Interesting ideas Mac....
I have been slowly transitioning into minimalist hiking shoes and loving it, soon I will be transitioning into barefoot shoes for my daily use. I have been having a hard time finding a good pair that fits my foot properly as not many stores around me stock them, so the order and return thing has become a real chore. What type of sole were you thinking on using with the moc?
I know of a couple long distance trail runners that have used the small Aarn pack to much delight, I think they used the Marathon Magic 11???? I will try and get in contact with them to see what they are using again. So the idea of having something up front (water) and a smallish pack on back is a tried and true method. Looking forward to seeing the design you come up with.
Formerly known as "Cranky Bear"....
"yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift---thats why its called a present" - Master Oogway
It's always best if your an early riser!
I like hiking as it's like exercise!