and bib upper design. Along with features that many gravel/endurance riders favor, the Women's Corridge also delivers the compression and stability that sustains muscles and improved blood circulation over long days on the bike without being too restricting or limiting. Comfort details are here, executed properly by designers who know why details like seams placement and stitching truly matter, and why a chamois pad needs to be flexible and integrated into a design, not "placed". The Corridge design quickly release heat and moisture to keep you comfortable. The balance of comfort versus performance, with desirable features and durability is no easy task, but Garneau is delivering an excellent bibshort that meets these criteria for $200, one that will deliver season after season.
From the flat, wide straps with silicone grip of the bib upper, to the anatomic design throughout, the Women's Corridge has been designed with thorough expertise. Garneau is known for this, as well as for their chamois pads. The support of the women's specific X-upper and the attachment to the short section reflect a real understanding of the value of supporting the lower abdominals, external obliques and fine muscles of the lower back. There is not mesh panel on the back like the unisex, and the front of the strap section offers a clip and strap design so you can run the straps in between the breasts, or outside based on comfort and personal preference. The cut of the leg panels match the anatomic requirements of active pedaling while the resilient compression and stretch of the Endurexx fabric ensure freedom of movement and increased blood circulation. For the chamois pad, the designers opted for their Women's 5.1 Motion, a seamless pad with antimicrobial properties, foam with variable thickness and density, as well as natural stretch that is complemented by flexible mesh zones front and rear that allow for freer movement of the pad with the body, while also releasing heat and moisture. It favors semi-aggressive to aggressive riding postures, dries fast, and provides support all day long. The short section is finished with wide power cuff bands that distribute pressure and have a silicone grip band for stability on the leg.
The details and features include a full v-shaped mesh panel on the back of the upper, for fast moisture release and comfort. At the lower back, a sizeable mesh pocket can easily carry your phone, or essentials wallet. The sides of both thigh panels carry a large mesh pocket, ideal for snacks or anything else you want close at hand. Overall, the Women's Corridge Bibshort are more than competitive with many gravel-oriented offerings from $200-$250, but they can truly be used for any cycling activity you desire. The fabrics are durable and resilient, and the superb construction will hold up year after year if you care for the bib as instructed.