Couple of questions are (I) if anybody has this combo and how they like it and (Ii) I ski on the 180 Bonafide (6'2" 175 lbs) would you recommend the 177 or 185 Bodacious.
I would go 185 Bod if you like to nail your lines. Something in the 70's seems a little short for you, but if you like trees and chutes, I'd consider it.
Out of curiosity, what level of skier are you? The reason I ask is because I own the Bonifides. In icy conditions, I dont think there is a much better ski. However, in deep tight spots, such as chute or trees. I absolute loathe this ski. The tips sink, the tails catch, impossible to pivot, etc. I get a lot of snow where I'm at, but I can't stand them in heavy conditions. Are you a double black Mack 12 guy? How do you make them work for you?
I can say for long blues, I can get over 50 mph with these. They're extremely comfortable at speed, but on double black deep chutes, like I said, I hate them - they don't float, and its hard to dump speed.
Depends on what you are looking for in a "powder" ski. If you like to charge big lines in wide open bowls, the Bodacious sounds like it's up your ally (I believe the new offering doesn't have metal or as much metal as prior years either). If you prefer to have a more playful ski, and one that can rip trees, chutes, and tighter areas, then something softer like the old Gunsmoke would be something to look at.
170 sounds too short for a pow ski as well. I'm 5'6" and 165lbs and ski the Gunsmoke in 179. (different ski than the Bodacious of course but put out there for context) My daily driver is a 170 Kendo (before the rocker) which I believe is more similar to the Brahma.