Funny, I thought I *was* writing the reviews under the influence of puppy love!
I guess I haven't yet reviewed a ski I didn't like, perhaps that will be different, but it's hard to get motivated to write a lot about skis that are duds.
A 176cm Watea 84 would be just about right for you. It won't take much to adjust to the extra length compared to your other skis because the Wateas are quite playful and easygoing. They will turn fairly quick on groomed snow, so you ought to enjoy the carving performance.
In loose snow, I thought that the 84 responded well to what I call "gun" skiing style, where I spend more time with the skis down the fall line, on their flats or with very slight edge angles. I tend to put them in a tighter parallel in crud or powder and just "gun" them through everything. The soft wide tips will really plow through and over anything you encounter without a lot of drama. I assume that style skiing will work well on the edges of trails, since you probably won't be carving big S turns there. The Watea 84s make real nice quick skid turns and spin quickly in tight spaces. I was zipping through a real tough bumped up trail entry better than I have done on other skis in the past.
I don't think it matters on the bindings -- I have a few models I like and just look around for deal, and also choose based on which brakes will fit without too much hassle. I happened to see Tyrolia LD 12 with the 93mm wide brake at Al's Ski Barn for $149, which is a fair deal, and they fit the Watea 84s really nicely. They will also fit the 94s if you bend the brakes a little (splay out to clear the sidewall and then bend back in to bow the arms a bit). I think Al's must be right up the road from you, so the shipping will be real quick. If you get those bindings and do your own mounts, I can give you the paper template I made to mark the holes.
I think the 94s retailed for a couple hundred bucks more than the 84s, and they seem to have gotten more attention. I just saw another post where backcountry.com has them for $420, in the shorter length only (which would be ideal for you). The 94 would reward you with more float in those smaller 6-8" powder dumps, and not really detract from groomer performance, but they may indeed be a little cumbersome skiing the edge of trails. Hard to say. I continue to think a strong bump skier would probably ski the 94s just fine in the same cases where I feel they are a little too wide.