I have been debating if I should install the retaining bolt that prevents the whale tail from coming all the way out or leave it off in case there would be any reason for removal in the field. I was originally thinking about if packing meat or other items if the tail would be in the way while retracted. No problem, just extend it out. But then I figured it wouldn't be safe with it sticking up in case I fell or ran into something and jammed my head into the forks. I then retracted it as far as it would go and leaned my head back and still hit the forks. That was enough for me the leave the retaining bolt off and pull out the tail and put it in my pocket for traveling. Just wanted to give a heads up that others may want to think about doing the same. It would be a rare occurrence, but if the conditions are right and you head gets jammed backwards for whatever reason, those forks are definitely going to hurt your noggin!