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 • 5 477

  • Tristan Davies
    Tristan Davies  32 minutes back

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

    • Tristan Davies
      Tristan Davies  34 minutes back

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

      • Tristan Davies
        Tristan Davies  38 minutes back

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

        • Ya Boi Hanso
          Ya Boi Hanso  1 days back

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

          • General Squid
            General Squid  1 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  1 days back

              One word for this video:


              • Rohan Garling
                Rohan Garling  2 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  2 days back

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

                  • Justin Drennan
                    Justin Drennan  2 days back

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

                    • Isaiah Camacho
                      Isaiah Camacho  3 days back

                      GLaDOS Knows That.

                    • sebalon
                      sebalon  3 days back

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

                      • deltaxcd
                        deltaxcd  3 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  4 days back

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

                          • Daniel Gibbons
                            Daniel Gibbons  4 days back


                            • The Noob Nation
                              The Noob Nation  4 days back

                              HALF LIFE 3 IS IN DEVELOPMENT

                              • Sampo Perttilä
                                Sampo Perttilä  4 days back

                                Stupid austin its so far future that they make worm holes

                                • AzoriusGamer
                                  AzoriusGamer  4 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  4 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  4 days back

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

                                      • [OST] Hyrule
                                        [OST] Hyrule  4 days back

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

                                        • That Guy
                                          That Guy  4 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  5 days back

                                            "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!" lol

                                            • BBeluga Whale
                                              BBeluga Whale  6 days 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  6 days back

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

                                                • Alpha Night fury
                                                  Alpha Night fury  6 days back


                                                  • Merp Merp
                                                    Merp Merp  6 days 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  6 days 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  6 days 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  6 days back

                                                          Here’s an idea /gamerule fall damage 0

                                                          • Quinn Roderique
                                                            Quinn Roderique  6 days 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.  7 days 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  1 weeks back

                                                                        To much math

                                                                        • JoNatHan K
                                                                          JoNatHan K  1 weeks back

                                                                          Do Warcraft and comeing back to life in video games.

                                                                          • Anonymous .A
                                                                            Anonymous .A  1 weeks back

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

                                                                            • doggo man
                                                                              doggo man  1 weeks back

                                                                              10:17 yes they are

                                                                              • Mr_Duckington
                                                                                Mr_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.

                                                                                  • Why am I alive
                                                                                    Why am I alive  2 weeks back

                                                                                    google drive: *is on screen*
                                                                                    Me: DA DA DA DA DUM DA DA DA DUM

                                                                                    • Ben O'Connell
                                                                                      Ben O'Connell  2 weeks back

                                                                                      you are complainign about a mechanic negating fall damage, in a game built around a handheld wormhole device

                                                                                      • Thomas Moore
                                                                                        Thomas Moore  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I think blackholes ARE the correct answer, BUT instood of black holes: PORTALS! like the obvious answer hidden in the name. If portals were in the springs, they could add length and distance to the spring! or direct the momentom of the force into a different planet.

                                                                                        • Patrick Blacker
                                                                                          Patrick Blacker  2 weeks back

                                                                                          What if the boots took the preasure not her bones?
                                                                                          Because if the boots are made of a really sturdy matieral they could take

                                                                                          • Simon Pelto
                                                                                            Simon Pelto  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I love how the simplified formula when read as simple letters reads I=FAT. Chell insult anyone? Team GLaDOS? I smell a new theory...

                                                                                            • Ice Vang
                                                                                              Ice Vang  2 weeks back


                                                                                              • Ice Vang
                                                                                                Ice Vang  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Also game theory YOUR VOICE CHANGED