Originally Posted by Dustb2000
Another low priced option is to modify a poncho liner into a top quilt like the one I made here:
You can pick one cheap at your local army surplus story or on eBay like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Army-USMC...item3f20f54f72
The weather in Mississippi is similar to South Carolina's and this top quilt served me well last summer. With proper venting its not too hot on those really warm nights and its heavy enough for those nights where there is a moderate temp drop 15-20 degrees. I've taken it down into the 50s and was still fairly comfortable. The only downside is its not quite as light and packable as some of the other options such as a silk/fleece liner or lightweight summer down TQ. The upside being its wide temperature range and low price. I also like TQs with built in foot boxes so after I modified mine I was really happy with how it came out.
+1 on the poncho liner as a top quilt. I bought two one for a top quilt an the other was made into a PULQ ( poncho liner under quilt ). I'll use these for spring, summer and fall or till the temps drop below 45*. Carrying both is like two pounds in the back pack. Also on a side note you can use the poncho liner as an over cover in the winter to help keep heat in.