MAX-Tension End Treatment | GSI Highway Products




The MASH compliant MAX-Tension™ TL-3 tangent end terminal, with Sabertooth technology, features the next level of impact performance and an ultra-slim design. The system utilizes a tension-based design along with an energy absorbing coupler that features an all new cutting tooth design. When impacted head-on, deceleration is controlled by friction developed in the tension cables and by cutting the downstream guardrail panels. When a side impact occurs, tension cables can help safely redirect a motorist away from the hazard.


In addition, the MAX-Tension TL-3 terminal utilizes standard guardrail components for significant savings in inventory and maintenance costs. Nuisance impacts during snow removal and maintenance operations can also be minimized due to the narrow design of the MAX-Tension Impact Head.

Max-Tension Tangent Specification:

Classification - Redirective Gating

System Length - 8.2 m / 27

Effective Length - 15.24 m / 50'

System Width - 445 mm / 17.5"

Impact Head Width - 140 mm / 5.5"

Impact Head Weight - 18.1 kg / 40lb.

Length of Need - 2.9 m / 9' 5"


Test Level - MASH TL-3

Sabertooth Technology:

The MAX-Tension Energy Absorbing Coupler is fitted with a patent pending galvanized Sabertooth. When the system is impacted head-on, the Sabertooth is engineered to cut the downstream guardrail to aid in the deceleration of an errant vehicle.​

Product Features:

  • Tension-based cables control deceleration and increase re-directive performance.

  • Sabertooth technology increases energy absorbing capacity and weakens the downstream guardrail rail to help reduce the severity of impacts.

  • Lightweight impact head makes installation quick and easy for contractors. 

  • MASH Test 3-31 vehicle stopping distance is under 23 feet (7 meters).

  • Available as a kit or full system, utilizes standard guardrail panels, posts and components after post 1.

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