Portal: The Boots Are A LIE! | The SCIENCE of... Portal's Long Fall Boots

  • Published: 04 July 2019
  • One of the questions people have been asking for the LONGEST time is finally being answer TODAY. Do Portal's Long Fall Boots actually work? In the game we see Chell jumping from crazy heights, at insane speeds, and landing with no injury to her body in sight. To be honest, looking at those glorified socks it is hard to believe these devices could work. Today Austin is going to finally put an end to this debate - with SCIENCE!

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Comments • 5 482

  • twoTime
    twoTime  3 hours back

    chell is dead
    chell is dead

    • Africa
      Africa  5 hours back

      I think that bed was a full size, not a queen size

      • Anakin Playz
        Anakin Playz  9 hours back


        • Beth Kyle
          Beth Kyle  19 hours back

          So anything is possible

          • Beth Kyle
            Beth Kyle  19 hours back

            11:18 you forgot that portal has a mutiverse

            • Beth Kyle
              Beth Kyle  19 hours back

              Dear vavle

              Please let someone release portal 3 not half life 3 because that's project borialis

              • Alec Richards
                Alec Richards  1 days back

                Don’t forget the fall from GLaDOS’s lair to the bottom of aperture science and if you could survive that which you would have to find out the average height of a salt mine. (Because that’s what it’s built in)

                • Tristan Davies
                  Tristan Davies  2 days back

                  random dude:oh no the zombies are attacking how do we get rid of them
                  me: 1:16

                  • Tristan Davies
                    Tristan Davies  2 days back

                    0:43 logic time.. but about a game so you pay attention

                    • Tristan Davies
                      Tristan Davies  2 days back

                      *sister likes playstation*
                      *me hands her a xbox controller*
                      sister: 0:24

                      • Ya Boi Hanso
                        Ya Boi Hanso  4 days back

                        And in portal one, there is no shoe, just a spring bolted to her legs

                        • General Squid
                          General Squid  4 days back

                          TBH and I know I am late but still I wouldn't be surprised if they did put black holes in the longfall boots better yet they probably put metal stuff in chell's legs and pelvis to keep em from breaking and remember this isn't the first time they have experiment with humans and such also don't they have a black holes in said portal gun? (need clarification)

                          • Tarif The Random Life
                            Tarif The Random Life  4 days back

                            One word for this video:


                            • Rohan Garling
                              Rohan Garling  4 days back

                              I think it's really awesome that these videos are made and I usually watch them, and they're great... however.
                              The studies done to investigate the science of these games, is that of knowledge we currently have, could it not be possible that our knowledge of physics, biology, space and time had improved drastically in the time that portal is set. Therefore allowing the scientists in aperture capable of manipulating physics and biology of chell to allow the fall boots to exist and function.
                              Just a thought and obviously cannot be incorporated into any sort of studies for these videos, just felt like sharing some ideas.

                              • Melina Belen Agüera
                                Melina Belen Agüera  4 days back

                                No fall damage boot: SuSpiCiOuS
                                Frickin portal gun MADE IN THE 90's: Totally makes sense fam

                                • Justin Drennan
                                  Justin Drennan  5 days back

                                  Hey MattPat, you forgot 2 other countries that still use the Imperial system

                                  • Isaiah Camacho
                                    Isaiah Camacho  6 days back

                                    GLaDOS Knows That.

                                  • sebalon
                                    sebalon  6 days back

                                    They made PORTAL and you think they can't put feather falling Iv on boots

                                    • deltaxcd
                                      deltaxcd  6 days back

                                      Those calculations are way off.

                                      400N and even 1000N is a pretty small force. it is only 40-100kg. which pretty much anyone can carry.
                                      there is no way your hips will dislocate because of that

                                      • Dylan Bilic
                                        Dylan Bilic  6 days back

                                        I = F∆t
                                        I = FAt
                                        I FAt
                                        I'm fat

                                        • Daniel Gibbons
                                          Daniel Gibbons  6 days back


                                          • The Noob Nation
                                            The Noob Nation  6 days back

                                            HALF LIFE 3 IS IN DEVELOPMENT

                                            • Sampo Perttilä
                                              Sampo Perttilä  6 days back

                                              Stupid austin its so far future that they make worm holes

                                              • AzoriusGamer
                                                AzoriusGamer  6 days back

                                                'kay, not *this* is a bit far. I didn't bother watching . the entire thing, so: did he cover that part where Chell and PotatOS fall 4+km and are just fine thanks to the boots. And yet, falling nowhere near as far as that, *anywhere* else...if it isn't deadly somehow, then the automatic restart must be due to the fact that there's simply no way to get back? :O

                                                • wallman10
                                                  wallman10  6 days back

                                                  What if her sole of the boots where portals and it work more like a bungie sling instead of just setting it would mean her bottom of feet wouldn't take the impact

                                                  • John Turley
                                                    John Turley  7 days back

                                                    they harness the power of black holes and you question this?

                                                    • [OST] Hyrule
                                                      [OST] Hyrule  7 days back

                                                      I will shove my sciencly possible long fall boots to your face

                                                      • That Guy
                                                        That Guy  7 days back

                                                        A player's height in Source games = about 64 Hammer units (unit used in the source engine)
                                                        1 Hammer unit = 1 inch
                                                        Height of boots = about 25%

                                                        Do the math.

                                                        • Benjamin Chapman
                                                          Benjamin Chapman  1 weeks back

                                                          "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!" lol

                                                          • BBeluga Whale
                                                            BBeluga Whale  1 weeks back

                                                            “A jump as small as a chair can send you to the hospital if you land right on your heel.”
                                                            Can confirm, have broken a bone that way.
                                                            Not my bone tho

                                                            • J3R Omega
                                                              J3R Omega  1 weeks back

                                                              "They don't work"
                                                              *proceeds to show footage of them clearly working*

                                                              • Alpha Night fury
                                                                Alpha Night fury  1 weeks back


                                                                • Merp Merp
                                                                  Merp Merp  1 weeks back

                                                                  What if the metal thingies on the boots are in fact hydraulic dampeners, with the entire shoe filled with fluid that gets compressed, a bit like the ones on your tires. That would solve the issue of breaking her legs by reducing the forces on her legs by using a lot of that force the compress whatever liquid they use. If Aperture science can invent literal TELEPORTATION then I think they can create a better fluid for use in the dampeners. Then all they would need to do is shrink the design to the size of a shoe, and would save hundreds of lives in their experiments.Then again this is just my opinion and if you have something that would disprove this theory then let me know and I'll fix it/ add in the reason why this theory wouldn't work.

                                                                  • Mojjo
                                                                    Mojjo  1 weeks back

                                                                    Quick thingy when it comes to calculating height in valve games. all of their scource games are built on a grid which uses hammer units.That means all of their games has a universal unit of mesurement which can be used to calculate anything from speed to height. And one hammer unit is 1/16 foot long (1.904 cm?). That means you could just rip the model from the game, load it in an sdk and see how tall it is. This method also works for anything in a valve game. This is atlest the case (or rather should be the case) when it comes to HL1 and 2 , TF2 And Portal 1 and 2.

                                                                    • thekiler HUN
                                                                      thekiler HUN  1 weeks back

                                                                      So ur talking about a game that breakes evrything with portalss but say the boots are crazy ok wher is mat the one that thinks about the game so with him and u i would belive that ur right but i just cant this way...

                                                                      • Hero Hayden
                                                                        Hero Hayden  1 weeks back

                                                                        Here’s an idea /gamerule fall damage 0

                                                                        • Quinn Roderique
                                                                          Quinn Roderique  1 weeks back

                                                                          To be fair, as long as the boots stopped me breaking my everything, I wouldn't worry too much about the radiation. Also, doesn't the portal gun have a small one in it anyway?

                                                                          • ketchup minecraft advetures

                                                                            Many years since but valve can count to 3

                                                                            • Alex A.
                                                                              Alex A.  1 weeks back

                                                                              iron gunboats + manntreads

                                                                              • Nick Bowling
                                                                                Nick Bowling  1 weeks back

                                                                                What if instead of using black holes to store the additional length of the springs, you used portals?

                                                                                • Rishi Sharma
                                                                                  Rishi Sharma  1 weeks back

                                                                                  0:39 the what i just finished spiffing brits video

                                                                                  • Blondy
                                                                                    Blondy  1 weeks back

                                                                                    PLEASE STOP

                                                                                    I'm to tired for this type of maths right now

                                                                                    • Minerpro 485
                                                                                      Minerpro 485  2 weeks back

                                                                                      To much math

                                                                                      • JoNatHan K
                                                                                        JoNatHan K  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Do Warcraft and comeing back to life in video games.

                                                                                        • Anonymous .A
                                                                                          Anonymous .A  2 weeks back

                                                                                          What if you could convert kinetic energy into thermal energy with 99.999% efficiency?

                                                                                          • doggo man
                                                                                            doggo man  2 weeks back

                                                                                            10:17 yes they are

                                                                                            • Sir_Duckington
                                                                                              Sir_Duckington  2 weeks back

                                                                                              1.6 meters HA thats tiny

                                                                                              • Lochlan Harrison
                                                                                                Lochlan Harrison  2 weeks back

                                                                                                And you dont relise that then frame thing were you showed her landing did you notice she was floting? She works whith illuminate and thats why.