This answers the easier question on whether or not you can split a pair with a buddy.I don't always use them hunting but I always take them with me. Very helpful after the harvest when carrying heavy loads.
Depending on your style of hunting they are a great compliment to your gear set. go with the cork grips if you can.What are your thoughts on trekking poles? Are they worth the money? Worth the weight when not being used while hunting? What brands have people had best luck with?