When you said "Though our egos tend to drive us towards wanting the biggest gun in the arsenal (ie, the Nomad), methinks many of us would be better served on something like this" you caught my interest. Better served because it climbs that much better than a Nomad?
I've been thinking about a Nomad and waiting for the redesign. However, most of my riding is on the shore with just a few bike park days (whistler, sun peaks, coast gravity park). And when there, I prefer runs like crank it up to dirt merchant. Do you think a Bronson can handle laps on crank it up (with one or two A lines thrown in?). I'm not a super aggressive rider. Would a Bronson be a better bet for me?