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Info on dumbbells that swap weights at the sound of your voice (yes, you heard us) and Leica's latest M-series camera.


If you've spent any time on the internet in the last few days, you've undoubtedly seen something about Wordle. Simply put, the web-based game gives players six tries to guess a five-letter word. That's it, that's all; a free game without ads or paywalls. However (because we can never really ever have nice things) other developers are cashing in on the fact that Wordle — a browser-based game — doesn't have an official app, making copycat games that pack in various microtransactions or "premium" ad-free modes. While Apple has reportedly cracked down on Wordle copycats thanks to internet outcry, it's a reminder that not every app on the App Store is necessarily what you're looking for at first glance, especially if that thing has spiked in popularity recently. Long story short, if you want to get in on the Wordle craze that's taking over your timeline, be careful you're playing the real deal. Timeline-dominating games aside, we've got far more in store today. From dumbbells that swap weights at the sound of your voice (!?) to Leica's updated M11 camera, this is Today in Gear.

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NordicTrack introduces smart dumbbells that swap weights at the sound of your voice (seriously).

NordicTrack's iSelect weights are pretty smart for being dumbbells. Dad jokes aside, these dumbbells are supported by Amazon Alexa, making changing weights mid-workout as easy as, "Alexa, set my weights to 10 pounds" (or whatever weight you need). The weights can be set anywhere from five to 50 lbs, and are designed to maximize workouts by eliminating down time spent fussing around with your equipment.


Leica kicks of 2022 with bang, introducing the M11 camera.
leica m11
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A step forward since the M10's initial release back in 2017, the Leica M11 is a little bit of what you know in love with a few upgrades over its predecessor. Features include: Full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with the ability to 60MP, 36MP, or 18MP with the full sensor area; an ISO range of 64 to 50,000; an optional electric shutter that can go up to 1/16,000 and 64GB of onboard storage (expanded further with an additional SD card). Get our readout on the M11 after some hands-on testing down below.


Huckberry adds Withernot's vintage-inspired rugby shirts to its roster.
man wearing huckberry ulysses rugby shirt while tossing a football in the air

You probably know rugby as something like, "American football, without the pads, played by dudes in Britain," but that's certainly selling the sport short — and that includes the vintage style that goes along with rugby's legacy. Popularized in equal parts by college athletes and mountain-climbing hippies here in the U.S. the hard-wearing polo variant is a men's style icon. Withernot — who build its rugbys in the vintage style — features heavyweight 10.5 oz cotton and classic rubber buttons.


Oris collabs with Cervo Volante for a unique take on the Big Crown Pointer Date.
big crown x cervo volante watch

Swiss watchmaker Oris has teamed with Cervo Volante to punch up the Big Crown Pointer Date, adding the latter's sustainably harvested deer leather to make the watch's strap. Housed in a 38 mm case, the watches use Oris' 754 automatic movement and feature watch face colors inspired by the Swiss Alps.


Exod's Monolith tent is a floating four-season single-person shelter.
exod monolith black outdoor camping tent

Built to be the most versatile shelter on the market, Exod's Monolith inflates in 15 seconds thanks to the inflatable tubular exoskeleton that frames the tent. While you can set the Monolith on the ground like a normal tent, its eye-grabbing design also allows it to "float" above the ground, thanks to the telescoping carbon alloy frame and the 16 feet of webbing. If nothing else, at least Exod's teaser video for the Monolith looks pretty cool, and that hast to count for something.


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