Just 2 cents, but in most hardwoods with a downcut bit I get much better results with a conventional toolpath.
For that toolpath I'd definitely do a downcut, and if it's a .125" bit, then Drillman1's .125" down is VERY hard to beat for good pockets with little to no sanding.https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-8-1250-CARBIDE-2-FLUTE-ENDMILLS-DOWN-CUT-FOR-SOFT-PLASTIC-1650-1250-500/381784780650?hash=item58e4256f6a:g:-mQAAOxyH89Q2Lce:sc:USPSFirstClass!04429!US!-1
Fast reliable service on all my many orders. And pretty painless to swap out when dull, but they last VERY well.
I like ALL his 1/8" bits except his 30 degree "Sharp". It says soft plastic, but then Teak/Bloodwood/and other dense hardwoods are soft plastic
For Sugar Maple, it likes .8-1IPS at 1/2 bit diameter and 16-17K for the best cut...adding a last pass depth of .015" will pretty much eliminate sanding pocket bottoms. I'm finicky as heck though, and mostly one ofs nowadays...for production I'd probably wind up around 1.5IPS/deeper passes/after slowly increasing speeds/feeds/pass depth.
For .25" downcuts I like the Centurion FEM Downcut for pockets.