Re: To rack or not to rack..
I would go with stands, especially if you don't have a huge kit. The drummer in my old band used a rack, and it was the most inconvenient piece of equipment we had. He had 3 crashes and a ride mounted on it. That's it. He continued to mount his toms from his kick drum, which made no sense at that point.
You should have seen the looks we got, especially from sound guys. It was just an embarrassment for the rest of us, but he thought it made him cool, so he refused to switch to stands.