My whole issue with the cargo/tactical pants/shorts thing is that if you’re Smashing the State, either from the left in the 70’s or from the right in the 20’s, is you don’t want to run from the fascists/libs/magas/russians with your gps unit whacking the side of your knee bones and crushing your cell phone while sliding down the rocky ravine to escape the hail of gunfire.
Proper utility vests (kevlar of course), belts and a proper backpack/shoulder bag are the way to go if you want to “runaway to live and fight another day”. Save the pockets in your pants for the Clif bars and your botanical diary.
They make these strap-on equipment pouches designed for the film industry that are basically tool belts but for one leg only. The designers obviously watched a bit too much Naruto but a lot of people agree they are quite handy and better suited for rigging than most tool belts. It’s just basically impossible to wear in a dignified way.