Northern Michigan experiences all four seasons of the year to the extreme and it’s important to be outfitted properly for each one. From weekends spent skiing to lounging on the beach, here are your Red Hot Best winners for outdoor wear and gear that will keep you outfitted all year long!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge

Mackinac Outfitter is located at 7448 Main St. on Mackinac Island and features seasonal outerwear in a range of brands from Patagonia to Ray-Ban. This shop was voted as a Red Hot Best winner due to its commitment to customers, a great selection of brands and gear, and finally the store dog Clooney!

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Benzie & Leelanau Area Winner

Crystal Lake Adventure Sports is located at 312 Main St. in Frankfort and features rentals for riding, paddling or surfing, clothing and all-seasons gear. They’ve been in business for more than 27 years and carry quality brands and gear to celebrate an outdoor lifestyle. They’ve got a perfect five-star review and their gear, rentals and team are just a few reasons why.

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington

Snyder’s Shoes is located at 397 River St. in Manistee and carries shoes for living, working and playing in Northern Michigan. This shop was named a Red Hot Best Winner for 2021 due to its wide selection of shoes, boots, and accessories along with its commitment to quality and customers.

View the full list of Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Red Hot Best winners.

Charlevoix & The Chain of Lakes

Paddles & Pedals is located at 206 N. Bridge St. in Bellaire and features outdoor adventure gear, rentals (bikes, kayaks, canoe, SUP), parts and accessories. From friendly service to fairly priced rentals and clothing, this shop earned a spot on the 2021 Red Hot Best list due to its ability to get you out on your next adventure with everything you could possibly need!


View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling

Jay’s Sporting Goods is located at 1151 S. Otsego Ave. in Gaylord and has been providing high-quality outdoor gear for everything from camping to fishing. Celebrating more than 45 years in the industry, you can expect quality customer care, industry-leading gear and an atmosphere that makes it hard to leave once you start shopping!

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

Bearcub Outfitters is located at 321 E. Lake St. in Petoskey and specializes in getting the entire family ready to head outdoors! Thanks to a great selection of top brand clothing and outdoor gear, you can expect to find exactly what you need thanks to the helpful team who has been supporting this downtown Petoskey store for more than 23 years.

View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Traverse City Winner

Backcountry North has two locations in Traverse City and has been providing high-quality customer care and products to residents, visitors and beyond for more than 40 years. This shop features everything from backpacks to base layers to help you prepare for your next outdoor Northern Michigan adventure.

View the full Traverse City Red Hot Best winners list to find the best breweries, events and more.

Photo(s) by Backcountry North