Yeah, the raised, pointed V-bow on the ODC 420, Outcast float tubes and most newer float tubes have a couple of advantages. One is being able to carry on your back without having it push into your neck and upper back. You'll also find the V-bow tubes easier to row into the wind/waves than the U-shaped boats. Makes a big difference going home at the end of the day. I bought an older (1970s-80s) aluminum framed backpack with waist strap, etc. with the idea of hiking further with the float tube deflated but my 61 year old back has been resisting the idea! My fishing buddy blew out his knee last year which further reduces the chance of hiking float tubes any distance. I now use a pontoon (Fish Cat Scout) for the majority of my lake fishing and launch close to parking areas! If you do decide to go with the ODC 420, Creek Company's Lightweight Fins (#355) are decent as well. That's all I used for the first couple of years.