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 • 5 490

  • Beeg Yoshi
    Beeg Yoshi  15 hours back

    We all know that was no joke at the beginning Austin, valve needs to release hl3.

    • Shark 321109
      Shark 321109  1 days back

      I’m the idiot who jumped on his heels after saying it can send you to the hospital

      • Rick Sanchez
        Rick Sanchez  1 days back

        Wow he actualy mentioned spiff

        Give this man a tea

        • calDragon345
          calDragon345  2 days back

          you realize that this is fiction

          • twoTime
            twoTime  3 days back

            chell is dead
            chell is dead

            • Africa
              Africa  3 days back

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

              • Anakin Playz
                Anakin Playz  3 days back


                • Beth Kyle
                  Beth Kyle  3 days back

                  So anything is possible

                  • Beth Kyle
                    Beth Kyle  3 days back

                    11:18 you forgot that portal has a mutiverse

                    • Beth Kyle
                      Beth Kyle  3 days back

                      Dear vavle

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

                      • Alec Richards
                        Alec Richards  4 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  5 days back

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

                          • Tristan Davies
                            Tristan Davies  5 days back

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

                            • Tristan Davies
                              Tristan Davies  5 days back

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

                              • Ya Boi Hanso
                                Ya Boi Hanso  6 days back

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

                                • General Squid
                                  General Squid  6 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  6 days back

                                    One word for this video:


                                    • Rohan Garling
                                      Rohan Garling  7 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  7 days back

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

                                        • Justin Drennan
                                          Justin Drennan  1 weeks back

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

                                          • Isaiah Camacho
                                            Isaiah Camacho  1 weeks back

                                            GLaDOS Knows That.

                                          • sebalon
                                            sebalon  1 weeks back

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

                                            • deltaxcd
                                              deltaxcd  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                • Daniel Gibbons
                                                  Daniel Gibbons  1 weeks back


                                                  • The Noob Nation
                                                    The Noob Nation  1 weeks back

                                                    HALF LIFE 3 IS IN DEVELOPMENT

                                                    • Sampo Perttilä
                                                      Sampo Perttilä  1 weeks back

                                                      Stupid austin its so far future that they make worm holes

                                                      • AzoriusGamer
                                                        AzoriusGamer  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                            • [OST] Hyrule
                                                              [OST] Hyrule  1 weeks back

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

                                                              • That Guy
                                                                That Guy  1 weeks 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  2 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                      • Alpha Night fury
                                                                        Alpha Night fury  2 weeks back


                                                                        • Merp Merp
                                                                          Merp Merp  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 weeks back

                                                                                Here’s an idea /gamerule fall damage 0

                                                                                • Quinn Roderique
                                                                                  Quinn Roderique  2 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.  2 weeks back

                                                                                      iron gunboats + manntreads

                                                                                      • Nick Bowling
                                                                                        Nick Bowling  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Rishi Sharma
                                                                                          Rishi Sharma  2 weeks back

                                                                                          0:39 the what i just finished spiffing brits video

                                                                                          • Blondy
                                                                                            Blondy  2 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.