Frabill Ice Picks are designed to be literally worn, not tucked away in a pocket and inaccessible. The 72 inch stretchable cord connects the two retractable, hand-held spikes. The spikes are covered by a durable guard and are only activated with downward pressure, when needed. Frabill Ice Picks are used in the unfortunate event that you should happen to break or fall through the ice. These picks are used to dig into the ice around you to help you pull yourself out of the freezing water.