One of the nice things about living in the Philippines is that you can find really great tailors that can make anything. So I had a pair of 511 pants and I took them to a tailor I had been using with some changes. Now I can't take credit for these ideas. I got most from Clint Emerson's book - 100 Deadly Skills.
I was finally able to et khaki velcro and rip stop cotton in descent colors.
So I took the pants in and removed the strap in the back, made the front left pocket on the leg bigger to carry my phone, the front pockets are deeper to carry a baton, and I had some areas reinforced that I noticed more wear on.
Now for the major changes. I had 3 pockets added on the inside waistband at 3,6, and 9 o'clock. These are for money and some tools. I do keep a small pocket knife in the 6 o'clock one.
In the 6 o'clock waist band itself is a hidden pocket that is velcro closed. I keep a ceramic razor blade and a handcuff key here.
In the flaps of the cargo pockets and and phone pocket on the left leg, the flaps contain a hidden velcro closed pocket.
The next version will add a pocket in the zipper flap and the cuff of the each leg.
I carry the following in the pants as kit:
- 2 handcuff keys
- small pocket knife
- folding pick set
- led button light
- ceramic razor blade
- local money
I fully admit that I will likely never need these things, so it's a bit of fun. But 3 foreigners were kidnapped about 6 miles from here last year and 2 got their heads removed. So its not too far off base to be prepared.
Let the heckling commence hehe.