Tiered backpack

With all the heavy textbooks kids carry — along with tablets and laptops and more — isn’t it time someone came up with a backpack that actually helped them get organized and stay comfortable?

We think IVAR’s backpacks come pretty darn close with strategically placed, sewn-in dividers that distribute weight more evenly and reduce lower-back strain.

Find them for $69.95 to $119.95 at Travel Style in Roseville and Eden Prairie, the AAA store in St. Louis Park and at Amazon.com.

Use the promo code "MNPARENT20" for 20 percent off and free shipping at ivarpack.com.