I like NS's as well. But enjoy trying out different brands/boards to see what they're up to. I guess it will be 1/1,000,000 chance someone actually tried both these boards and lurkes here!
I'm really leaning towards getting the Pantera. Problem is I demoed the regualr 2012 Pantera not LX version. Nitro dist. tell me the LX (their highest end model) will actually be less damp than the regular Pantera because it (the LX) is more lively and stiffer!!! So he threw me off and back to drawing boards (BB).
Moreover, 2011/12 specs seem identical, and dist says it's only cosmetic changes. But I could swear I saw a thicker "black" rubber layer on the 2012 sidewall than I did on the 2011. Which is why I think it was so damp (absorbing).
Thnx for the thought anyways.