The outher bottle diameter is 85mm i gues. Its the normal bottle size in the netherlands.
But the bottles we use are the old bottles from the netherlands. They are much thicker and stronger then the US bottles.
And the bottles we have nowadays suck. They are weak and cant wearstand high pressures.
I bought some old bottles so i have some spares
I just imagine what it would be like if we had the same problem here. I would travel to every store around and buy the drinks with the good bottles before they went away. I imagine all the water rockets people in the Netherlands did the same thing because that's what we would do here!
I think the bottles you have now that you hate are the same as the ones we have had for many years.
I think that many years ago the bottles in the US had a "cup" glued on the bottom in place of the "claw". I remember seeing them many years ago. I don't know if anyone remembers those. I guess I am dating myself by saying that I remember them!
I wish I had some of those because they had no claw on the end. They were done shaped! And the "cup" was what they stood up on!