I sew in sleeves for the stay and have a webbing pocket in which to seat the bottom ends. The pocket is sewn on to the hip belt reinforcement piece near where the hip belt attaches.
So, the horizontal part of the stay is at the top, right, like an upside-down U? And this sleeve is on the inside or the outside of the pad pocket (closer to your back or farther)? Any chance you could share pictures?
Thank you for all the help, BTW.